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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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beef 1. n. a complaint; a quarrel. I gotta beef against you. Okay, what’s the beef ?

2. n. a criminal charge or complaint.

Well, officer, what’s the beef ? The beef is that you appear to have left the bank Monday with about seventy-five grand that isn’t yours. That’s the beef! 3. n. a large and muscular male. Let’s get one of those beefs in here to help. The two beefs pushed and pushed, but couldn’t budge the crate. 4. in. to complain. Stop your beefing! What’s he beefing about now? 5. in. to break wind; to release intestinal gas audibly. (Usually objectionable.) Who beefed? Wally warned everybody that he was going to beef. 6. n. an act of breaking wind. (Usually objectionable.) All right! Who’s beef was that? Jimmy made another beef! 7. in. to crack up and get injured as in a skateboard accident. Chuck beefed and wrecked his elbow. Be careful or you’ll beef!

beefcake 1. n. a display of the male physique. (See also cheesecake.)

There was one calendar showing beefcake rather than the usual cheesecake. 2. n. a muscularly handsome male. She’s been going out with a real beefcake. I prefer skinny guys to a beefcake.

beef-head n. an oaf; a meathead. Look you beef-head, lay off! This beef-head here thinks he knows how to do my job.

beef-hearts n. audible releases of intestinal gas through the anus. (Rhyming slang for farts. Usually objectionable.) No more of these beef-hearts!

beef something up tv. to add strength or substance to something. Let’s beef this up with a little more on the drums. T They beefed up the offer with another thousand dollars.

beemer [“bim#] n. a BMW automobile. (See also beamer.) I had to sell my beemer when the stock market crashed. Tiffany’s beemer was leased, but no one was supposed to know.

been around (the block) phr. sexually experienced. He’s just a kid. He hasn’t been around the block yet.

been had AND was had 1. phr. been copulated with; been made pregnant. I’ve been had, and I’m going to have the baby.When she said she was had, I didn’t know it was on her honeymoon. 2. phr. been mistreated, cheated, or dealt with badly. (See also taken.) Look at this shirt! I was had! I’ve been had by that lousy gyp joint.

beeper n. a portable telephone signal. I have somebody call me during a meeting so my beeper will go off and get me out of it. My beeper went off, and I had to leave the meeting.

beer 1. in. to drink beer. Fred and Tom sat in there watching the game and beering and belching like two old whales. Let’s just sit here and beer for a while. 2. tv. to get oneself drunk on beer. I beered myself, but good. Let’s go beer a few.

beer and skittles [...”skIdlz] n. something very easy to do; an easy time of it. Did you think life was all beer and skittles? All you want is beer and skittles. Don’t you know you have to work hard for what you want?

beer belly AND beer gut n. a large belly.

You’re going to end up with a real beer belly hanging over your belt if you don’t let up on that stuff. Look at the beer belly on that guy.

beer blast AND beer bust n. a beer-drink- ing party; a beer binge. Kelly’s having a beer blast at his place, starting tonight.There is a beer bust somewhere around here almost every night.

beerbong [“birbON] 1. n. a can of beer prepared for drinking in one gulp. (An opening is made in the bottom of a can of beer. The can, with the opening placed in the mouth, is turned upright, and the tab opener is pulled, releasing all the beer directly into the mouth. In another version, the beer is poured into a funnel attached to a plastic tube that leads to the drinker’s mouth.) Do you know how to make a beerbong? A beerbong is a great way to liven up a party. 2. in. to drink beer as described in sense 1. Those guys


belly button

who were beerbonging all barfed after it was over. I tried beerbonging once, just once.

beer bust Go to beer blast.

beer goggles [...”gaglz] n. a condition of the eyes of someone wherein all persons of the opposite sex look very attractive. (Usually said about the eyes of males.)

Three beers and it’s beer goggles for Walter. See how Wally is looking at that bowser. He’s got his beer goggles on!

beer gut Go to beer belly.

beeswax [“bizwAks] n. business; concern. (See also mind your own beeswax; none of someone’s beeswax.) Is this any of your beeswax? Tend to your own beeswax.

beetle n. a Volkswagen automobile. We wanted to buy a beetle, but decided on a domestic model. I remember when people used to put big windup keys on their beetles to make them look like windup toys.

beetlebrain [“bidlbren] n. a stupid person.

Some beetlebrain left a can of paint in the hall, and guess who knocked it over?

Why are you such a beetlebrain when it comes to math?

beeveedees Go to BVDs.

beezer [“biz#] n. the nose. I’ve got a zit on my beezer. I was afraid he would bop me on the beezer.

begathon n. a televised appeal for contributions, especially as conducted by U.S. public television stations. It seems like this station is one long begathon all year long.

behind n. the posterior; the buttocks.

