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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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bird cages! 2. n. ugly or badly styled clothing; an ugly garment. I can’t wear that rag! I need some new clothes. I can’t go around wearing rags like these. I wouldn’t be seen in last season’s rags. 3. n. any clothing, even the best. (Always plural.) Man, I got some new rags that will knock your eyes out! You got soda pop all over my new rags! 4. n. a sanitary napkin; a tampon. (For use in the menstrual cycle. Usually objectionable.)

God, I’ve got to change this rag!

the rage 1. n. the current fad; an irresistible fad. (Often with all. Old but recurrent.)

Get a haircut like mine! It’s all the rage!

One rage after another. Can’t I find something that will stay the same for a while? 2. in. to party; to celebrate. (Collegiate.) Man, are we going to rage tonight! Fred and Mary were raging over at the frat house last weekend.

rag on someone AND rake on someone in. to bother someone; to irritate someone; to criticize and humiliate someone.

I wish you would stop ragging on me. I don’t know why you are so annoyed at me.

Stop raking on me!

rag out in. to dress up. I like to rag out and go to parties. I hate to rag out. I like comfortable clothes.

ragtop n. a convertible car. The ragtop is making a comeback. I wanted a ragtop, but they cost nearly $3,000 more.

ragweed n. inferior marijuana. (Drugs.)

This stuff is ragweed. You can have it! Bart just sells ragweed except to his friends.

rah-rah [“ra”ra] mod. having to do with college and college enthusiasm. That gal is so rah-rah. What energy! It was sort of a rah-rah party.

railroad tracks 1. n. dental braces. I can’t smile because of these railroad tracks.

My railroad tracks cost nearly $1,200.

2. n. rows of needle scars on the veins of the arms. Look at those railroad tracks on his arm. That means he shoots drugs.

Max has railroad tracks on both arms.

rails n. powdered cocaine arranged into lines. (Drugs.) Max makes the rails too

messy. Bart put the rails on something smooth.

rainbow n. a bowlegged person. (Also a rude term of address.) Hey, rainbow! Are you a cowboy? Ask that rainbow if he has to have special trousers made.

rain on someone or something Go to rain on someone’s parade.

rain on someone’s parade AND rain on someone or something in. to spoil something for someone. I hate to rain on your parade, but your plans are all wrong. She really rained on our parade.Did anyone rain on the meeting?

rain pitchforks tv. to rain very hard and heavy. It rained pitchforks all day long.Every time I go out to rake leaves, it rains pitchforks.

raise a stink (about someone or something) AND make a stink (about someone or something) tv. to make a big issue about someone or something. You can depend on Fred to raise a stink. I hope you don’t plan to make a stink about the problem.

raise Cain [...ken] tv. to make a lot of trouble; to raise hell. Fred was really raising Cain about the whole matter. Let’s stop raising Cain.

raise hell 1. tv. to make a lot of trouble; to go on a rampage. Stop raising hell so much of the time! Quiet! Don’t raise hell around here. 2. tv. to go on a drinking spree and get drunk. Let’s go out and really raise hell. The boys went out to raise hell.

raise hell (with someone) Go to raise the devil (with someone).

raise hell (with something) Go to raise the devil (with something).

raise the devil (with someone) AND raise hell (with someone) tv. to confront someone and complain or scold.

I really raised the devil with my brother for being late. It won’t do any good to raise hell with me.

raise the devil (with something) AND raise hell (with something) tv. to cause


(rap) sheet

trouble with something. That idea raises hell with my plan. The onions raised the devil with my stomach.

rake on someone Go to rag on someone.

rake something in tv. to take in a lot of something, usually money. Our candidate will rake votes in by the thousand. T They were raking in money by the bushel.

rally [“rAli] 1. n. get-together of some kind; a party, usually informal, possibly spontaneous. There’s a rally over at Tom’s tonight. The rally was a flop. Everyone left early. 2. in. to hold a get-together of some kind; to party. (Collegiate.) Let’s rally tonight about midnight. They rallied until dawn.

ralph AND rolf [rAlf AND rOlf] in. to empty one’s stomach; to vomit. (Teens and collegiate. See also cry ruth.) She went home and ralphed for an hour. I think I’m going to rolf.

ralph something up tv. to vomit (something). (Teens and collegiate.) The doctor gave him some stuff that made him ralph it up. T He ralphed up his dinner.

