high cotton n.
(orig. US black) the good life, the materially successful life.
|AS XX:2 Apr. 83: That fellah sure thought he was in high cotton.‘A Yankee ... on Texas Speech’ in|
|Great Santini (1977) 426: We accidently stepped into high cotton back there. This is a real chance to pick up a little cash dough.|
|Secrets of Harry Bright (1986) 217: This is pretty tall cotton for a guy that used to work the streets around Southern substation.|
|Green River Rising 255: If you can learn to live right in here [i.e.prison], back out in the world you walkin’ in high cotton.|
(US) to live prosperously, to feel happy, to be important; euph. alternatives include fly in high cotton, live in high cotton, travel in high cotton.
|No Beast So Fierce 130: We’ll be shittin’ in tall cotton soon as I make a score.|
|Animal Factory 119: I stayed out four years last time, stealing every day. I shit in tall cotton the whole four years.|
|Maledicta IX 160: They have not adopted U. S. city nigger use of country nigger expressions such as shit in high cotton.|
|Homeboy 26: ‘Shittin in tall cotton,’ was the style to which the Woppa [...] was accustomed.|
|Another Day in Paradise 46: Alarm’s a piece of cake, you’re in, and we’re shitting in tall cotton.|
|Rooted in Vengeance 149: ‘Rembrandt is starting to shit in high cotton,’ Walter Hilliard remarked.|