1. as an individual.
(a) a woman, esp. when appraised sexually [i.e. a ‘piece of meat’].
|Comedye Concernyng Three Lawes (1550) Act IV: infidelitas: At her purse or arse, tell me good fryre fuccage? hypocrifis: My the Messe at both [...] Tush, I am the popes owne vycar If thou lackest a pece, I knowe where thou mayst be sped.|
|Ralph Roister Doister I iii: Well, mock much of her, and keep her well, I ’vise ye. / I will take no charge of such a fair piece keeping.|
|Appius and Virginia in (1908) 17: O peerless dame! O passing piece! O face of such a feature!|
|Troilus and Cressida IV i: He, like a puling cuckold, would drink up The lees and dregs of a flat tamed piece.|
|Coxcomb IV iii: Pray God, he have not cast away himself / Upon some snout-fair piece!|
|Anatomy of Melancholy 188.8.131.52: If thou wilt avoid them [...] marry a course peece.|
|City-Night-Cap (1661) IV 39: Came this nice piece from Naples, with a pox to her?|
|Works (1869) II 257: This beauteous peece, whose feature radiant blaze, / Made Menelaus horne-mad warre to wage.‘Anagrams and Satyrs’ in|
|New Academy II i: Doest see yond pretty mumping peece i’th’ shop there?|
|Walks of Islington and Hogsdon II i: Why thou foole, is not better to have such a Greasy piece as I am, than to have a curious fine wife, and cannot come neer her.|
|Wandring Whore I 8: Pray take to task Julietta the most beautiful piece in City, Court, or County.|
|Scoffer Scoff’d (1765) 235: She such a very lovely Piece is.|
|Rover II ii: Morett. Abominable Fellow, I tell thee, we only sell by the whole piece.|
|Feign’d Curtizans 2: And yet this rare piece is but a Curtezan, in coarse plain English a very Whore.|
|Epigrams No. 92: There’s not a gaz’d at Piece in all the Town, / Shal equal you in Glory and Renown.|
|‘Joan to her Lady’ in Pills to Purge Melancholy II 81: Joan’s a Piece for Man to bore / With his Wimble, your’s no more.|
|Hist. of Highwaymen &c. 83: All the old Sages of Greece, / Themselves could dispense with a Score, / Tho’ others had but one Piece.|
|Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1985) 38: He was sure I was a fresh piece — I look’d so country, so innocent.|
|Epistle of a Reformed Rake 17: [addressing a pimp] Have you nothing new – not one Piece – What’s become of Bet Legg, and Nancy Welch?|
|Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 464: They came to fetch that precious piece, / That Madam helen.|
|Harris’s List of Covent-Garden Ladies 36: She is remarkably fond of the gin bottle [...] her teeth are but indifferent, but the smell of the juniper takes off every offence that the teeth may occasion, and makes her a desirable piece.|
|Banquet of Wit 15: I conceived somebody had laid violent hands upon my daughter, and that she was the piece they meant.|
|Memoirs (1995) III 179: She was still what the men call a damn’d good piece.|
|‘The Frolicsome Spark’ No. 31 Papers of Francis Place (1819) n.p.: At length to a bawdy house come [...] Bring me a flashy young piece.|
|Lex. Balatronicum n.p.: Piece. A wench. A damned good or bad piece; a girl who is more or less active and skilful in the amorous congress. [...] Hence the (Cambridge) toast, May we never have a piece (peace) that will injure the constitution.|
|Real Life in London II 340: Which piece do you mean, the one beside you or the one before you?|
|Finish to the Adventures of Tom and Jerry (1889) 133: The ‘Gay Pieces’ full of envy .|
|Whip & Satirist of NY & Brooklyn (NY) 3 Dec. n.p.: ‘That’s a nice little piece in the room there, ain’t she? [...] Only been out a week’.|
|Swell’s Night Guide 68: She vos rather a tidy piece at that time, and could go a stunner at her trade.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 18 July 3/1: The Bench-considered there was no grounds for binding . Langley over to keep the ‘piece,’ and told Charlotte that if she . wanted due maintenance, she must make the application.|
|Man of Pleasure’s Illus. Pocket-book n.p.: She is a charming piece, and when the skipper is absent on a cruize she often flashes her figure .|
|Twelve Years A Slave 87: There were men enough in New-Orleans who would give five thousand dollars for such an extra, handsome, fancy piece as Emily.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 37/1: The other was occupied by the ‘flats,’ one of whom had alongside of him the little piece Joe had his eye upon.|
|Love Afloat 233: I leave it to you if I’m likely to come across as pretty a piece, and as rich, too, as Mary.|
|My Secret Life (1966) IV 694: I was not man enough [...] to make me continue without withdrawing (as I often did with a fresh piece).|
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 16 Nov. 4/4: Brother Buster was there with a little piece about sixteen. She was settin’ on ’is I knee, ’n he was cuddlin’ her ’n tellin’ her to be a good girl.|
|‘Billy’s “Square Affair”’ in Roderick (1967–9) I 225: The ‘Crimson Streak’, his faithful ‘piece’, grew hateful in his eyes.|
|On the Wallaby 236: ‘And phat might ye mean by that?’ she asked [...] ‘Don’t you be taking me for one of your flighty pieces; d’ye mind me now!’.|
|‘’Arry and the [...] Lady Cyclists’ in Punch 15 June 285/2: One young piece in grey knicks and cream cloth, and a sort of soft tile called a toke.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 24 Mar. 14/4: Micko: ‘I don’t think much o’ that piece. Seen her goin’ down the street smokin’ a cigarette.’ / Biffer: ‘Well, yer can’t blame the girl, Micko. I ’eard she was blind drunk at the time.’.|
|Nocturnal Meeting 56: There were six of us girls, all rather good-looking [...] trust Master George and his friends for picking out crummy pieces.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 24 Oct. 13/3: There dwelt with her an unmarried daughter of 50 and a religious turn of mind, and a piece. The latter, being an ordinary woman or more-or-less heathen tendency, was immediately suspected, and metaphorically turned inside out – to no purpose.|
|B.E.F. Times 25 Dec. (2006) 256/2: On the street / Near the hippodrome in Brighton with a piece of something sweet.|
|Ulysses 61: Pert little piece she was.|
|Nigger Heaven 9: A pretty a piece, he reflected, as he had seen around these parts for some time.|
|Redheap (1965) 103: ‘Tall dark piece, with that way of looking at you as if you were a mile off’.|
|Have His Carcase 117: There’s that Leila Garland—a hard-boiled little piece if ever there was one.|
|They Drive by Night 19: He stepped into a cigarette shop. There was a smashing piece behind the counter.|
|in Limerick (1953) 124: The Mahatma on Mt. Himavat / Opined as he diddled a cat: / ‘She’s a far better piece / Than the Viceroy’s niece, / Who has also more fur on her prat’.|
|Beat Generation 50: I told her she was much too good a piece for you, fuzz.|
|Limericks 43: An elderly pervert in Nice / Who was long past wanting a piece.|
|When the Green Woods Laugh (1985) 283: And who’s the tall blond piece?|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn 256: That’s what he needed. A strange piece.|
|Dopefiend (1991) 152: If I’d had me a sassy little piece like that.|
|Lily on the Dustbin 96: Moreover, she’s convinced the offending young woman is ‘a proper little piece’ – young and all as she is, her present husband is her ‘second lump of sugar’.|
|Paco’s Story (1987) 154: Get a couple of nice juicy pieces to jump into that sack of yours.|
|Filth 21: This new civvy blonde piece is handing out the notes.|
|Right As Rain 62: Goddam if she wasn’t a beautiful piece.|
|Life 181: This black chick called Flo, who was my piece at the time.|
|Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] She was a right piece [...] Skin like fresh cream.‘Death Cannot Be Delegated’ in|
|Blacktop Wasteland 50: ‘I got this little piece I mess with’.|
(b) a man.
|Burlesque Homer (4th edn) II 234: Trembling he stood a dev’lish odd piece, / While his teeth chatter’d in his c--piece.|
|Of Love And Hunger 129: This chap Matey was a grim looking piece.|
(c) (US) a woman judged to be imoral, promiscuous.
|Life in Boston & N.Y. (Boston, MA) 8 Oct. n.p.: Esther T— [...] has got to be quite a piece lately. If she don’t reform I shall have to show up some of her doings, especialy that affair.|
(d) (gay) a man, in a sexual context.
|Diaries 12 Jan. 139: Their other guests were Stanley Hall and a grey-haired piece called Noel.|
|Current Sl. I:3 2/2: Fine piece, n. A handome fellow; one who is ‘good looking.’.|
|Queens’ Vernacular 148: piece sexual object; by extension any person.|
(e) one’s body, in the context of violence.
|Die Nigger Die! 88: The judge in Virginia decided that he wanted a piece of me, too.|
|Semi-Tough 186: If Puddin and Euger can start gettin’ a piece of somebody.|
|(con. 1946) Big Blowdown (1999) 96: Why th bat, Reed? If you been wantin’ a piece of me for so long, why don’t we do it right?|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 66: He wanted a piece of you, miy friend.|
2. in financial or commercial senses.