rambo(ize) [“rAmbo(aIz)] tv. to (figuratively) annihilate someone or something; to harm someone or something. (Collegiate. From the powerful film character

Rambo.) The students ramboed the cafeteria, and the cops were called. Please don’t rambo the other team. Just win the game.

rammy [“rAmi] mod. sexually excited or aroused. (Refers to the ram, a symbol of arousal.) Fred was looking a little rammy, so I excused myself and left. Your rammy boyfriend is on the telephone.

ramrod tv. to lead something; to act as the driving force behind something. Who is going to ramrod this project? Don’t ramrod us into something we don’t really want.

ram something down someone’s throat tv. to force something upon someone. (Not literal.) Don’t try to ram that nonsense down my throat. They’re always trying to ram something down our throats.

ranch 1. n. semen. (Similar in appearance and consistency to Ranch [salad] dressing. Usually objectionable.) God! There’s ranch on the bathroom floor! 2. in. to ejaculate. (Usually objectionable.)

Just looking at her makes me want to ranch.

randy [“rAndi] mod. sexually excited or aroused. The town is full of randy sailors when the fleet’s in. Wow, does he look randy! There is a randy looking guy at the door asking for you.

rank tv. to give someone a hard time; to hassle someone. Stop ranking me! The dean was ranking the boys for pulling the prank. When he finished with the boys, he started ranking their parents.

rank and file n. the common members of something. What will the rank and file think of the proposal? The rank and file will vote on it tomorrow.

rank on someone in. to attack someone verbally; to gossip about someone.

Please stop ranking on my family! Tom keeps ranking on Jennifer, and she is really mad about it.

rank someone (out) tv. to annoy or chastise someone. (See also rank.) He really ranks me out. What a pest! T I ranked out the whole gang, but good!

rap 1. in. to talk or chat about something.

Something wrong? Let’s rap about it. The kids sat down and rapped for an hour or so. 2. n. a conversation; a chat. How about a rap? Let’s have a rap sometime.

3. n. sweet talk; seductive talk; line. I like your rap, but that’s all I like about you.

Don’t lay that rap on me! You’re not my type. 4. n. a criminal charge; the blame for something. (Underworld.) I won’t take the rap for something you did. The cops tried to make the rap stick, but they didn’t have enough evidence.

rap session n. an informal conversation session. The kids settled down for a long rap session. The rap session was interrupted by a fire drill.

(rap) sheet n. a criminal record listing all recorded criminal charges. (See also rap.)

This guy has a rap sheet a mile long.


rare bird

The sergeant asked if there was a sheet on the prisoner.

rare bird n. an unusual person; a person with rare talents or abilities. An interesting kind of rare bird is the man who can take long vacations and still make money.She is a rare bird who enjoys opera and can understand most of it, too.

rare old time n. a fine and enjoyable time at a party or something similar. (Folksy.)

That was a rare old time at Tom’s the other night. I haven’t had a rare old time like that in years.

raring to go mod. anxious and eager to go.

Come on, I’m raring to go! The whole family is raring to go on vacation.

raspberry [“rAzbEri] n. the Bronx cheer.

The entire audience gave the performer the raspberry. The performer gave them a raspberry right back.

rasty [“rAsti] mod. having to do with a harsh-looking young woman. (Collegiate.) Who is that rasty dame I saw you with? That dark lipstick makes you look a little rasty.

rat 1. n. a wretched acting person. (Also a term of address.) You dirty rat, you! Stop acting like a dirty rat! 2. Go to rat (on someone).

rat around in. to waste time loafing around; to kick around. (Collegiate.)

I didn’t do anything but rat around all summer. If kids don’t have jobs, they just rat around.

rat-bastard n. a really wretched or despised person. (Rude and derogatory.) You dirty rat-bastard! I could kill you! Stay away from Albert, he’s a real rat-bastard when he’s drunk.

ratchet-mouth AND motor-mouth n. someone who talks incessantly. (Also a term of address.) Tell that ratchetmouth to shut up! Hey, motor-mouth, quiet!

rat fink n. an informer. (Also a term of address. See also rat.) That guy is nothing but a rat fink. A dirty squealer! Fred told the teacher about the plot, and every-

body called him a rat fink for the next two years.

rathole 1. n. a run-down place; a dump or a joint. I refuse to live in this rathole any longer. Why don’t you clean up this rathole? 2. n. a bottomless pit. (Typically with throw and down as in the examples.)

Why do they keep throwing money down that rathole? That rathole will absorb as much money as they can supply.

