1. as a quantity of drink or drugs.
(a) drink, usu. in a quantity sufficient to render the drinker drunk; thus a state of drunkenness in phrs. carry a load, get a load on/in, have a load on, take a load on etc.; thus half a load, a state of semi-drunkenness.
|Knave of Clubs 35: Out, filthy beast, I loath thy lookes, / And hate thee like a toad; Drunke ev’ry day, ungodly wretch, / And when thou hast thy load, / Call for tobacco, that thou art / As blacke within as soote.‘A Shee-Devill Made Tame by a Smith’|
|Proverbs (2nd edn) 87: Proverbiall Periphrases of one drunk. He’s disguised [...] He has a jagg or load.|
|Hell upon Earth 13: A Noble Lord, greatly disguised in Wine was endfeavoiuring to pass through St James’s Park, the commanding officer [...] insisted upon the Letter of his Orders, to suffer no person whatsoever to pass with a Load, and turn’d his Lordship out [...] accordingly.|
|‘The Frolicsome Spark’ No. 31 Papers of Francis Place (1819) n.p.: My load at the Fountain I got, my liquor was genirous wine.|
|Sut Lovingood’s Yarns 151: I [...] hear the whisky in me slosh, I know’d I hed my load aboard.|
|Lantern (N.O.) 8 Oct. 2: Ben [...] keeps a bucket-shop, where bad whiskey can be had for five cents a load.|
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 17 May 2/1: Next time you have such a load as that / Better carry it in a jug.|
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 22 Nov. 2/4: ‘You must have been tanked last night [...] I can go round the town without getting a load on’.|
|Artie (1963) 101: ‘Package? What’s that?’ ‘W’y, a load, a jag!’.|
|On Many Seas 228: When he came down to the boat, he had a pretty good load on.(H.E. Hamblen)|
|Pink ’Un and Pelican 75: One dull, leaden Christmas afternoon [...] James elected to ‘get his load on’.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 27 Jan. 15/1: Brown acquired his load earlier than the rest and collapsed.|
|Battle with the Slum 319: Many is the time Mrs. Gehegan had a load on, an’ she went upstairs an’ slept it off.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 19 Apr. 4/7: The male residents [...] neglect to go into town and get a liquid load on.|
|North-Carolinan (Fayetteville, NC) 18 Nov. 1/6: Drunk [...]obfusticated, laid out, has a load on.|
|Benno and Some of the Push 74: We scarcely knoo we had him erbout us, till he’d got his small load, ’n’ was tearin’ orf his rags t’ fight a fifteen-stone mutton ’umper.‘On a Bender’ in|
|Hand-made Fables 128: What is now called Service consisted of cleaning up the Trough and going back for another Load.|
|Wildcat 103: Cap’n sho’ kin ca’y his gin ration – sho’ kin ca’y a load.|
|Good Companions 26: Well, you’ve got a load on and no mistake. [Ibid.] 135: You know what they are, and I expect ’e’d taken too many loads on and knocked ’er about a bit.|
|(con. 1900s) Behind The Green Lights 128: ‘Browney’ liked his beer and could carry his load like a gentleman.|
|Pal Joey 10: Some nite some guy is going to get his load on.|
|What Makes Sammy Run? (1992) 3: I got back to the office with an awful load on.|
|McSorley’s Wonderful Saloon (2001) 37: When a bum is sleeping off his load, you could saw off his leg and he wouldn’t notice anything.|
|‘Big Target’ Black Bk Detective Sept. [Internet] There’s always the first time a man makes a careless step, over-confident of his ability to walk a rail with half a load on.|
|Asphalt Jungle in Four Novels (1984) 163: Maybe I had a slight load on.|
|Cry Tough! 77: He had certainly got a load in.|
|Insurrection 107: Cripes! You must have a proper load on you.|
|On the Waterfront (1964) 18: Runty as usual had a comfortable load on. [Ibid.] 123: Big Mac was still sweating off the effects of the load he always took on Friday evenings.|
|I Love You Honey, But the Season’s Over 49: The Professor’s a wino. You ought to see him when he’s got a load on.|
|In La-La Land We Trust (1999) 17: You had half a load on when you hit that wagon.|
|Goodfellas [film script] 4: A guy gets half a load on. He mouths off.|
|Clockers 361: This kid got his load on, staggered out of there with his piece.|
|Permanent Midnight 249: With a load on Matilda sounded like Orson Welles.|
|Night Gardener 20: It was simply an efficient place to get a pleasant load on.|
|The Force [ebook] ‘[H]e used to have me drop him off at the White Horse so he could get a load on’.|
(b) an amount of drugs, e.g. the quantity of heroin required to sustain an addiction.