(a) (also peece, pieces) a sum of money, a coin worth £1 and 2 shillings.
|Bartholomew Fair IV iv: Can you lend me a piece, a Jacobus, in circle?|
|Witty Fair One IV ii: Here is twenty pieces, you shall fribble them away at The Exchange presently.|
|Northern Lasse II iii: Here’s half a Peece to buy thee Complection, Sack, or Aqua-vitae.|
|Jovial Crew Act III: Furnish me with a small parcel of Money – five or six peeces.|
|Wandring Whore II 14: There’s ten pieces to cleer all charges and expenses, does it please old Matron?|
|Love in a Wood III i: gripe.: Take a Crown then, an Angel, a Piece.|
|‘The Unconscionable Gallant’ [ballad] Half a piece [i.e. ten shillings] is too much for a poor single touch / [...] / To give more than a Crown for a bit of the Brown / I can have it for less of the Girls of the Town.|
|Love and a Bottle I i: Here are some Pieces.|
|Gamester Act IV: There’s your two Pieces, Sir.|
|Drummer V i: You know what your word cost Sir George, a purse of broad pieces.|
|Authentick Memoirs of Sally Salisbury 121: The dangerous Hell-Cat had secur’d the five Pieces.|
|Narrative of Street-Robberies 38: Sukey to be in the Way of the Trade, made the Taylor give him a broad Piece.|
|Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1985) 26: The old lady having first made him a present [...] of three or four pieces.|
|High Life Below Stairs I ii: Sir Har. I picked up fifteen Pieces. Duke. Pshaw! a Trifle!|
|Two Misers I i: I’m fetching him a supply: two hundred pieces.|
|Harris’s List of Covent-Garden Ladies 65: By [...] giving her one or two of his all-powerful pieces, her brow will be rendered placid.|
|A Fortnight’s Ramble through London 25: I told him that I could advance no more than nine guineas for the present. [...] ‘Hand me the nine pieces,’ replied the man.|
|Pettyfogger Dramatized I iii: Come, hand us over five pieces,— a five pounder, and a dollar will do.|
|Rogue’s Progress (1966) 79: Just think of those few pieces† I lent you the other night [note]† Counters used as money, in change, to gamble with.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 29/2: In order to gain time, he ‘slung’ the landlord a heavy piece of ‘sugar’.|
|‘Autobiog. of a Thief’ in Macmillan’s Mag. (London) XL 501: I kept on at the old game, only with this difference, that I got more pieces (money) for the wedge.|
|‘’Arry at the Sea-Side’ in Punch 10 Sept. 111/1: And I never mind blueing the pieces purwided I gets a good spree.|
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 14 Dec. 4/1: ‘We've got to whack the pieces every night or else there's no bazaar’.|
|Sporting Times 1 Feb. 3/1: I was going for peace (and pieces).|
|Truth (Sydney) 28 Oct. 1/4: And preached with power and prayed with zest / And gaily raked the ‘pieces’ in.|
|Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] 151: SUGAR: slang for money. syns. – rhyno, brass, spons, spondulix, brass, dibs, beans. gilt, glitter, oot, oof, ooftish, pieces.|
|Londinismen (2nd edn) V: Rum coves that relieve us / Of chinkers and pieces, / Is gin’rally lagged, / Or, wuss luck, gits scragged.|
|Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm 214: I’d give a nice piece of money to know that you could pitch.‘The Comeback’ in|
|Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 7 June 9/6: Slang of Money [...] It has been called ‘the actual, the blunt, hard, dirt, evil, flimsy, gilt, iron, John Davis, lurries, moss, oil of angels, pieces, rowdy, spondulicks, tin, wad’ .|
|Hairy Ape V: Say, dem tings is pretty, huh? Bet yuh dey’d hock for a piece of change aw right.|
|Thieves Like Us (1999) 50: I hope that Morehead bank will go for a nice piece.|
|Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria, OH) 13 Dec. 4/4: I do not drive my car from New York to Connecticut unless you have five nice pieces in your bag for me.|
|Alice in La-La Land (1999) 41: Letters dunning her for a piece of the money strangers knew would be settled on her.|
|Indep. on Sun. Culture 21 May 12: Now it’s Channel 4’s turn for a piece.|
(b) a share, esp. of profits, e.g. from a musical show.
|Poker Stories 197: The latter naively sugested that it was time to ‘cut up the coin.’ ‘What do you mean?’ asked the offical. ‘Why, I want my piece,’ was the reply.|
|Coll. Short Stories (1941) 123: You give me a piece o’ money and I’ll go.‘Champion’ in|
|Broadway Melody 8: A music house will do anything from giving her a car to offering her a ‘piece’ of (interest in) the song.|
|‘On Broadway’ 6 Dec. [synd. col.] I saw the DuBarry show in Philly – and there’s only one thing wrong [...] I haven’t got a piece of it!|
|Tucker’s People (1944) 59: Everybody had a chance to get a piece of it.|
|Rap Sheet 212: If I hadn’t turned down their offer to cut me in on a piece of it [i.e. a robbery], the odds are about ten thousand to one against me being able to tell about it to-day.|
|Panic in Needle Park (1971) 137: The fellow you met steered you wrong because he’s getting a piece of it.|
|Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 81: We’ll get our piece.East in|
|Goodfellas [film script] 20: Everybody got a piece.|
|Stormy Weather 33: Cut us a piece and we call it even.|
|Guardian 6 Jan. 24: If I’m going to bust my butt out there, I want a piece of it.|
|Running the Books 60: Everyone’s gonna want a piece of you in here.|
(c) a share in ownership, e.g. of a nightclub.
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 62: He has a piece of the joint.‘The Old Doll’s House’ in|
|(con. 1926) Schnozzola 104: I don’t want ever to have a piece of a night club again as long as I live.|
|Panic in Needle Park (1971) 162: Little Tony’s going to Frederick’s, the discothèque. He goes there every Wednesday night, he owns a piece of it.|
|Wiseguy (2001) 97: We gave Paulie a piece because he was our boss.|
|Layer Cake 23: Nobby, who’s got a piece of the gaff and runs its for the other partners.|
(d) a commission, a percentage.
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 663: I ask him what he calls a piece, he says 65 per cent. is what his American managers always slice him.‘Situation Wanted’ in|
|Cogan’s Trade (1975) 21: He just sits back there and takes his piece without doing nothing.|
|Muscle for the Wing 109: He gives me a piece, a small percentage, out of respect.|
|Pound for Pound 59: Trini [...] took the comfortable top piece of a 75-25 split.|
3. as a lit. or fig. weapon or tool.
