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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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stone (cold) sober

stone (cold) sober mod. absolutely sober.

I am stone cold sober, or I will be by morning anyway. I found the secret to being stone sober. Don’t drink.

stone dead mod. dead; unquestionably dead; long dead. The cat was stone dead and stiff as a board by the time we got to him. Old Tom is stone dead and in the ground.

stoned (out) mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. Fred is really stoned out. I have never seen anybody so stoned who could still talk.

stoned out of one’s gourd Go to stoned out of one’s head.

stoned out of one’s head AND stoned out of one’s gourd mod. under the effects of marijuana. Tiffany was stoned out of her head and started giggling.

stoned out of one’s squash mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. Tracy will drink a little now and then, but she never gets stoned out of her squash. Well, she was stoned out of her squash last night!

stoned silly mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. I hate to get stoned silly in public. At home—ah, that’s a different matter.He got stoned silly at the rally, and for all I know is still there on the floor in the corner.

stone fox n. an attractive woman; a very sexy woman. She is a stone fox if I ever saw one. Who is that stone fox I saw you with last night?

stone groove n. something really cool; a fine party or concert. This affair is not what I would call a stone groove. Stone beige, maybe. Ted’s do was a stone groove.

stones 1. n. the testicles. (Also a standard English euphemism. See also rocks.)

He got hit in the stones. You scared me so much, I almost lost my stones. 2. mod. courage; bravado. Hey, man, you got no stones! Come on, Wally, show some stones!

stone sober Go to stone (cold) sober.

stonewall 1. tv. to obstruct something or someone. And again, the mayor tried to stonewall the investigation. If you continue to stonewall, we’ll call in the FBI.

2. n. an obstructionist act. His answer to the committee was another stonewall that caught them all by surprise. The stonewall they were faced with was almost too much.

stonkered [“stONk#d] 1. mod. killed.

The car crashed into him and he was stonkered for sure. He was stonkered before the plane hit the ground. 2. mod. alcohol intoxicated. My buddy here is stonkered and needs a ride, and can I have one, too? Wally was stonkered beyond any help.

stooge [studZ] 1. n. someone’s pawn; someone controlled or maneuvered by someone else. I’m not going to be your stooge! The guy’s a stooge for the mob’s Mr. Big. Ignore him. 2. in. to work as someone’s underling; to serve as someone’s pawn. I’m not gonna stooge for you, no sirree! You will do what I tell you, and if it’s stooging you will do it, and you will smile and say thank you.

stoolie Go to stool (pigeon).

stool (on someone) in. to inform (on someone). Tracy would stool on anybody, even her own mother. Somebody stooled and ruined the whole layout.

stool (pigeon) AND stoolie [“stul “pIdZ@n

AND “stuli] n. an informer. (Originally underworld.) Some stool spilled the works to the boys in blue. There’s nothing I hate worse than a stoolie.

stoop Go to stupe.

stop on a dime in. to stop immediately.

This thing will stop on a dime. Imagine a bus that could stop on a dime.

Stop the music! exclam. Stop!; Stop whatever is happening! (From an old radio game show called Stop the Music!) Stop the music! I have an announcement. “Stop the music!” hollered the conductor, making a little joke.


straight man

storked mod. pregnant. She got herself good and storked. Now what? I hear that Tracy is storked again.

story stock n. shares in a company that are bought because of an appealing story about the company. I never buy a story stock. By the time I hear about it, it’s already gone up as much as it ever will. Acme Widgets is another story stock that I advise all my clients to buy.

Stow it! exclam. Shut up! Okay, stow it! I’ve heard enough. Stow it! That is enough of your applesauce.

stozzled [“stazld] mod. alcohol intoxicated.

My buddy is too stozzled to drive home. Can you give him a lift? Marty can drink and drink and never get stozzled or even tipsy.

str8 mod. straight. (Streets.) Now tell it to me str8!

straddle the fence tv. to support both sides of an issue. The mayor is straddling the fence on this issue, hoping the public will forget it. The legislator wanted to straddle the fence until the last minute, and that alone cost her a lot of votes.

straight 1. mod. honest; unembellished.

