Green’s Dictionary of Slang

fang n.

[SE fang, an animal tooth; the pointed tapering part of anything which is embedded in something else]

1. a tooth.

[UK]R. Bull Grobianus 14: Let ev’ry Tooth in sable Pomp appear: Those Fangs, bespeckled like some Leopard’s Skin.
[UK]Kentish Gaz. 16 Nov. 3/3: Close gripe ’em in thy knotted fang.
[Ire] ‘Larry’s Stiff’ Luke Caffrey’s Gost 7: She taut he would sqeeze her to deth, / So darted her fangs in his throttle.
[UK]D. Humphreys Yankey in England 71: There’s One will snatch me from your fangs. Death!
[UK]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.
[UK]Dickens Oliver Twist (1966) 417: He disclosed among his toothless gums a few such fangs as should have been a dog’s or rat’s.
[Ire]S. Lover Handy Andy 57: When he ran to his mother’s cabin to escape from the fangs of Dick Dawson, there was no one within.
[UK]Thackeray Adventures of Philip (1899) 377: Just open your mouth [...] What fangs! what a big one!
[Aus]K. Mackay Out Back 237: He got the toot in me fisht, ‘And there ut is,’ continued Mrs. Murphy, laying an immense fang on the table.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 14 Feb. 11/3: I’m a fang-fixing expert named Ford / [...] / My profession is tending your teeth.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 14 Sept. 25/4: Though he is daily blackening the business all seem afraid of his fangs.
[Ire]Joyce Ulysses 363: Three cheers for the sister-in-law he hawked about, three fangs in her mouth.
[US]J. Conroy World to Win 73: Willie nodded dourly, baring his tobacco-fouled fangs in a formal smile.
[UK]Wodehouse Laughing Gas n.p.: These two fang-wrenchers shared a common waiting room.
[US]O. Strange Sudden Takes the Trail 46: The thin lips drawn back from the tobacco-stained fangs were animal-like in their savagery.
[US]R. Prather Scrambled Yeggs 44: I asked him who the man with the fangs was and he knew you, so I asked him to introduce me.
[US]H.S. Thompson letter 11 Mar. in Proud Highway (1997) 443: Your concepts have lost their fangs – for me, anyway.
[US]‘Hy Lit’ Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 9: Kep your chops chipper and you’ll have boss looking fangs.
[US]J. Wambaugh Choirboys (1976) 253: Tammy smiled, showing her decaying fangs.
[Aus]J. Byrell (con. 1959) Up the Cross 132: Jeffrey had a bung left eye [...] It also looked like he’d lost a fang or two.
[UK]B. Chatwin Songlines 83: Get your fucking fangs into that steak!
[Ire]D. Healy Bend for Home 50: The long fang, yellow and topped with black, sat in a saucer.
[UK]K. Sampson Outlaws (ms.) 6: It’s purely and only because of his teeth. Our Ratter’s nickname is down to his fangs.
[UK]R. Milward Man-Eating Typewriter 44: The cheet [i.e. a dummy] was disgusting: dead opals, chattering fangs, googly gendarme goggles [...] black famblers.

2. a finger.

[UK]B.M. Carew 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)].

[Aus]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)

[US]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.

[Aus]‘No. 35’ Argot in G. Simes DAUS (1993) 80: fang [...] The penis. ‘He hit her with the fang.’ ‘First thing I do when I get out is bury the fang.’.

In compounds

fang artist (n.)

see separate entries.

fang bandit (n.) (also fang carpenter, fang man, fang merchant, Mr Fang, Professor Fang) [-bandit sfx (3)]

(Aus.) a dentist.

[Aus]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.
[Aus]Sun (Kalgoorlie, WA) 6 Sept. 4/7: Professor Fang gouged out their grinders.
[Aus]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.
[Aus]N. Pulliam I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 233/1: fang carpenter (gum digger, gum puncher) – dentist.
[Aus]D. Niland Big Smoke 27: The old man, the pensioned-off fang carpenter in the next room.
[Aus]B. Humphries 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.
J. Lambert Macquarie Bk. Sl. 82/1: fang carpenter n. a dentist. Also, fang farrier.
[US]Hartford Courant (CT) sect. D 5 Sept. 27/3: G’Day from Down Under [...] Take more than a passing insult [...] to get me narkie enough to [...] send you to the fang merchant for some new crockery.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 76: fang bosun/carpenter Dentist. Originally in ANZ navy and army respectively, C20.
D. Gutman 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.
fang farrier (n.)

(Aus.) usu. milit., a dentist.

[UK]Hunt & Pringle Service Slang 31: fang farrier. Dentist.
[Aus]Dly News (Perth) 20 Aug. 8/7: She bobbed up again in a dentist’s surgery on Wednesday (August 18 in case you care), when she was standing her watch in the surgery of a local fang farrier.
[Aus]Marshall & Drysdale Journey Among Men 82: ‘You haven’t got a fang-farrier with you, have you?’.
[Aus]Canberra Times (ACT) 5 Mar. 1/4: When she graduates she will be commissioned as a Lieutenant (dental), and probably become known, as are other naval dentists, as a ‘fang farrier’.
[Aus]J. Byrell Lairs, Urgers & Coat-Tuggers 137: After the fang farrier fixed his chompers Willie The Shoe was another man.
fang hustler (n.)

a dentist.

[US]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.
fang job (n.)

criticism, esp. a critical article.

[US]H.S. Thompson letter 31 Jan. in Proud Highway (1997) 437: The Observer is down on me for a fang-job I did on Congress.

In phrases

on the fang

(Aus.) in speech, in speaking.

[Aus]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’.
put the fangs into (v.) [var. on put the bite on under bite n.1 ] (Aus.)

1. to demand a loan or favour.

[Aus]W.H. Downing Digger Dialects 22: fangs (n.) — ‘To put in the fangs’ — to demand money, etc.
[Aus](con. WWI) A.G. Pretty 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.
[Aus]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.
[Aus]Baker Aus. Lang.

2. to pressurize, to blackmail.

[Aus]Baker Aus. Lang.
[Aus]J. O’Grady Aussie Eng. (1966) 39: ‘Putting the bite on’ somebody is also ‘putting the fangs in’.