(a) a gun [SE late 16C–mid-19C, then sl.].
|[||Albumazar I iii: Sure this some nouvice of th’ Artillery, That winkes and shootes: sir, prime your piece anew: The powder’s wet].|
|Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 134: A soldier calls his musket his piece, and so he calls his trull.|
|Nick of the Woods I 23: Well! as soon as I jumped out of his way, bang went his piece.|
|Nine Years in Van Diemen’s Land 263: On asking Howe if he had killed Slambow, he replied, ‘Yes; and I’ll serve you the same as soon as I can load the piece’.|
|From Antietam to Fort Fisher (1985) 132: I [...] had quite a confab with a ‘Johnny Reb’ who had laid aside his piece.letter 3 May in Longacre|
|Knocking About in N.Z. 149: A few ugly boys lounging about the wharves with old-fashioned pieces, some with fixed bayonets and some without.|
|Old Virginia Gentleman (1910) 137: What the deuce did I care abourt learning how to ‘hold my piece,’ to ‘load in nine times,’ and all that?|
|Man from Snowy River (1902) 131: For the water ran from the rifle breech — / It was drenched while the outlaws slept. / Then he dropped the piece with a bitter oath.‘How Gilbert Died’|
|Main Stem 106: He [...] carried a doubled barreled shotgun instead of a revolver. He was continually aiming the piece at some imaginary Hun.|
|Tall Tale America 55: Blaze away, and take care you don’t elevate your piece too low.|
|Teen-Age Gangs 158: You don’t mean to say he’s buying another piece? The man has a pearl-handled .32 to go with his blue suit and a dark Smith and Weston [sic] for his brown.|
|Manchild in the Promised Land (1969) 184: I got to get me a piece, baby.|
|Friends of Eddie Coyle 3: Jackie Brown [...] said that he could get some guns. ‘I can get your pieces, probably by tomorrow night.’.|
|‘Drama’ [lyrics] Copped another piece, hit the dark streets.|
|Curvy Lovebox 137: Wicked fuckin’ piece. Handgun.|
|Destination: Morgue! (2004) 209: He tucked his piece and badge in his pimp boots.‘Hollywood Fuck Pad’ in|
|Deuce’s Wild 17: Biggy carried a piece.|
|Guardian 25 Aug. [Internet] Like if I told someone ‘I’ve got a piece stashed round in my back garden’ and he goes and tells someone from another firm.|
|Truth 143: ‘Could be a piece,’ said Villani. ‘Inside-pants holster’.|
|August Snow [ebook] I looked at the piece Big Jake held in his thick hand—a renowned limited-edition gun.|
|Broken 144: He’s counting on Montalbo to sell him a clean gun [...] ‘I need a piece’.‘The San Diego Zoo’ in|
(b) (also fowling piece) the penis.
|Harris’s List of Covent-Garden Ladies 82: The regions of the Elysian bower are well tufted with the fringe of Nature, and no sportsman will think a guinea an object for the liberty of [...] discharging his piece in so delectable a spot.|
|‘Some Love To Push’ in Cockchafer 48: Our deer we mark in the midnight dark, / And our loaded piece is there, / Our aim we take ere our dear can wake, / And oft we shoot the hair (hare).|
|‘’ in Rum Ti Tum! in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) III 161: I scarce could stop from her [i.e. a whore] a day, / Her charms had stole my peace away.|
|Dreiser-Mencken Letters II (1986) 360: I hear all the old maids [...] flock to the town in the hope of being debauched. I surely hope you don’t risk your old fowling piece on any such game.letter 8 Nov. in Riggio|
|‘The Iceman and the Cook’ [comic strip] in Tijuana Bibles (1997) 48: Hello Bertha old keed, here’s a piece for your box.|
|Whores, Queers & Others I [ebook] ‘That's quite a piece you got there, Butch! You must drive the babes crazy when you stick them! Just how long is it?’.|
|Start in Life (1979) 200: Of its own accord my piece found its way there.|
|Blood Brothers 39: Butler, you gotta be dead not to feel my piece.|
|From Bondage 331: He armed his piece. ‘Bend over,’ he pressed compliant shoulders.|
|Tattoo of a Naked Lady 181: She’d found my piece [...] a fully loaded, double ball-barreled ladykiller.|
|Killer Tune (2008) 40: The day your lady’s touch don’t make your piece get high, it’s time to whisper bye-bye.|
(c) (US) a hypodermic syringe [play on gun n.1 (7)].
|Taking the Count 94: All right, doc [...] shoot the piece.‘The Spotted Sheep’ in|
(d) a knife.
|Animal Factory 81: I can’t give you a piece if I don’t know who it’s for.|
|Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July [Internet] Shank: Handmade prison weapon — generally a stabbing instrument. Also called a shiv or a piece.|
4. abbr. SE masterpiece.
(a) a tattoo.
|Tramping with Tramps 329: I was awakened by [...] a hand passing over a tattoo mark on my right arm. I started up, and saw Mary kneeling beside me and inspecting the ‘piece’ very closely.|
|‘Not Even a Mouse’ in ThugLit Nov.-Dec. [ebook] ‘You don’t want the piece, that’s fine’.|
(b) (orig. US) a major work of graffiti, typically as displayed on a New York City subway train; also as v.
|Getting Up: Subway Graffiti In N.Y. 31: Pieces, short for ‘masterpieces,’ are the names, usually consisting of four or more letters, that are painted on the outsides of subway trains.|
|(con. 1985–90) In Search of Respect 71: On an abandoned building around the corner from my tenement, a two-story graffiti ‘piece’ advertised the famous mafia hit squad Murder Inc.|
|Indep. Rev. 3 Sept. 5: They graduate to ‘piecing’ (short for masterpiecing). Here the name is the focal point of a complex design that might involve the whole side of a subway car.|
5. (Irish/Scot.) as food.
(a) a sandwich, a schoolchild or worker’s packed lunch; thus piece-plate, a sandwich plate; piece-time, lunchtime.
|Londonderry Standard 7 May 4/1: He remebered to have left part of his school ‘piece’, or luncheon, and he drew forth about half a scon — a kind of tough cake, made of oatmeal and potatoes.|
|(con. mid-1960s) Glasgow Gang Observed 234: Piece – sandwich.|
|Confessions of Proinsias O’Toole 126: Who stole the cheese outa the gravedigger’s piece? / Francie O’Toole, Francie O’Toole, Francie O’Toole!|
|Filth 49: I usually get [...] something from the bakers for my piece.|
|Glue 93: Muh Ma eywis gies ays a row fir takin the heel fae the boatum ay the breed packet, but ye huv tae if ye want tae make a right piece.|
|(con. 1980s) Skagboys 42: The canteen is pretty basic [...] maist ay the boys still brought their ain pieces.|
(b) a piece of bread and butter.
|Diversity of Creatures (1917) 59: ‘It spiled my day to think of it,’ he ses, when we was eatin’ our pieces.‘Friendly Brook’ in|
|Among You Taking Notes 7–8 Apr. 241: We had tea at five, milk for me, and ‘pieces’ (*Thick sandwiches) and pancakes.|
|Lore and Lang. of Schoolchildren (1977) 131: Mickey Mouse came into my house, / I asked what he wanted. / A piece an’ jam / A slice of ham / And that was all he wanted.|
|(ref. to 1930s) Even without Irene 63: I went into the scullery, poured myself a cup of buttermilk and made myself a big ‘piece’.|
|Dinkum Aussie Dict. 40: Piece: [...] The literal translation is ‘a piece of bread, jam and butter’. A young child was normally given a piece when he or she came home from school.|
|Acid House 126: Bob was given his cup of stewed tea and jam roll for breakfast [...] He couldn’t touch the piece.‘The Granton Star Cause’ in|
|Brummagem Dict. [Internet] : piece n. a slice of bread.|
6. an act of sexual intercourse.
|in Letter from My Father (1978) 132: She herself had met me for a quick piece on the grass.|
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 658: Looks like it’s going to be a good little piece.Judgement Day in|
|Farewell, My Lovely (1949) 37: Cute enough. I could have used a piece of that once.|
|(con. 1944) Naked and Dead 120: How many times have I picked up a piece from a married woman.|
|Blackboard Jungle 89: He had planned on a quick piece on a deserted stairwell.|
|Rage in Harlem (1969) 113: All the cops had ever wanted from her was a piece.|
|Swamp Man 108: For a minute, he was tempted to paddle over and get another piece.|
|‘Last Night’ [lyrics] All right kid, I’m gonna do this for you / But make sure I get a piece too.|
|Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 341: You sure you don’t wanna get a piece a’ that?|
|Online Sl. Dict. [Internet] want a piece of (someone) v 1. to be attracted to someone, usually in a physical sense. (‘I want a piece of him.’).|
|Wire ser. 3 ep. 5 [TV script] Man, I’d like a piece of that.‘Straight and True’|
|Crimes in Southern Indiana [ebook] ‘I don’t wanna shack up with some whore-ass housewife. I just wanted a piece’.‘Rabbit in the Lettuce Patch’ in|
7. in drug uses.