This is the straight truth. Have I ever been anything but straight with you? 2. n. a tobacco cigarette; a tobacco cigarette butt. (As opposed to a marijuana cigarette. See also slim.) No, I want a straight. That spliff makes me sneeze. Can I bum a straight off you? 3. mod. having to do with undiluted liquor. I’ll take mine straight. Make one straight with a little ice. 4. mod. relieved and satisfied by a dose of drugs. (Drugs.) It only takes a few bucks and a little time to get straight. She will be straight for a few hours, and then the same struggle all over again—all through the night. 5. mod. off drugs; no longer addicted to drugs. I’m straight now, and I’m gonna stay that way.I’m a straight guy. See how long you can stay straight, how ’bout it? 6. n. a square person (who does not use drugs, etc.). The guy’s a straight. He’s gonna turn us over to the cops! The straights

are putting pressure on city hall to clean up this neighborhood. 7. n. a nonhomosexual; a heterosexual. (Often from the homosexual point of view.) Walter invited a few straights to the affair, just to keep things calm. 8. mod. not homosexual; not having a homosexual orientation. He wandered into a straight bar by mistake. 9. mod. excellent. This news is truly straight and I am happy to hear it. You are a straight G.

straight arrow n. an honest person; a lawabiding citizen. (See also straight shooter.) Wally is really a straight arrow at heart—as long as he’s not around Max. Max is not a straight arrow. Slime is more like it.

straight dope n. the true information.

He gave us the straight dope. I want the straight dope. I can take it.

straighten up and fly right in. to get serious and start behaving properly. It’s time for you to straighten up and fly right!Straighten up and fly right before you get into difficulty.

straight-faced mod. with a serious, unsmiling face. Mary couldn’t stay straight-faced very long. It was just too funny. He was a very straight-faced prof, but he has a tremendous sense of humor.

straight from the horse’s mouth mod. directly from the source. (As if a racehorse were giving racing tips.) Of course it’s true. I got it straight from the horse’s mouth. This came straight from the horse’s mouth. It’s Zeerocks Copy in the sixth race.

straight from the shoulder mod. very direct, without attenuation or embellishment. Okay, I’ll give it to you straight from the shoulder. Right straight from the shoulder: clean out your desk; you’re through.

straight low n. the absolute truth; the true lowdown. (Prisons.) Can you give me the straight low on this mess? Nobody ain’t gonna tell no warden the straight low; you can be sure of that.

straight man n. someone who sets up jokes or gags so that someone else can say the


straight shooter

punch line. I need a straight man to pick up on all my jokes. I’m tired of being a straight man for a has-been comic.

straight shooter n. an honest person. (See also straight arrow.) I trust Mike; he’s a straight shooter. We need a straight shooter in office who will work for the people rather than some political party.

straight talk n. direct and honest talk.

It’s about time for a little straight talk around here. If they want straight talk and can handle straight talk, give ’em straight talk.

straight up 1. mod. upright. A fine guy—really straight up. She is one of the most straight up brokers in town. 2. mod. without ice; neat. I’ll have a bourbon, straight up, please. No, not straight up. Just a little ice. 3. mod. sunny-side up; having to do with eggs cooked with yellow yolks facing straight up. Two eggs, straight up, and a cup of coffee. I like my eggs straight up, but the white part has to be cooked solid.

strange bird Go to odd bird.

strap n. an athlete, not necessarily male. (From jockstrap.) A whole gang of straps came in the bar and ordered milk.The guy’s a strap all right, but he’s not dumb.

straphanger n. a subway passenger. I didn’t think I could get used to being a straphanger. Straphangers learn to blot out their surroundings.

strapped 1. mod. broke; short of money.

I’m sorry I can’t pay you right now. I’m strapped. They’re really strapped for money at the present time. 2. mod. wearing a gun holster. Be careful. He’s strapped. I see it under his jacket.

strap someone with someone or something tv. to burden someone with someone or something. (Often passive.)

Don’t you try to strap me with your baby brother! She was strapped with too many bills to pay each month.

straw 1. n. marijuana. (Drugs.) He stood right on the corner, selling straw by the handful from a bucket at his feet—and no-

body even called the cops. This straw is not the best quality I’ve seen. 2. n. papers for rolling marijuana cigarettes. (Drugs.)