I’ve got a boil on the behind that’s driving me crazy. She needs some jeans that will flatter her behind.

behind bars mod. in jail; in prison. You belong behind bars, you creep! I’ve got something here that will keep you behind bars for years.

behind the eight ball 1. mod. in trouble; in a weak or losing position. I’m behind the eight ball again. John spends a lot of time behind the eight ball. 2. mod.

broke. Sorry, I’m really behind the eight ball this month. I can’t make a contribution. I was behind the eight ball again and couldn’t make my car payment.

beige [beZ] mod. boring; insipid. (California. See also vanilla.) The party is beige. Let’s cruise. This day is way beige! Bag it!

be-in n. a gathering of hippies. A meeting of happy people, yes; a be-in this is not.This is just like a sixties be-in. Lots of phony love.

belch [bEltS] 1. in. to bring up stomach gas. (See also berp.) They swallow beer by the can and see who can belch the loudest. I belched, and everybody stared. 2. n. a burp; an upwards release of stomach gas. That was the loudest belch I’ve ever heard. What I really need is a good belch. 3. n. beer, especially bad beer.

Where did you get this belch? Pass the belch. Anything’s good on a hot day.

belcher [“bEltS#] 1. n. a beer drinker.

Look at the belly on that belcher! Harry is a confirmed belcher. 2. n. a hard drinker; a drunkard. A couple of belchers wandered in about midnight. Other than that, the night is dead. I’m a belcher, and I know it.

Believe you me! exclam. You should believe me! Believe you me, that was some cake! This is a fine picnic. Believe you me!

bellies n. pork bellies; pork belly futures. (Securities markets. Often with the.)

What are the dec bellies doing? Buy the bellies and sell the beans.

bells and whistles n. extra, fancy gadgets.

I like machines with all the bells and whistles. All those bells and whistles add to the cost.

bellyache [“bEliek] 1. n. a stomachache.

Oh, mama, do I have a bellyache! That stuff will give you one fine bellyache. 2. in. to complain. You are always bellyaching! Don’t bellyache to me about it!

belly button n. the navel. Is your belly button an insy or an outsy? Do dogs have belly buttons?


belly fiddle

belly fiddle n. a guitar. Listen to that guy play that belly fiddle!

belly flop 1. n. a failed dive where there is a loud noise when the flat of the stomach hits the water. Wow, I never knew that a belly flop hurts! A belly flop gets zero points in a dive meet. 2. in. to dive into the water so that the flat of the stomach hits the water, usually making a loud noise. Sam belly flopped again. I get so embarrassed when I belly flop!

bellyful n. more than enough; more than one needs. I’ve had a bellyful of your excuses. You’ve given us all a bellyful. Now, good night.

belly laff Go to belly laugh.

belly laugh AND belly laff n. a loud, deep, uninhibited laugh. I don’t want to hear giggles when I tell a joke. I want long belly laughs. I let out a loud belly laff at the preacher’s joke. A no-no, for sure.

belly up 1. mod. alcohol intoxicated.

Sylvia was boiled—belly up—glassy-eyed.

After four beers, I was belly up, for sure. 2. mod. dead. That’s the end. This company is belly up. (See also turn belly up.)

After the fire the firm went belly up. 3.

Go to belly up (to something).

belly up (to something) in. to move up to something, often a bar. The man swaggered in and bellied up to the counter and demanded my immediate attention.As he bellied up, he said, “Do you know who I am?”

belt 1. n. a blow with the fist or hand.

Quiet or I’ll give you a belt in the chops.I got a belt in the gut for my trouble. 2. tv. to strike someone. Quiet or I’ll belt you one! Don’t belt me! 3. n. a kick or a thrill. We all got quite a belt from your jokes. Kelly gets a belt from roller coasters. 4. n. the rush or jolt from an injection of a drug. (Drugs.) This stuff has one hell of a belt. The belt nearly knocked her over. 5. n. an injection of a drug. (Drugs.) I could use a belt of smack to hold off the pain. Gimme a belt in the leg, will you? My arms are finished. 6. n. a swallow of liquor. He took a belt and rolled it around in his mouth be-

fore draining it down into his rumbling belly. Three more quick belts and he was ready to sit down and talk. 7. tv. to drink (something). (See also belt the grape.)

He belted his drink and asked for another. Don’t belt it! Savor it! Go slowly.

belted mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated.

How many belts does it take to get belted?We were belted out of our minds.

belt the grape tv. to drink wine or liquor heavily and become intoxicated. He has a tendency to belt the grape—twenty- four hours a day. She’s been belting the grape more than she wants.

Be my guest. sent. Please go in front of me.; Please make yourself comfortable in my home. John stood aside at the open door and said to Walter, “Be my guest.”Help yourself to whatever you need. Be my guest.

bench 1. tv. to take someone out of a ball game. The coach benched Jim, who injured his arm. If you don’t stop fouling, I’ll bench you! 2. tv. to retire someone; to withdraw someone from something.

