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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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skin flick

Was my cooking so bad that everybody had to skin a goat?

skin flick n. a movie featuring nudity. (See also nudie.) We took in a skin flick when we were in the city. Max likes skin flicks better than real girls.

skinful n. an intoxicating quantity of liquor; enough liquor. (See also have a skinful.) He’s got a skinful and can’t drive. She knows enough to stop drinking before she gets a skinful.

skin game n. any swindle. (Underworld.)

Ziggy was mixed up in a skin game for a while. The con running the skin game got out of town.

skinhead Go to skin.

Skin me! exclam. Give me some skin!; Shake my hand! (Originally black.)

Hey, man, skin me! Hey, old buddy. Don’t walk on! Skin me!

skinny Go to (hot) skinny.

skinny dip 1. in. to swim in the nude.

We used to go skinny dipping when I was a kid. There was an old creek on the farm where we used to skinny dip. 2. n. a swim in the nude. A nice skinny dip in a quiet glade takes you back to nature. Randy, who fears fish, didn’t take a skinny dip with the others.

skins n. drums. (Musicians. The same as hides.) Andy can really make the skins talk. Buddy could beat those skins like nobody’s business.

skin-search n. a search of the naked body by legal authorities. (See also stripsearch.) These clowns were actually doing skin-searches on traffic offenders! Aren’t there laws against frivolous skinsearches?

Skip it! exclam. Forget it!; Never mind!

I won’t bother you with my question again. Skip it! Oh, skip it! It doesn’t matter.

skip (out) in. to leave; to run away without doing something, such as paying a bill. The guy skipped when I wasn’t looking. Fred skipped out, leaving me with the bill.

skirt n. a woman. Some skirt comes up to me and asks where the police station is.Who’s the skirt I saw you with last night?

skivvies [“skIviz] n. underpants; underwear. He stood there chattering in his skivvies waiting for additional indignities.I don’t have any clean skivvies!

sko AND sgo [“sko AND “sgo] in. Let’s go. (Now considered current slang even though it has been informal colloquial for decades.) Sko. We’re going to be late.It’s time to hit the road. Sgo.

skosh mod. a bit more. I need a skosh more room. Move down a skosh so I can sit down.

skrag [skrAg] tv. to murder someone. (Underworld.) These thugs tried to skrag me, I swear. Barlowe wanted to skrag him right then and there.

skrilla AND skrill n. money. I’m totally outa skrilla, man. Shot to the curb.

skrungy [“skr@ndZi] mod. disgusting.

What is this skrungy stuff they are serving here? That movie was too skrungy for me.

skull-buster AND skull-popper 1. n. a difficult course in school or college. The course was a skull-buster, and I had to drop it. All the courses in that department are skull-busters. 2. n. a police officer. Two skull-busters came up and started asking questions. Watch out for the skull-buster over there.

skullduggery [“sk@l”d@g#i] n. deceitful doings; dirty work. It took a lot of skullduggery to bring it off, but that was no problem for Janice. Without skullduggery, politics wouldn’t be interesting.

skulled mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated.

He’s too skulled to drive. He had got himself skulled in less than twenty minutes.

skull-popper Go to skull-buster.

skunk 1. n. a mean and hateful person. (See also polecat; stinker.) What a skunk!

Must you be such a skunk in front of my friends? 2. tv. to outwit someone. I



skunked them. They’ll never find me. That fish skunked me. I thought I caught him for sure this time.

skunk-drunk mod. alcohol intoxicated.

He was skunk-drunk and didn’t want to be bothered. Some skunk-drunk character came in and started talking big.

skunked 1. mod. alcohol intoxicated.

Kelly got skunked on suds—very unusual for him. He was so skunked he couldn’t find his house. 2. mod. outwitted; outscored; defeated. The home team skunked the visitors for the third year in a row. I was skunked on this year’s fishing trip. Not even a bite.

skurf [sk#f] in. to skateboard. (From the words skate and surf.) He skurfed from city hall to the post office. My mom won’t let me skurf anymore.

sky in. to travel (to somewhere) in an airplane. I decided to sky down to Orlando for the weekend. Let’s sky to New York and then go on to London.

sky hook n. an imaginary tool. I can’t get this thing outa here without a sky hook. Go get me a sky hook, would ya?

sky-pilot n. a chaplain. The sky-pilot says we can park in the church’s lot, if we don’t mess anything up or make too much noise.The sky-pilot’s a good guy.

sky rug n. a toupee; a man’s wig. I think he is wearing a sky rug. He looks better in his sky rug, but that’s not necessarily good.

the sky’s the limit phr. there is no upper limit. I can afford it. The sky’s the limit.You can do anything you set your mind to, Billy. The sky’s the limit.

slacker n. someone who is lazy or who never completes a task or who fails at a task. (Standard English, but currently used as if it were recently invented.)