(a) (also piece of stuff) a quantity of heroin, cocaine or morphine, approx. 28g (1oz).
|You Can’t Win (2000) 135: Just think, Georgie [...] what a four-bit piece would do for us. What a life-saver!|
|AS XI:2 125/1: piece. An ‘ounce’ of narcotics, especially of morphine.‘Argot of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 1 in|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|AS XXVII:1 28: PIECE, n. One ounce of drug.‘Teen-age Hophead Jargon’|
|Panic in Needle Park (1971) 20: He bought heroin in pieces (ounces), cut it, bagged it, and handed it over on consignment to a handful of pushers.|
|Snowblind (1978) 97: There are four ‘spoons’ to a ‘piece’, which is just over an ounce.|
|House of Slammers 87: If you got eyes to cop king-size I’ll git a piece for you.|
|Prison Sl. 75: Paper refers to a unit of measure of drugs in powder form, usually heroin or cocaine. […] (Archaic: piece).|
|ONDCP Street Terms 17: Piece — Cocaine; Crack Cocaine; 1 ounce.|
|What It Was 80: You woulda made more, you sold it [i.e. heroin] by the piece.(con. 1972)|
(b) (also piece of stuff) an unspecified quantity of drugs.
|‘Konky Mohair’ in Life (1976) 105: Now Konky Mohair, the poor man’s square, / Bought a large piece of cocaine.et al.|
|Iced 69: It will cost him, say twenty-five dollars and a piece (of rock) for my trouble.|
|‘Based on a True Story’ [lyrics] Ten piece for a ten, base pipe come free.|
(c) a marijuana pipe.
|Urban Dict. [Internet] piece A device for smoking marijuana. Usually a glass piece. Did you grab the piece?|
8. something or someone undesirable [abbr. piece of shit n.].
|Current Sl. I:1 3/2: Piece A person of low calibre, or an insignificant person.|
|Campus Sl. Fall 8: PIECE – (from piece of shit) old or broken down object, usually an automobile.|
9. (US black) an automobile.
|Rappin’ and Stylin’ Out (1972) 383: Through my rose-tinted shades I could see Big Time’s piece. A 1968 Eldorado.‘Aspiration’ in Kochman|
|Jones Men 7: There was one hundred fifty big pieces lined up for blocks.|
10. (US black) in pl., clothes [? SE piece of goods].
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 110: There is a large vocabulary that defines clothes in general – drapes, rags, pieces, threads, fronts, styles.|
11. (US campus) a hairdo [abbr. SE hairpiece].
|Sl. U. 146: Dave’s got a rad piece. It’s fuschia.|
12. (US prison) a jail sentence.
|Prison Sl. 24: Stretch Time spent in prison [...] (Archaic: piece, ride, trick).|
|College Sl. Research Project (Cal. State Poly. Uni., Pomona) [Internet] Pieced (adj.) No longa a virgin.|
(US) a gunman, an armed bodyguard.
|Jones Men 23: You figure at least two piece men beside the driver.|
Referring to people in general, as ‘piece of...’
(US) a despicable person.
|Glitter Dome (1982) 14: Yeah, that piece of cancer. I hate him.|
(US campus) a coward, a weakling.
|Sharky’s Machine 110: I got to wonder how in hell he ever got tied in with that mother-humping piece of camelshit.|
an admirable person.
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
(US) a despicable person.
|More Stories from the Twilight Zone 82: You piece of garbage, you, Thomas!‘The Big, Tall Wish’ in|
|Feeling Good 262: You’re a no-good piece of rot.|
a person, inference usu. derog. or as a ‘character’.
|Caleb Williams (1966) 35: It was impossible that people could seriously feel any liking for such a ridiculous piece of goods.|
|Aberdeen Jrnl 18 Feb. 2/6: It is the study of a noted defence lawyer, his wife [...] and a nasty piece of goods [...] a little actress, utterly devoid of morals.|
|Hawick News 22 Feb. 7/5: The general opinion is that he’s a nasty piece of goods.|
|Kingsblood Royal (2001) 158: The liveliest topic tonight was the Reverend Dr. Jat Snood, who was probably the nastiest piece of goods in Grand Republic.|
|Stage (London) 1 Jan. 12/3: Joy Robins depicts a nasty piece of goods as Discordia the witch.|
|Mystery Bay Blues 57: He sounds like a nasty piece of goods this bloke.|
a talkative person.
|What’s In It For Me? 23: I had enough to handle a piece of jab like her.|
1. (also hunk of meat, piece of pie-meat) anyone regarded as no more than a physical object, esp. in a sexual context.
|Chances IV iii: What are you? Bawd to this Piece of Pye-meat.|
|Venus in India I 91: As I keep a pretty little piece of brown meat, and have my regular greens twice a week, I might not be able to do as good a turn now, as I did then, but I had that woman eight solid times, sir.|
|Mules and Men (1995) 145: ‘Dat li’l narrer contracted piece uh meatskin gointer make me stomp her right now!’ Big Sweet exploded.|
|Rhubarb 41: ‘What a hunk!’ breathed Myra. ‘What a hunka meat!’.|
|Godfather 157: Johnny hated the Hollywood ‘piece of meat’ approach. He never slept with any girl unless there was something about her he really liked.|
|Faggots 81: Christopher Street, over-run this late afternoon with thousands, bodies on the prowl, pieces of meat.|
|Campus Sl. Mar. 4: hunk of meat – good-looking, well-built male.|
|London Fields 342: He told her what Keith and his kind were really like, how they thought of women as chunks of meat.|
|Observer Screen 25 July 7: Just like a model, an actress auditioning, or a piece of meat.|
2. (US gay) a penis.
|Miss Knight (1963) 59: He would sit with his right hand in the left pocket of his policeman when they were in queer cafés, and would babble, ‘My god, Mary, I’ve got my hand on a real piece of meat at last, oh Mary’.|
|Anecdota Americana II 14: You have a very beautiful piece of meat and I should like very much to taste of it.|
|Quiet Fire 173: He did have a lovely piece of meat.|
|Chopper 4 139: Put it away [...] I’ve seen better bits of meat hanging off the butcher’s pencil.|
1. a term of contempt.
|Mint (1955) 121: If that long spunking piece of piss pokes his head in here after us, I’ll knock seven different sorts of shit out of him.|
2. see also sl. compounds referring to objects below.
(Aus.) a term of contempt.
|That Eye, The Sky 39: I hate yer big flubbery guts and yer pig face and yer crybaby old man [...] and yer scrawney plucked-chook-piece-of-poop old lady. I hate yez! [Ibid.] 71: ‘You’re a piece of poop, Mr Cherry!’ I yell.|
see piece of garbage
see separate entries.
(US) a beating, a thrashing, a punishment.
|S.R.O. (1998) 183: ‘I gotta get me a little piece of his butt [...] Welfare pimp. I should kill me every one I see’.|
|Ghetto Sketches 27: Let them niggers gon’ ’n fight. They been tryin’ t’ get a piece of each other’s ass since last week!|
a contemptible person.
|A Fine Companion II iii: aemi.: O master Carelesse here has beene your Vncle A woing to me. car.: What that peece of stockfish.|
a worthless person.
|Man of Feeling 33: I was reckoned a piece of a wag, and your wags, I take it, are seldom rich.|
1. a person; usu. qualified by an adj., e.g. nasty piece of work, an unpleasant person.
|Midas I v: mys.: Rivals forsooth! pan.: What, for a straggling goatherd! mys.: For this fine piece of work.|
|Jamie and Bess II i: Gae from my sight, ye worthless piece of wark!|
|People You Know 210: He [...] was paying a lot of Attention to a wonderful Piece of Work sitting opposite.|
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 280: This clothes business simply showed what a foxy piece of work she was.|
|Potash And Perlmutter 158: You’re a fine piece of work, I must say.|
|Seaways 110: Nasty Bit of Work. I’d go and bash his head for two pins.|
|Death in Ecstasy 32: ‘Nasty little bit of work,’ thought Nigel.|
|Lucky Palmer 42: She’s a nasty piece of work, the old girl.|
|Mirage (1958) 165: I bet he’s a nasty piece of work.|
|Patriot Game (1985) 35: He’s a piece of work, Peter. A day without him is like steak for breakfast.|
|(con. 1968) Reckoning for Kings (1989) 254: Grubb? Cat’s a real piece of work.|
|Chopper From The Inside 49: The drag queen was the roughest-looking piece of work God ever shovelled guts into.|
|Guardian Guide 12–18 June 9: She has become a right nasty piece of work.|
|Grits 181: Never liked that one, I yavunt. Nasty loody piece uv work aye.|
|Leather Maiden 57: They’re real pieces of work, those two, but they’ve been good for news.|
|Life 168: Reg was a very nasty piece of work.|
|Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] I’d been hired by a bona fide piece of work to kill his slice-of-pie wife.‘Death Cannot Be Delegated’ in|
2. an attractive woman.
