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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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on the fritz

on the fritz 1. mod. not functioning properly. This TV is on the fritz again. My watch is on the fritz. 2. mod. alcohol intoxicated. Sue is a bit on the fritz. She drank till she was totally on the fritz.

on the horse Go to horsed.

on the juice mod. drinking heavily; on a drinking bout. (See also juice.) Fred spent the whole week on the juice. She won’t be able to return your call. I’m afraid she’s on the juice again.

on the junk mod. on drugs; addicted to drugs. (See also junk.) Max has been on the junk for all of his adult life. He’s not really on the junk. He’s only addicted to cigarettes.

on the lam [...lAm] mod. running from the police. (Underworld.) Bart has been on the lam for a week now. When the boss found out you was on the lam, he got real mad.

on the level mod. honest; straightforward.

Come on now. Be on the level with me.

Is the ad on the level?

on the make mod. ambitious; attempting to be great. That young lawyer is sure on the make. This university is on the make.

on the mojo [...”modZo] mod. addicted to morphine; using morphine. (Drugs. See also mojo.) How long you been on the mojo? How can you hold a steady job if you’re on the mojo?

on the money mod. exactly as desired; at the right amount of money. Your new idea is right on the money. The bid for the new hospital came in on the money.

on the natch [...nAtS] mod. free of drugs; natural and straight. Max says he wants to get on the natch, but I don’t believe it.I have been on the natch for almost a year.

on the needle mod. addicted to injectable drugs. (Drugs.) My sister’s on the needle, and I want to help her. Once you’re on the needle, you’ve had it.

on the nose mod. exactly on time; exactly as planned. I want you there at noon on

the nose. All three of them were at the appointed place right on the nose.

on the outs (with someone) mod. in a mild dispute with someone; sharing ill will with someone. Tom and Bill are on the outs again. Tom has been on the outs with Bill before. They’ll work it out.

on the pill mod. taking birth control pills.

Is it true that Mary is on the pill? She was on the pill, but she isn’t now.

on the prowl mod. looking for someone for sexual purposes, in the manner of a prowling cat. Tom looks like he is on the prowl again tonight. That whole gang of boys is on the prowl. Watch out.

on the QT mod. in secret; secretly. (From

QuieT.) Do it on the QT and try not to get caught. He said it on the QT so no one else knows except you and me.

on the rag 1. mod. menstruating. (Usually objectionable.) Kim’s on the rag and in a bad mood. Sue doesn’t go swimming when she’s on the rag. 2. mod. ill-tem- pered. (Usually objectionable.) Bill is on the rag and making trouble for everyone. Wow, Wayne, you are on the rag. What’s eating you?

on the road mod. traveling from place to place, not necessarily on the highways. (See also get the show on the road.)

I was on the road with the circus for six months. I don’t work in the main office anymore. Now I’m on the road.

on the rocks 1. mod. (of an alcoholic drink) with ice cubes. (See also rocks.)

I’d like mine on the rocks, please. Give me a scotch on the rocks, please. 2. mod. in a state of ruin or bankruptcy. (Like a ship that has gone aground on the rocks and cannot be moved.) That bank is on the rocks. Don’t put your money in it. My finances are on the rocks just now.

on the run 1. mod. while one is moving from place to place. I will try to get some aspirin today on the run. I will think about it on the run. 2. mod. running from the police. Bart is on the run from the cops. The gang of crooks is on the run. Probably somewhere in Florida.


onto a good thing

on the safe side mod. taking the risk-free path. Let’s be on the safe side and call first. I think you should stay on the safe side and call the doctor about this fever.

on the same page mod. have the same understanding or amount of knowledge. (As if people were reading from the same page.) We’re not on the same page. Listen carefully to what I am telling you. Everyone in the room was on the same page, so the meeting went very smoothly.

on the same wavelength mod. thinking in the same pattern. We’re not on the same wavelength. Let’s try again. We kept talking until we were on the same wavelength.

on the sauce mod. drinking regularly; alcohol intoxicated. Poor old Ron is on the sauce again. He is on the sauce most of the time.

on the shelf 1. mod. not active socially; left to oneself in social matters. I’ve been on the shelf long enough. I’m going to make some friends. She likes being on the shelf. 2. mod. postponed. (See also on the back burner.) We’ll have to put this matter on the shelf for a while. I have a plan on the shelf just waiting for an opportunity like this.

on the side 1. mod. extra, such as with a job or a side order of food. I would like an order of eggs with toast on the side, please. She is a bank teller and works as a waitress on the side. 2. mod. extramarital; in addition to one’s spouse. He is married, but also has a woman on the side. She has boyfriends on the side, but her husband knows about them.

on the skids mod. on the decline. (See also put the skids under someone or something.) My newly started business is on the skids. Her health is really on the skids, but she stays cheery anyway.

on the sly mod. secretly and deceptively.

