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NTC's Dictionary Of American Slang And Colloquial Expressions, Third Edition; Richard A. Spears McGraw-Hill, 2000)

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chew the cheese

sometime and chew this over? We can chew it over at lunch. 2. tv. to think something over. I’ll have to chew it over for a while. I’m not sure now. Don’t chew it over too long. The offer is only good till Friday.

chew the cheese tv. to vomit. Fred’s out in the bushes, chewing the cheese. The cat’s chewing the cheese on the living room carpet again.

chew the fat AND chew the rag tv. to chat or gossip. Put your carcass over on the chair, and let’s chew the fat for a while. We were just chewing the rag. Nothing important.

chew the rag Go to chew the fat.

chez Go to chas.

chi-chi [“SiSi] mod. elegant. Oh, you look so chi-chi in that lace blouse. Her living room is so chi-chi that you are afraid to go in.

chick n. a girl or woman. Who’s the chick driving the ragtop? We’re gonna take some chicks to dinner and then catch a flick.

chicken n. a coward. Come on, let’s go. Don’t be a chicken. He’s no fun. He’s a chicken.

chicken feed n. a small amount of money. (See also peanuts.) Sure I can afford it. It’s just chicken feed. It may be chicken feed to you, but that’s a month’s rent to me.

chicken-hearted mod. cowardly. Yes, I’m a chicken-hearted softie. I hope you don’t want to make something of it. He’s chicken-hearted, but I still love him.

chicken out (of something) in. to manage to get out of something, usually because of fear or cowardice. Come on! Don’t chicken out now! Freddy chickened out of the plan at the last minute.

chicken powder n. powdered amphetamine. (Drugs.) Those kids seem to be satisfied with chicken powder. Nobody is satisfied with chicken powder for very long.

chicken shit 1. n. virtually nothing. (From chicken feed. Usually objectionable.)

Fifty bucks! That’s just chicken shit! 2. mod. cowardly. (Usually objectionable.)

You are such a chicken shit coward! Stand up and fight! 3. mod. worthless. (Usually objectionable.) I don’t want this chicken shit pizza! Get me one with pepperoni on it, not dead fish.

chief n. the person in charge. (Also a term of address.) Okay, chief, where to? You got a couple of clams to pay the toll with, chief ?

chief cook and bottle washer Go to head cook and bottle washer.

chill 1. AND chilly n. a cold can of beer.

Hey, toss me a chill, would ya, buddy? You ready for another chill? 2. tv. to kill someone. (Underworld.) Rocko had orders to chill Barlowe or not to show his face again. I’ll chill you with one blast from my cannon, you creep. 3. tv. to frighten someone. (Standard English.) The specter chilled everyone who saw it. The prospect of having to go in there alone chilled Wally, but good. 4. tv. to reject someone. The whole gang chilled him, and this really made him come home. She chilled me once too often. I won’t take that from a dame. 5. Go to chill (out). 6. tv. & in. to relax; to cause someone to relax; to hang out [with someone]. (See also chill (out).) Go out there and chill those people. They are getting wild! They are chilling now. For a while they were real rowdy.

chillin’ mod. great; excellent. I had one chillin’ time last night. Everybody there was chillin’.

chill (out) in. to calm down; to be cool; to get cool; to relax. All right now, people, chill . . . chill. Before we can debate this matter, you’re all gonna have to chill out.

chill someone’s action tv. to squelch someone; to prevent someone from accomplishing something. Freddie is trying to chill my action, and I’m a little steamed about that. Just wait! I’ll chill his action—just you wait.

chillum [“tSIl@m] n. a pipe or device used for the smoking of marijuana. (Drugs.)



He keeps a chillum in his stash. Ernie carries a chillum with him. He’s trying to sell it.

chilly Go to chill.

china n. the teeth. (See also ivories.) I spent a damn fortune trying to get this china fixed up. If you would brush your china every day, you’d be okay.

China white 1. AND Chinese white n. pure or nearly pure heroin. (Drugs.)

Beware of that China white. You never see Chinese white anymore. There’s too many other kinds of junk for anybody to bother with it. 2. n. fentanyl, a synthetic narcotic analgesic. (Drugs.) That Chinese white can paralyze your lungs. All the hopheads I know of stay away from China white.

Chinese red n. heroin. (Drugs.) Chinese red is really high quality. No, Chinese red is cheap.