|Courier (Waterloo, IA) 3 Apr. 8/3: ‘You’re a mighty fine piece of work, you are, an’ I’ve got an awful yearnin’ to [etc]’.|
|Hell on Hoe Street 40: Plenty of the birds were pieces of work only they never hugged or kissed me.|
3. a formidable person.
|Native Tongue 68: ‘You’re a piece of work,’ he said to Molly McNamara. ‘I gotta admit.’.|
|(con. 1964–8) Cold Six Thousand 116: Junior’s a piece of work. Don’t underestimate him.|
|Broken Shore (2007) [ebook] There’s a Ray Piggot that’s a piece of work.|
|Wire ser. 4 ep. 5 [TV script] ‘He’s a piece of work.’ ‘Valchek? Comes with the territory’.‘Alliances’|
|Life 212: Deborah [Dixon] was a piece of work, a beauty from Texas who’d been on every magazine cover.|
|Lives Laid Away [ebook] ‘Skittles said you were a piece of work’.|
4. one who is considered odd or eccentric by the speaker.
|Sweet La-La Land (1999) 93: You’re a real piece of work [...] Worrying about the mistress you share will say about any side dishes you care to taste, but not worrying a bit about the feelings of the wife-to-be.|
|Triggerfish Twist (2002) 172: His rap sheet goes way back [...] A real piece of work.|
5. see also sl. compounds referring to objects below.
in fig. use, referring the the ease of surpassing alleged challenges
anything seen as simple, lucky, easily achieved, no bother; cite 2010 refers to a woman.
|You’re in the Racket, Too 217: What a slice of cake. I touched lucky if ever I did.|
|Other Half 184: Drive away as fast as you can where the Boys tell you and the job will be a piece of cake.|
|None But the Lonely Heart 34: It would have been a piece of cake to put a brick through them. [Ibid.] 151: It was a lump of cake, all round. It was toffee. [Ibid.] 170: It’s a piece of meat [...] Easy as eating your breakfast. [Ibid.] 245: ‘Lump of duff,’ says Cosh.|
|Grass in Piccadilly 32: Piece of cake he had married Jenny before that happened.|
|Und. Nights 76: It was an absolute piece of cake.|
|Teachers (1962) 91: ‘How are you coping with ’em?’ ‘Piece of cake,’ he said.|
|Inside the Und. 28: Safes that had been guaranteed ‘pieces of cake’ failed to respond.|
|Bonfire of the Vanities 508: Piece a cake for a guy like me.|
|Crosskill [ebook] ‘[It’s] a piece of cake, something I do all the time’.|
|Yes We Have No 352: Don’t let anyone fool you that London’s a piece of cake.|
|Indep. on Sun. Real Life 9 Jan. 5: Exploring the pole is a piece of cake compared to being married.|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 24: John’s mother, the bitch, she’s no piece of cake either.|
|Heat [ebook] ‘Piece of cake,’ according to Jack Pepper [...] Stefan Vidovic tried to see how overcoming armed guards and locked doors might be a piece of cake.|
(orig. RAF) anything seen as supremely easy.
|DSUE (3rd edn) Add. 1134/2: Piece of piss, a ‘piece of cake’... R.A.F.|
|Train to Hell 111: ‘It’s a piece of piss,’ said Abdul. ‘All you do is draw something stupid and it’s gets printed in the Observer Colour Supplement.’.|
|You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 225: Sounds like a piece of piss if you ask me.|
|Train to Hell 111: ‘It’s a piece of piss,’ said Abdul. ‘All you do is draw something stupid and it’s gets printed in the Observer Colour Supplement.’.|
|Mooi Street (1994) 118: Army’s a piece a’ piss, man.‘Boo to the Moon’ in|
|Zoom 17: This job, he assured me, / was a piece of piss and we’d sew it up tomorrow / Chaps, I’ve got a vote for Hughie—but it ain’t no monte yet.‘All Bee and Skittles’ in|
|One Night Out Stealing 41: Yeah, a breeze, a cinch, a piece of piss, an easy-meat bowl over.|
|The Joy (2015) [ebook] ‘Just got in his way, to give her enough time to mingle in with the crowds and hop into an auld Jo. Piece of piss, it was’.|
|Mud Crab Boogie (2013) [ebook] ‘You ever driven one before? [...] Don’t worry. It’s a piece of piss’.|
|Rubdown [ebook] ‘I don’t know. I’ve never done anything like — ’ ‘Piece of piss. You’ve had a fuck before, haven’t you?’.|
|Black Swan Green 51: The answer’s a piece of piss.|
|Viva La Madness 148: They jiggled open the combination locks — piece-a-piss — popped open the cases and — fuckin result!|
|Decent Ride 31: Piece ay pish, bud. Ken it well.|
an example of good luck; a welcome change in circumstances.
|Dict. of Sl., Jargon and Cant.|
see iron n. (3c)
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl.|
|I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 237/1: piece de resistance – constipation.|
(US black) any one of the seven days of the week.
|(con. 1940s) JiveOn.com [Internet] Cop and blow [...] You slap yo’self a good, long peep at Kenny, boy [...] he gots a fly crutch, a diff’rent zoot suit fo’ every piece o’ seven an’ a rep dat come through de slammer trey hours befo’ he slide in.‘The Jive Bible’ at|
1. see senses 7a and 7b above.
2. see also sl. compounds meaning a woman below.
(orig. US) a share in what is going on, usu. monetary, criminal or gambling.
|Rockabilly (1963) 138: You’ve got a piece of the action.|
|Too Many Crooks Spoil the Caper 58: I ain’t gonna let Louie use ’im unless I get a piece of the action.|
|Traveller’s Tool 102: Old grandpa would be arriving at any tick of the clock for his piece of the action.|
|Dread Culture 10: Wah! Business a gwaan pon Benbow Street and me no inna it? Since when money a mek and mi nah get a piece of di action?|
|Guardian G2 26 Apr. 24: Should we be surprised that the 22-year-old [...] wants a piece of the action?|
|Rosa Marie’s Baby (2013) [ebook] Knowing Eddie, he’d probably start banging on her door wanting a piece of the action.|
a cake of pressed tobacco.
|ballad in Dict. of Sl., Jargon and Cant II 128/1: I got a clay and a piece of thick / [...] / But crikey didn’t I feel sick.|
1. a fuss, a ‘to-do’.
|Derby Mercury 8 Feb. 2/1: ‘What Cheer Finch?’ ‘Prety [sic] Cheer indeed,’ says I, ‘You have made a fine piece of Work of it! your boy is dead’.|
|Post Captain (1813) 183: What would my papa and mamma say? There would be such a piece of work!|
|Martin Chuzzlewit (1995) 61: What are you making all this piece of work for?|
|Gay Girls of N.Y. 85: Here’s a pretty piece of work!|
|Quite Alone I 237: Here was a fine piece of work!|
|Fitz’s Election (1867) 392: How do you expect to get along with your election when it’s such a piece of work to make you shake hands?|
2. see work n. (1)
3. see also sl. compounds referring to people above.
Meaning a woman, usu. promiscuous, as ‘piece of...’