She was stealing little bits of money on the sly. Martin was having an affair with the maid on the sly.

on the squiff [...skwIf] mod. on a drinking bout. (See also squiff.) Bob is out

on the squiff again. Bart is always on the squiff, except when he’s shooting dope.

on the street 1. mod. using drugs; selling drugs; looking for drugs. (Drugs.) Fred spent a year on the street before he was arrested. Max will be on the street all his life. 2. mod. engaged in prostitution.

Mary said, “What am I supposed to do— go on the street?” All three of them went on the street to earn enough money to live. 3. mod. widely known. Sue put it on the street, and now everyone knows. It’s on the street. There isn’t anyone who hasn’t heard it. 4. mod. on Wall Street or elsewhere in the New York City financial districts. (Similar to sense 3, except that it refers to a specific street. Usually with a capital s.) I heard on the Street today that Apple is buying IBM. It’s on the Street that the market is due to crash again. 5. mod. at discount prices; as available from discounters. (As if some item were being sold on the street by a peddler.) It lists at $2200 and can be got for about $1650 on the street. On the street it goes for about $400.

on the take mod. taking bribes. (Underworld.) I heard that the mayor is on the take. Everyone in city hall is on the take.

on the tank AND on a tank mod. on a drinking bout. All the guys were on the tank last Saturday. Paul spent all weekend on a tank.

on the up-and-up mod. legitimate; open and aboveboard. Is this deal on the up- and-up? What’s the catch? Everything I do is on the up-and-up. I am totally honest.

on the wagon mod. not now drinking alcoholic liquor. How long has John been on the wagon this time? He’s on the wagon again.

on the warpath mod. very angry. The boss is on the warpath again. Watch out!I am on the warpath about setting goals and standards again.

onto a good thing mod. having found something that is to one’s advantage, such as something easy, profitable, inexpensive, etc. I think that Bill got onto


onto someone or something

a good thing when he opened his own store.I won’t quit now. I’m onto a good thing, and I know it.

onto someone or something mod. alerted to or aware of a deceitful plan or person.

The cops are onto your little game here.

Bart thought he was safe, but the fuzz was onto him from the beginning.

On your bike! AND Go to your room! imperative. Get out of here!; Get on your motorcycle and get out! What a bad joke! No puns allowed here! On your bike!That was a ridiculous remark. Go to your room!

on your six phr. behind you. (At one’s six o’clock.) Look out! On your six!

oodles [“udlz] n. lots (of something). My uncle has just oodles and oodles of money.I don’t have oodles, but I have enough to keep me happy. When I have spaghetti, I just love oodles of noodles.

oof [uf] 1. exclam. the sound one makes when one is struck in the abdomen. (Usually Oof!) So, then Bob hit him in the belly. Oof! “Oof!” cried Tom. He couldn’t talk any more after that. 2. n. the potency of the alcohol in liquor; the effect of potent alcohol. This stuff really has oof. How old is it? Beer doesn’t have enough oof for her anymore.

oomph [Umpf] 1. n. energy; drive and vitality. Come on, you guys. Let’s get some oomph behind it. PUSH! You need more oomph if you want to work at heavy labor.

2. n. sex appeal. (Euphemistic.) She had a lot of oomph, but didn’t wish to become a movie star. No amount of oomph can make up for a total lack of talent.

open (up) one’s kimono in. to reveal what one is planning. (From the computer industry, referring especially to the involvement of the Japanese in this field.)

Sam isn’t one to open his kimono much when it comes to new products. Even if Tom appears to open up his kimono on this deal, don’t put much stock in what he says.

OPP n. other people’s property. You ain’t got respect for OPP.

