Green’s Dictionary of Slang

breeze v.1

1. (US, also fan the breeze) to escape from an institution; also as n., an escape; thus breezing, escaping.

[US]A.J. Pollock Und. Speaks 38/1: Fan the breeze, to escape from or to evade the law.
[US]Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 8 Feb. 7/1: [A] gate of color had a heated beef with a pale pan and the sepia [...] nixed the gray out. The sepia then latched into some breeze and fell into the Apple.
[US](con. 1948) G. Mandel Flee the Angry Strangers 19: Did you wait at least till after supper before you breezed out.
[US]Life 28 Apr. 70: If I didn’t get out legally [...] I would breeze [W&F].
[US]I. Freeman Out of the Burning (1961) 200: I retained just enough savvy not to breeze. I realized that breezing would give the social workers the chance to say, ‘We told you so’.
[US]C. Brown Manchild in the Promised Land (1969) 148: He kept breezing and getting caught and brought back.

2. (US) to appear, to arrive; usu. as breeze in.

[US]F. Hutchison Philosophy of Johnny the Gent 9: Just then in breezes the Wise Cracker on the hot foot.
[US]Ade Knocking the Neighbors 55: He was breezing along the Pike at the easy Clip usually maintained by the Twentieth Century Limited.
[US]‘Hugh McHugh’ You Should Worry cap. 7: That’s our cue to grab a choo-choo and breeze out to Uncle Peter Grant's farm and bungalow in the wilds of Westchester.
[UK]E. Poole Harbor (1919) 129: Having just landed from Russia, he had ‘breezed over’ to our house.
[US]C.S. Montanye ‘Hoodwinked’ in Detective Story 30 Apr. 🌐 It’s just like we breezed up to the front door and found it wide open.
[US]Ade Hand-made Fables 153: I breezed into this Very Room and told the Boy to get to work on a Tom Collins.
[US]S. Lewis Babbitt (1974) 116: We got there, and I breezed up to the desk.
[US]C. Coe Me – Gangster 51: Right after me Danny breezed in.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 6 Sept. 41/1: The Snake breezed in from the opposite side of the ring.
[US]J. Conroy World to Win 58: You think I could breeze in there and order a t-bone like a swell?
[US]J. Weidman I Can Get It For You Wholesale 97: I breezed into my private office.
[US]Mezzrow & Wolfe Really the Blues 32: We just began to eat when in breezed these two pounders on the bloodhound tip.
[US]M. Spillane Long Wait (1954) 169: A description followed that was a good one and changed my mind about breezing through town like I was.
[US]H. Ellison Rockabilly (1963) 65: You’d better hope the Colonel doesn’t breeze in here.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 25 June 8: I breezed in and said we were meeting a Mr X.
[Aus]S. Maloney Big Ask 101: Donny Maitland arrived. He breezed through the door [...] and greeted me.
[US]A. Sim ‘Through the Perilous Night’ in ThugLit Feb. [ebook] His guests had breezed in and made themselves at home.
[UK]A. Wheatle Crongton Knights 161: ‘The neighbours are gonna be well entertained when I finally breeze in’.

3. (Aus., also breeze in, breeze it, breeze it in, breeze out, breeze through) to do something easily; to remain calm, relax.

[US]Ade People You Know 116: He said that Rinkaboo would breeze in, that he would win on the Bit.
[US]H. Green Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 16: It’s a pipe [...] and she’ll breeze in on the bit.
[US]Ade Hand-made Fables 45: Breezing it in 1:42.
[US]Laurents & Sondheim West Side Story I vi: Boy, boy, crazy boy – / Stay loose, boy! / Breeze it, buzz it, easy does it.
[US]J. Brosnan Long Season 165: In both games I had breezed for seven, then blown my victory.
[US]Dundes & Schonhorn ‘Kansas University Sl.: A New Generation’ in AS XXXVIII:3 168: To acquit oneself creditably in an examination: [...] breeze out, luck out, and rack out.
[US]J. Stahl Permanent Midnight 145: I breezed though the questions.
[UK]Indep. 11 Sept. 7: Others with their wits about them breezed past security, posing as delivery men.

4. (US, also breeze off, cop a breeze, to leave, to go away; thus US, breeze off, go away, leave me alone; W.I., breeze me a bit, go away, leave me in peace; W.I.) breeze me ase (ears), shut up, be quiet.