The transportation system is beyond help. Giving it more subsidies is just throwing money down a rathole.

rat (on someone) in. to inform (on someone). Bill said he was going to rat on that punk. If you rat on me, I’ll get you!Who ratted?

rat out in. to quit; to fink out (on someone or something). It’s too late to rat out. He tried to rat out at the last minute.

rat race n. a dull and repetitive situation; a dull and unrewarding job. (See also daily grind.) I am really tired of this rat race—day after day. She dropped out of the rat race and moved to Vermont, where she opened a barber shop.

Rats! exclam. Oh, damn! Rats! I broke a nail! Oh, rats! I’m late.

the rats n. the delirium tremens. The way he was shaking, I knew he had the rats. Most of those old guys down on Fourth Street have the rats.

rattlebones n. <a nickname for a very skinny person.> (Also a term of address.)

Hey, rattlebones, come over here a minute. Ask rattlebones over there to have a seat.

rattlebrain n. a stupid person. Is that rattlebrain here again? Please try not to be such a rattlebrain! Pay attention to what you are doing.

rattled 1. mod. confused; bewildered. He tends to get a little rattled at minor things.Try not to get her rattled. 2. mod. tipsy; alcohol intoxicated. After an hour of drinking, Bill was more than a little rattled. Being rattled from beer, I stopped drinking beer and began on the rum.



rattle-trap n. a rattly (old) car; any rattly vehicle. I hear Ted’s rattle-trap in the driveway. I bought a rattle-trap for $400.

rattling mod. excellent. (Collegiate. See also rocking.) Her party was really rattling.What a rattling place to live!

raunch someone out [rOntS...] tv. to disgust someone. (From raunchy.) These dirty socks absolutely raunch me out! Wayne and Beavis enjoy raunching people out.

raunchy AND raunchie; ronchie [“rantSi]

1. mod. crude; tasteless; bad. He told a very raunchy story at the party. Don’t be so ronchie. 2. mod. alcohol intoxicated.

Those guys were raunchy as hell. Let’s go out and get good and ronchie. 3. mod. sick; ill. I feel sort of ronchy. After I ate dinner, my stomach felt a little raunchie, so I went home. 4. mod. untidy; unclean; crude; tasteless. Get your ronchie socks out of the living room. We decided to leave the raunchy movie about halfway through.

rave n. a party; a wild celebration. What a rave! A real fine party. Let’s have a little rave next Friday.

raw 1. mod. inexperienced; brand new.

The raw recruit did as well as could be expected. She’ll get better. She’s just a little raw. 2. mod. vulgar; crude; raucous; untamed. I’ve had enough of your raw humor. That joke was a little raw. 3. mod. [of alcoholic spirits] undiluted; neat. No ice, please. I prefer it raw. I’ll drink it raw—just the way it is now.

4. mod. [of alcoholic spirits] unaged; fiery and strong. My gosh, this stuff is raw! It’ll burn a hole in me. Give me something to drink that isn’t quite so raw.

araw deal n. an unfair deal; unfair treatment. You really got a raw deal. My last job was a raw deal. I hope this is better.

rays n. sunshine. (Collegiate.) I’m going to go out and get some rays today. I’ve had too many rays. I’m cooked.

razz [rAz] tv. to tease someone. Please stop razzing me. I was just razzing you. I didn’t mean any harm.

razzamatazz Go to razzmatazz.

razzle-dazzle [“rAzl”dAzl] n. flamboyant publicity; hype. After all the razzledazzle dies down, we’ll see what things are really like. Hollywood is filled with raz- zle-dazzle and excitement.

razzmatazz AND razzamatazz [“rAzm@-

”tAz AND “rAz@m@”tAz] n. deceptive talk; hype. Cut out the razzamatazz. How dumb do you think I am? Don’t give me all that razzamatazz!

reach for the sky 1. Go to aim for the sky.

2. in. (a command) to put one’s hands up, as in a robbery. Okay, you guys, reach for the sky! The bank teller reached for the sky without having to be told.

reader n. a piece of paper with writing on it; a note; a prescription; an IOU. (Underworld.) Max has my reader for $500.I got a reader for some morphine.

Read my lips! Go to Watch my lips!

real mod. very; really. This is a real fine party. You did a real good thing.

real bitch n. a very difficult or annoying thing or person. (Can refer to male or female.) This math problem is a real bitch. Fred is a true problem. A real bitch.

real gone mod. really cool; mellow and pleasant. (See also gone.) Man, this music is real gone. That’s a real gone drummer.

the (real) McCoy 1. n. something authentic. This is the real McCoy. Nothing else like it. This is no copy. It’s the McCoy.