OPs [“o”piz] n. other people’s cigarettes; begged or borrowed cigarettes. (Initialism.) My favorite kind of cigarettes is OPs. They’re the cheapest, too. Ted only smokes OPs.

oreo n. an American of African descent who behaves more white than black. (Like the Oreo brand cookie, the person is black on the outside and white on the inside. Rude and derogatory.) They called Sam an oreo because he wears a suit and works downtown. I’m not an oreo, I’m just doing my best with what God gave me.

org [org] 1. n. the rush caused by potent drugs. (Drugs. From orgasm.) Bart hated the vomiting when he first took it, but he loved the org. Does this stuff give you a real org? 2. n. an organization.

She’s a member of the org and can’t be expected to use independent judgment. Come on, join the org.

organic mod. great. This is one fine, organic rally! I’m glad I stopped by. Wow, this whole day was organic!

ork-orks [“orkorks] n. the delirium tremens. He has the ork-orks. He’s a real drunk. Whenever he gets the ork-orks, he gets himself arrested and put in jail where he can sober up.

or what? phr. or what else can it be? (Part of a special formula that asks if something is a good example or specimen of something. The expected answer is yes. The question “Is this an X or what?” means “If this isn’t a really great X, what is it then?”) Look at what I am wearing! Is that a great jacket or what? That’s my son. Is he a superman or what?

O-sign n. the rounded, open mouth of a dead person. (A semi-jocular usage. Hospitals. See also Q-sign.) The guy in room 226 is giving the O-sign. That’s the third O-sign we’ve gotten since noon.

ossifer AND occifer [“as@f#] n. a police officer. (Also an ill-advised term of address.) Look here, ossifer, I was just having a little fun. Ask the occifer there if he wants to step outside and discuss it.


out of line

ossified [“as@faId] mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. (From stoned (out).) How can anybody be so ossified on four beers?I’ve never seen anybody so ossified.

Otis [“otIs] 1. n. a drunkard. (From the name of a television character who is the town drunk. Also a term of address.)

Look at Otis over there, propped up against the wall. Have another beer, Otis? 2. mod. drunk. Gary was completely Otis and couldn’t walk straight. Fred was Otis by midnight and began looking like he was going to barf.

OTL [“o”ti”El] phr. out to lunch; spacy; giddy. (An initialism.) Wally is the most OTL guy I have ever seen. Sue is OTL. She seems witless all the time.

OTOH phr. on the other hand. (An initialism. A computer abbreviation, not pronounced.) That’s one good idea. OTOH, there must be many other satisfactory procedures. OTOH, everyone is a little forgetful now and then.

out 1. mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. (Probably from far out.) Those guys are really out! 2. mod. out of fashion. (The opposite of in.) That kind of clothing is strictly out. 3. tv. to make someone’s homosexuality public. (Can be reflexive.)

He outed himself at the party last Friday.

outa [“aUd@] phr. out of. (Eye-dialect. Used in writing only for effect. Used in the examples of this dictionary.) Get outa here! In two minutes I’m outa here!

out-and-out mod. complete or total; blatant. Fred was an out-and-out liar. Don’t be such an out-and-out stinker!

out cold 1. mod. unconscious. Paul was out cold when we found him. Who knocked him out cold? 2. mod. alcohol intoxicated. Four beers and he was out cold. He sat in his chair at the table, out cold.

outed 1. AND offed mod. dead; killed.

The witness was outed before a subpoena could be issued. The guy was offed when we found him. 2. mod. having had one’s homosexual identity made public. (Not

prenominal.) Yes, he’s outed, but he hasn’t told his parents.

outfit 1. n. a group of people; a company.

That outfit cheated me out of my money. I will never deal with that outfit again. 2. n. a set of clothing. You look lovely in that outfit. Should I wear my gray wool outfit? 3. n. a set of things; the items needed for some task. I got a fine chemistry outfit for my birthday. My tool kit has everything I need. It’s the whole outfit.

out in left field mod. wrong; off base; loony. Don’t pay any attention to her. She’s out in left field as usual. That guy is out in left field—a real nut.

out like a light 1. mod. unconscious or sleeping soundly. I fell and hit my head. I was out like a light for two minutes, they tell me. I closed my eyes and was out like a light in no time at all. 2. mod. heavily alcohol intoxicated. Those guys are really out like a light! All four of them drank till they were out like a light.

out of it 1. mod. not in with the real world.

You never pay attention to what’s going on. You’re really out of it. Fred is out of it most of the time. He even looks dull. 2. mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated.