Micky is a slacker and a real jerk. Don’t be such a big-ass slacker!

slackmaster n. someone who slacks off a lot; someone who doesn’t work hard enough or at all. He never does his share. Nothing but a slackmaster!

slam 1. tv. to criticize someone or something. Please don’t slam my car. It’s the best I can do. The secretary was slamming the boss in one room, and the boss was slamming the secretary in another. 2. n. a criticism. Harry took another slam at the sales record the sales force had produced for the meeting. I don’t want to hear another nasty and hateful slam at my sister. Is that clear? 3. tv. to drink something quickly. Bart slammed a couple of beers and left. Don’t slam your coffee. You’ll burn yourself.

slam a beer Go to pound a beer.

slam-bang mod. wild; exciting. It was a slam-bang weekend, and I loved every minute of it. Wow, did we ever have a slam-bang time!

slam dunk 1. tv. & in. to force a basketball into the basket from above. (See also jam.) Wilbur slam dunked another one, raising the score from 108 to 110. Wilbur slam dunked his way to fame and riches. 2. n. an act of making a basket as in sense 1. Another slam dunk and Wilbur ties the score again! The rim will probably not withstand another slam dunk.

slammer 1. n. a jail. I got out of the slammer on Monday and was back in by Wednesday. The slammer in this town is like a hotel. 2. n. a slam dunk. He really has that slammer perfected! It’s another slammer for Wilbur!

slam some beers Go to pound a beer.

slant n. a biased view; a unique perception.

You can probably give us yet another slant on this problem. You provided us with a fresh slant on this question.

slap-dab mod. directly. (See also smack (dab) in the middle.) We put it slapdab on his head. I found this pop bottle slap-dab on top of the car! How’d it get there?

slap-dash mod. fast and careless. I wish you hadn’t done it in such a slap-dash fashion. This is a very slap-dash way to do something.


slap happy

slap happy mod. silly; giddy. I get slap happy when I have to stay up this late. She’s a little slap happy, but a tremendous dear.

slap in the face n. an insult; a rejection.

That remark was a real slap in the face.

Her departure was a slap in the face to the manager who had refused to give her a raise.

slap someone on the wrist Go to slap someone’s wrist.

slap someone’s wrist AND slap someone on the wrist tv. to administer a minor reprimand. The judge only slapped her wrist. The courts only slap them on the wrist and send them back out on the streets.

slash n. a drink of liquor. Just one slash, and I have to be going. How about a slash? You ready yet?

slaughter Go to murder.

slaughtered mod. drunk. Ted and Bill came home slaughtered and caught hell for it. Garth went out and got himself slaughtered again last night.

slave away (at something) in. to work very hard (doing something). I’m tired of slaving away at this and getting nowhere. I’m slaving away for $7.00 an hour and have no prospects for the future.

slave market n. a job market where many candidates for jobs come face to face with potential employers. I gotta go to the annual slave market this year. We’re hiring for a change. There was little hope at the annual slave market. There were six jobs and 432 applicants.

slay tv. to overwhelm someone with one’s performance or other excellence. These jokes always slay the audience. Oh, you slay me with your silly remarks.

sleaze AND sleez [sliz] 1. n. a low and despicable person. God, what a sleaze! How can anybody be so skanky? You’d expect to find a sleaze like that in a sleazoid joint like this. 2. n. any junk. I won’t sell sleez like that! I won’t even have it in my store. Look at this sleaze—and look at the price! Outrageous! 3. in. to act low;

to be sexually promiscuous. She looks like the type who will sleaze and lie to get her own way. She earned quite a reputation sleazing around with just anybody.

sleazebag n. a repellent person or place.