2. n. pure drugs or alcohol. Is this stuff the McCoy? If it’s not the real McCoy, I don’t want it.

ream someone out tv. to scold someone severely. The teacher really reamed him out. T The coach reamed out the whole team.

rear (end) n. the tail end; the buttocks. (Euphemistic.) She fell right on her rear. The dog bit her in the rear end.

rear-ender AND back-ender n. an automobile wreck where one car runs into the back of another. (See also fender-


red gravy

bender.) It wasn’t a bad accident, just a rear-ender. My neck was hurt in a back-ender.

red gravy n. blood. Your nose bleeding? You got red gravy on your face. If you’re gonna pick your scabs, keep your red gravy and stuff off me!

red hot 1. mod. important; in great demand. This is a red hot item. Everybody wants one. The stock market is a red hot issue right now. 2. n. a hot dog; a frankfurter. “Get your red hots right here!” shouted the vendor. In Chicago they never eat red hots with catsup!

red-hot mama n. an exciting woman; a sexually exciting or excited woman.

Clare is really a red-hot mama! I’m no red-hot mama, just a country girl.

red ink n. debt; indebtedness as shown in red ink on a financial statement. There is too much red ink in my financial statement. Too much red ink and the company will collapse.

red-letter day n. an important day that might well be marked in red on the calendar. Today was a red-letter day in our history. It was a red-letter day for our club.

redneck 1. n. a stereotypic southern bigot. (Derogatory. Also a term of address.)

Those rednecks can hardly read. Look, you stupid redneck, try to understand. 2. mod. in the manner of a southern bigot.

I don’t follow that kind of redneck thinking. The candidate didn’t want the redneck vote.

red tape n. bureaucratic annoyances; bureaucratic forms and procedures. (Typically with cut as in the example.) If you deal with the government, you will have to put up with lots of red tape. I have a friend who knows how to cut through red tape.

red tide n. a menstrual period. (Punning on the name of a tidal phenomenon where the water appears reddish owing to the presence of certain kinds of microscopic creatures.) Sorry, she’s down with the red tide and really prefers to stay home.

reef Go to reefer.

reefer [“rif#] 1. n. a refrigerator. Please put the milk in the reefer. A new reefer costs nearly $1000! 2. AND reef n. cannabis; a marijuana cigarette. (Drugs.)

He had a reefer in his hand when he was busted. Don’t stall the reefer. Pass it on.

ref [rEf] 1. n. a referee. (Also a term of address.) Hey, ref! Get some glasses! The ref did a fine job. 2. tv. to referee something, such as a game. Are you going to ref this one, or am I? I don’t like to ref night games.

regs n. regulations. Follow the regs or pay the penalty. There is a list of regs posted on the back of your door.

reinvent the wheel tv. to make unnecessary or redundant preparations. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel. Read up on what others have done. I don’t have time to reinvent the wheel.

rent(al)s n. one’s parents. (Teens. See also (parental) units. Also a term of address.)

I’ll have to ask my rents. Hey, rentals, let’s go out for dinner.

rents Go to rent(al)s.

rep [rEp] 1. n. a representative, usually a sales representative. Please ask your rep to stop by my office. Our rep will be in your area tomorrow. 2. n. someone’s reputation. I hope this doesn’t ruin my rep.I’ve got my own rep to think about. 3. n. repertory theater. He spent a year in rep on the East Coast. Rep is the best place to get experience, but not to make connections.

repo [“ripo] 1. n. a repossessed car. It’s a repo, and I got it cheap. I’d rather have a plain used car than a repo. 2. tv. to repossess a car. Some guy came around and tried to repo my car. She’s good at repoing family cars.

repo man [“ripo “mAn] n. a man who repossesses cars for a living. What kind of guy is lower than a repo man? I’d rather beg than get a job as a repo man.

ret [rEt] n. a tobacco cigarette. (Collegiate.)