Chinese white Go to China white.

chin music n. talk; idle chatter. That’s enough chin music back there. Okay, chum, make with the chin music. Let’s have the whole story.

chintzy [“tSIntsi] 1. mod. cheap; shoddy.

Nobody’s gonna buy this chintzy stuff. Throw it out. What a chintzy car! The door fell off! 2. mod. stingy; miserly. The chintzy guy left me no tip! Don’t be chintzy. Give the man a dollar for a cup of coffee.

chin-wagging n. chatting; talking a lot.

I can’t hear the movie because of all the chin-wagging.

chip Go to (bargaining) chip.

chipper 1. mod. jolly, fresh, and alert. (Standard English.) Well, you look chipper this morning. This chipper young man will show you around. 2. mod. alcohol intoxicated. Larry here is chipper already! A glass of wine will make her chipper almost immediately. 3. AND chippie; chippy (user) n. an occasional user of an addictive drug. (Drugs.) The chippy users rarely end up in the hospital.Who can stay a chippie very long?

chippie Go to chipper; chippy.

chippy AND chippie 1. n. a part-time prostitute. Yeah, so I’m a chippie. So what’s that make you? Some little chippie stopped us to ask for a match. How amateurish. 2. in. to play around sexually.

She won’t even chippie. So me and my boyfriend was chippying a little in the hall. Why was ya watching?

chippy around in. to be sexually promiscuous. She has been known to chippy around, but not with just anyone and never for money. She figures it’s her right to chippy around.

chippy-chaser n. a man who chases sexually loose women. He tried to be such a charmer—you know, a chippy-chaser, but he is so inept. Frank used to be a chippy-chaser, but the scag has him sort of debilitated these days.

chippy (user) Go to chipper.

chips 1. n. money. (See also (bargaining) chip.) I managed to put away a few chips when I worked for Acme Systems. She saved some chips over the years and bought herself a little place on the beach.

2. n. a carpenter. (Also a term of address.) Tell our chips to come up here and put in a new floorboard. Tell me, chips, how fast can you build a coffin?

chisel [“tSIzl] tv. & in. to extort (money).

Lefty tried to chisel forty bucks outa me. He’s always chiseling. That’s his hustle.

chiseler n. a small-time crook; a cheater. (Originally underworld. Also a rude term of address.) You dirty, two-bit chiseler! Give me my money back! Why did you trust a known chiseler like him?

chism Go to jism.

chit [tSIt] 1. n. a bill or tabulation of charges that one signs rather than paying.

I don’t have any cash. Can I sign a chit for it? Fred came in to pay for his chits about once a week. 2. n. a check. She wrote out a chit for the balance due. I have your chit for the full amount.

chitchat [“tSIttSAt] 1. n. talk; idle talk.

That’s enough chitchat. Please get to work.Please stop the chitchat there in the back



row. 2. n. a short, friendly conversation.

I’d like to have a little chitchat with you when you have time. We had a chitchat about the problem, and I think things will work out.

Chi(town) [“SaItaUn OR “tSaItaUn] n. Chicago, Illinois. I can’t wait to get back to old Chitown. I was born in Chi.

chiv Go to shiv.

chiz [tSIz] in. to relax. (Collegiate.) I gotta get back to my room and chiz awhile. Chiz, guys, things are getting a little rough.

chock-full mod. totally full. The new musical is just chock-full of laughs. The trunk is chock-full. There’s no more room.

chocoholic n. a person who craves chocolate. (Patterned on alcoholic.) Cake, ice cream, pie—make it chocolate. I’m a chocoholic and I’m glad. I have a real treat for you chocoholics—triple chocolate cheesecake.

choice mod. nice; cool. We had a choice time at Tom’s party. This new tunage is real choice.

choke 1. in. [for a computer] to fail to take in information being fed to it. (Computers.) If you don’t have your modem and your software set the same way as the host, your machine will choke. I did what you told me, but it choked anyway. 2. in. to panic before or during a test. (From choke up.) I choked and couldn’t finish. She always chokes during a test.

choked mod. having to do with overly diluted drugs. This stuff is choked. Don’t score with that guy again. Why is this stuff so stepped on—you know, choked?

choker 1. n. a cigarette; a cigarette butt.