I won’t go into a sleazebag like that. Who is the sleazebag leaning against the wall?

sleazeball n. a repellent person. He’s okay if you’re into sleazeballs. Who is that sleazeball with the earring?

sleaze-bucket n. a repellent person, thing, or place. Gad, what a sleaze-bucket! Let me out of here! Gee, Sue, your date’s a real sleaze-bucket!

sleazo AND sleazoid [“slizo AND “slizoId] mod. low; disreputable; sleazy. Let’s get out of this sleazo joint. This place is really sleazo. Who wants a sleazoid car with no backseat?

sleazoid [“slizoId] 1. n. a sleazy person.

Who is this sleazoid? Who was that sleazoid I saw you with last night? 2. Go to sleazo.

sleeper 1. n. a sleeping pill. I just took one little sleeper. She took a handful of sleepers with a glass of booze, and that was it. 2. n. someone or something that achieves fame after a period of invisibility. The movie “Red Willow” was undoubtedly the sleeper of the year, winning six awards. My candidate had been a sleeper, but he finally began to pull ahead in the polls.

sleepfest n. something, such as a dull lecture, that induces a long period of sleep.

The history lecture today was a real sleepfest. The play was a sleepfest. Half the audience left before it was over.

sleep it off tv. to sleep while the effects of drugs or alcohol wear off. I’m polluted, I guesh. Have to get home and shleep it off.She’ll be okay when she sleeps it off.

sleepwalk n. a movement toward something without effort. (A movement that could be done in one’s sleep. See also cakewalk; walk.) Getting the degree was a sleepwalk. Getting a job was hell.



It was no sleepwalk, but it didn’t make me slave away either.

sleez Go to sleaze.

slew 1. in. to drink to intoxication. They must have been slewing for an hour before one got up and left. Let’s go out and slew till we forget who we are. 2. AND slews n. a lot; lots. I have a whole slew of old computer programs at home in a box somewhere. She’s got slews of money.

slewed AND slewy; slued; sloughed (up)

[slud AND “slui, slud...] mod. alcohol intoxicated. Wallace is too slewed to drive.She knows how to stop drinking before she gets slewy.

slews Go to slew.

slewy Go to slewed.

slice of the action Go to piece (of the action).

slick 1. mod. clever; glib. He is a slick operator. His talk is slick, but his action is zotz. 2. mod. excellent. This is a real slick setup you got here. That is a slick idea. The idea is not so slick! 3. n. a high-quality magazine printed on slick [coated] paper. The slicks are all carrying ads for products and services that couldn’t even be mentioned a few years ago. Most of the price increase for the slicks has been because of postage increases.

4. n. a racing tire. (Auto racing.) That set of wheels has slicks. I wonder why. I have some slicks at home in the garage.

slick-chick n. an attractive and cute girl.

Tiffany is a slick-chick. I wonder if she’d go out with me. Who was that slickchick I saw you with the other night?

slickum [“slIk@m] n. hair dressing, especially if thick and heavy. What kind of slickum do you have on your hair—bear grease? His hair was plastered down with slickum, and he looked like something in an old movie.

slightly rattled 1. mod. upset; confused. (See also rattled.) Tom was slightly rattled by the trouble at the door. I’m slightly rattled. I’ll get over it. 2. mod. tipsy; alcohol intoxicated. He’s only slightly rattled. He’ll recover by morning.

She can be stone blind and still seem only slightly rattled.

slim n. a tobacco cigarette. (The same as straight, as opposed to a marijuana cigarette, which may be thicker.) I’ll take a slim and a little mist, thanks. You got a slim I can borrow?

slime 1. n. a worthless person; a low and wretched person. What a slime that guy is! Who is the slime over there with the greasy hair? 2. n. degrading matters; corrupt people or situations. I don’t want to be involved in slime like that. The press uncovered even more slime at city hall.

slimebag Go to slime bag.

slime bag AND slime bucket; slimebag; slimeball n. a despicable person, usually a male. (See also slime.) Gee, a slime bag like that in the same room with me! Yuck! Who’s the slime bucket in the 1962 Bonneville?

slimeball Go to slime bag.

slime bucket Go to slime bag.

sling the cat tv. to empty one’s stomach; to vomit. Suddenly Ralph left the room to sling the cat, I guess. That stuff will make you sling the cat.

Slip me five! Go to Give me (some) skin!

slip one’s trolley tv. to become a little crazy; to lose one’s composure. (See also off one’s trolley.) I was afraid I would slip my trolley. He slipped his trolley and went totally bonkers.

slip someone a Mickey tv. to secretly put a Mickey Finn in someone’s alcoholic drink. (This drug either makes the victim ill or causes immediate diarrhea.)