You got a ret I can bum? Give my buddy a ret, will you?



retard [“ritard] 1. n. a rude nickname for a retarded person. (Derogatory and unkind.) That retard is having a rough time. Don’t call my brother a retard! 2. n. a stupid person. (Also a term of address.) Don’t be a retard! Get with it!Look, you retard, get busy.

retread [“ritrEd] n. a burned-out person; a made-over person. Chuck is just a retread. He’s through. I need somebody fresh and alive, not some tired retread.

reverse gears tv. to wretch as a prelude to vomiting. The cat is reversing gears. Throw her out the back door. Beavis is reversing gears and might be going to vomit. You never know with Beavis.

rev something up tv. to speed up an engine in short bursts. Rev it up a few times and see if it stalls. T Tom sat at the traffic light revving up his engine.

revved (up) mod. excited, perhaps by drugs. Bill is revved from too much dope. The kids were all revved up, ready to party.

rhoid n. a bothersome person; a person who is a pain in the ass. (Streets. From hemorrhoid.) Get away from me, you rhoid! These rhoids are driving me crazy!

rhubarb [“rubarb] n. a brawl, especially in a baseball game. There’s a noisy rhubarb down on the field. Ted got punched around a little bit in that rhubarb last week.

rib 1. n. a joke; an act of teasing. I didn’t mean any harm. It was just a little rib. That’s a great rib, Sam! 2. tv. to tease someone. Please don’t rib me any more tonight. I’ve had it. Let’s go rib Jennifer.

rib-tickler n. a joke; something very funny.

That was a real rib-tickler. I’ll remember that joke. She told a rib-tickler, and everybody laughed.

ricockulous mod. ridiculous. (Streets. Word play based on dick = cock.)

What a stupid thing to say! That is ricockulous! Your silly laugh is ricockulous and it makes me sick.

ride n. a car. What time are you coming by in your ride? Do you care if I leave my ride parked in your driveway?

ride shotgun tv. to accompany and guard someone or something. (A term from the days of stagecoaches and their armed guards. See also shotgun.) I have to take the beer over to the party. Why don’t you come along and ride shotgun? Who’s going to ride shotgun with Bill?

ride the porcelain bus Go to drive the big bus.

rif [rIf] 1. tv. to dismiss an employee. (From the euphemism reduction in force.) They’re going to rif John tomorrow. Who’ll they rif next? 2. n. a firing; a dismissal. Who got the rif today? There’s a rif in your future.

riff 1. n. a short, repeated line of music played by a particular performer. Jim just sat there and forgot his riff. Listen to this riff, Tom. 2. n. a digression while speaking. (From sense 1.) Excuse the little riff, but I had to mention it. If she didn’t make so many riffs while she spoke, we could understand her better.

riffed 1. mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated.

That guy is really riffed! I can’t keep getting riffed every night like this. 2. AND rift mod. fired; released from employment. (From RIF, “reduction in force.”)

Poor Walter got riffed Friday. Most of the sales force was riffed last week.

rift Go to riffed.

rig 1. tv. to arrange or tamper with the results of something. The crooks rigged the election. Somebody rigged the contest so no one got first prize. 2. n. a large truck; an eighteen-wheeler. Jim drives a really big rig. There were three rigs sitting in the parking lot when we got there.

right as rain mod. completely correct. (Folksy. Often with as.) Yes, indeed! You are right as rain! She was right as rain about the score.

righteous [“raItS@s] mod. good; of good quality. (Originally black.) She is a righteous mama. Bart told me about


righteous collar

some righteous grass he’s got. This stuff is really righteous!

righteous collar n. a justifiable arrest. (As opposed to a setup or a frame.) Ziggy was taken in, and the gang agreed it was a righteous collar. Bruno was caught redhanded. “I can’t complain,” said Ziggy. “It was a righteous collar.”

right guy n. a good guy; a straight guy.

Tom is a right guy. No trouble with him.I’m glad you’re a right guy. I can trust you.

right in the kisser mod. right in the mouth or face. (See also kisser.) Max poked the cop right in the kisser. He caught one right in the kisser.

(right) up one’s alley mod. exactly one’s kind of thing; exactly what one is best equipped to do. That job is right up her alley. It’s not exactly up my alley, but I’ll try it.

ring a bell tv. to stir something in someone’s memory. Yes, that rings a bell. I seem to remember it. Maybe the name Marsha will ring a bell!

ringer (for someone) Go to (dead) ringer (for someone).

ring off the hook in. [for a telephone] to ring endlessly or constantly. The phone was ringing off the hook when I came in.We’ve been busy today. The phone’s been ringing off the hook.

ringtailed snorter n. someone or something energetic and powerful. Old Charlie is a real ringtailed snorter. Ask that ringtailed snorter to calm down and come over here for a minute.

ring the bell tv. to be just what is needed; to hit the spot. This cold water really rings the bell. A good hot bowl of soup would ring the bell about now.

rinky-dink [“rINki”dINk] mod. cheap; inferior; broken down. I sold my rinkydink old car yesterday. What a rinkydink job! I quit!

riot [“raI@t] n. someone or something entertaining or funny. Tom was a riot last night. Her joke was a real riot.

rip 1. n. a drinking bout. (See also tear.)