Put that damn choker out in my house! I can smell a choker the minute somebody lights it. 2. n. a necktie. Let’s go out to eat where I don’t have to wear a choker.Hey, Tom! That’s a classy new choker you’re wearing!

choke the chicken Go to beat the dummy.

chones 1. n. the testicles. (From Spanish cojones. Usually objectionable.) You

look at me that way again, and you will be saying goodbye to your chones. 2. n. bravado. (See also balls; ballsy. Usually objectionable.) Man, has he got chones!Why are you always trying to prove that you have chones?

chooms n. the testicles. (Usually objectionable.) He got hit in the chooms in the football game.

chop n. a rude remark; a cutting remark.

Jerry made some chop about the way I dress. That was a rotten chop! Take it back!

chopped liver n. someone or something worthless. And who am I? Chopped liver?

chopper n. a helicopter. The chopper that monitors the traffic goes over my house every morning at 6:00. I never want to ride in a chopper. Those things scare me.

choppers n. the teeth. I may be on my last legs, but my choppers are still my own.That horse has a nice set of choppers.

chop-shop n. a place where stolen cars are cut or broken up into car parts for resale.

The state is cracking down on these chop-shops. Once a stolen car gets to a chop-shop, there’s no hope of identifying it.

chotchke Go to tchotchke.

chow 1. n. food. I need some chow before I go out and shovel snow. What time is chow served around here? 2. tv. & in. to eat (something). (See also chow down.) I’ve been chowing canned tuna and stale bagels to save money. When do we chow? 3. Go to ciao.

chowderhead n. a stupid person. Look, chowderhead, do what I told you. Don’t be such a chowderhead.

chow down in. to eat; to take a meal.

Over there is where we chow down. It’s past my time to chow down.

chow hound n. someone who loves to eat; a heavy eater. Harry is a real chow hound, and he’s got love handles to prove it. Okay, listen up all you chow hounds. There’s extra beans tonight!



chow something down tv. to eat something, probably quickly or without good manners. We can chow this pizza down in about two minutes! I found a box of cookies and chowed it down before anybody knew what I was doing.

Christmas tree n. a drunkard. (From being lit like a Christmas tree.) Some old Christmas tree staggered by, muttering to herself. A well-dressed Christmas tree sat in the corner—lit up, of course.

chrome-dome n. a shiny, bald head; a man with a bald head. (Also a rude term of address.) The guy with the chromedome suddenly grasped his chest and made a face. Hey, chrome-dome, you’re blinding me!

chubbo [“tS@bo] n. a fat person. (From chubby.) Mary is a happy little chubbo. She’ll probably outgrow all her baby fat. Look at those chubbos gobbling all those French fries.

chubby n. an erection. (Usually objectionable.) He always gets a chubby when he doesn’t need it and never when he does.

chuck 1. AND chuck up in. to empty one’s stomach; to vomit. (See also upchuck.)

Look! Somebody chucked. I think I gotta chuck! 2. tv. to throw something away. Chuck this thing. It’s no good. The wrinkle-rod was so twisted we had to chuck it. 3. in. to eat voraciously. Don’t just chuck, man, enjoy your food. The two guys sat guzzling and chucking till they were full. 4. n. food. Man, this chuck is okay. Who cooked this chuck, man? It’s garbage! 5. n. a white male. (Usually capitalized. Often a term of address or a generic for all white males. Black.)

Hey, Chuck. Where do you think you are?

Did you see that fat Chuck in the hood?

chuck a dummy tv. to empty one’s stomach; to vomit. He left the room—to chuck a dummy, I guess. Somebody chucked a dummy on the patio.

chucked mod. alcohol intoxicated. I’m too chucked to drive. How did you get so chucked?

chuckers AND chucks n. a great hunger; an enormous appetite. (Usually with the.)

Oh, man, I really got the chucks. What time is chow? The chuckers got my stomach asking if my throat is cut.

chuck it in tv. to quit; to give up. (See also throw in the towel.) I was so depressed, I almost chucked it in. If I didn’t have to keep the job to live, I’d have chucked it in long ago.

chucks Go to chuckers.

chuck up Go to chuck.

chug(-a-lug) [“tS@g@l@g] tv. & in. to drink down a whole beer (or other drink) without stopping. The two guys tried to see who could chug-a-lug the most beer. Wally chugged two cans in a row. All four of them sat there chugging.

chum n. a pal; a good friend. This is my chum, Wally. We’ve been chums for years. Went to college together.