I need some straw. I can’t manage the straw with one hand. How do these cowboys do it?

strawberry n. a pimple from drinking excessively. (See also toddy blossom.)

His disability made itself manifest by the occasional strawberry. That’s a fine strawberry on your snoot.

straw boss n. a foreman; anyone who is second in command. The straw boss gave the order, and off we went. I don’t mind being a straw boss as long as they pay me.

streak 1. in. to move rapidly from one place to another. The train streaked into the station and came to a stop just inches from the end of the track. I’ve got to streak over to the library in a big hurry.

2. in. to run about in a public place naked. This kid was streaking back and forth until the cops caught him. He streaked on a dare. 3. tv. to grace or ornament a public place or event with a naked run. Charles streaked the baseball game, but nobody noticed him. I wanted to streak her party but decided against it. 4. n. a naked run in a public place. (See also streaker.) There was a streak at the end of the game, but people were leaving then and didn’t see it. That was no streak; that was the coach in his long underwear being chased by the owner of the team. 5. n. an exciting time; a wild party. That rally was a streak! We had a streak at Tom’s.

streaker n. someone who runs naked in public places. The streaker ran through a glass door and was severely injured. Streakers seemed to take over the whole country in 1973.

the street 1. n. the real, free world, as opposed to prison. The street just isn’t the same as stir. It’s good to be back on the street. 2. n. Wall Street in New York City. (Usually capitalized.) The Street doesn’t seem to believe the policymakers in Washington. If you want excitement and stress, the Street is the place to be.



street-casting n. selecting amateurs to be performers or models. I do a lot of street-casting. Almost everybody can act a little. Street-casting is fun, and it’s cheap.

streeter n. an urban street person. These streeters have to be bright and clever just to survive. A couple of streeters taught me how to get a meal for nothing.

street people n. people who live in the streets; homeless people. There are a lot of cold street people at this time of the year. Some of the street people prefer that kind of life.

street pusher n. a drug dealer who works at the retail level on the streets. It’s the street pushers who take the risk and end up doing a few months in the pen. Bart was a street pusher until he got busted.

street smart mod. wise in the ways of urban life; wise in the ways of tough neighborhoods. Freddy was street smart at age eight. Bess wasn’t street smart enough to survive by herself.

street smarts n. the knowledge and ability to survive on the urban street. If you don’t have street smarts, you won’t last long out there. You either pick up street smarts, or you don’t.

street sweeper n. a machine gun. In my neighborhood, the sound of street sweepers is about a common as the sound of horns honking.

street time n. time not spent in prison. (Underworld.) I had three months street time; then they nailed me again. I want out of this place. I need a little street time to renew some old acquaintances.

stress 1. in. to suffer annoyance; to experience stress. I’m stressing again! Please don’t annoy me! Clare finds that she is stressing more and more about little things.

2. tv. to annoy or bother someone. (See also stressed.) Don’t stress Wally! He’s had a hard day. The whole affair about my beemer stressed me a whole lot.

stressed mod. upset; annoyed. Come on, man, don’t get stressed! It’s only a gag. I am really stressed. I need a vacation.

stretch 1. n. a period of time. (Folksy.)

Let’s talk here for a stretch and then go up and see if dinner’s ready. I sat there for a stretch and then got up and kept going. 2. n. a prison term. I was away for a stretch of about seven years. That’s quite a stretch for tax evasion. 3. in. to hang (as with a death sentence). You will stretch for this, Lefty! 4. tv. to cut or dilute a drug. Let’s stretch this stuff, sell it, and then blow town. 5. n. <a nickname for a tall person, usually male.> (Usually

Stretch.) Well, stretch, think you’ll go out for basketball this season?

stretch one’s legs tv. to stand up and perhaps walk about. I need to get out of here and stretch my legs for a while. Most of us stood up to stretch our legs at intermission.

(strictly) from hunger mod. very strange; acceptable only when nothing else is available. This kind of entertainment is from hunger. The singer was strictly from hunger.

strike n. a dose of drugs. (Drugs. See also hit.) I need a strike. You got any stumbles? Just one strike, Bart, come on, just one. I’ll pay you tomorrow, Bart, come on, just one little strike. Anything, Bart. I really hurt, Bart.

strike it rich tv. to become rich suddenly.