All four of them went out on a rip. Fred had another rip last night. He’s rotten now. 2. n. the loot from a rip-off.

I want my share of the rip, now! Give him some of the rip and tell him to beat it. 3. n. a theft; a rip-off. The crooks pulled a rip on Fourth Street last night. That was the third rip there this week. 4. n. a tear in the flesh of the hand, as in an athletic event where the flesh comes in contact with solid material, such as in gymnastics and weightlifting. I keep getting rips from the bar. Sally has a rip on her palm.

ripe 1. mod. alcohol intoxicated. Yes, they were ripe all right. Stinking drunk. Bill was so ripe that they took him home. 2. mod. foul; smelly. Whooey! This place is ripe. What died? Get your ripe old socks out of here! The fish seems quite ripe. 3. mod. crude; raunchy. Your jokes are a bit ripe. That was a ripe one! Stop acting so ripe.

rip-off 1. n. a theft; a deception; an exploitation. (See also rip.) This sandwich is a rip-off! What a rip-off! I want my money back. 2. mod. having to do with theft and deception. I consider myself to be rip-off champion of North America.All I hear is rip-off stories. Isn’t anybody honest?

(rip-)off artist n. a con artist. Fred is such an off artist. Beware of the rip-off artist who runs that shop.

rip on someone in. to give someone a hard time; to hassle someone. Fred was ripping on me, and I heard about it. Stop ripping on my friend!

ripped 1. mod. intoxicated on drugs or alcohol. I don’t know what I drank, but I’m really ripped. 2. mod. muscular. I worked and worked to get ripped, but I’m just not made that way.

ripped (off) Go to ripped (up).

ripped (up) AND ripped (off) mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated; under the effects of marijuana. Why do you have to get ripped up like that? Bart was ripped out of his mind on uppers.



rip snorter n. a remarkable person or thing; a hilarious joke. (Folksy.) Old Fred is a real rip snorter. Her new car is a rip snorter, I tell you. Let me tell you a rip snorter about a farmer and his cow.Judy can tell some rip snorters.

rip someone off tv. to assault, kill, beat, rob, rape, or cheat someone. They ripped me off, but they didn’t hurt me. Man, they ripped me off for three hundred dollars.

rip something off tv. to steal something.

They ripped them all off. T The crooks ripped off the hubcaps of my car.

Rise and shine! exclam. Get up and get going! Get up! Rise and shine! It’s late. Okay, you guys, rise and shine!

ritzy [“rItsi] mod. elegant; flamboyant.

That is a real ritzy car. It’s really ritzy!What a ritzy coat! Is it new?

rivets [“rIv@ts] n. dollars; money. (From copper rivets.) You got enough rivets on you for a snack? Who can come up with that many rivets?

roach 1. n. a police officer. (Derogatory. From cockroach.) Watch out! The roaches are coming. A roach caught him while he was at work. 2. n. the butt end of a marijuana cigarette. (Drugs.) The cops found a roach on the bathroom floor.Hey, give me that roach! 3. n. an ugly girl or woman. (Derogatory. From cockroach.) Who was that roach you were with last night? That dame is a real roach.

roach clip AND roach pick n. a device to hold a roach and make it smokable. (Drugs.) When the cops find a roach clip on you, you’ve had it. They found two roach picks and a pipe.

roach-coach n. a mobile snack truck. (The term was revived in the Persian Gulf War.) Let’s go get a sandwich at the roach-coach. Here comes the roachcoach! Let go spend some coin. The roach-coach pulled up in front of the dorm every night about eleven.

roached mod. hungover; exhausted. I’m roached. I feel lousy. What a day! I’ve never been so roached.

roach pick Go to roach clip.

road apple n. a lump of horse excrement. (See also alley apple.) Don’t step on the road apples. There must be horses around here. I see road apples.

road hog n. someone who takes too much space on a road or highway; someone who seems to run other people off the road. Get over! Road hog! A road hog nearly ran me off the road.

roadie AND roady 1. AND roadster n. someone who helps rock groups set up for performances. I want to be a roadie when I grow up. I was a roadster for a while, but I didn’t like it. 2. AND roadster in. to help rock groups set up. Let’s go downtown and roadie tonight. The Red Drips are in town. I hate to roady. It’s, like, work! 3. mod. eager to travel; eager to get on the road. I get a little roady when the weather gets warm.

road pizza n. a dead animal on the road.

