1. a tooth.
|Grobianus 14: Let ev’ry Tooth in sable Pomp appear: Those Fangs, bespeckled like some Leopard’s Skin.|
|Kentish Gaz. 16 Nov. 3/3: Close gripe ’em in thy knotted fang.|
|‘Larry’s Stiff’ Luke Caffrey’s Gost 7: She taut he would sqeeze her to deth, / So darted her fangs in his throttle.|
|Yankey in England 71: There’s One will snatch me from your fangs. Death!|
|Leeds Intelligencer 27 Nov. 3/5: No person, herefater afflicted with the tooth-ache, need hesitate for one moment to have the torturing fang removed.|
|Oliver Twist (1966) 417: He disclosed among his toothless gums a few such fangs as should have been a dog’s or rat’s.|
|Handy Andy 57: When he ran to his mother’s cabin to escape from the fangs of Dick Dawson, there was no one within.|
|Adventures of Philip (1899) 377: Just open your mouth [...] What fangs! what a big one!|
|Out Back 237: He got the toot in me fisht, ‘And there ut is,’ continued Mrs. Murphy, laying an immense fang on the table.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 14 Feb. 11/3: I’m a fang-fixing expert named Ford / [...] / My profession is tending your teeth.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 14 Sept. 25/4: Though he is daily blackening the business all seem afraid of his fangs.|
|Ulysses 363: Three cheers for the sister-in-law he hawked about, three fangs in her mouth.|
|World to Win 73: Willie nodded dourly, baring his tobacco-fouled fangs in a formal smile.|
|Laughing Gas n.p.: These two fang-wrenchers shared a common waiting room.|
|Sudden Takes the Trail 46: The thin lips drawn back from the tobacco-stained fangs were animal-like in their savagery.|
|Scrambled Yeggs 44: I asked him who the man with the fangs was and he knew you, so I asked him to introduce me.|
|Proud Highway (1997) 443: Your concepts have lost their fangs – for me, anyway.letter 11 Mar. in|
|Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 9: Kep your chops chipper and you’ll have boss looking fangs.|
|Choirboys (1976) 253: Tammy smiled, showing her decaying fangs.|
|Songlines 83: Get your fucking fangs into that steak!|
|Bend for Home 50: The long fang, yellow and topped with black, sat in a saucer.|
|Outlaws (ms.) 6: It’s purely and only because of his teeth. Our Ratter’s nickname is down to his fangs.|
2. a finger.
|Gypsey of the Glen I iii: Be charitable, and put your fangs into your bungs, and throw us a croaker – All of us poor cripples.|
3. (Aus.) one who seeks out loans [prior version of fang artist n.1 (1)].
|Sun. Times (Perth) 11 Aug. 4/8: The played-out pug, the fence, the fang, / The buttoners, touts and runners.|
4. (US black/jazz) in pl., the lips; thus, in fig. use, the equivalent of chops n.1 (3)
|Down Beat 6 Feb. 31: The trumpet section includes [...] all the guys with — to use the hip vernacular — they’re saying ‘fangs’ now instead of chops.|
5. the penis; thus bury the fang, to have sexual intercourse.
|Argot in DAUS (1993) 80: fang [...] The penis. ‘He hit her with the fang.’ ‘First thing I do when I get out is bury the fang.’.|
see separate entries.
(Aus.) a dentist.
|Sun. Times (Perth) 25 Oct. 4/8: He must get some lodgers new for Bailey’s booby / While inducing Mr Fang to pull his teeth.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 9 Aug. 8/8: [headline] Wherever the Fang-Men Fight. The dentists of Victoria have offered their services to the Ministry of Defence.|
|I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 233/1: fang carpenter (gum digger, gum puncher) – dentist.|
|Big Smoke 27: The old man, the pensioned-off fang carpenter in the next room.|
|Traveller’s Tool 107: The Sheiks go in for bigamy in a big way and none of the sheilahs seem to mind the set-up, so long as they’ve got a Harrods charge card, a colour TV in the back of the limmo and a new set of gold choppers from some Harley Road fang-bandit.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 76: fang bosun/carpenter Dentist. Originally in ANZ navy and army respectively, C20.|
|Get Rich Quick Club 11: ‘I had an appointment at the fang carpenter to adjust my railway tracks.’ Australians speak English, but sometimes it’s hard to tel.|
a dental surgery.
|DSUE (1984) 378/2: from ca. 1850.|
a dental surgery.
|Barry McKenzie [comic strip] in Complete Barry McKenzie (1988) 113: I’ll let me teeth rot in me skull before I go to the fang factory next.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|DSUE (1984) 378/2: from ca. 1850.|
|Tacoma Times (WA) 17 July 4/4: Listen, kid, I’ve got a date with a fang-hustler. He says he’s got to jerk two pearls out of my winning smile.|
criticism, esp. a critical article.
|Proud Highway (1997) 437: The Observer is down on me for a fang-job I did on Congress.letter 31 Jan. in|
(US Und.) a dentist.
|Argot: Dict. of Und. Sl.|
(Aus.) in speech, in speaking.
|Sun. Times (Perth) 2 June 4/8: I’m ignorant, but fluent on the fang, / An’ seein’ ’e was gullible an’ green, / I pitched ’im all the poetry an’ ’slang / I’ve swallered in the Sydney ‘Bullerteen’.|
1. to demand a loan or favour.
|Digger Dialects 22: fangs (n.) — ‘To put in the fangs’ — to demand money, etc.|
|(con. WWI) Gloss. of Sl. [...] in the A.I.F. 1921–1924 (rev. t/s) n.p.: put the fangs in. To request a favour or loan.|
|Truth (Brisbane) 18 July 22/6: A week later John put the fangs into Edgar for the loan of 5/- but Edgar said, ‘I won’t lend it to you. You've done your dash’.|
|Dly Examiner (Grafton, NSW) 16 July 4/2: Charged With Unlawfully Begging Alms [...] I saw a couple of ‘traps’ and one was a bit like you, too. I was just going to put the fangs into them.|
2. to pressurize, to blackmail.
|Aussie Eng. (1966) 39: ‘Putting the bite on’ somebody is also ‘putting the fangs in’.|