I never thought I would strike it rich.

Pete is the kind of guy who wants to strike it rich and live in the lap of luxury for the rest of his life.

strike out 1. in. [for a baseball batter] to be declared out after three strikes. (Baseball.) And so Drew Wilson strikes out for his second time in this game! He struck out in the second inning, and manager Willy “Herky” Simpson read him out then. 2. in. to fail. Well, we struck out again, but we’ll keep trying. I hear you struck out on that Acme proposal. Better luck next time.

strike pay dirt Go to hit pay dirt.

stringbean n. a thin person. (Also a term of address.) Wow, is he a stringbean.Who’s the stringbean standing by the punch bowl? Somebody ought to feed him.



stripper n. a striptease artist. Tracy worked for a while as a stripper. Strippers from all over assembled here for their fourth annual convention and immediately took off on a sight-seeing tour.

strip-search tv. to search someone’s entire naked body. (See also skin-search.)

The cops strip-searched the good-looking chick who ran a red light. Now it takes a court order to strip-search someone.

stroke tv. & in. to flatter someone; to soothe and comfort someone. She strokes everybody to keep them on her side during the bad times. She learned long ago that stroking puts people at ease.

strong-arm 1. tv. to force someone (to do something). Ziggy tried to strong-arm Frank into cooperating. Don’t strongarm me, you creep! 2. mod. forceful; by physical force. The strong-arm approach got him nowhere. Too much strong-arm stuff isn’t good.

strong-arm man n. a bully; a man who is employed to use physical power to force someone to do something. Bruno is Mr. Big’s strong-arm man. The mob employs hundreds of strong-arm men.

strong-arm tactics n. tactics based on the use of force. No more strong-arm tactics. You need to be more subtle. Strongarm tactics are out. The boss says be gentle and don’t break anybody.

strung out 1. AND strung (up) mod. drug intoxicated and bewildered. (Drugs.)

Ziggy is really strung out lately. What’s he shooting now? Tim is sort of strung out and doesn’t even remember what he took.

2. mod. badly addicted to heroin; dissipated by heroin. (Drugs.) Harry’s strung out for good, I guess. Clare is strung out and can’t deny her problem any longer. 3. mod. depressed; nervous. I get strung out before tests and other traumatic things. I’m a little strung out— because of the accident, I guess. 4. mod. in love and disoriented. Mary is strung out, and all because of Sam. Sam is strung out over Mary.

strung-out shape n. a tired and exhausted condition. They were sort of in strung-

out shape, tired and ready for the sack. I’ve never been in such strung-out shape, but I’ve never run a marathon before.

strung (up) Go to strung out.

strut one’s stuff tv. to walk proudly and show off one’s best features or talents.

Get out there on that stage and strut your stuff! I’m going to strut my stuff and become a star.

stuccoed [“st@kod] mod. alcohol intoxicated. (A play on plastered.) The guy was too stuccoed to drive and couldn’t stand up to walk. I can drink without getting stuccoed, mainly because I drink soda.

stuck on someone or something mod. enamored with someone or something; obsessed with someone or something.

Tom is stuck on himself—as conceited as can be. I’m really stuck on this stuff. It’s just yummy.

stuck-up mod. conceited. Tom is really stuck-up. What a stuck-up jerk. Don’t be so stuck-up. Unbend a little.

stuck with someone or something mod. burdened with someone or something; left with the burden of someone or something. It’s your problem, and you’re stuck with it. Am I stuck with this kid forever?

stud [st@d] 1. n. a male horse used for breeding purposes. (Not slang.) Last spring, we rented out all our studs and made some money. The mare kicked the stud and put us all out of business for a while. 2. n. a human male viewed as very successful with women. (Parallel to sense 1.) Fred thinks he is a real stud. Man, look at that stud over there. Think he’s going steady with anyone?

studhammer n. a male who is successful sexually with women. Alex is a real studhammer. The guy thinks he is a studhammer, but he is just a jerk.

stud-muffin n. a really good-looking guy; a stud. Who’s the stud-muffin with Sally? Did you see that stud-muffin come in?



study animal n. someone who studies hard. (A play on party animal.) All the geeks in the dorm were study animals. Dull, dull, dull. At the end of the school year every party animal turns into a study animal.