chummy [“tS@mi] mod. friendly. I’m glad to see that you are a little more chummy this morning. Don’t get too chummy with me. I’m a real son of a bitch.

chump [tS@mp] n. a stupid person; a gullible person. You are such a chump. See if that chump will loan you some money.

chump change n. a small amount of money; the kind of salary or amount of money a chump would work for. I refuse to work for chump change! I want a real job. It may be chump change, but it’s better than nothing.

chumphead n. a stupid person. John is not my favorite chumphead, but he’s close.What a chumphead. You painted over the windows.

chunk 1. in. to empty one’s stomach; to vomit. (Collegiate.) I think I gotta chunk. The cat chunked all over the carpet. 2. in. to do badly; to blunder.

Sorry. I really chunked on that last deal. She is so afraid of chunking that she will hardly do anything.

chunky mod. stout; fat. Harry—the chow hound—is getting a little chunky. It’s not all fat! He’s always been a chunky brute.


church key

church key n. a beer can opener. Where is the church key when I need it? I have a church key in my glove compartment.

churn tv. [for a stockbroker] to cause a heavy turnover in the portfolio of an investor. (The broker collects commissions on each transaction.) I reported my broker for churning my account. They churn accounts to earn the commissions.

ciao AND chow [tSaU] Good-bye; Hello. (Italian.) See ya. Ciao. Chow, baby. Call my service.

cid AND sid [sId] n. the hallucinogenic drug LSD. (Drugs. From acid. Sid can be capitalized.) Where can I go to drop a little cid? Bruno can tell you where Sid is these days. You know where I can rap with Sid?

cig [sIg] n. a cigarette; a cigar. Barlowe fumbled for a cig and thought better of it.Toss me my pack of cigs, will ya?

cigarette with no name AND no brand cigarette; no name cigarette n. a marijuana cigarette. (Drugs.) You got one of them cigarettes with no name? He spends his whole life burning those no name cigarettes.

ciggy AND ciggie [“sIgi] n. a cigarette.

How ’bout a ciggy before we take off ? Where is my pack of ciggies?

cinch [sIntS] 1. n. something very easy.

No sweat! It was a cinch! What a cinch. Anybody can do it. 2. tv. to have something settled and secured. He cinched it with a simple signature and date. It only took a handshake to cinch the deal.

cinched [sIntSt] mod. settled; secured; sealed (up). (As one tightens the saddle girth on a horse.) I’ve got it cinched! No sweat! This is a cinched deal—a done deal. No one can stop it from going through.

circle-jerk 1. n. a gathering of males performing mutual masturbation. (Partly jocular. Usually objectionable.) There were twelve boys involved in a circle-jerk, and the principal caught them. 2. n. a boring or time-wasting meeting. (From

sense 1.) That board meeting was the typical circle-jerk that it always is.

circle (the drain) tv. & in. to be in the final process of dying; to be in extremis. (Jocular but crude hospital jargon.)

Get Mrs. Smith’s son on the phone. She’s circling the drain.

circular file n. a wastebasket. (See also file thirteen.) That letter went straight into the circular file. Most of the junk mail sits here until I can put it into the circular file.

civil serpent n. a civil servant. You have no idea the kinds of things civil serpents have to put up with. I’m a civil serpent with the state.

civvies [“sIviz] n. civilian clothes rather than a uniform. (Originally military.)

I feel sort of funny in civvies. I re-upped because I couldn’t stand the thought of civvies and stuff like that.

clam 1. n. a dollar. (Underworld.) Forty clams for a sweater that doesn’t even have arms! You got a couple of clams I can bum for a little bottle? 2. n. a tight-lipped person. Suddenly, she became a clam and wouldn’t talk anymore. Rocko’s a clam. He won’t say a word.

clam up in. to get quiet. (See also dummy up.) The minute they got him inside the cop-shop, he clammed up. You’ll clam up if you know what’s good for you.

clanked mod. exhausted; pooped. At the end of the race, the chick was totally clanked. I’m really clanked, man. Gotta take a rest.

clanks n. the delirium tremens. He’s suffering with the clanks again. Who’s the old buzzard shaking with the clanks?

clap n. a case of gonorrhea. (Very old and still in use.) He thinks he got the clap from her.

claptrap n. nonsense; something worthless.

