1. to thrash, to beat; esp. in descriptive combs., such as warm someone’s arse/warm someone’s jacket v., to thrash; thus warming n., a beating.
|[||Three Lords and Three Ladies of London J 4: Now now, haue I beaten his lips? haue I warm’d his nose?].|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: To Warm, or Give a Man a Warming; to Beat him.|
|,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn) .|
|John Bull IV i: They had like to ha’ warm’d I.|
|Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1788].|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Heart of London II i: Let him take care he doesn’t get a warming.|
|Adventures of Mr Verdant Green (1982) I 7: So he warms him too; and we go on all jolly.|
|N.-Y. After Dark 29: If I don’t warm her sassy chops, I ain’t called ‘Roughy’ for nothing.|
|Term of His Natural Life (1897) 273: You can’t get ’em to warm one another [...] They won’t do it.|
|Omaha Dly Bee (NE) 15 June 2/2: McLean read a poem about a boy on ship that wouldn’t go home for fear his dad would warm him.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 29 Oct. 8/2: Some youthful, gushing, savage who ought to have been warmed by his mother with a fishing-line, cast his eye on a maiden [...] and then [...] proceeded to cut poetry about her on a rock by means of an axe.|
|Boy’s Own Paper 12 Aug. 729: Why, he’s the chap that warms us when we’re cool.|
|Boys Of The Empire 30 Apr. 50: You shall see how I take the next warming.|
|Boy’s Own Paper 9 Feb. 290: The Dutch fellows were arrant thieves, and now the Scotch were going to warm them.|
|By Bolo and Krag 32: ‘Whew!’ I exclaims [...] ‘My, but wasn’t that a hide-warming!’.|
|My Lady of the Chimney Corner 61: The penny saved me from a ‘warming.’.|
|Look Homeward, Angel (1930) 299: If they were mine I’d warm their little tails.|
|Complete Works X (1998) 221: ‘Go on, Rose, you lazy little cat, pick them ’ops up, I’ll warm your arse if I get to you’ etc.‘Hop-Picking Diary’ 2–19 Sept. in|
|My Uncle Silas 10: If you weren’t so old I’d warm your breeches till you couldn’t sit down.|
|Minder [TV script] 48: Don’t go ape, just warm his cockles up a bit.‘Senior Citizen Caine’ in|
2. to infect with venereal disease.
|‘The Bilk’ in Randy Songster in Spedding & Watt (eds) I 208: So though she paddled through the streets to ease the man’s desire, / She kept a place about her full as hot as any fire / [...] / You think you’ve done me very nice, but that I could not hinder, / But, though I’ve cool’d your courage, I’ve warm’d you for the winter.|
3. to abuse, to scold.
|Sl. Dict. 336: Warm [...] to rate or abuse roundly. Also varied, as, ‘to make it hot’ for any one.|
|Ally Sloper’s Half Holiday 14 June 51/2: [He] not unfrequently finds it politic to take his boots off on the door-mat [...] lest Mrs Heavyman should wake up and ‘warm’ him.|
see under behind n.
1. (Ulster, also warm someone’s lug) to hit someone across the ear; usu. in unexecuted threat, I’ll warm your ear (for you!).
|Peck’s Bad Boy and His Pa (1893) 297: Ma’s mother used to warm her ears.|
|Come Day – Go Day (1984) 28: I’ve a good mind to warm your lug for you, boy.|
2. (US) to chatter and gossip incessantly.
|Hand-made Fables 313: [He] would sit alongside of him and begin to warm his Ear with important Dope.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 317: I can see by the way Hot Horse Herbie is warming his ear that Herbie figures him to have a few potatoes.‘Pick the Winner’ in|
to thrash, to beat.
|Sam Slick in England I 245: I’ll jist warm his hide a bit for him, to make his blood sarculate.|
|Recoll. Sea-Wanderer 39: You may thank your stars that Captain Sellars came on deck in time, or I'd have warmed your hide for you.|
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 98: Don’t you be so gay or I’ll warm your hide good.|
|It Can Never Happen Again 267: Jim made concession to the Young Varmint — went so far as to say that he would not warm his hide for him this time, pr’aps!|
|Working Bullocks 233: Deb had heard [...] her mother threaten Billy she would ‘warm the hide off of him’ if he did not behave himself.|
to thrash, esp. in context of school beatings.
|Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 239: I’ll warm your jacket if I can.|
|Burlesque Homer (4th edn) II 317: I’ll warm their jackets with a pox.|
|Sam Slick’s Wise Saws I 119: I’ll warm your jacket for you before I start you out, that’s a fact.|
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. (2nd edn).|
|Hoosier Mosaics 168: The technical name of this method was ‘Warming the Jacket.’ [...] I recollect my floggings at school with so much aversion that I do think, if a teacher should whale one of my little ruddy-faced boys, I’d spread his (the teacher’s) nose over his face as thin as a rabbit skin!|
|Peck’s Bad Boy and His Pa (1887) 47: If I wasn’t in before nine o’clock he would come after me and warm my jacket.|
|Old Man Curry 264: If he tries to make my barn a hangout, I’ll warm his jacket for him.‘Modern Judgment of Solomon’ in|
to box someone’s ears.
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SE in slang uses
to stand in front of the fire with lifted skirts.
|Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 210: Petite chapelle (Faire la). To sit before the fire with petticoats raised to the knees; ‘to warm the husband’s supper.’.|
|DSUE (1984) 584/1: ca.1860–1930.|
|Maledicta IV:2 (Winter) 188: To warm the old man’s supper, which is to sit with skirts raised before the fire.|
to drink, to get drunk.
|Memoirs (trans. W. McGinn) III 94: We stumbled into the room like men somewhat stupid with liquor. ‘Hallo!’ said Hotot, [...] ‘You have been warming the oven early this morning.’.|
to stand with one’s back to the fire.
|‘Mr Men’ on BennyHills [Internet] Mr Farty ‘This campfire’s great,…….I might just warm the whole of my body….’.|
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