Stuff a sock in it! AND Put a sock in it!; Put a cork in it! exclam. Shut up! I’ve heard enough. Stuff a sock in it! Stuff a sock in it! You are a pain.

stuffed shirt n. a dull and stuffy person, usually a male. Mr. Wilson is a stuffed shirt, and people would tell him so if he didn’t have so much money. I don’t want to listen to that stuffed shirt anymore.

stum [st@m] 1. n. marijuana. (Drugs.)

Where can I get some stum? This stum is cashed. Trash it. 2. Go to stumbles.

stumblebum n. a tramp or bum, especially drunk and stumbling. The poor old stumblebum got to the other side of the street the best he could. You are headed toward being a stumblebum if you don’t lay off the sauce.

stumble-bumbles Go to stumbles.

stumbles [“st@mblz] 1. AND stum; stum- ble-bumbles [st@m, “st@mbl”b@mblz] n. barbiturates; sedatives; tranquilizers; alcohol. (Drugs.) Kelly was shocked to find a handful of stumble-bumbles in his brother’s jeans. I need a strike. You got any stum? 2. n. the inability to stand up and walk straight. I guess I have the stumbles today. Not enough sleep, I guess.Whoops! I have a case of the stumbles.

stump 1. tv. to confuse or puzzle someone.

That one really stumped me. I like to stump people with hard questions. 2. tv. to visit or tour a place. We stumped all of Europe this summer. The team stumped the countryside before even practicing for the game. 3. n. a visit or tour. The old girl is off on another stump. It was a fine stump; we didn’t miss anything. 4. Go to stumps.

stumper n. a shoe. (Black. Usually plural.)

Make those stumpers shine! You like my new stumpers?

stumps n. a person’s legs. My stumps are sore from all that walking. You need good strong stumps to do that kind of climbing.

stung mod. alcohol intoxicated. I’m a little stung by the mule, but I can find my way home if you’ll just remind me how to open this door. She can drink that stuff all evening and never get stung.

stunned mod. alcohol intoxicated. I was simply stunned with the stuff. Kelly was stunned and had to be carried home to recover.

stunner n. a stunningly good-looking woman. Did you see that stunner who just came in? I think that she is a stunner, and I go to all her movies—over and over.

stupe AND stoop n. a stupid person. (Also a term of address.) Look, stoop, just do what you are told. Don’t be a stupe! Use your head!

stupehead n. a stupid person; a blockhead. (Also a term of address. See also stupe.)

What a stupehead! This stupehead keeps trying to sell me something.

stupid mod. drunk. (See also get stupid.)

These kids are so stupid they can’t see straight. They’re all going to be sick. Wayne was too stupid to walk, let alone drive.

stupid-ass Go to dumb-ass.

stupid fresh mod. very, very good. (See also fresh; funky fresh.) Her looks were stupid fresh. Bonus! This ice cream is stupid fresh and needs to be eaten in great volumes.

style in. to show off; to strut around. (Black. See also strut one’s stuff.) Look at that brother style! Why don’t you style over here and meet my man?

stylin(g) n. looking good; showing off how good one looks. Dave thinks that stylin’ is his sole occupation. When you finish your styling in front of the mirror, would you please dump the garbage?

stymie [“staImi] tv. to obstruct someone or something. He did everything he could



to stymie the investigation. The nose guard stymied the play all by himself.

suave [swav] n. personal polish and smoothness. Man, does that guy ever have suave! You need some suave to carry off this sham.

sub 1. n. a substitute. I was a sub in the school system for a while. The coach sent in a sub for Wilbur. 2. in. to serve as a temporary replacement. I subbed for Mary in a couple of games. Then she subbed for me to even the score. 3. n. a submarine. I was aboard a sub for twenty minutes—and that was at Disney World. You have to have a special kind of personality to live on a sub. 4. Go to submarine. 5. n. a subscription, as to a magazine. I got a sub to a computer magazine for my birthday. Would you like to buy a sub to the local newspaper?

submarine 1. AND sub n. a long sandwich containing many different foods. He ordered a submarine, but he couldn’t finish it. He took what was left of the sub home with him. 2. n. a large marijuana cigarette. Look at the size of that sub! Bart makes a sub when he’s got low-power straw.

suck 1. AND suction n. liquor; wine; beer; strong drink. How about a little glass of suck before we leave? This is powerful suction! 2. AND suck something up tv. to drink beer or liquor. Yeah, I’ll suck one up with ya. T Let’s go out and suck up a few. 3. in. [for someone or something] to be bad or undesirable. This movie sucks! I think that the whole business sucks. 4. AND suction n. influence.He thinks he has suck, but he’s just a pain in the neck. Who has some suction with the boss?

sucka Go to sucker.

suckabuck mod. greedy; exhibiting greed.