Somebody slipped Barlowe a Mickey and sent him into action. For a ten-spot, the bartender slipped Rocko a Mickey.

slip someone five tv. to shake someone’s hand. Billy slipped me five, and we sat down to discuss old times. Come on, man, slip me five!

slipstick n. a slide rule. Who carries a slipstick these days? Who even knows what a slipstick is these days?


slip (up)

slip (up) 1. in. to make an error. Don’t slip up and pay this bill twice, please. I slipped and gave the guy a 35 percent tip.

2. AND slip(-up) n. an error. That was a silly slip-up. I’m sorry. That slip cost us nearly $2,000.

slob [slab] n. a rude, fat, and unpleasant person. What a slob! Comb your hair, if you can get a comb through it! Why doesn’t that slob go on a diet or something? Anything!

slobber n. nonsense. (From the term for saliva running out of the mouth.) I’ve heard enough of your slobber. Can it! Another hour of professorial slobber!

slob up in. to eat. What time do you people slob up around here? Fred stopped slobbing up long enough to change the channel on the TV set.

slopped mod. alcohol intoxicated. I’ve never seen a senior citizen so inelegantly slopped as was Walter. He was so slopped, he could walk without his cane.

slop(s) n. bad beer; inferior liquor. Why do we have to drink slops like this? Can’t Tom afford to give his guests something decent? Tom’s slop is better than water— dishwater anyway.

slosh 1. n. beer; liquor. How about a glass of slosh? No slosh for me. Just plain water. 2. tv. & in. to drink liquor, including beer; to drink to excess. Are you going to slosh gin all night? I slosh just because I like the taste.

sloshed (to the ears) mod. alcohol intoxicated. Man, is he sloshed to the ears!He is as sloshed as they come.

sloughed (up) Go to slewed.

slow burn n. the act of becoming angry very slowly or being resentful for a long period of time. (See also do a slow burn.) His lips were pressed together and he was angry, but just having a slow burn. She wasn’t angry yet, but she was doing a slow burn.

sludgeball [“sl@dZbal] n. a despicable and repellent person. Mike is such a sludgeball! Why do you keep seeing him? He’s no sludgeball; he’s eccentric.

slued Go to slewed.

sluff (off) in. to waste time; to goof off.

Watch him. He will sluff off if you don’t keep after him. He won’t sluff. I know I can trust him.

slug 1. n. a drink of liquor; a shot of whiskey. Have a slug of this stuff. It will— I’m sorry to say, ma’am—put hair on your chest. A couple more slugs and he was ready to face the huge bull-necked ruffian. 2. n. a bullet. Barlowe sent a couple of slugs into Rocko’s chest. Rocko crumpled soundlessly. The medico dug out the slugs like he had done it a thousand times—which he probably had.

slugfest 1. n. a fight; a festival of slugging.

They went out in the alley for a real slugfest. You wanna see a slugfest, just stick around. 2. n. a festival of arguing.

The slugfest went on until both sides were willing to compromise. The president emerged from the slugfest with control of the company still hers.

slugged mod. alcohol intoxicated. I’m slugged—skunked, you know, corned. And I think I am going to sick up. Ted realized that he was slugged out of his mind, but tried to get the bartender to serve him another drink.

slug it out tv. to fight something out; to fight about something figuratively.

They finally went outside to slug it out. We’ll just have to sit down in the conference room and slug it out.

slumgullion [“sl@m”g@lj@n] n. a meat stew; any food. What is this slumgullion tonight? It looks like what we had last night, only thinner. This is the best slumgullion I’ve ever had—which puts it right up there with dishwater.

slummy [“sl@mi] mod. lousy. What a slummy place! This place is not slummy!That was a slummy trick to pull on her.

slushed (up) mod. alcohol intoxicated.

I hate to come home slushed and wake up everybody. I have to sing, you see. This chick is so slushed that she doesn’t know her name.


smart mouth

slush fund n. a fund of money that can be used for various unofficial and discretionary purposes. How much is left in the slush fund? The slush fund is bankrupt.

slush up in. to drink liquor; to get drunk.