Two drinks and she was totally out of it. When they are out of it, they are quite dangerous.

out of kilter 1. mod. not functioning properly; on the fritz; out of w(h)ack. My car’s engine is out of kilter and needs some repair work. My coffeepot is out of kilter, so I have to make coffee in a pan. 2. mod. out of square. That picture is out of kilter. Please straighten it. That corner is not square, and the wall even looks out of kilter.

out of left field mod. suddenly; from an unexpected source or direction. Most of your ideas are out of left field. All of his paintings are right out of left field.

out of line mod. not in accord with what is appropriate or expected, especially in price or behavior. Your behavior is quite out of line. I shall report you. Your price is out of line with the other stores.


out of luck

out of luck mod. unfortunate; in a hopeless position. If you think you are going to get any sympathy from me, you’re just out of luck. I was out of luck. There were no eggs left in the store.

out of one’s skull mod. alcohol intoxicated. Oh, man, I drank till I was out of my skull. Two beers and he was out of his skull.

out of pocket mod. out from under someone’s control; not manageable. The guy is wild. Completely out of pocket.

out of sight 1. mod. heavily alcohol or drug intoxicated; high. They’ve been drinking since noon, and they’re out of sight. Man, is she ever out of sight! 2. mod. very expensive; high in price.

Prices at that restaurant are out of sight.The cost of medical care is out of sight.

out of sync [...sINk] mod. uncoordinated; unsynchronized. Our efforts are out of sync. My watch and your watch are out of sync.

out of the picture mod. no longer relevant to a situation; departed; dead. Now that Tom is out of the picture, we needn’t concern ourselves about his objections. With her husband out of the picture, she can begin living.

out of the way 1. mod. dead; killed. The crooks put the witness out of the way before the trial. Now that her husband was out of the way, she began to get out and about more. 2. mod. alcohol intoxicated.

She spends a lot of time out of the way.

After a few more drinks, Bill will be out of the way.

out of the woods mod. freed from a previous state of uncertainty or danger; no longer critical. As soon as her temperature is down, she’ll be out of the woods.We’re out of the woods now, and things aren’t so chancy.

out of this world 1. mod. wonderful and exciting. This pie is out of this world.

My boyfriend is just out of this world.

2. mod. drug intoxicated. Man, is she ever out of this world! What did she drink?

He drank until he was out of this world.

out of w(h)ack mod. out of adjustment; inoperative. (See also out of kilter.) My watch is out of whack. I think my left eye is out of wack a little. Maybe I need glasses.

outsy AND outy [“aUtsi, “aUtI] n. a navel that protrudes. (Compare this with insy.)

Is yours an insy or an outsy? I have an outsy. Why on earth do you ask?

out the gazoo [...g@”zu] phr. in great plenty; everywhere. (Gazoo = anus. Usually objectionable.) We have old magazines out the gazoo here. Can’t we throw some of them away? Go away. I have problems out the gazoo. I don’t need any more of them from you!

out the window mod. gone; wasted. All that work gone out the window. My forty dollars—out the window. Why didn’t I save my money?

out to lunch mod. absentminded; giddy; stupid acting. (See also OTL.) Old Ted is so out to lunch these days. Seems to be losing his mind. Don’t pay any attention to my uncle. He’s out to lunch.

outy Go to outsy.

overamped mod. high on amphetamines; overdosed with amphetamines. (Drugs.)

Max is overamped again. Two students were overamped and got sent to the counselor.

overjolt AND OJ 1. n. an overdose of drugs, especially of heroin. (The abbreviation is an initialism. Drugs.) Ted is suffering from a serious OJ. That overjolt nearly killed her. 2. in. to take an overdose of drugs, especially of heroin. (Drugs.)

She overjolted once too often. If you OJ again, you will probably die.

overkill n. too much. That is enough. Any more is just overkill. Your policy of overkill is wasteful and expensive.

over my dead body phr. not if I can stop you; you won’t be able to do something if I am alive to prevent you. You’ll drop out of school over my dead body! Get married and move to Arizona? Over my dead body!


over the hump

over one’s head mod. confusing; too difficult to understand. This stuff is too hard. It’s over my head. Calculus is all over my head.

overserved mod. having to do with a drunken person in a bar; alcohol intoxicated. (Euphemistic.) Four customers were overserved and had to leave. The overserved guy there in the corner is going to be sick.

over the hill 1. mod. escaped from prison or the military. (See also AWOL.) Two

privates went over the hill last night. They broke out of jail and went over the hill. 2. mod. too old (for something).