|Hop-Heads 40: That’s little Mary. She’s carrying his load.|
|Asphalt Jungle in Four Novels (1984) 179: The load he’d gradually got up to was getting too expensive.|
|Golden Spike 17: They bought a load and shot up again.|
|Big Easy 202: Why don’t you put that load on me, Dude?|
|House of Slammers 88: I’ll need a load to take on the road — / I’m travelin’ with a band, y’know.|
|(con. 1975–6) Steel Toes 45: Reaching into his pocket and pulling out four Doriden and twelve codeines, says, ‘Almost a full load apiece.’.|
(c) an injection.
|Sat. Eve. Post 13 Apr.; list extracted in AS VI:2 (1930) 133: load, a. Charge of dope.‘Chatter of Guns’ in|
|Fast One (1936) 206: Maybe I’d better have one more load in the arm, Doc.|
|Lang. Und. (1981) 105/2: load. A ration of narcotics. Restricted to needle-addicts.‘Lang. of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 2 in|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Narcotics Lingo and Lore.|
|(con. 1980s) Skagboys 81: There’s a load bein cooked up intae this big syringe n it’s comin ma way.|
(d) 25 or 30 packs of heroin held together in a bundle, the equivalent of an ounce weight.
|Drugs from A to Z (1970) 143: load Twenty-five to thirty decks (packets) of heroin staked and fastened together with a rubber band for delivery.|
|Vulture (1996) 76: The dealer met his load in a different spot every day.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 14: Load — 25 bags of heroin.|
(e) as sense 1a in context of marijuana.
|Diet of Treacle (2008) 129: So he got up, carrying a good load from the pot he had smoked but carrying it easily, understanding it.|
2. (UK Und.) one’s personal possessions or money, also the proceeds of a crime.
|Life in Paris 23: The happy author of this metamorphosis was despatched with his pockets weightier and his load considerably lighter than when he arrived.|
3. as abbr. of ‘load of rubbish,’ ‘load of nonsense,’ ‘load of shit,’ etc.
(a) (US campus) a practical joke.
|Four Years at Yale 45: Load, a practical joke, a sell.|
(b) (US) an old, discontinued model or a run-down, dilapidated vehicle or a stolen car.
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 503: Big False Face secures a position with the late Crowbar Connolly, riding loads down out of Canada.‘The Brakeman’s Daughter’ in|
|DAUL 127/1: Load, n. [...] 2. A stolen automobile.et al.|
(c) (orig. US) utter nonsense; a prevarication.
|AS VIII:1 (1933) 31: Load. To deceive by yarns of windies. Also, a prevarication, a prevaricator.|
|(con. 1969) Dispatches 20: All that’s just a load, man. We’re here to kill gooks. Period.|
|Last Burn in Hell 22: It was a total load, but this is the world we live in, right?|
(d) (orig. US black) an automobile.
|Cry Tough! 140: What a load! [...] Don’t tell me it’s yours!|
|(con. 1948) Flee the Angry Strangers 191: This load handles like a pair of shoes. Look, we doin seventy.|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 4: Ya shoulda seen this load. Chartreuse with white walls.|
|‘Good Stuff’ [lyrics] Mafioso puttin’ bombs under my load.|
(e) (US) a stupid, ridiculous or contemptible person.
|letter 30 July in Leader (2000) 541: Old LPH [Hartley] is a load, isn’t he? Never gets anywhere near starting to get around to giving the impression that he might be capable of writing anything you might want to read, does he?|
|Current Sl. I:1 3/2: Load A dull companion.|
|Campus Sl. Oct. 4: load – a pest.|
(f) (Aus. Und.) fabricated evidence.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 26 Apr. 44: ‘Nod your nut. Pig?’ ‘No chance. The jacks gave me a nice load and tidied me up with verbal for desert. No way I’ll get my head down to a load.’.|
4. in context of the body or bodily fluids [SE loaded, to be burdened with, to be weighed down. Note late 19C use of load, measles, smallpox].