1. a woman, not necessarily derog. but invariably from a sexual point of view and usu. dismissive; occas. a man.
|Sun. Times (Perth) 11 Nov. n.p.: The Frog likewise threw his fancy piece of cuddle from the sulky.|
|Sport (Adelaide) 17 Jan. 7/4: What has come over George W. and his piece of crochet .|
|Committee of Fourteen in First Sexual Revolution (1993) 88: Twenty cunts hanging around here. I said last year there was always a chance of picking up a piece of gash in here.|
|in Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) I 413: ‘A dollar gold for a piece of cock, / Pop! goes the weasel!’ [...] She learned it near Pineville, Missouri, before 1910.|
|Short Stories (1937) 151: Git yourself a piece of honey that’s plump and willing and nice.‘Clyde’|
|Gas-House McGinty 191: Your hunk of pork ain’t nothin’ to write home about, neither!|
|Tropic of Capricorn (1964) 163: Wasn’t that a nice piece of ass to turn over to a friend?|
|(con. 1944) Gallery (1948) 212: Wanna nice signorina? Wanna piecea arse?|
|Sexus (1969) 184: She really was a bewitching piece of cunt. [Ibid.] 256: Too bad, because she certainly was a good piece of hump.|
|DAUL 104/2: Hunk of quiff, skin, or snatch. See Hunk of hat. [Ibid.] 157/1: Piece of pratt. [...] Piece of snatch. 1. A loose woman.et al.|
|From Here to Eternity (1998) 37: I guess thats why all these guys get tired of her. Anyway, I never seen a piece of ass yet was worth twenty years in Leavenworth.|
|Lover Man 92: A piece o’ trim [...] would kill that boy deader than John Wilkes Booth.‘Schooldays in North Carolina’ in|
|Hang On a Minute, Mate (1963) 159: She’s not the tidiest hunk of work I’ve come across, but the old gal’s got a heart of gold.|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn 45: She didnt look like no freak. She looked like a real fine piecea ass. [Ibid.] 211: I could use a little nookie. Thats what I need, a good piece of ass.|
|Teen Swap n.p.: ‘I got a date with a lovely piece of kootch’.|
|Thief 38: She was a few years older than me, and the hottest piece of butt in those parts.|
|Flesh and Blood (1978) 243: Thirty million large. We don’t want that fucked up over a piece of gash.|
|Dress Gray (1979) 286: The best piece of ass I ever fucked was your sister. [Ibid.] 382: The little woman [...] Finest little chunk-a-fanny this side of the Hudson.IV|
|Decadence in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 15: My super wondrous piece of dolly arse.|
|Tourist Season (1987) 364: I take it you don’t think of yourself as a precious piece of ass.|
|(con. 1932) Ozark Folksongs and Folklore I 160: ‘When I was young and in my prime, / I could get a piece of cock any time, / But now I’m old, my balls are cold, / I can’t get a bit to save my soul.’ [...] Sung as above by Mr. R.T., Joplin, Missouri, December 24, 1932. [Ibid.] 402: [From Mr. W.B., Harrison, Arkansas, Apr. 16, 1949] [...] The piece of cock the singer is searching for is the vagina, not penis. ‘Rode into Hockeytown, ’bout four o’clock, / Two bottles beer an’ one piece of cock. – / Molly, pull your pants down quick as you can, / Jump into bed with the hog-eye man’.|
|Straight Outta Compton 68: ‘I thought I was different,’ she said. ‘You are [...] No piece of pussy is the same.’.|
|Pugilist at Rest 93: When you go out with an alpha, they think they’re screwing you; they think the guy is the piece of ass.|
|Guardian Weekend 8 Jan. 3: And no way would you be in the sack with a prime piece of Gentile ass like me.|
|Turning Angel 123: They only care about one thing [...] Dipping their wick in a piece of ass.|
|‘Feeling Good’ in ThugLit Jan. [ebook] The piece of ass he was fucking semi-regularly.|
2. heterosexual sexual intercourse.
|(ref. to 1868) Amer. Madam (1981) 47: I soon saw clear we’d both end up being shooting galleries for the drummers and tinhorns looking for a quick piece of ass.|
|‘Peter Pullin’ Blues’ Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing (1995) 273: This is my son, and this bastard’s twenty-one, / Annabelle, it’s time he had a piece of ass.|
|(con. 1944) Naked and Dead 184: You think you can give her a better piece of ass than anybody else?|
|Naked Lunch (1968) 140: Father decide it is time the boy have his first piece of ass.|
|Limericks 62: There was a young girl in Alsace / Who was having her first piece of ass.|
|Addict in the Street (1966) 120: Come on, baby, give me a good time – give me a piece of your ass! [Ibid.] 121: Ten dollars for a piece of pussy?|
|Erections, Ejaculations etc. 349: You got to ruin your life over a piece of snatch? It ain’t sensible.|
|Swamp Man 65: Anybody else want another piece of ass before we go?|
|In La-La Land We Trust (1999) 37: Well, thought Tillman, somebody would’ve gotten a little piece of ass.|
|(con. 1960s) Blood Brothers 101: After getting a quick piece of ass from the girls, I dashed back to the general’s quarters.|
3. hetero- or homosexual anal intercourse [ass n. (2)/arse n. (1)].
|Anecdota Americana II 14: ‘Come on, Nell, how’s about it for a lay tonight?’ ‘Can’t John,’ she answered, ‘Me cunt is in no condition for fucking tonight.’ ‘How about a piece of ass then?’ said he.|
|Flesh and Blood (1978) 27: Remember, you’re valuable, babe. A piece of fresh white ass.|
4. (US Und.) a passive male homosexual [ass n. (2)/arse n. (1)].
|DAUL 157/1: Piece of pratt. [...] Piece of snatch. 1. [...] an epicene. 2. A male pederast; a male oral sodomist.et al.|
see beef n.1
|Home to Harlem 17: She’s a particularly sweet piece a business.|
an attractive woman.
|Glance at N.Y. II v: Come up to-night, and I’ll show you as gallus a piece of calico as any on de floor.|
|Boston Blade 17 June n.p.: You’d orter seen them cheered this gallus piece of calico.|
|Bushrangers 54: ‘But his girl is a good looker,’ muttered Doland. ‘I never saw a handsomer piece of calico in my life.’.|
|Peck’s Bad Boy and His Pa (1887) 83: I shall never allow my affections to become entwined about another piece of calico.|
(US) sexual intercourse with a woman.
|Prison Days and Nights 29: A man who hasn’t had a drink or a piece of femme for years.|
(20C+ use is US black/W.I.) a woman, esp. an attractive woman; cite 1652 ref. to young man.
|Jacke Juggler Bi: A great pleasure she hath [...] To gette poore me, now and then by the pate For she is an angrye pece of fleshe.|
|Tell-Trothes New-Yeares Gift (1876) 30: Ioane, communis omnibus, that could play at bucklers so soone as she was past her cradell. Oh she is a tall peece of flesh, and will stand to her tackling so stoutly.|
|Old Law (1656) IV i: What an old peece of flesh of fifty nine eleven months and upwards, she must needs be flieblown.|
|1652 Laughing Mercury 8-16 Sept. 178: An old, very old Woamn [...] having a desire to dress a young piece of flesh, married Turk under twenty.|
|Mercurius Fumigosus 24 8–15 Nov. 206: If any man or Woman [...] can give me any notice or knowledge of a pittifull ugly immodest impudent, vicious and confident Piece of Shee-Mortallity, whose Christian name begins with E.|
|Mercurius Democritus 3-10 May 6: In Moor-fields last night, a piece of mortality walking [...] in the old walk of iniquity; meeting a young Dick [and] discovering him a person fit for her occupation [etc.].|
|Man in the Moon 5 May 14: An Impudent piece of Mortality, coming from Dover [etc.]'.|
|Counterfeit Bridegroom III i: See there, Sweet heart, what a piece of flesh they have brought me, that is the creature would be my supposed Daughter.|
|Whipping Tom – Brought to Light 2: Scouting about Whetstones Park, [he] met with an old piece of Mortality.|
|The Quaker’s Opera I i: Verily thou billest most salaciously, and art a most delightful Piece of Flesh.|
|Midnight Spy (c.1929) 81: What became of the little Tit I recommended to you [...] was she not a delicate piece of Flesh?|
|Navy at Home III 52: The landlady, a perfect she-dragon in virtue, ever since she had kept the Dolphin, however loose a piece of flesh she might have been.|
|Three Negro Plays (1969) II ii: Thirty years ago, you put your hands on me to feel my breasts, and you say, ‘You a pretty little piece of flesh, ain’t you?’.Mulatto in|
|Lonely Londoners 91: I meeting that piece of skin tonight, you know.|
|Ways of Sunlight 84: Who should I see but Little One, doing a window-shop with a sharp piece of skin.|
|Housing Lark 95: Which part you get that piece of skin, Syl?|
|Lex. of Cadet Lang. 266: piece of flesh a woman, especially a woman seen as sexual object.|
(N.Z.) an attractive (young) woman.