You’re only fifty! You’re not over the hill yet. Some people seem over the hill at thirty.

over the hump 1. mod. drug intoxicated.

Bart is over the hump now. He is stoned.

This stuff makes you sick at first. Then suddenly you are over the hump and floating. Things should be easy from now on. We are over the hump. When you get over the hump, life is much better.



package 1. n. a combination of a variety of related things; a unified set of things. (See also package deal.) You can’t buy just one part. It comes as a package. The first college I applied to offered me a good aid package, so I went. 2. n. a lot of money; a bundle. She made quite a package on that bank deal. I came away from the dog track with a nice little package. 3. n. someone who is cute or sexually attractive. (Primarily refers to females as bundles of sexual charms. Similar in meaning to sense 1.) How do you like that little package who just came in? She’s quite a package, if you like the giggly type. 4. tv. to position or display someone or something, as in marketing, to good advantage. The agent packaged the actress so that everyone thought she only did dramatic roles. If you package your plan correctly, the committee will accept it.

packaged mod. alcohol intoxicated.

Man, Bart was really packaged last night!By midnight she was totally packaged.

packing a gun tv. carrying a gun. The crook was packing a gun and carrying a knife in his hand.

pack of lies n. a whole collection or series of lies. I’ve heard you talk about this before, and it’s all a pack of lies. Her story is nothing but a pack of lies.

pad 1. n. a place to live; one’s room or dwelling. Why don’t you come over to my pad for a while? This is a nice pad you’ve got here. 2. tv. to lengthen a piece of writing with unnecessary material. (See also padded.) This story would be better if you hadn’t padded it with so much

chitchat. I think I can pad the report enough to make it fill twenty pages.

padded mod. plump or fat. He didn’t hurt himself when he fell down. He’s well padded there. Your clothes would fit better if you weren’t so—ah—padded.

paddy n. a police officer, especially an Irish police officer. (Usually derogatory. Also an ill-advised term of address.) Tell that paddy to go catch a crook or something. Look here, paddy, I wasn’t doing anything.

paddy wagon n. a police van used to take suspected criminals to the police station.

It took two paddy wagons to carry away the people they arrested. The cop put the woman in handcuffs and then called the paddy wagon.

pad out in. to go to bed or to sleep. (See also pad.) Man, if I don’t pad out by midnight, I’m a zombie. Why don’t you people go home so I can pad out?

padre [“padre] n. any male religious cleric: priest, monk, or chaplain. (From Spanish. Typically military. Also a term of address.) I went to see the padre for some advice. Hey, padre, anything new on the religion front?

pafisticated [p@”fIst@ked@d] mod. alcohol intoxicated. (A corruption of sophisticated.) Whenever I drink champagne, I get totally pafisticated. Look at her drive. She is a real pafisticated lady.

paid mod. alcohol intoxicated. I think I’ll go out and get paid tonight. Tom went to the tavern and spent all his money on getting paid.



pain n. a bother; an irritating thing or person. That woman is such a pain. Those long meetings are a real pain.

pain in the ass AND pain in the butt; pain in the rear n. a very annoying thing or person. (Usually objectionable. An elaboration of pain. Use caution with ass. Butt is less offensive. Rear is euphemistic.) That guy is a real pain in the ass. Things like that give me a pain in the butt. You are nothing but a pain in the rear.

pain in the butt Go to pain in the ass.

pain in the neck n. a difficult or annoying thing or person. (See also pain in the ass.) This tax form is a pain in the neck.My boss is a pain in the neck.

pain in the rear Go to pain in the ass.

painkiller n. liquor. (See also feeling no pain.) Pass that bottle of painkiller over here. My throat hurts. He should look happy. He’s full of painkiller.

paint remover n. strong or inferior whiskey or other spirits. That paint remover you gave me nearly burned out my throat.What do you call that paint remover anyway? It sure is powerful.

paint the town (red) tv. to go out and celebrate; to go on a drinking bout; to get drunk. I feel great. Let’s go out and paint the town. They were out painting the town red last night.

pal [pAl] 1. n. a close, male friend or buddy.

Be nice to him. He’s my pal. Hey, be a pal. Give me a match. 2. n. a term of address for a stranger, usually a male.