[US]F. Hutchison Philosophy of Johnny the Gent 88: ‘The bookie looks fer the Wise Cracker an’ somebody tells him he'd screwed. The bookie got to the door just in time to see the kid breezin’ around the corner’.
[US]H.G. Van Campen ‘Life on Broadway’ in McClure’s Mag. Dec. 178/1: 1 just yank the coat off while one my boys breezes away with the bonnet.
[US]P. & T. Casey Gay-cat 39: I’m only waitin’ fur dawn to breeze down into thet town in the valley.
[UK]Wodehouse Inimitable Jeeves 180: The only matey thing to do was to go behind and warn young Bingo to [...] breeze off snakily.
[US]R. Fisher Walls Of Jericho 155: But when I reach for Pat, he’s breezed.
[US]J. Lait Gangster Girl 207: Scram, sister—blow—breeze.
[US](con. 1920s) J.T. Farrell Judgement Day in Studs Lonigan (1936) 541: It’s pretty low to breeze on a girl after you’ve married and knocked her up.
[UK]F. Anthony ‘Gus Tomlins’ in Me And Gus (1977) 136: I’ll just breeze off down to see her in the usual way.
[US]J. Weidman I Can Get It For You Wholesale 125: I sort of did get a quick look at her before she breezed out of here.
[US]R. Chandler ‘Pearls Are a Nuisance’ in Spanish Blood (1946) 115: I better breeze on home.
[US] ‘Whitman College Sl.’ in AS XVIII:2 Apr. 153/2: breeze off. To be quiet, shut up.
[US]R. Chandler Lady in the Lake (1952) 164: You mean you want me to breeze on out.
[US]R. Chandler Little Sister 65: Take the dough and breeze.
[US]‘Hal Ellson’ Tomboy (1952) 15: Let’s breeze. I’m getting stiff lying here.
[US]N.Y. Herald Trib. 28 Feb. 47/3: If they don’t want to reveal their name you might get ‘Joe Slump, the midget,’ or be told to ‘cop a breeze’ (leave), or maybe ‘play dead’ (keep quiet).
[US]R. Chandler Playback 46: Breeze off. You bore me.
[US]E. De Roo Big Rumble 30: Breeze now, coolie. Cut out and be damned.
[Ire]T. Murphy Whistle in the Dark Act I: And we breezed out lively, Michael.
[US]H. Feldman et al. Angel Dust 102: I’ll breeze around to the cemetery ... see what’s happenin’.
[SA]M. Melamu ‘Bad Times, Sad Times’ in Mutloatse Forced Landing 43: I make for the door of the joint and keep mum. If things go bad [...] I give myself the breeze.
[WI]Cassidy & LePage Dict. Jam. Eng. 69/1: breeze vb dial or slang [...] in phrases: Breeze me a bit, give me air, clear off; Breeze me ase (i.e. my ears), said to a talker (= give my ears freedom).
[US]T. Dorsey Cadillac Beach 254: ‘We have to go now.’ Mahoney nodded. ‘Blow, hoof, dust, fade, breeze, slide, heel and toe, grab sidewalk, leave leather, drivin’ the shoe car . . .’.
[US]‘Dutch’ ? (Pronounced Que) [ebook] Bitch, breeze.
[UK]KO ‘9er Ting’ 🎵 Back 'dem blades, put a dag in them, like the Heath / We come with shanks, they breeze.
[UK]T. Thorne (ed.) ‘Drill Slang Glossary’ at Forensic Linguistic Databank 🌐 Breeze off - leave town, disappear.

5. (US) to go fast.

[US]Van Loan ‘Morning Workout’ in Old Man Curry 213: Le’s breeze ’em a little an’ see how you handle a hawss.
[US]A.N. Depew Gunner Depew 145: We breezed out towards the horizon full speed ahead.
[US]H.C. Witwer Classics in Sl. 47: I punched him off, and was breezin’ home in front when, in some way, my chin got stuck on the end of a left hook.
[US]D. Runyon ‘Old Doll’s House’ in Runyon on Broadway (1954) 63: The first blast of slugs from the sawed-offs breezes past him.
[Aus]‘Banjo’ Paterson Shearer’s Colt 201: See him breeze when that butcher boy hit him?
[US]‘Hal Ellson’ Duke 124: Soon as I got the angle on that I breezed [...] I legged it for home fast.
[US]J. Conaway Big Easy 74: Can you see me breezing down Desire toting a bazooka?
[US](con. 1945) E. Thompson Tattoo (1977) 351: He could breeze right past the off-limits sign when the officers were at their duties.
[US](con. 1962) J. Ellroy Enchanters 58: We breezed through Westwood.