They slushed up for a while and went out to look for some chicks. Don’t you ever get tired of going out and slushing up with those guys?

sly mod. excellent; cool. Look at Jim’s sly new ride. That is really a sly jacket you got there.

smack (dab) in the middle mod. exactly in the middle. (See also slap-dab.) I came in smack dab in the middle of the play. Not too big and not too small. Just smack in the middle.

smacker 1. n. the face. (See also kisser.)

What a gorgeous smacker on that chick.

She ought to give that ugly smacker back to the horse before it runs into something.

2. n. a dollar. (Underworld.) You got a couple of smackers for the toll booth? Don’t waste your hard-earned smackers like that. Run on through. 3. n. a kiss. He planted a smacker square on her lips. She kicked him in the shins for his trouble. Barlowe was greeted at the door by a lovely, cuddly chick in a nightie—eyes closed and lips parted for a better than average smacker. He really wished—just for a moment—that he hadn’t rung the wrong doorbell.

smack the road tv. to leave; to hit the road. Time to smack the road! Sgo! Let’s smack the road. I have to get up early.

small beer n. nothing or next to nothing; an insignificant person. The guy is just small beer. Pay him no mind. Small beer or not, he’s my customer, and I will see that he is taken care of.

small change n. an insignificant person. (Also a rude term of address.) Look, small change, why don’t you just move along? The guy you think is small change happens to own this building you seem to be guarding so well.

small fortune n. a rather sizeable amount of money. This set of wheels cost me a

small fortune. I’ve got a small fortune tied up in test equipment.

small fry n. anything or anyone small or unimportant. (Fry are juvenile fish.)

Forget the small fry. I’m going after Mr. Big. Don’t worry about the small fry. You have to please the fat-cats.

small potatoes n. something or someone insignificant. This contract is small potatoes, but it keeps us in business till we get into the real money. Small potatoes are better than no potatoes at all.

small-time mod. insignificant; petty. I was in a lot of small-time stuff at home, but never a Broadway hit before. Broadway is not small-time. Bart was involved in a lot of small-time crime when he was twelve.

smarmy [“smarmi] mod. insincere and obsequious. He’s obnoxious but brazen rather than smarmy. He’s a smarmy creep. The guy is so smarmy, I can’t stand him.

smart aleck [“smart “Al@k] n. someone who is saucy and acts cocky. A smart aleck like you ought to have no trouble at all getting his face mashed in. Don’t be such a smart aleck.

smart ass n. someone who makes wisecracks and acts cocky. (Usually objectionable.) Some smart ass came in here and asked for a sky hook. Don’t be such a smart ass!

smart cookie n. a clever person. She’s really a smart cookie if you give her a chance. Fred is a smart cookie and really ought to go far.

smart guy n. a man who acts cocky; a wise guy. All right, smart guy, see if you like this one. Some smart guy put fresh paint on this bench.

smart money n. money belonging to smart or clever people. Most of the smart money is going into utility stocks right now. Watch and see what the smart money is doing.

smart mouth n. someone who makes wisecracks; a cocky person who speaks out of turn. Don’t be a smart mouth with



me! Mr. Atkins is going to get a reputation as a smart mouth.

smarts n. intelligence. She’s got plenty of smarts but no spunk. I got the smarts to do the job. All I need is someone to trust me.

smarty n. a cocky person. (Also a term of address.) Well, if you’re such a smarty, why aren’t you rich? Okay, smarty, do it yourself.

smarty-pants n. a cocky person; a smart aleck. Look, smarty-pants, let’s cut the clowning around. That smarty-pants is going to get herself into big trouble.

smash n. wine. (Black. Because it is made from smashed grapes.) I got a bottle of smash in my car. This is great smash for a buck twenty-five.

smashed mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated.

He was so smashed he couldn’t stand up.

Tracy can drink a lot without ever getting smashed.

smash hit n. a play, movie, musical, etc., which is a big success. Her first book was a smash hit. The second was a disaster. A smash hit doesn’t always make people rich.

smashing mod. excellent; really tremendous. We had a smashing time at your little do. This whole meal has been smashing.

smear tv. to defeat someone; to outscore someone. We smeared them 50-20. They said they would smear us, but we smeared them.

smeared mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated.