Hey, pal. Got a match? Look, pal, I was in line in front of you!

pal around (with someone) in. to be friends with someone; to move about socially with someone. Tom and Heidi have palled around for years. Young people like to pal around with one another.

palimony [“pAl@moni] n. alimony—living expenses—paid to a common-law wife or to a former girlfriend. He left her, and she took him to court to try to get him to pay palimony. With a good lawyer, she

got more palimony than she could ever have gotten as alimony if they had been married.

pally (with someone) mod. friendly or overly friendly with someone. I don’t know why Sue acts so pally. I hardly know her. She doesn’t seem pally with me.

palm tv. to conceal something in the hand as in a theft or the performance of a magic trick; to receive and conceal a tip or a bribe. The kid palmed the candy bar and walked right out of the store. The waiter palmed the twenty-dollar bill and led us to a table.

palm-oil n. a bribe; a tip. How much palm-oil does it take to get this deed recorded in reasonable time? The messenger seemed to move his legs faster after an application of palm-oil.

palm-presser Go to flesh-presser.

palm someone or something off (on someone) tv. to transfer some unwanted person or thing to another person.

Don’t palm her off on me. I don’t want her. T My uncle palmed off his old clothes on me.

palm something off on someone tv. to succeed in spending counterfeit money; to succeed in cashing a bad check. (Underworld.) Max palmed four phony twenties off in less than an hour. T Somebody palmed off a rubber check on me yesterday.

palooka AND paluka [p@”luk@] n. a stupid person; an unskilled prizefighter; any mediocre person. (Also a term of address. From the name of the comic-strip prizefighter Joe Palooka.) Tell that stupid palooka to sit down and shut up. Get out of here, you paluka. You’re just in the way.

palsy-walsy [“pAlzi”wAlzi] 1. n. a good friend, pal, or buddy. (Also a term of address.) Look here, palsy-walsy, let’s you and me get out of here. Meet my old palsy-walsy, John. We’ve known each other since we were kids. 2. mod. friendly; overly friendly. (Often with with.)



Why is Tom so palsy-walsy with everyone?That guy is a little too palsy-walsy.

paluka Go to palooka.

pan n. the face. (See also deadpan.) Look at that guy! I’ve never seen such an ugly pan in my life. I stared her right in the pan and told her to shut up.

panic n. a very funny or exciting person or thing. John’s party was a real panic. Paul is a panic. He tells a joke a minute.

pan out in. [for something] to work out or turn out all right. Don’t worry. Everything will pan out okay. Nothing seems to pan out for me anymore.

pants rabbits n. lice. (See also seam-squir- rels.) Bart is sure scratching a lot. Do you think he’s got pants rabbits? I don’t want to be around people who have pants rabbits and stuff like that.

paper 1. n. a written document; written evidence supporting something. (Often with some.) Send me some paper. Let’s make this official. 2. n. a forged check. (See also paper-pusher; paper-hanger.)

She was arrested for passing paper. 3. n. money. You don’t get the goods till I get the paper.

paper-hanger n. someone who tries to pass bad checks. (Underworld. See also paper; paper-pusher.) The cops caught the pa- per-hanger red-handed. He’s wanted as a paper-hanger in four states.

paperhanging n. writing and spending bad checks. (Underworld.) She was accused of paperhanging and didn’t even know what the cops were talking about, so they let her go. She is good at both paperhanging and acting.

paper over something tv. to try to conceal something unpleasant; to try to cover up a misdeed. You can’t paper this over. It has to be dealt with now! T This is a severe social problem. Don’t try to paper over it.

paper-pusher 1. n. a bureaucrat; a clerk in the military services; any office worker. (See also pencil-pusher.) If those paper-pushers can’t get their work done on time, make them stay late. I

don’t want to talk to some paper-pusher, I want to talk to the boss. 2. n. someone who passes bad checks. (See also paper; paper-hanger.) The bank teller spotted a well-known paper-pusher and called the cops. The old lady was charged as a paper-pusher and sent to jail.

paperweight n. a serious student; a hardworking student. What a jerk! Nothing but a paperweight.

parboiled mod. alcohol intoxicated. (See also boiled.) Sally stayed at the bar just long enough to get parboiled. She’s not really stewed, just parboiled.

pard n. partner; friend. (From pardner. Also a term of address.) Come on, pard, let’s go find some action. This is my old pard, Clarence.