|Truth (Wellington) 22 May 7: A very nice piece of frillery named Ettie May.|
a male homosexual.
|(con. WWII) Jack and Jamie Go to War 100: Do you think I’m a piece of fruit?|
(orig. US black) a woman or girl (in sexual context).
|Ely’s Hawk & Buzzard (NY) Sept. 21 n.p.: Jim [...] has a sneeking notion after a snug little piece of furniture in Chapel-street.|
|Clockmaker III 212: A real right down, scrumptious-lookin’ piece of furniture.|
|Satirist & Sporting Chron. (Sydney) 1 Apr. 3/3: That D****, the broker, ought to be careful the next time he gets lushy, what piece of furniture he picks up with — the chance is he may get something he wont easily get rid of.|
|Down in Tennessee 176: She’s [...] the snuggest piece uv house furniture as uver wus grow’d.|
|‘Sl. among Nebraska Negroes’ in AS XIII:4 Dec. 317/1: A nice little piece of furniture is a pretty girl.|
|(con. 1940s–60s) Straight from the Fridge Dad 10: Bedroom furniture Dame, doll, gasser.|
see piece of ass
a young woman; a flighty young woman who has ‘abandoned the proprieties’ (Ware).
|He Would be a Soldier II i: I think her as plain a piece of goods, as a man could meet between Temple-Bar and Whitechapel.|
|Adventures of Gil Blas (1822) I 14: She seemed a pretty piece of goods.(trans.)|
|Life in London (1869) xiiv: While a chance remains [...] to have a pretty ‘piece of goods’ by your side, just to show the world what a gay fellow you are.|
|Paul Periwinkle 360: Such an old ugly piece of goods as Mrs. Archbishop.|
|Northants Mercury 16 May 3/5: Susannah Bandy [...] assaulted Sarah Tomkins of the same place, a woman much older than herself. The defendant appeared to be a firy piece of goods.|
|Fashion I i: What a Jezebel! These women always play the very devil with a man, and yet I don’t believe such a damaged bale of goods as that (looking at Mrs. tiffany) has smothered the heart of little Antony!|
|Hills & Plains I 34: ‘Seen the new spin?’ said Captain Stapleton [...] ‘Rather think we have,’ was the universal rejoinder. ‘A very superior piece of goods’.|
|White Rose 27: To use the master-bricklayer’s expression, such a ‘choice piece of goods’.|
|Term of His Natural Life (1897) 21: ‘She’s a fine piece of goods, eh?’ asked Blunt.|
|Newcastle Courant 25 Nov. 6/6: ‘Quite a spicy piece of goods,’ though Mr Ezekiel Smith.|
|Tales of the Early Days 217: They ain’t goin’ ter let a purty piece o’ goods like yer slip through their ’ands.|
|Sporting Times 11 Aug. 1/4: She’s as good as gold, but when she sets her mind on anything / She’s a wilful piece of goods.‘Causerie’|
|Lone Hand (Sydney) July 239/1: ‘Gad! [...] An uppish piece of goods for you!’.|
|Sport (Adelaide) 24 July 4/6: Geoff H. came up [...] to see his piece of goods .|
|God’s Man 364: He’s stuck on the star turkey-trotter – a pretty little piece of goods.|
|Moleskin Joe 33: He knew [...] that priests married nuns and that one escaped nun was a ‘hot piece of goods’.|
|Law O’ The Lariat 97: Yo’re a pretty piece o’ goods.|
|Murder in the Mews (1954) 41: Pretty heartless piece of goods. Gone off to play golf.|
|Serenade (1985) 16: It hadn’t occured to me up to that second that she could be a downright piece of trade goods.|
|Coll. Stories (1965) 151: I’d seen a smart-looking piece of goods drying her face and having a bo-peep out the bathroom window.‘That Summer’ in|
|Sundowners 120: You’re a well-padded piece of goods.|
|Teen-Age Mafia 8: Norma. She was a nice frilly piece of goods.|
|Hand-Reared Boy 42: What a nasty, back-biting, insincere little piece-of-goods Molly Hadfield was.|
|1985 (1980) 201: Sorry old boy, nice piece of goods, daughter or not.|
see piece of ass
(mid-17C) a prostitute.
|Mercurius Democraticus 31 May-7 June 38: An old Fisherman living at the Bankside, meeting an old piece of iniquity which he had often made use of [...] would needs go drink with her at the Three Tuns.|
sexual intercourse; thus a sexually available woman.
|DSUE (8th edn) 794/1: ca.1960.|
|Amatory Ink [Internet].|
see bit of muslin under bit n.1
see under mutton n.
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 14 Mar. 2/5: Mary M’Cann, a natty little piece of property, made her bow for taking ‘her malt above the meal’.|
|Criminal Life (NY) 19 Dec. n.p.: She is a stale and unwholesome piece of property.|
see piece of ass
a young and sexually appealing woman.
|Michaelmas Term II i: Young, beautiful, and plump, a delicate piece of sin.|
|Night Raven 13: I haue married late, a lumpe of sin which is his sister.|
see piece of flesh
a woman, seen as a sex object.
|Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 23 Jan. 3/6: By & by / A little piece of skirt I see.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 27 Nov. 1/1: An amorous Avon agriculturist mizzled to Melbourne recently with his buxom servant [...] the guilty chunk of skirt belonged to a toiler who was looking for work.|
|Galahad Jones in Three Plays for Aus. Stage (1914) 57: I can't waste time on every bit of skirt that falls in love with me [Ibid.] 76: I'm seein' a piece of skirt in that there garden meself.|
|Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 31 Dec. 3/6: A interesting / Tidy little piece of skirt, / Will Induce a sporting josser / For to go and pop his shirt.|
|Cousin Beryl 316: I’m not a kind of cove who ever takes no from any piece of skirt.|
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 144: PIECE.– [...] a woman or girl who will listen to reason. Amplified and frequently used in this latter sense, as ‘a piece of tail,’ or ‘a piece of skirt.’.|
|Limey 43: And now what’re we gonna do about a piece o’ skirt for Limey?|
|Sat. Night and Sun. Morning 159: Plenty of work and plenty of booze and a piece of skirt every month till I’m ninety.|
see piece of ass
an unknown woman, usu. in a sexual context.
|[||My Secret Life (1966) IX 1880: Widows, wives or others, who hot arsed only get a bit of strange cock on the sly].|
|Thorn for the Flesh 66: It was the first piece of strange ass he'd had since his wedding. The captain's wife said she was in love with him and was going to divorce her husband.|
|Alcoholism 12: Soon the patient's drinking acquaintances were able to ‘fix him up’ with a ‘piece of strange.’ This pattern eventually entailed staying out all night, involvements with other women, and rather chronic intoxication.|
1. a young woman.
|Michaelmas Term III i: (Enter Mother Gruel) sho: How now? What piece of stuff comes here?|
|Woman Hater III iii: Shee’s a piece of dainty stuffe my rogue, smooth, and soft as new Satten.|
|Scarronides 75: I know thee old Toft well enough, A stinking piece of Stigian stuff; In vain thy self doest toss and tumble With mens.|
|Waterman in Coll. Farces & Entertainment VI (1788) 103: I hope I shan’t have such a crank and humoursome piece of stuff to deal with as you have here .|
|Young Coalman’s Courtship 15: Wode I think ye’re a cumstrarie piece o’ stuff, it’s true enough your mither said o’ ye, that ye’re no for a poor man.|
|Works (1794) III 258: But Betty was not a bad piece of stuff.‘Odes of Condolence’|
2. see also sl. compounds referring to objects above.