I refuse to do business with this suckabuck company anymore. She is such a suckabuck landlady that it makes me want to move.

sucker 1. AND sucka n. a dupe; an easy mark. See if you can sell that sucker the Brooklyn Bridge. The sucker says he

doesn’t need a bridge, thank you. 2. tv. to trick or victimize someone. That crook suckered me. I should have known better.They suckered him into selling half interest in his land. 3. n. an annoying person. (Also a rude term of address.)

Look, sucker, get out of my way! I am really sick of that sucker hanging around here. 4. n. a gadget; a thing. Now, you put this little sucker right into this slot. Where is that sucker that looks like a screw?

sucker for someone or something n. someone who is prejudiced in favor of someone or something. I’m a sucker for a pretty face. Ted is a sucker for any dessert with whipped cream on it.

sucker list n. a list of potential dupes; a list of people who might be taken in by deception. I’m sure on their sucker list. They are trying to get me to go to a lecture and receive a free clock or something.Here’s the sucker list. Call them all and try to get them interested.

suck face tv. to kiss. (See also swap spits.)

The kid said he was going out to suck face. It sounds awful. Sally said she didn’t want to suck face.

suck (some) brew AND suck (some) suds tv. to drink beer. Wanna go suck some brew? I’m tired of sucking suds. Got any staggers?

suck someone’s hind tit AND kiss someone’s hind tit tv. to be obsequious to someone. (Usually objectionable.)

What does he want me to do, suck his hind tit or something?

suck (some) suds Go to suck (some) brew.

suck something up Go to suck.

suck up to someone in. to attempt to gain influence with or favor from someone.

In school, Max was always sucking up to the teacher. Don’t suck up to me. It won’t do any good.

sucky mod. poor; undesirable. This is the suckiest movie I ever saw. This food is sucky. It really sucks!

suction Go to suck.



sudden death mod. having to do with something short, quick, and decisive.

The game ended in a sudden death playoff. Okay, you’ve got just one more sudden death chance.

suds 1. n. beer. How about some suds, Bill? I can’t get enough suds. 2. in. to drink beer. How ’bout going out and sudsing for a while? They were sudsing when they should have been studying.

suds-swiller n. a beer-drinker. Ted is a suds-swiller and Bill won’t touch the stuff. What strange roommates. Wayne’s goal in life is to be a professional suds-swiller.

Sue me! Go to (So,) sue me!

sue the pants off (of) someone tv. to sue someone for a lot of money. If they do it, I’ll sue the pants off of them. He sued the pants off his landlord.

sugarcoated mod. palatable; inoffensive; easy to take. Math is so sugarcoated these days. Even I could learn it. Stop giving them sugarcoated knowledge.

sugar daddy n. an older man who takes care of a younger person, especially a young man or woman. Mr. Wilson is sort of a sugar daddy to the whole team. I thought sugar daddies were illegal.

suit n. a businessman or businesswoman; someone who is in charge. This suit comes up and asks to go to the airport. A couple of suits checked into a workingclass hotel and caused some eyebrows to raise.

summer complaint n. diarrhea, especially that experienced in the summer. I’ve got a touch of the summer complaint. Does summer heat cause the summer complaint?

sun belt n. the southern U.S. states, where it is generally warm and sunny. (See also rust belt.) I want to retire to the sun belt. The population of the sun belt is exploding.

Sunday best n. one’s best clothing, which one would wear to church. We are in our Sunday best, ready to go. I got mud on my Sunday best.

Sunday driver n. a slow and leisurely driver who appears to be sightseeing and enjoying the view, holding up traffic in the process. (Also a term of address.) I’m a Sunday driver, and I’m sorry. I just can’t bear to go faster. Move over, you Sunday driver!