This is enough claptrap. I’m leaving. I know claptrap when I see it, and your play was claptrap.

class 1. n. high style; elegance. The dame’s got class, but no brains. Class


clear as vodka

isn’t worth much in this neighborhood. 2. mod. first-rate; high-class. I’ve always regarded the firm as a class outfit. This was a class suburb just a few years ago.

class act n. a high-quality act; a high-qual- ity way of doing things. I like the way you move on the field, Jerry. It’s a real class act. The prof puts on a real class act, but he grades very hard.

classis-chassis AND classy-chassy

[“klAsi”tSAsi AND “klAsi”SAsi] n. an attractive female figure. Who’s the clas- sis-chassis in the mink? Now there is a classy-chassy if I ever saw one.

classy mod. elegant; dandy. Pretty classy place you got here. How much does a classy car like this cost?

classy-chassy Go to classis-chassis.

clay n. good-quality hashish. (Drugs.) I like the feel of this clay. I’ll take it. Ask John where you can dig up some clay.

clay pigeon n. a gullible person; a pigeon. (Underworld.) We need a clay pigeon to divert attention from the snatch. Who’s gonna be the clay pigeon for the bank caper?

clean 1. mod. not using drugs; not involved with drugs. There’s a success story. Kelly is one clean guy if I ever saw one. I’ve been clean for more than a month now. 2. mod. sober; not intoxicated with drugs at the moment. (Almost the same as sense 1.) He’s clean right now, but he’ll get the call in an hour or two. Just being clean for a day is an accomplishment. 3. mod. not breaking any law. (Police and underworld.) I’m clean, officer. You can’t charge me with anything. This guy is clean. Let him go. 4. mod. not carrying a weapon. (Police and underworld.) I frisked him. He’s clean. Bugsy’s gang was clean except for Bugsy himself who had a small pistol. 5. mod. well-dressed.Now there’s a clean dude! New threads, huh? Clean, baby, clean!

clean-cut mod. [of a person] neat and tidy.

He’s a very clean-cut guy, and polite too.

He’s sort of clean-cut looking, but with bushy hair.

cleaned out 1. mod. broke; with no money. I’m cleaned out. Not a cent left.Tom’s cleaned out. He’s broke. He’ll have to go home. 2. mod. with one’s digestive tract emptied. That medicine really left me cleaned out. I feel better now that I’m cleaned out.

clean one’s act up tv. to reform one’s conduct; to improve one’s performance.

We were told to clean our act up or move out. T I cleaned up my act, but not in time. I got kicked out.

clean someone out 1. tv. to get all of someone’s money. (See also cleaned out.) The bill for supper cleaned me out, and we couldn’t go to the flick. T The robbers cleaned out everybody on the train.

2. tv. to empty someone’s bowels. (See also cleaned out.) That medicine I took really cleaned me out. A couple of those little burgers will clean me out.

clean sweep n. a broad movement clearing or affecting everything in the pathway. (Usually figurative.) The boss and everybody in the front office got canned in a clean sweep from upstairs. Everybody got a raise. It was a clean sweep.

clean up (on something) in. to make a lot of money on something. The promoters cleaned up on the product. If we advertise, we can clean up.

clear 1. mod. alcohol intoxicated. Man, is she ever clear! He was clear, you know, polluted. 2. mod. [of liquor] undiluted; neat. No soda. Clear, please. I like mine clear with just one ice cube. 3. tv. to earn a specific net amount of money.

She cleared a cool forty thousand on that Wilson deal. We just want to clear a decent profit. Nothing greedy.

clear as mud mod. not clear at all. (Often with as.) All of this is clear as mud to me. I did all the reading, but it’s still as clear as mud.

clear as vodka 1. mod. very clear. The weather is as clear as vodka. The river wasn’t exactly as clear as vodka because it had just rained. 2. mod. very understandable. Everything he said is as clear as vodka. I don’t understand what John


clear out

said, but everything you say is clear as vodka.

clear out in. to leave; to depart. Time for you people to clear out. It’s past midnight. The boss gave me till next week to clear out. I’m fired—canned.

clear sailing mod. easy; easy going. It’ll be clear sailing from now on. When this is finished, it’ll be clear sailing.

click (with someone) in. to catch on with someone; to intrigue someone; to become popular with someone. The pink hair and multiple earrings never really seemed to click with many kids. Sam and Mary are getting along fine. I knew they’d click.

cliff-dweller n. someone who lives in a tall apartment building. I could never survive as a cliff-dweller in a big city. The majority of cliff-dwellers wouldn’t choose to live in any other way.

climb 1. n. a marijuana cigarette. (Drugs. The means to a high.) I need a climb to set me straight. Here, have a swallow of this climb. 2. tv. to scold someone.