1. a woman, a girl, not necessarily derog. but invariably from a sexual point of view and usu. dismissive.
|Bottom Dogs 122: 12th street was still a live-wire hangout for the prohibition kansanites who came [...] to get their camels, saturdaynite booze, and a piece of tail.|
|Gas-House McGinty 38: Porky talks like a guy who never had a decent hunk of tail in his life.|
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 682: What these college boys needed was a good piece of tail to educate them.Judgement Day in|
|Sexus (1969) 30: You wonder if she’s a good piece of tail. Yes, magnificent.|
|Crazy Kill 137: You guys’ll be out there chasing the hottest piece of tail in Harlem.|
|Friends of Eddie Coyle 119: Him and four buddies want a little dough to get a high-class piece of tail.|
|Brown’s Requiem 112: Taco wagons are my speciality. Also foxy Chicanas. Everytime I do a repo in Hollenbeck, I stop for a jumbo burrito and a piece of Mexican tail.|
|Dict. of Invective (1991) 380: tail. A woman considered as a sex object, a piece of tail.|
|‘Chickenhawk’ at www.cultdeadcow.com [Internet] I knew I’d have to force some food into the piece of tail I had waiting for me back in the hotel room in Times Square.|
|Jimmy Bench-Press 126: Larry’s piece of tail and Jimmy Bench-Press [...] Don’t that make for interesting comversation.|
|Donnybrook [ebook] ‘[T]hey met a piece of tail in here months back’.|
2. an act of sexual intercourse.
|in Letter from My Father (1978) 43: I didn’t get my first ‘piece of tail’ until quite a few years later.|
|28 Feb. diary in Aaron (1985) 296: He’ll put down the paper an’ growl at me, ‘Hassie, let’s have a piece a’ tail.’ Then I get mad. ‘A piece of tail,’ I says to him, ‘An’ is that what you call it an’ how you ask for it?’.|
|Anecdota Americana II 79: I had my first piece of tail today!|
|Sexus (1969) 123: Her husband was away on a trip and she was just itching for a piece of tail.|
|Amer. Dream Girl (1950) 203: I only get a hunk of tail once a month.‘Milly and the Porker’ in|
|Redemption in G. Feldman (ed.) Protest (1960) 105: She was a fat, thick-witted broad and he was sure he could get [...] a piece of tail.|
|Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 213: D is for diddle, it never grows stale, / there’s nothing so good as a nice piece a tail.|
|Street Players 54: I just want to buy a piece of tail.|
|(con. 1942) Ninth Man 123: I haven’t had a piece of tail since our overnight stop in Paris.|
|(con. 1920s) Legs 92: A piece of tail’s more than climbing on and banging until you blow your load.|
3. (US gay) a sexual partner [tail n. (1)].
|Transcript Dunn Inquiry in Perverts by Official Order (1989) 27: He was seeking ‘a piece of tale’ [sic] provoked Brunelle’s suggestion that he get together with one of the ‘pipe blowers’.|
|America’s Homosexual Underground 139: They have to make it. They have to bring home a piece of tail.|
a street-walker, a prostitute.
|Crim.-Con. Gaz. 21 Dec. 311/1: I saw Jack Everard [...] with a dashing piece of the town [...] [W] ere your wife to see you, she would very soon comb your hair.|
1. a prostitute.
|Man with the Golden Arm 63: He’d been promenading down Augusta Boulevard with some good-natured piece of trade.|
|Entrapment (2009) 146: Never give that piece of trade he left on the courthouse steps another thought.‘Watch Out for Daddy’ in|
|America’s Homosexual Underground 14: Making it with a ‘hustler’ or a ‘piece of trade’ fills this need.|
|Whores, Queers & Others 2 28: I’d be like all the other queers, grateful for just a ‘piece of trade,’ happy to sip at his fountain of youth while he [...] lay there looking bored, [...] wishing I’d hurry up [...] so he could have his five or ten bucks and go out and pick up a broad.|
2. (gay) a sexual partner.
|Scarlet Pansy 200: One piece of trade should be good for luncheon, another for tickets to the matinee, another for dinner.|
|Gay Detective (2003) 79: You can get anything in that joint from a piece of trade to a main line shot.|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn 53: A handsome piece of trade beside her; wonderful girl friends; and a beautiful bennie connection in the corner drugstore.|
|Iced 197: Then off you’d go in search of another ‘piece of trade’.|
see piece of goods
see piece of ass
Pertaining to sexual intercourse
of a man, to seduce a girl or woman, to have sexual intercourse.
|(con. 1944) Naked and Dead 93: If one of your biddies gets a piece, he lets you know about it.|
|Down in the Holler 111: When a hillman says that he got him a piece, he means that he has had sexual intercourse.|
|Die Nigger Die! 31: You weren’t a man if you hadn’t gotten yourself a little piece by the time you were seven.|
|Union Dues (1978) 336: So’s you could go round thinkin you not a racist as the rest of them and gettin your piece at the same time.|
|Drylongso 163: Old Chahlie rushes out there [...] while the big shot gets a little piece from his wife and daughters.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 151: Expressions for intercourse – to get a piece, to get a piece of ass/tail.|
|(con. 1910s) Livin’ the Blues 41: You mean you actually got a piece?|
|Guardian Guide 28 Aug.–3 Sept. 69: But things really start to spice up around ovulation, with the fellas getting a piece from every passing female (ref. to monkeys).|
of a man, to seduce a woman, to have sexual intercourse.
|in Limerick (1953) 71: An old couple just at Shrovetide / Were having a piece—when he died.|
|Rhythm of Violence II iii: I get drunk, maybe get myself a nice soft bottom. [...] Why can’t nobody just sit down and have himself a nice piece of bottom?|
|Daily Mail 30 Aug. 27: Did ya ever have a piece of Cuban ass?|
a servant who doubles as a lover.
|Sl. and Its Analogues III 366/1: House-piece subs. [...] A servant-mistress.|
(gay) an unattractive and therefore unpopular homosexual.
|AS XLV:1/2 57: ill piece n Male homosexual held in contempt by his peers; unattractive person.‘Homosexual Sl.’ in|
(US black) to have sexual intercourse.
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 65: She wants me to knock a piece, but I’m booted to my armpits.|
Pertaining to money
(US tramp) a dime (10 cents) or quarter (25 cents).
|Jack London Reports (1970) 311–21: Attempt to translate this : – Hit a fly on the main-drag for a light piece [...] On the main street I begged a policeman in citizen’s clothes for a small sum.‘The Road’ in|
|Road 1: I could ‘throw my feet’ with the next one when it came to ‘slamming a gate’ for a poke out [...] or ‘hitting for a light piece’ on the street.|
|AS I:12 652: Light pieces—quarter of a dollar.‘Hobo Lingo’ in|
(US) to bribe, to pay off, to give out a ‘piece’ of cash.
|(con. 1920s) Legs 102: When I piece off the foreman we’ll line up again using a different monicker.|
|Pound for Pound 144: He’d piece Eloy off with 20 milliliters [of morphine].|
to give someone a share.
|‘In Your Arms’ Phase 3 on Britney Press [Internet] When he got back to New York Nick pieced up Freeze and they fell up in Some Joint in Queens, glad that they were both heavily armed.|
to make a good wage.
|Dict. of Sl., Jargon and Cant II. 156/2: A man earning good wages, or getting a high salary, or who is successful in speculation, is said to be pulling in the pieces.|
|DSUE (8th edn) 932/1: ca.1860–1930.|
SE in slang uses
(US) to murder, to kill.
|‘Mobspeak Gloss.’ on University of Tampere FAST Area Studies Program [Internet] Is your shylock (who brags about being a big earner for the borgata) threatening to do a piece of work because you haven’t paid your vig, and you don’t know what the hell he’s talking about? You’ve come to the right place.|
1. to tease.
|Riverslake 105: ‘You’re having a piece of me, you bastard,’ Paramor said. He looked up with a grin.|
2. to attack physically.
|Aussie Swearers Guide 77: Have a Piece of You. A malicious promise of hostile action.|
to scold, to reprimand severely.
|Cumberland Argus (Parramatta, NSW) 24 Sept. 10/4: He (witness) was in the library, when he heard a few voices saying, ‘Get at him. Take a piece out of him.’ Defendant then [...] asked witness to stand up, saying, [...] ‘What right had you to stop the dance?’.|
|Recorder (Port Pirie, SA) 19 Mar. 1/7: Witness declined an invitation to cross the fence while informant ‘took a piece out of him,’ stating that he would tackle a young fellow, but not an old man.|
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl.|
|Dly News (Perth) 16 May 2/5: McKenzie threatened to ‘take a piece’ out of him when he went home.|
(US teen) a place.
|Teen Lingo: The Source for Youth Ministry [Internet] this piece a residence or place. ‘We up in this piece.’.|