I feel sort of smeared. Maybe I should have drunk less. Bob and Jim found themselves smeared at the end of the day.

smell a rat tv. to suspect that something is wrong. He smelled a rat the minute he came into the room. Keep everything normal. I don’t want her to smell a rat. She has never had a surprise party before.

smell blood tv. to be ready for a fight; to be ready to attack; to be ready to act. (Like sharks, which are sent into a frenzy by the smell of blood.) Lefty was sur-

rounded, and you could tell that the guys from the other gang smelled blood. The lawyer heard the crash and came run- ning—smelling blood and bucks.

smeller n. (one’s) nose. I think my smeller’s gone bad because of my cold. He’s got a fine strawberry on the end of his smeller.

smell fishy in. to seem suspicious. (See also fishy.) Barlowe squinted a bit. Something smells fishy here, he thought. Something about the deal smelled fishy.

smell it up AND smell the stuff tv. to sniff or snort powdered drugs, usually cocaine. (Drugs.) One of those guys shoots it; the other smells it up. You don’t breathe it in; you just smell the stuff.

smell like a rose in. to seem innocent.

I came out of the whole mess smelling like a rose, even though I caused all the trouble. Tiffany pretended that she was the only one who should smell like a rose, but I knew different.

smell the stuff Go to smell it up.

smell to (high) heaven 1. in. to smell very bad. This kitchen smells to high heaven. What besides garlic are you cooking? Where has this dog been? It smells to heaven. 2. in. to give signals that cause suspicion. This deal is messed up. It smells to high heaven. Something’s wrong here. Somebody blabbed. This setup smells to high heaven.

smidgen [“smIdZn] n. a tiny bit. I just want a smidgen of cake. I’m on a diet. Oh, come on, more than a smidgen. Just a little?

smile AND smiler; smiley n. a drink of liquor; liquor. Come over and join me for a smiley. Here, have a smiler on me.

smiler Go to smile.

Smile when you say that. sent. Give some sort of a signal that you are only joking when you say something potentially offensive. That’s pretty rude. You’d better smile when you say that. I told him he’d better smile when he says that, or he’s going to get in trouble.



Smiley 1. n. a circular, smiling yellow face. (The face appears in many forms, stickon labels, pin-on buttons, hand-drawn, etc. It is possible to re-create the smiling face on any keyboard through the use of the punctuation symbols, as with :) or :-). All computer Smileys and their variants appear sideways. A major variant is the Unsmiley, which is basically :( or :-(. The following faces are a sample of the variants that can be seen in computer forum or news group messages and informal typewritten or word processed notes. This type of symbol is called an emoticon because it is intended to show emotion in what is otherwise a rather cold medium of communication. The typical use is to show that the writer is just joking or writing in good, well-intentioned spirits. The following Smileys are separated by slashes, and an equal sign separates the actual Smiley from its explanation.) :-] = Squarejaw Smiley / :-o = Singing Smiley; Shocked Smiley; Surprised Smiley / :-( = Sad Smiley / :-) = Happy Smiley / : -=)

=Smiley with a Big Mustache / :-)’ = Drooling Smiley; Smoking Smiley / :-)8

=Smiley Wearing a Bow Tie / :-D = Bigmouth Smiley / :-# = Smiley with Sealed Lips / :-* = Pursed-lips Smiley; Shocked Smiley / :-s = Twisted-mouth Smiley (after hearing or saying something strange) / :-“ = Smiley with Walrus Mustache / :-|

=Smiley Making Dull Response; “Have- a-dull-day” Smiley / :-> = Wry-faced Smiley / :-0 = Loudmouth Smiley; Bigmouth Smiley / :-x = Sealed-lips Smiley / :-Q = Smoking Smiley; Drooling Smiley / :> = Midget Smiley / ;-) = Winking Smiley / (-) = Smiley Needing a Haircut / “:-) = Smiley with its Hair Parted in the Middle / +:-) = Smiley Priest / *-( = Smiley Cyclops, Poked in the Eye / *:o) = Bozo Smiley / <:I = Dunce Smiley / @-)

=Cyclops Smiley / @:I = Smiley Wearing a Turban / |-) = Gleeful Smiley / |-|

=Sleeping Smiley; Bored Smiley / 0-) = Smiley Wearing a Scuba Mask / 8-) = Smiley in Glasses / 8:-) = A Smiley with Glasses on its Forehead / B-) = Smiley Wearing Horn-rim Glasses / o-) = Cyclops Smiley / [:-) = Smiley Happily Listening to a Walkman / [:|] = Robot Smi-

ley; Squarejaw Smiley Listening to a Walkman. 2. Go to smile.

smithereens [“smID#inz] n. many tiny pieces or splinters. The mirror was broken to smithereens. I broke my crystal bell to smithereens.

smoke 1. n. a tobacco cigarette; a pipe of tobacco; a cigar. I think I’ll have a smoke now. You got a smoke I can owe you? 2. n. the act of smoking anything smokable, including drugs. I need a smoke—of anything. I’m going to stop here for a smoke. 3. n. methyl alcohol; bad liquor; any liquor. The old guy was drinking smoke, and it blinded him. They call it smoke because when you mix it with water and shake it, it’s cloudy. 4. n. exaggeration; deception. (See also blow smoke; smoke and mirrors.)