(a) (US) faeces, a bowel movement.
|inCivil Wars (1989) 162: [...] pulled down his pants and emptied his bowels of [a] stinking load.|
|Anecdota Americana I 166: I guess I’d better lay my load on the floor [...] and clean it up in the morning.|
|(con. 1920s–30s) Youngblood (1956) 473: He just wouldn’t take a healthy shit if Mr. Charlie told him not to. He’d walk around with a load in his britches.|
|Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 106: You can’t look up a she-mule’s ass and tell the load she’ll pull.|
|Sneaky People (1980) 210: See you still walk like you got a load in your pants.|
|Hard Candy (1990) 28: I had a system for leaving dry dog food [...] but depositing her loads was always a problem.|
|Dolores Claiborne 27: You had to get up there [...] before she popped her clutch and dumped a load into those big old continence pants she wore.|
|Miseducation of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly (2004) 29: He looks at me, roysh, like I’ve just dropped a load in one of his Dubes.|
(b) (orig. Aus.) a bout of venereal disease.
|DSUE (1984) 691: late C.19–20.|
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl.|
|(con. 1940s) Sowers of the Wind 141: It’s tough luck, copping two loads inside a few months.|
|Glass Canoe (1982) 14: Around that time he copped a load at some harlot’s place at Burwood.|
|Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] Load. 2. Venereal disease. As in ‘to cop a load’.|
(c) (US) an ejaculation of semen or an orgasm (of either sex).
|in Letter from My Father (1978) 47: She jerked me off – I shot a pretty healthy load.|
|Transcript Dunn Inq. in Perverts by Official Order (1989) 81: He [...] started to suck me off. After I had a discharge, I pulled away from him, and he spit the load out . . .|
|Anecdota Americana I 90: Dropped one load. Got my hard on.|
|(ref. to 1868) Amer. Madam (1981) 88: They wanted to hold a young girl in their arms, go through the motions, and having spent their load, would politely thank you.|
|in Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) II 628: Many the loads that have vanished / After the ball.|
|Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 151: The day of the funeral all the undertakers frowned / ’cause they had to jack him off to let the coffin top down. / He shot up a load.|
|San Diego Sailor 8: It finally got so I’d have to yank every so often to get rid of my load.|
|Gardener Got Her n.p.: ‘Nnnnhhhhh, take my load, baby — unnngggghhhhh!’ Mike bellowed.|
|review of film ‘Total Corruption’ HisXpress.com [Internet] Damien and Marco do an all oral/jo scene producing two great loads.|
(d) (US) a very fat person.
|That Man is Here Again 95: Boy, what a load!|
|Current Sl. III–IV (Cumulation Issue) 79: Load, n. An unattractive male.|
|New Girls (1982) 75: God, I’m a load.|
|Campus Sl. Fall 4: load – fat person.|
(e) (US black) a large amount of semen in the testes.
|in Erotic Muse (1992) 344: I started for town with a heavy load and jacked off twice along the road.|
|Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].|
(f) a large penis.
|Choirboys (1976) 291: I know you ain’t got a load [...] You walk into a wall with your little hard on and you’ll break your nose.|
(g) (US black) the intense urge to have sex.
|Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].|
(US gay) the penis before ejaculation of its ‘load’ of semen.
usu. of a man, to ejaculate, to come to orgasm.
|San Diego Sailor 17: Just before I started to blow my load, he began doing somethings [sic] to my nuts with his fingers.|
|Pay for Play Cheerleaders [Internet] Nancy kept cumming. Chrissie kept cumming. And Mr. Towson blew off his load. [Ibid.] Travis blew his load in Jill’s asshole.|
|Lex. of Cadet Lang. 46: blow2 to ejaculate — as in the common expression ‘he blew his load’.|
|Filth 149: I eventually manage to get it up and blow my load after a few strokes.|
|www.thepantsman.com [Internet] Trust me, the conversation will come to a screeching halt and you can concentrate on blowing your load.|
|This Is How You Lose Her 160: You really do have an excellent body, you say after you blow your load.|
|me-stepmums-too-fuckin-hot-mate at www.fakku.net [Internet] Fuck me sideways! I’m blowin’ a load in Kasumi’s cakehole!|
|‘976-Bun B’ [lyrics] So let me bust a fat load on your bellybutton.|
|Night Gardener 329: Busting my load into some whore’s mouth.|
|Four Million (1915) 167: It was plain that Jerry had usurped the functions of his cab, and was carrying a ‘load’.‘From the Cabby’s Seat’ in|
|AS XXII:1 Feb. 54: carrying a load, Drunk.‘Pacific War Lang.’ in|
|‘The Soughrty Peaks’ in Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing (1995) 130–1: ’Twas the good old days when an old cowboy / Could wet up his old inside / They started in at the Kentucky Bar [...] Then they got their horses and started out, / Carrying a pretty good load.|
(US) to catch sight of; also in fig. use, to register, to take note of.