The boss climbed Harry for being late.

Don’t climb me! The train broke down!

climb the wall(s) tv. to do something desperate when one is anxious, bored, or excited. He was home for only three days; then he began to climb the wall. I was climbing the walls to get back to work.

clinch [klIntS] tv. to settle something; to make something final. I was able to clinch the deal, and I got a raise for it. I want to clinch this contract before the weekend.

clincher [“klIntS#] n. the final element; the straw that broke the camel’s back. (See also capper.) The clincher was when the clerk turned up the volume. Eating garlic by the bushel was the clincher. I had to get a new roommate.

cling like shit to a shovel AND stick like shit to a shovel 1. in. to stick or adhere [to someone or something] tightly. (Usually objectionable.) That oily stuff sticks like shit to a shovel. 2. in. to be very dependent on someone; to follow someone

around. (Often with an indirect object. Usually objectionable.) She’s so dependent. She clings to him like shit to a shovel.

clink n. jail. We’ll throw you in the clink if you don’t talk. One night in the clink was enough.

clinker 1. n. a mistake; (in music) a misplayed note. That was a bad clinker in the middle of the soft passage. Look at the score, man! That series of clinkers just isn’t there. 2. n. a worthless person or thing. (From the term for a cinder.)

This guy is such a clinker. Who needs him?Ralph has turned out to be a real clinker. We’ll have to pink slip him.

clip 1. tv. to cheat someone. (See also clipped; clip joint.) That guy in there clipped me for a fiver. I didn’t clip you or anybody else! 2. tv. to kill someone. Rocko had orders to clip both Max and John. Frank and John had set out to clip Rocko first. 3. n. a holder for a marijuana cigarette butt. (Drugs. See also roach clip.) She’s got a clip if you need it. My clip’s at home in my stash. 4. n. a music video; a short film. This next clip is something you’ll all recognize. Stay tuned for more great clips. 5. n. a fast rate of speed. By traveling at a good clip, we managed to get there before the wedding started. You were moving at a pretty good clip when you ran into the truck.

clip a butt tv. to pinch out a cigarette for later smoking. (Also with the.) Like an old soldier, Wally took a puff and then clipped the butt for later. You learn to clip a butt so you won’t waste what you can’t finish.

clip joint n. a business establishment that cheats customers. That place is a clip joint. Stay away. The clip joint on Fourth Street was busted last night.

clipped 1. mod. cheated. When Marty counted his change, he found he’d been clipped. You weren’t clipped by me. I just made a mistake. 2. mod. arrested. Frank got clipped as he got out of his car.He was clipped and no one read him his rights, so off he went.



clip someone’s wings tv. to restrain someone; to reduce or put an end to a teenager’s privileges. One more stunt like that and I’m going to clip your wings for a couple of weeks. Her father clipped her wings for getting into trouble with the cops.

clit AND clitty n. the clitoris. (Usually objectionable.) Have I got a present for you and your clitty!

clobber tv. to strike someone; to beat someone; to outscore someone. I ought to clobber you, but good. She clobbered him over the head with her bouquet.

clobbered mod. alcohol intoxicated. He’s the kind of guy who goes home and gets clobbered after work. The whole fraternity celebrated by getting themselves clobbered.

clock tv. to earn, score, or total up someone or something. (As if the person or thing gained were being metered or clocked.) Sam clocked a date with Sally, and is he ever proud! Amy clocked nearly $12 an hour in overtime last weekend.

clock in in. to record one’s arrival at a set time. He clocked in three minutes late.When they clock in, give them this envelope.

clock watcher n. someone—a worker or a student—who is always looking at the clock. There are four clock watchers in our office. People who don’t like their jobs can turn into clock watchers.

clod n. a stupid and oafish person. (Usually refers to a male. Old. Widely known. Usually objectionable.) Don’t be such a clod! Put on your tie, and let’s go.

clodhopper 1. n. a big shoe. Wipe the mud off those clodhoppers before you come in here. Look at the clodhoppers she’s wearing! 2. n. a stupid person; a rural oaf.

