Green’s Dictionary of Slang

rubber adj.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

rubber cheque (n.)

see separate entry.

rubber-chicken circuit (n.) (also chicken-patty circuit, mashed potato circuit) [the poor quality of the food (almost invariably chicken) on offer]

(US) the after-dinner-speaking circuit, esp. as followed by political hopefuls.

[US]L.A. Times 23 July A9: Just a few more jottings from the diary of a journeyman sports scribe — in case you’re interested in what such strange persons do when they aren’t dodging (1) people who want jobs, (2) people who want free tickets or (3) offers to swap a free lunch for a free speech on the Rubber Chicken Circuit.
[US]Pic (N.Y.) Nov. 56/3: He and his associates were on the ‘mashed potato’ circuit speaking to clubs of every kind, outlining their plans and their hopes.
[US]Ladies’ Home Journal Jan. 146: Miss Dorothy Thompson quotes the term chicken-patty circuit, to describe speaking tours sponsored by women’s clubs in the smaller cities and towns of the United States.
[US]National Rev. 16 Feb. 192: The listener is tempted to conclude that this therefore is merely another highly forgettable political speech, something redolent of the rubber-chicken circuit.
[US]K. Vonnegut Bagombo Snuff Box 6: My future two-term president was burbling out on the rubber-chicken circuit in 1950.
M.H. Lytle America’s Uncivil Wars 256: For years he traveled the rubber chicken circuit, raising funds for Republican candidates.
Rubber City (n.) [tyre-making, its primary industry]

(US) Akron, Ohio.

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rubber dollies (n.) [dial. dollies, rags]

(Irish) plimsolls, gymshoes, trainers.

[Ire](con. 1950s) C. Kenneally Maura’s Boy 116: We wore knee-length scarlet socks [...] and a pair of black ‘rubber dollies.’.
[Ire]G. Coughlan Everyday Eng. and Sl. 🌐 Rubber Dollies (n): running shoes.
rubber drink (n.) [it ‘bounces back’]

(US) a drink which causes vomiting.

[US] ‘Sl. Expressions for Drunk’ in New Republic in AS XVI:1 (1941) 70: [...] has a rubber drink.
rubber gun (brigade / cop / squad) (n.)

(US) a police officer (or a squad of such officers), having had his/their service weapons confiscated for disciplinary, psychiatriic or physical reasons (e.g. neurological defects); thus rubber-gun job, some variety of adminstrative role .

R. Daley Target Blue 101: [T]his was known in derision as the Rubber Gun Squad, or the Bow and Arrow Squad; and it was in many respects the ultimate disgrace that a policeman could experience.
B. Hirschfeld Secrets 108: The Desk Officer [...] had been on the force for nineteen years. A large, slow-moving man who had been assigned to rubber-gun jobs for most of his career .
[US]B. Gelb Vanished Brass 92: The board recommended modified duty without a weapon—assignment to what cops called the ‘rubber gun brigade’—pending psychiatric evaluation.
[US]M. McAlary Good Cop Bad Cop 141: She [a police officer] suffered some sort of neurological injury. For a while they put her in the rubber gun squad.
[US]P. Blauner Slipping into Darkness 110: Mauler had been consigned to a kind of bitter civil service purgatory, a Rubber Gun Cop guarding the ancient ledger books.
rubber guts (n.) (also rubber gutz) [? the image of a pompous individual with a large stomach that appears to have been blown up]

(Aus./N.Z.) a clumsy or pompous person.

[Aus]W.H. Downing Digger Dialects 42: rubber guts — (1) A clumsy person. (2) A pompous person.
[Aus](con. WWI) A.G. Pretty Gloss. Sl. [...] in the A.I.F. 1921–1924 (rev. t/s) n.p.: rubber-gutz A clumsy person; a pompous person.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 175: rubber guts Someone lacking intestinal fortitude.
rubber heel (n.)

see separate entry.

rubber johnny (n.) [SE rubber/rubber n.2 (3) + johnny n.1 (13)]

a contraceptive sheath.

W. Boyd A Good Man in Africa 89: You want to get that popsy on to these contraceptive pills, pdq Forget your rubber johnnies.
[UK]Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 87 Dec. n.p.: rubber Johnny n. A blob; contraceptive. Also rubber.
[Scot]I. Welsh Glue 50: Yazed a rubber johnny thair but. We hud loads ay time, a whole packet.
[UK]D. Mitchell Black Swan Green 16: So have you got your rubber johnnies, Jason.
rubberneck

see separate entries.

rubber room (n.) (also rubber palace, rubber Ramada)

a padded cell; also attrib.

[Ire]S. Beckett Murphy (1963) 116: The padded cells, known to the wittier as the ‘quiet rooms’, ‘rubber rooms’ or [...] ‘pads.’.
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 174: rubber palace [rooms] insane; asylum.
[US](con. c.1970) G. Hasford Short Timers (1985) 158: Every time he saw a dead Marine he’d start laughing. Pulled a tour of duty in a rubber room.
[US]J. Ellroy Suicide Hill 16: ‘e gets to spend the rest of his sentence in the hospital ward, and you get to serve as blue trusty here in the Rubber Ramada’.
[US]A. Vachss Hard Candy (1990) 128: The husband—he‘s in a rubber room.
[US]G. Pelecanos (con. 1949) The Big Blowdown (1999) 146: One or two of them qualified as drool cases or rubber-room candidates.
[US]C. Hiaasen Nature Girl 96: You sit in a rubber room with a bunch of other nuts.
rubber sock (n.) [? the limpness of such a supposed garment]

(US tramp) a timid person.

[US]I. Franklyn Knights of the Cockpit 9: He was expected to teach these rubber socks the tricks.
[US]G. & S. Lorimer Stag Line 164: These wallies are all rubber socks with the wife around.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
rubber sole (n.)

(US) a police officer.

[US] in Delacoste & Alexander Sex Work (1988) 80: She’s street-wise [...] she can spot those rubber soles from a block away.
rubber tramp (v.) [? image of bouncing from place to place + pun on SE rubber-stamp]

(US) to live as a vagrant.

[US](con. 1920s) J. Thompson South of Heaven (1994) 4: You and me rubber-tramp it together.
rubberwrist (n.) [his stereotypically limp wrist]

an effeminate male homosexual; thus rubber wristed, effeminate.

[US]J. Wambaugh Choirboys (1976) 267: Alexander Blaney was [...] a rubber wristed, lisping, mincing faggot.
[Scot]I. Welsh Filth 302: If being befriended by a fucking fag-hag doesnae establish the bastard as a rubberwrist, goodness knows what will.

In phrases

don’t take any rubber dimes

see under dime n.