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 465: Studs thought that the hick villagers [...] might have caught a load of him from the window.Judgement Day in|
|Corpse with Sticky Fingers 114: ‘I don't seem to know Mitzi,’ Schmitty said quietly. ‘Flatfoot,’ she chuckled, ‘you been missing a trick. You want to catch a load of her’.|
|Irma & Jerry 113: Will you catch a load of him? [...] Three months in New York and alread a snoby .|
|(con. 1969) Suicide Charlie 4: Then they’d call over their friends, shouting, ‘Hey, catch a load of this dude. Dead meat.’.|
|‘Kelly’s Bar Jokes’ at Kellys.com [Internet] Next thing he feels two lips on his knob, and as he’s getting sucked off, he’s hearing ‘Don’t cry for me Argentina...’. Guy thinks ‘This is fucking great’ and he chucks his load, zips up and walks outside.|
1. to give birth.
|‘Wake at Kildare’ in(1979) 234: Six months passed, noine months passed, / Our wee Nellie, she dropped her load at last!|
2. to have a miscarriage.
|There Ain’t No Justice 273: Me sister in the pudden club and I go and get an old woman to make her drop her load.|
3. (US black, also drop it) to reduce tension by having sexual intercourse.
|Sexus (1969) 256: Listen, I don’t hold it against you about Dolores, but ... but don’t be dropping it here while I’m away, see!|
|From Here to Eternity (1998) 845: They had already made their bomb run on the whorehouses and dropped their load on Mrs Kipfer’s New Congress.|
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 40/1: drop one’s load a male ejaculation; eg ‘Corky’s your one-night stand type – drops his load and off, never seen again.’.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].|
4. (also drop one) to defecate.
|CUSS 109: Drop a load [...] Drop one Defecate.et al.|
|Union Dues (1978) 19: I’ll retire to the sanitary facilities [...] Got to drop a load.|
|OnLine Dict. of Playground Sl. [Internet] In days of old, / When knights were bold / And toilets weren’t invented. / They’d drop their load / By side of road / And walk away contented.|
5. (also drop a load) to experience a shock.
|Blood Brothers 20: Stony finished his drink as Cheri walked in dressed in tight dungarees and a white silky blouse [...] Stony dropped a load.|
6. to act in a cowardly manner; synon. with shit one’s load under shit v.
|Awaydays 87: I was closest to him and I had the distinct impression that he dropped his load.|
1. to defecate.
|,||DAS 167/2: dump a load To defecate.|
2. (N.Z.) to ejaculate.
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 41/1: dump one’s load male ejaculation.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].|
1. (orig. US) to notice, to look at deliberately.
|Yes Man’s Land 103: Just have ’em get a load of you in your next movie.|
|This Is Murder 95: ‘Damn you!’ said a man’s [...] voice. ‘Get a load of this!’ Moraine saw light glitter from nickel-plated steel, as the gun was pushed into his stomach.|
|Loving (1978) 88: Lifting the piece of broken mirror glass off a wall [...] she said ‘Take a load of yourself while I do yer’.|
|Mad mag. Jan.–Feb. 3: When John Law gets a load of this comic book you can bet many a comic book worker will be running from the Dragged Net.|
|Yarns of Billy Borker 147: How would I be? How would you expect me to be? Get a load of me, will you?|
|Blue Messiah 151: Wait till Chena gets a load of that.|
|Homesickness (1999) 143: Get a load of this. They don’t suit me, that’s for sure.|
|Yes We Have No 78: The guy scrambles in the back, then he gets a load of you.|
|Tattoo of a Naked Lady 60: Get a load of ole spaghetti arms!|
2. (orig. US) a demand that one’s audience listen to something or notice an event; usu. in a sexual context, e.g. get a load of that! and usu. between males.