Some clodhopper came into town and fell in with the wrong crowd. You don’t know it, but that clodhopper is worth about two million bucks.

close as stink on shit Go to (as) close as stink on shit

Close, but no cigar. [klos...] phr. Close, but not close enough to win a prize!

You almost did it. Close, but no cigar. Close, but no cigar! Give it another try.

close call Go to close shave.

close shave AND close call n. a narrow escape. Wow, that was a close shave. The car passed this close to us—a real close call.

closet mod. secret; concealed. Marty is a closet chocolate fiend. I’m a closet hard rock fan.

clotheshorse [“klozhors] n. someone who is obsessed with clothing and looking good in it. Her brother is the real clotheshorse. Mary is such a clotheshorse! Look at her now.

clout n. influence; power. (See also wallop.) You have clout with the mayor. You try it. I don’t have any clout at all.

clouted mod. arrested. Some old wino got clouted for spitting on the sidewalk. They do things like that to get clouted so they can have a warm place to stay overnight.

clown n. a fool. Some clown threw our paper in a puddle this morning. Tell that clown in the front row to can it.

clown around in. to act silly; to mess around. Please stop clowning around and get to sleep. We were just clowning around. We didn’t mean to break anything.

cluck AND kluck [kl@k] n. a stupid person; a person as stupid as a chicken. Why did they send me a dumb cluck to do this work? Some kluck came in and asked for a left-handed monkey wrench.

cluckhead n. a stupid oaf. What cluckhead put sugar in the salt shaker? I’m getting to be such a cluckhead!

clucky mod. stupid; oafish. What a clucky dame! The plan you submitted to this office was rejected by the policy committee. They noted that it was the cluckiest idea they had ever seen.



clueless mod. unaware. She is so dense. Totally clueless. I have never seen anyone so totally clueless. What a dunce!

cluelessness n. total stupidity. (See also totally clueless.) I just shake my head in wonder at the cluelessness of my fellow humans. This place is just infested with juvenile cluelessness!

clue someone in tv. to set someone straight (about something); to inform someone of the facts. What’s going on? Clue me in. T I think I’d better clue in Sam about the rally.

clunk 1. tv. to strike someone or something. A small truck clunked me from behind. The branch clunked the roof as it fell. 2. n. a hit; the sound of a hit. I heard a clunk on the roof. Must be reindeer. The clunk on the roof was a falling branch.

clunker 1. n. an old car. He drives an old clunker and doesn’t have any insurance. I gotta get rid of this clunker pretty soon.

2. n. someone or something worthless; a clinker. We have to get the clunkers off the payroll. Fred? There’s another clunker we don’t need.

clunkhead n. an oaf; a stupid dolt. What clunkhead put sugar in the salt shaker? My brother can be such a clunkhead.

clunky mod. ponderous and inefficient.

The whole plan is too clunky. Try to prune it down. I got rid of all the clunky stuff. Now it’s lean and mean.

cluster fuck 1. n. an act of group rape. (Also Charlie Foxtrot from the initials CF. Usually objectionable.) Look at her! She’s just asking for a cluster fuck. 2. n. any event as riotous as an act of group rape. (Figurative on sense 1. The same allusion as sense 1.) This goddamn day has been one long cluster fuck!

clutched mod. nervous. I get so clutched before a test. George is clutched most of the time. He’s in bad shape.

clutch (up) in. to become very tense and anxious; to freeze with anxiety. I have been known to clutch up before a race. Cool it, babe! Don’t clutch!

Clyde [klaId] n. an oaf; a square, usually a male. (See also Zelda. Also a term of address.) Well, Clyde, I think you’re way off base. A dull Clyde, that’s my old Bill, but I still love him.

C-note AND C-spot n. a one-hundred-dol- lar bill. (The C is the Roman numeral for 100. See also century note.) How much ammo will a C-note buy these days?That guy wanted a C-spot to fix my muffler.

coaster n. someone who lives near the ocean. (California.) Tiffany is a coaster now, but she was born, like, somewhere else. The coasters just don’t want to be beige, that’s all.

cob 1. n. a sharp poke or goose in the anus.