That’s not a report. That’s just smoke. If the smoke is too obvious, they’ll just get suspicious. 5. tv. to annihilate someone; to shoot someone. (Underworld.)

Rocko tried time and time again to smoke Barlowe, always without success. You want me to smoke you on the spot, or are you gonna cooperate? 6. tv. to beat someone in a contest; to outrun, outdistance, or outplay someone. Jill smoked Dave in the bicycle race. I will smoke you in the race!

smoke and mirrors n. a strategy of deception and cover up. Her entire report was nothing but smoke and mirrors. Who could believe any of it? There is no plan. It’s all just smoke and mirrors.

smoke eater n. a firefighter. A couple of off-duty smoke eaters wandered around the store doing a little shopping. The smoke eaters took a long time getting there.

smoke-filled room n. a room where a small group of people make important decisions. (Usually used in reference to political parties.) The smoke-filled rooms are still producing the candidates for most offices, even as we approach the year two thousand. The deal was cut in a smoke-filled room.

smoke-in n. a young people’s public gathering of the 1960s where marijuana was


smoke like a chimney

smoked in open defiance of the law.

My uncle was at a smoke-in. He says the reporters were getting kids to pose for shots.They say you could get a high just by being near a smoke-in.

smoke like a chimney in. to smoke a great deal of tobacco or other smokable substances. My uncle smoked like a chimney when he was living. Somebody who smokes like a chimney in a restaurant ought to be thrown out.

Smokey (the Bear) n. a highway patrol officer; a police officer. (Citizens band radio. See also bear, lady bear.) A Smokey was hiding behind a billboard! Smokey the Bear is after you!

smokin’ [“smok@n] mod. really hot; overpowering. Those threads on that dude are really smokin’. If you wanna hear some smokin’ vinyl, just stay tuned.

smoking gun n. the indisputable sign of guilt. Mr. South was left holding the smoking gun. The chief of staff decided that the admiral should be found with the smoking gun.

smooch [smutS] 1. in. to kiss and neck.

Too much smooching in a movie ruins it for me. I like to smooch myself, but I don’t enjoy watching somebody else. 2. n. a kiss. I like a good smooch from my hubby. Hey, sweetie, how about a smooch?

smoothie Go to smooth operator.

smooth operator AND smoothie n. a clever and quiet person, especially in reference to romantic involvement. Clare is an old smoothie till she thinks she’s got everything the way she wants. Then you see the real Clare. Hank is a smooth operator. The girls just love him.

smurf [sm#f] 1. n. someone who “cleans” ill-gotten money by buying cashier’s checks at banks and shifting funds from place to place. (Underworld. From the name of a type of cartoon character. See also greenwash, launder.) I think the guy at the first window is a smurf. He’s in here twice a week with $9,500 in cash each time. Did you get a good look at this alleged smurf ? 2. tv. & in. to shift illicit

money from place to place to conceal its origin. (Underworld.) I smurf for a living. It doesn’t pay much, but you meet some very interesting people. I smurfed a fortune for a famous drug kingpin and got fourteen years up the river—with some very interesting people.

smurfbrain [“sm#fbren] n. a simpleminded person. (A smurf is an innocent little cartoon character.) You can be such a smurfbrain! You’re not a smurfbrain, I suppose?

smurfed [sm#ft] mod. having to do with a bank that has been used to launder money. (See also smurf.) The teller came slowly into the office. “I think we were smurfed,” she said. See that this dough is smurfed by Friday.

snafu [snA”fu] n. an accident; a foul-up. (Acronym. From situation normal, all fouled (fucked) up. Also capitalized.)