|TAD Lex. (1993) 54: Get a load of that guy Phil.in Zwilling|
|Short Stories (1937) 54: Get a load of that in the Chrysler.‘Looking ’Em Over’ in|
|Hard-Boiled Detective (1977) 126: All right, get a load of this: You’re being stood up.‘Leg Man’ in Ruhm|
|Really the Blues 117: Get a load of that – let’s put it back!|
|Run For Home (1959) 199: Get a load of those teeth. They look too good to be home-grown!|
|Gay Detective (2003) 86: Olsen nudged Francis. ‘Hey, get a load of that action.’.|
|The Roy Murphy Show 113: Just get a load of that outfit, fellers.|
|Who’s Been Sleeping in my Bed 114: Gerraload of this, 38-28-38.|
|Strip Jack 17: She saw the reporters and suddenly lifted the t-shirt high over her naked breasts. ‘Get a load of this then!’.|
|A Red Horse Rode Out 62: ‘Get a load of that,’ Nelson said pointing to an area adjacent our position from No-Mans Land.|
|Running the Books 77: He’d tap his partner, the international sign for, Hey get a load of this . . .|
(US drugs) 15 packs of heroin, each weighing about 1g and thus equivalent to ½ ounce, a typical purchase made by a small pusher.
|Panic in Needle Park (1971) 20: Fifteen $3 bags are wrapped together with a rubber band (the package is called a half-load).|
|Property Of (1978) 221: There were enough fixes within that half-load so that Starry’s hands shook.|
|(con. 1940s–60s) Eve. Sun Turned Crimson (1998) 199: He arranged for us to meet a half-load connection (a half-load consisting of fifteen bags for twenty-five dollars).‘Florence’ in|
|ONDCP Street Terms 11: Half load — 15 bags (decks) of heroin.|
|Big Ask 169: The washrooms opened from a vestibule off the lobby [...] I lightened my load.|
|DSUE (8th edn) 688: [...] since ca. 1925.|
1. a defecation.
|CUSS 152: Load, get a — off your mind Defecate.et al.|
2. (US gay) the removal of a penis from the anus.
|Gay Sl. Dict. [Internet] a load off someone’s mind: [...] 2. to take a dick out of one’s ass.|
to be absolutely terrified.
|Trainspotting 330: They fuckin telt us ye shat yir fuckin load.|
1. to ejaculate; usu. of a man.
|Bawdy N.Y. State MS. n.p.: The boy bolted toward the door, / And shot his load all over the floor.|
|‘Mutt & Jeff II’ [comic strip] in Tijuana Bibles (1997) 14: She must have been eating chili sauce to shoot that kind of a load.|
|‘Wild Buckaroo’ in Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing (1995) 107: I poured the prick into her, I shot off my load.|
|(con. 1920s) Hoods (1953) 208: One wrong word, bastard, you’d wish your old man shot his load into a rubber and you were never born.|
|Gallows View (2002) 247: She could tell he was just an inexperienced kid because he shot his load almost as soon as he stuck it in.|
|Filth 205: After a while I shoot my load and leave her wondering what’s been happening.|
|Get Your Cock Out 79: He was in danger of shooting his load before Delilah had even entered the room.|
2. in fig. use, to expend one’s best effort.
|DAUL 192/1: Shoot one’s load or lump. To expend one’s courage and energy to the point of exhaustion.et al.|
|Long and the Short and the Tall Act I: You’ve done it this time, Bamforth! You’ve shot your load.|
|Trainspotting 238: Content that the cunt’s shat his load, ah loosen up.|
|Tattoo of a Naked Lady 201: You got lucky [...] But you’ve shot your load.|
3. in fig. use: to blame, to pass on a responsibility.
|Chips with Everything II x: Cut it! stuff it! Shoot your load on someone else, take it out on someone else.|
see get a load of
(US) to get drunk.
|Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1964) 38: The room forty-one gang doesn’t care how many times a week you go out to tie a load on.|
|Out of the Burning (1961) 197: We got up the price of one jug. Then, lying low in the bulrushes, we proceeded to tie a load on.|
SE in slang uses
(US) a lazy, unenthusiastic or pessimistic person.
|in Folk-Say 111: A no-load or a no-load guy is any [taxi] driver with pessimistic tendencies .|
|Supercarrier 220: A ‘no load’ [is] navalese for someone who does not carry his share of the work load on the ship [HDAS].|
|Rogue Warrior (1993) 380: A no-load, bean-counting pain-in-the-ass.|
(Can.) to make one’s best effort.
|DSUE (1984) 932/1: late C.19–20.|
|in Sweet Daddy 65: Look, I couldn’t care less. Pull my load or not.|
|Hard Men (1974) 50: You pull your freight or out you go.|