Ouch! That cob hurt! 2. tv. to give someone a sharp poke in the anus. Tom cobbed Fred when he passed by.

cock n. the penis. (Taboo. Usually objectionable. Mainly in the South, this refers instead to the female genitals.) He made some joke about a cock, but nobody laughed. The streaker covered his cock and ran across the field.

cockamamie [“kak@memi] mod. ridiculous; inconceivable. What a cockamamie idea! That is the most cockamamie thing I ever heard of.

cock-cheese Go to crotch-cheese.

cockeyed [“kakaId] mod. crazy. Who came up with this cockeyed idea, anyway?If you didn’t act so cockeyed all the time, you’d have more friends.

cocksucker 1. n. a male who performs fellatio (licking and sucking of the penis). (See also dick-sucker. Also a provocative term of address. Rude and derogatory.)

There is one question I’ve always wanted to ask a cocksucker, but I have never had the chance. 2. n. a low and despicable male; a male who is despicable enough to perform fellatio. (Rude and derogatory.) You rotten cocksucker! I ought to punch you in the face. 3. n. a male who performs oral sex on a woman. I don’t care if he’s a cocksucker, as long as he loves his mother. 4. n. an obsequious and flattering male; a male sycophant. (Rude


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and derogatory.) Why doesn’t that stupid cocksucker talk straight. He’s always trying to butter somebody up.

cocksucking mod. despicable; contemptible. (Usually objectionable.) Get your goddamn cocksucking foot outa my doorway!

coed [“koEd] n. a female college student. (From coeducational.) Some of these coeds are pretty strong-minded. My daughter is a coed at Midwest University.

coffee and n. coffee and a doughnut or a pastry. I’ll have coffee and. We stopped at a little shop for coffee and.

coffin-dodger [“kOfn dadZ#] n. a heavy smoker. I just hate these damn coffindodgers who light up a cigarette in a restaurant! Coffin-dodgers, chain- smokers—who cares? Let ’em commit sui- cide—in the privacy of their own homes, of course.

coffin nail 1. AND coffin tack n. a cigarette. (Old.) No more coffin nails for me. Every coffin tack you smoke takes a little off the end of your life. 2. n. a drink of liquor. How about another coffin nail? Coffin nail sounds bad. Drink sounds good.

coffin tack Go to coffin nail.

coffin varnish n. inferior liquor. You want some more of this coffin varnish? Do you see what that coffin varnish you serve here has done to some of those guys?

coin n. money. (See also hard coin; do some fine coin.) I’m sort of short of coin right now. Can it wait? He made a lot of coin on the last picture.

cojones n. the testicles. (Spanish. Usually objectionable.) He kicked that old cat right in the cojones and sent it flying.

cokeaholic [kok@”halIk] n. a cocaine addict. (Drugs.) It’s hard to get a cokeaholic to get treatment. When I realized I was a cokeaholic, I decided to stop, but I couldn’t.

cokehead n. a heavy cocaine user; a cocaine addict. (Drugs.) We get a few depressed cokeheads in the emergency room

who have tried suicide. As a banker, I see two or three cokeheads file for bankruptcy each year.

coke party n. a gathering where cocaine is consumed. (Drugs.) There’s a coke party in the warehouse after closing tonight. Tom’s hosting a coke party for his yuppie friends.

cokespoon AND (flake) spoon n. a small spoon used to carry powdered cocaine to a nostril. (Drugs.) Wally wears a cokespoon around his neck. The principal wrote a letter to Mrs. Simpson telling her that Jimmy had brought a flake spoon to school.

cold 1. mod. [stopping something] suddenly and totally. I stopped cold— afraid to move further. That remark stopped her cold. 2. mod. dead. This parrot is cold—pifted! When I’m cold and buried, I hope people will think of me fondly. 3. mod. not good. That new CD is real cold. The sound is bad and the performance is too. The lecture was cold and dull. 4. mod. excellent. (Very cool.)

That last pitch was cold, man. Hey, G! That’s a cold ride.

cold blood AND cold coffee n. beer.

How would you like a little cold blood to start things off ? A nice big cold coffee would do me fine.

cold call tv. to call a sales prospect from a list of persons one has never met. The broker cold called a number of people each evening for two months. Things have to be pretty bad when the senior brokers at a major house have to cold call people to get business.

coldcock tv. to knock someone out. The guy who called Max out wanted to coldcock him for shorting him, but got coldcocked himself. The clerk coldcocked the would-be robber with a champagne bottle.

cold coffee Go to cold blood.

cold feet n. a wave of timidity or fearfulness. Suddenly I had cold feet and couldn’t sing a note. You sort of expect a candy-ass like that to have cold feet.