Your being last is not just a snafu. It’s a disaster. What a SNAFU! All the power went off when you turned on the coffeepot.

snag 1. n. a difficulty. There’s a little snag in our plan. We ran into a little snag, I’m sorry to say. 2. n. an ugly (young) woman. She’s not a snag! She’s lovely. Who’s the snag your brother is running around with? 3. AND SNAG n. a Sensitive New-Age Guy. Tim is a wimp, a SNAG, a twit! There were only snags and bimbos at the rally, so I left. 4. tv. to procure, grab, or steal something. Somebody snagged the jacket I just bought. See if you can snag a couple of good seats while I get the popcorn.

snail-mail n. post office mail; regular mail as opposed to electronic mail. (Refers to the slowness of regular mail in comparison to electronic mail or faxes.) I’ll send you the full text by snail-mail. There are lots of color pictures in the article, so I will send you the original by snailmail.

snake 1. in. to scheme; to plot and plan. (Prisons.) He spent a lot of time snaking about that job. 2. tv. to steal something. Where did you snake that bike?



snakebite medicine n. inferior whiskey; strong whiskey; homemade whiskey.

That old-time snakebite medicine is good for what ails you. Snakebite medicine is a tremendous protection against snakebites if you can get the snake to drink the stuff before it bites you.

snake eyes n. the two in dice, one spot on each die. Well, it’s snake eyes again. That’s all for me. The baby needs shoes, and all I get is snake eyes.

snake in the grass n. a sneaky and despised person. How could I ever have trusted that snake in the grass? John is such a snake in the grass.

snap 1. n. a snapshot. I got some good snaps of the fish you caught. Here’s a snap of my brother. 2. in. to go crazy. Suddenly Rocko snapped and began beating her savagely. His mind snapped, and he’s never been right since. 3. a snap n. an easy thing to do. (Always with a in this sense.) Nothing to it. It’s a snap. The whole thing was a snap.

snap course n. an easy course (in school).

I took a snap course in algebra and flunked it. I need at least one snap course a semester to pass.

Snap it up! exclam. Hurry up! We’re late. Snap it up! Come on, snap it up! I don’t have all day.

snap one’s cookies tv. to vomit; to regurgitate. I think I’m gonna snap my cookies. Some jerk snapped his cookies on the sidewalk.

snap out of something in. to recover from something. I’ll snap out of it in a while.It was an emotional blow, but he’ll snap out of it in a while.

snapped (up) 1. mod. alcohol intoxicated.

Let’s go out and get ourselves good and snapped. Pete was snapped up by eightthirty. 2. mod. arrested. He got snapped up on a vag charge. The bacon busted the joint and snapped everybody in sight.

snapper n. a strange person. Wally is sort of a snapper, but a nice guy. Who is the snapper with the gumbey haircut?

snappers n. the teeth. (Folksy.) I couldn’t talk to you on the phone till I got my snappers in. You got a mouthful of finelooking snappers.

snappy 1. mod. quick. You can get there if you’re snappy. Make it snappy. I’m in

ahurry. 2. mod. sharp-looking. That’s

areal snappy outfit you’re wearing. Who’s driving that snappy car over there?That car’s not snappy!

snap something up tv. to buy up something. (See also snapped (up).) People were snapping these things up like hot cakes. T The customers snapped up all the humidifiers on the second day of the cold spell.

snap to (attention) in. to come to attention; to look alert immediately. When they realized what was happening, they began to snap to. Snap to attention when the sarge comes in!

Snap to it! exclam. Get busy! Come on, snap to it! Snap to it, we’ve got lots to do.

snatch 1. tv. to kidnap someone. (Underworld.) We’re gonna snatch the kid when the baby-sitter comes out to see what happened. The mob snatched Mrs. Davis and held her for ransom. 2. n. a kidnapping. (Underworld.) The Bradley snatch had the detectives up all night for weeks. The snatch went off without a hitch. 3. tv. to grab something; to steal something. Snatch me the paper there on the table as you walk by, would you please? Somebody snatched my car. 4. n. a theft. (Underworld.) The snatch went off without a hitch except that the safe was empty. Are you the guys who pulled off that First National snatch? 5. n. women considered as a receptacle for the penis. (Rude and derogatory.) The sailor walked around the port, looking for some snatch.

snatched mod. arrested. Everybody in the crack house got snatched in the bust. Bruno was snatched for the umpteenth time yesterday.

snatcher n. a police officer; a detective. (Underworld.) One of the local snatchers came around to see if the door was