Pardon me for living! Go to (Well,) pardon me for living!

Pardon my French. AND Excuse my French. sent. Excuse my use of swear words or taboo words. (Does not refer to real French.) Pardon my French, but this is a hell of a day. What she needs is a kick in the butt, if you’ll excuse my French.

(parental) units n. parents. (Teens. Also a term of address. See also rent(al)s.) I don’t think my parental units will let me stay out that late. Hey, units! I need to talk to you about something really important.

park in. to neck or to make love, especially in a parked car. Do kids still park, or do they just watch television? They still park, but they don’t have a name for it anymore.

park it (somewhere) tv. sit down somewhere; sit down and get out of the way.

Hey, park it! You’re in the way. Bart, park it over there in the corner. Stop pacing around. You make me nervous.

parting shot n. the last word; a final comment before departing. For a parting shot, she called me a miser. His parting shot concerned some comments about my ability to do simple math.



party 1. n. <a combining form used in expressions to refer to certain kinds of activity carried on in groups or in pairs.> (For examples, see coke party, free base party, grass party, hen party, keg party, kick party, pot party, stag-party, tailgate party, tea party.) 2. in. to drink alcohol, smoke marijuana, or use other drugs. (May also include sexual activity.)

Come on, man! Let’s party! If you didn’t party so much, you’d get better grades.

party animal n. someone who loves parties. My boyfriend and I are real party animals. Let’s party! If you weren’t such a party animal, you’d have more time for studying.

party bowl n. a marijuana pipe large enough to serve a number of smokers. (Drugs.) When they arrested Max, he had two pipes and a party bowl with him.The cops thought the party bowl was a flower vase!

party down Go to party hearty.

party hearty AND party down in. to have a great time; to celebrate. (Also as an exclamation: Party down!) Let’s get some stuff and party hearty. The whole class decided to celebrate and party hearty.

Party on! exclam. That’s right! Party on, Beavis! You are totally right! Party on, Waldo! You said it!

party-pooper n. the first person to leave a party; someone who ruins a party because of dullness or by leaving early.

Don’t leave! Don’t be a party-pooper! Don’t invite Martha. She’s such a partypooper.

pass 1. n. a passing grade or mark on a test. (Compare this with fail.) Did you get a pass or a fail? This is my third pass this semester. 2. in. to decline something; to decline to participate in something.

No, thanks. I pass. I’ll have to pass. I am not prepared. 3. n. an act of declining something. I’ll have to take a pass. Can I have a pass on that one? There is nothing I can do. 4. n. a sexual advance or invitation. (Usually with make.) He made a pass at me, so I slapped him. When he made a pass at me, he got a pass

right back. 5. tv. to succeed in spending counterfeit money; to succeed in cashing a bad check. Beavis passed one bad check after another. He was arrested for passing bad checks.

pass for something in. to pay for something; to treat someone by paying for something. Come on. Let’s go out. I’ll pass for dinner. I’ll pass for drinks if you want.

pass go tv. to complete a difficult or dangerous task successfully. (From pass go and collect $200 in the game Monopoly™.) Man, I tried to get there on time, but I just couldn’t pass go. You had better pass go with this job, or you’ve had it.

passion-pit n. a drive-in movie theatre; any place where young people go to neck, such as an area where teenagers park. (Dated but still heard.) She wanted me to drive down to the passion-pit, but I said I had a headache. My mother used to tell me about her trips to the passion-pit.

pass the buck tv. to shift the responsibility for something to someone else; to evade responsibility. (See also buckpasser.) When things get a little tough, do what I do. Pass the buck. Don’t pass the buck. Stand up and admit you were wrong.

passy n. a baby’s pacifier. (Baby talk.)

Does little Johnnie want his passy? Mommy, Mary threw her passy on the floor.

paste 1. tv. to strike someone, especially in the face. (See also paste someone one.)

I hauled off and pasted him right in the face. He tried to paste me, but I ducked.

2. tv. to defeat a person or a team, usually in a game of some type. (See also pasting; pasted.) The Warriors pasted the Rockets, 70-49. They really pasted our team in last week’s game.

pasted 1. mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. (From paste.) Poor Tom is totally pasted. Bart got pasted on beer. 2. mod. beaten; outscored. Our team really got pasted. He sure looked pasted the last time I saw him.