Every morning the highway is littered with road pizza. A bunch of crows were feasting on road pizza when we drove by.

roadster Go to roadie.

roadtrip n. a sudden trip in a car. (Sometimes yelled, Roadtrip! to indicate an impending jaunt in an automobile.) Let’s make a little roadtrip to get some beer. “Roadtrip!” hollered Ken. “We’re gonna go out and get some dames!”

roady Go to roadie.

roast 1. tv. to put on an entertaining program, usually with a dinner, where the guest of honor is teased and insulted.

They roasted Dave when he retired. If they roast me at the dinner, I’ll cry. 2. n. an entertaining program where the guest of honor is insulted all in fun. It was a wonderful roast. The guest of honor was pleased with the quality of the insults. It was a little too polite for a real roast.

roasted mod. alcohol intoxicated. He was stewed, roasted, and boiled. He’s out getting roasted with the boys.


rob someone blind

rob someone blind 1. tv. to steal freely from someone. Her maid was robbing her blind. I don’t want them to rob me blind. Keep an eye on them. 2. tv. to overcharge someone. You are trying to rob me blind. I won’t pay it! Those auto repair shops can rob you blind if you don’t watch out.

rock 1. AND rock candy n. crack, a crystallized form of cocaine. (Drugs. See also rocks.) Some call it rock, and some call it crack. Rock is pretty expensive. 2. n. a crystallized form of heroin used for smoking. (Drugs.) Max is hooked on rock—the kind that you smoke. Powder is everywhere, but you can hardly find rock anymore. 3. n. a diamond or other gemstone. Look at the size of that rock in her ring. How many rocks are there decorating the edges of your watch? 4. Go to rocks. 5. n. a baseball; a basketball.

Michael passed the rock to Scottie who turned and dropped it in the basket. Hank hit the rock with the bat and broke the bat in half. 6. in. to be really great. This party really rocks! The concerts didn’t rock, but we had a good time throwing chairs.

rock bottom 1. n. the lowest point or level.

The value of the goods is at rock bottom right now. Prices have reached rock bottom. 2. mod. absolute lowest, especially in reference to price. Prices are rock bottom this month. I am offering you the rock bottom price. You can’t beat these rock bottom deals.

rock candy Go to rock.

rocker 1. n. a rocking chair. (Not slang.)

I love to spend a sunny afternoon in my rocker. Children love rockers, but they can tip over in them. 2. n. a rock and roll singer, song, or fan. (See also off one’s rocker.) Do all rockers have red hair? Let’s listen to a good rocker.

rockhead n. someone who seems to have rocks in the head; a hardheaded or stubborn person. What a rockhead! That’s a stupid thing to do. Why do you always have to be such a rockhead?

rocking mod. excellent. (Collegiate.)

Man, what a rocking party! This set is really rocking. We had a rocking time!

rock-jock n. a mountain or rock climber.

The serious rock-jocks practice in North Wales. The sides of every mountain are covered with rock-jocks.

rocks 1. n. ice cubes. Can I have a few rocks in my drink, please? 2. n. Xerox Inc. (Securities markets, New York Stock Exchange.) When she says, “Buy me a thousand rocks at the market,” that means she wants one thousand shares of Xerox at whatever the market price is at the moment. 3. n. money; a dollar. (Underworld.) How many rocks do you want for that? Twenty rocks for that? 4. n. the testicles. (See also stones. Usually objectionable.) I was afraid I’d get kicked in the rocks, so I stayed back.

rod 1. n. a gun; a revolver. (Underworld.)

I got a rod in my pocket. Don’t move.

I don’t have any bullets for my rod. 2.

Go to (hot) rod.

ROF Go to RO(T)F(L).

roger [“radZ#] interj. okay; That is correct.