Sunday punch n. a very solid and destructive blow; one’s best blow. Barlowe sent a Sunday punch straight into Rocko’s gut. Rocko’s eyes bugged out; then he crumpled to the floor and wretched. Ralph aimed a Sunday punch at Frederick’s nose, but missed and spun about, striking his elbow on the banister.

sunny-side up mod. [of eggs] having yolks facing up and still yellow and hot, but not cooked through; straight up. I’ll have my eggs sunny-side up, with toast and coffee. People who like sunny-side up eggs wouldn’t dream of eating a whole raw egg.

sunshades n. sunglasses. (See also shades.) Where are my sunshades? Did you borrow them again? I left my sunshades in the car.

Sup? Go to (T)sup?

super 1. mod. fine; excellent. This report is just super! Who made the super pie? 2. n. superintendent. The super comes by every now and then to check on things.Call the super and ask for some help.

super-dooper Go to super-duper.

super-duper AND super-dooper mod. excellent. That’s just super-duper. Couldn’t have asked for better. Where is this super-dooper car of yours?

superfly mod. excellent; wonderful. This dude is really superfly. I don’t care about this superfly gent of yours. If he doesn’t have a job, I don’t want you seeing him anymore. Ya hear?

supergrass n. high-quality marijuana.

Tiffany picked up some pot she called supergrass. It looks like alfalfa to me. The cannabis that is the richest in resin is sometimes called supergrass.

superjock 1. n. an excellent athlete. Mike is a real superjock. He plays four sports. All those superjocks get special meals and



tutors to help them pass their classes. 2. n. a very well-built man regardless of athletic ability. My boyfriend is a superjock, and does he look good! No nerd has ever been a superjock.

super-strap n. an earnest and hardworking student. (As compared to a jock; strap; superjock.) He’s a Melvin, a su- per-strap, and he doesn’t do anything but study. I couldn’t be a super-strap even if I had the brains. I just don’t care that much.

sure as hell mod. absolutely certain. I’m sure as hell he’s the one. You sure as hell better get yourself over here.

surefire mod. certain; effective; fail-safe.

I’ve got a surefire method for fixing cracks in drywall. Good, yes; surefire, no. This stuff is a surefire cure.

sure thing n. something that is absolutely certain. It’s a sure thing! You can’t lose!Well, it looks like the sure thing didn’t turn out to be so sure, after all.

surf 1. mod. wonderful; with it. (California.) This party is, like, surf. This is not what I would call a surf day. 2. in. to use a remote control to check a large number of TV stations. (See also channel hopping.) Don spends almost an hour surfing before he falls asleep in front of the TV. Mary surfed until she fell asleep.

surf the net tv. to browse through the offerings of the Internet. He surfs the net for three hours each evening.

suss someone out [“s@s...] tv. to try to figure someone out. I can’t seem to suss Tom out. What a strange guy. T I don’t have any luck sussing out people I don’t know well.

Suzy n. a U.S. one-dollar coin bearing a likeness of Susan B. Anthony. I’ve got two Suzys I want to get rid of. Someday I’m going to buy a car or something with a barrel of Suzys.

Suzy Homemaker n. a personification of the quintessential female American housewife. Well, aren’t you just Miss

Suzy Homemaker! You’re even wearing an apron!

swacked [swAkt] mod. alcohol intoxicated.

Tracy is too swacked to drive home. Can somebody give her a lift? He walked straight out of the office and went straight into the bar with the intention of getting swacked.

SWAK Go to sealed with a kiss.

swallow 1. n. a puff of cigarette smoke.

He took just one swallow and started coughing. Can I have a swallow of your fag? 2. tv. to believe or accept something. (See also eat something up.) Did they actually swallow that? Nobody’s gonna swallow that nonsense.

swallow the dictionary tv. to acquire an enormous vocabulary. (Usually in the past tense.) My uncle says I’ve swallowed the dictionary. That’s because I know so many big words. Did you just go to college to swallow the dictionary?

swamped 1. mod. very, very busy. I can’t handle it now. I’m swamped. We’re always swamped at this time of the year. 2. mod. alcohol intoxicated. Look at him! He’s swamped—stoned out of his mind. Those old boys used to go out and get swamped every Saturday night.

swamper n. a truck driver’s helper or assistant. This guy and his swamper showed up to deliver the stuff, but neither one of them would touch it. He told the swamper to get some coffee for everybody.

swank [swANk] n. class; visible quality.