Roger, I’ll do it. Roger. Will do.

rolf Go to ralph.

roll 1. n. a bankroll; lots of money. I earned a roll off that last deal. He’s got a roll right there in his pocket. 2. tv. to rob a drunkard. The muggers found a drunk and rolled him. Those punks can’t get much money by rolling drunks. 3. n. a sustained period of luck or productivity. (See also on a roll.) I’m doing great! What a roll! The fantastic roll that this performer is on is truly exciting. 4. in. to leave, perhaps in a car. I can’t wait around any longer. Let’s roll. We have to roll, now. It’s late.

roller n. a police car. There are rollers in the next block, driving slow, looking for someone. The roller pulled up in front of the boys, and two officers got out.

roll in 1. in. to pull in; to drive up; to arrive.

The car rolled into the parking lot at a high speed. Four station wagons rolled in at the same time. 2. Go to turn in.



rolling buzz n. a long-lasting drug high. (Drugs.) What I want is a nice rolling buzz. That stuff will give you a rolling buzz without putting you to sleep.

ronchie Go to raunchy.

roni n. pepperoni, as used in pizza. I want roni and shrooms on my pizza.

rook [rUk] tv. to cheat someone. She tried to rook me when I paid my bill. Don’t go into that store. They’ll rook you.

rookie AND rooky [“rUki] 1. n. a person new at something; a neophyte, especially a police officer or a ballplayer. Tom is a rookie on the police force. The rookie tackled the old-time player and earned a lot of cheering and applause. 2. mod. new; inexperienced. Fred is a rookie first baseman for the home team. A rooky cop can make arrests just like the other cops.

room for rent n. a person who acts very stupid. (Also a term of address. This implies that one’s head is so empty of brains that the space could be rented out.)

Hey, room for rent, wake up and pay attention. My brother is a room for rent if I ever saw one. What a dope!

rooster [“rust#] n. the posterior; one’s butt end. (Old. Because one roosts on it.)

Don’t just sit there on your rooster. Get to work. I fell down smack on my rooster.

root 1. n. a cigarette or a cigar. That root you’re smoking sure stinks. You got a root I can borrow? 2. in. to eat food like a pig. Don’t root. Slow down and enjoy your food. Bart is downstairs rooting now. It won’t take that slob long to eat.

rooting-tooting mod. exciting; renown; famous; illustrious. (A vague adjective of praise.) We really had a rooting-tooting time last weekend. She’s a rooting-toot- ing dancer from Omaha.

rope someone in 1. tv. to cause someone to get involved in some project. She’s always trying to rope me into her club. T Let’s rope in someone to help with cleaning up. 2. Go to take someone in.

roscoe [“rasko] n. a pistol, especially a revolver. (Underworld.) He’s got a roscoe

in his pocket. I’m going down there to talk to Max, and I’m taking my roscoe.

rosy mod. good; satisfactory. Things are looking rosy now that the economy is improving. Doesn’t look like a very rosy future. When the stock market crashed, nothing looked rosy.

rot n. nonsense. Don’t give me any more of your rot. Speak straight with me. That’s just rot. Don’t believe any of it!

RO(T)F(L) interj. rolling on the floor laughing. (Used in electronic mail and computer forum or news group messages. Not pronounced aloud.) I was ROTFL when I read your note. That was too much.Your comment had me ROTF.

rotgut 1. n. strong or inferior liquor, especially whisky. (Folksy.) Where is that jug of rotgut you used to keep around here?

The old man nearly went blind drinking all that rotgut. 2. mod. [of liquor] strong or fiery. You’ve got to stop drinking that rotgut liquor and think of your health. I won’t pay for this rotgut whisky. Give me something better. 3. n. weak or otherwise inferior beer. I need a can of beer, and you give me this rotgut?

She can afford something better, but she drinks nothing but cheap rotgut.

rotorhead n. a helicopter pilot or member of a helicopter crew. (Military. Also a term of address.) Radio those rotorheads and tell them to get back to the base, now! Hey, rotorhead, where’s your egg beater?

rotsee [“ratsi] n. ROTC, the Reserve Officers Training Corps. I joined rotsee to help pay my way through school. How long have you been in the rotsee program?

Rots of ruck! [“rats@”r@k] exclam. Lots of luck! (Mocking a Japanese pronunciation.) Have a good trip, and rots of ruck! Good-bye, and rots of ruck!

rotten 1. mod. smelly; disgusting. (Not slang.) What is that rotten smell? Something rotten is under that board. 2. mod. alcohol intoxicated. (From sense 1. See also putrid.) It takes a case of beer to get Wilbur rotten. When he gets rotten, he’s sort of dangerous. 3. mod. poor