He doesn’t have swank. He’s a cornball! This place has swank. I like it.

swanky [“swANki] mod. classy; ritzy.

What a swanky joint! This place is too swanky. I like to eat where I can pronounce the names of the food.

swap notes (on someone or something) tv. to share information on someone or something. The two chicks sat around swapping notes on guys they knew. The mechanics were swapping notes on rude customers they had dealt with in the last month.



swap spits tv. to kiss with someone. A couple of kids were in the car swapping spits. Tiffany and Wilbur were off somewhere swapping spits, I guess.

swear like a trooper in. to curse and swear with great facility. Mrs. Wilson was known to swear like a trooper on occasion. The clerk started swearing like a trooper, and the customer started crying.

swear on a stack of Bibles in. to make a very solemn pledge of one’s honesty. (Folksy. Official oaths are sometimes taken with one hand on a Bible. This phrase implies that more Bibles make an even stronger oath.) I swear on a stack of Bibles that I was in Atlanta on the night of January sixteenth. It’s true! I swear on a stack of Bibles it’s true!

sweat 1. tv. & in. to fret (about something) while waiting for an outcome. Come on, don’t sweat it. It’ll work out. This whole promotion business really has me sweating. 2. n. trouble; bother. (See also no sweat.) I can handle it. It won’t cause me any sweat. You really caused a lot of sweat around here.

sweat blood tv. to work very hard at something; to endure distress in the process of accomplishing something. (See also piss blood.) And here I sweated blood to put you through college, and you treat me like a stranger. Everybody in the office had to sweat blood that week.

sweat bullets tv. to suffer about something; to be anxious or nervous about something; to sweat blood. They were sweating bullets, waiting for the results. The kid sat in the waiting room, sweating bullets while the surgeons worked on his brother.

sweat-shop n. a workplace where employees work long hours for low pay in poor conditions. This office is a sweat-shop! I only got a 2 percent raise. The bank manager is unfair! I’ve been a teller in this sweat-shop for thirteen years, and I’ve never had a new carpet in my office.

sweat sock n. an athlete; a jock. (Usually plural.) I live in a dorm with a bunch of sweat socks. They feed us well, anyway.

Both Bill’s roommates are sweat socks and smell like it, too.

sweat something out tv. to wait out something; to fret and worry until the end of something. You’ll just have to sweat it out. There’s no way to hurry it up. T We’ll sweat out the wait—like everybody else.

sweet mod. good; profitable; excellent.

I got involved in a sweet deal having to do with a better job. Fred offered Bill a sweet contract, but Bill turned it down.

sweeten tv. to make a bargain or agreement better or more attractive. Okay, I’ll sweeten the deal. I’ll throw in a lighted mirror on the visor. Sweeten the deal with air, and I’ll buy the car.

sweetener n. extra encouragement, usually in the form of money. Money makes the best sweetener around. Let me add a little sweetener, and we’ll see if he goes for it.

sweetheart AND sweetie(-pie) n. (one’s) dear child, husband, wife, lover, etc. (Often a term of address.) Look, sweetheart, can’t we afford a new car? Pick up your toys, sweetie. Aunt Matilda is coming over for a visit.

sweetheart deal n. a deal made between friends so that both may profit well. (Such deals usually involve illegal or unethical practices.) They found that the mayor was involved in a number of sweetheart deals. Most of the general contractors in town would be out of business if they didn’t offer sweetheart deals to the politicians.

sweetie(-pie) Go to sweetheart.

sweet nothings n. loving comments; pleasant remarks between lovers. They are out on the porch swing whispering sweet nothings in each other’s ears. Thank heavens most married people never remember the sweet nothings they were once told.

swell mod. fine; excellent. (Also sarcastic use.) Where did you get that swell hat?Oh that’s just swell! Yuck!

swellelegant [“swEl”El@g@nt] mod. really fine. (From swell and elegant.) Gee, this