I worked as a bridge painter for twentyfive years until they benched me. The manager benched the entire sales staff for cheating on their expense reports.

bench jockey n. a player who sits on the bench and calls out advice. The coach told all the bench jockeys to shut up. Do what you are told, or be a bench jockey for the rest of the season!

bench warmer n. a ballplayer who spends most of the game on the bench waiting to play; a second-rate player. You’ll never be anything but a bench warmer. I do what I’m told so I can play every game. I don’t want to be a bench warmer.

bender 1. n. a drinking binge. (See also twister.) Her benders usually last about ten days. Paul is off on a bender again.

2. n. a heavy drinker; a drunkard. This bender comes up to me and nearly kills me with his breath, asking for a match. In the dim light I could make out a few of the regular benders, but Harold wasn’t there.

bend one’s elbow AND bend the elbow; lift one’s elbow tv. to take a drink of an



alcoholic beverage; to drink alcohol to excess. He’s down at the tavern, bending his elbow. Paul gets lots of exercise. He bends his elbow thirty times a day.

bend the law tv. to cheat a little bit without breaking the law. (Jocular.) I didn’t break the law. I just bent the law a little.Nobody ever got arrested for bending the law.

benies n. benefits. (See also benny.) The salary is good, but the benies are almost nonexistent. Are retirement contributions one of your benies?

Benjamin AND Benji n. a one-hundred dollar bill. (Bearing a picture of Benjanin Franklin.) You owe me two Benjamins!

benny AND bennie n. a Benzedrine™ capsule or tablet. You got a benny or two you could spare a poor man? A couple of bennies will chase away the blues.

bent 1. mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated.

I’ve never seen two guys so bent. I can get bent on a glass of wine. 2. mod. dishonest; crooked. I’m afraid that Paul is a little bent. He cheats on his taxes. A lot of those officeholders get bent in of- fice—if they weren’t before. 3. mod. angry. He was so bent there was steam coming out of his ears. Come on, don’t get bent. I was only kidding.

bent out of shape 1. mod. angry; insulted.

Man, there is no reason to get so bent out of shape. I didn’t mean any harm. I got bent out of shape because of the way I was treated. 2. n. alcohol or drug intoxicated. I was so bent out of shape I thought I’d never recover. I’ve been polluted, but never as bent out of shape as this.

benz [bEnz] 1. n. Benzedrine™. (Drugs.)

Benz will pep you up, but you give it all back later. Stay off the benz. Coffee is enough to perk anybody up. 2. AND Benz n. a Mercedes Benz automobile. I traded in my Benz for a beemer. My uncle had a Benz that he took back to Germany every two years for service.

berp AND burp 1. in. to bring up stomach gas. (See also belch.) She burped quietly behind her hanky, so no one would no-

tice. Try not to burp at the table. 2. n. an upward release of stomach gas. The burp did not go unnoticed. What can you do when you berp in church?

berps AND burps n. liquor; beer. (See also belch.) Did you bring the berps for the party? Hey, this is pretty good berps.

berpwater n. beer; ale; champagne. I don’t care for all that berpwater. Berpwater is for sissies.

berries 1. the berries n. the best; the finest. (Always with the. A noun with the force of an adjective.) Those people are really the berries. Man, this stuff is the berries! 2. n. wine. (Originally black. See also grape(s).) Lemme stop at the liquor store for some berries. No berries for me. Where’s the belch?

best bud n. a best buddy; a best friend.

Isn’t Bill your best bud? Why are you so mad at him?

best buy n. a sexually loose woman.

That chick is a best buy.

bet one’s bottom dollar tv. to be very certain of something; to bet in complete certainty of winning. (Need not refer to an actual bet.) I bet my bottom dollar you never ever went to Alaska! He bet his bottom dollar on that horse, and it died at the gate.

bet someone dollars to doughnuts tv. to bet something of value against something worth considerably less. I bet you dollars to doughnuts that she is on time. He bet me dollars to doughnuts that it would snow today.

better half n. one’s wife, and occasionally, one’s husband. My better half disapproved of the movie. I gotta go home to my better half.

Better luck next time. sent. I wish you luck when you try again. So you goofed up. Better luck next time. You blew it, you stupid twit. Better luck next time.

betty 1. n. some fake drugs; a bad drug buy. John’s supplier slipped him some betty. 2. n. a good-looking girl or woman. (Usually Betty.) Who’s your new Betty, Bob?


between a rock and a hard place

between a rock and a hard place mod. in a very difficult position; facing a hard decision. You got him caught between a rock and a hard place, for sure. I’m between a rock and a hard place. I don’t know what to do.

between you, me, and the bedpost Go to between you, me, and the lamppost.

between you, me, and the lamppost AND between you, me, and the bedpost phr. just between you and me. Between you, me, and the lamppost, things are going to get worse before they get better. They’re worse than you think now, just between you, me, and the bedpost.

bewottled mod. alcohol intoxicated.

Sam was so bewottled that he could hardly walk. Garth and Wayne were severely bewottled.

bezongas n. a woman’s breasts. (Usually objectionable.) I’ve never seen so many definitely fine bezongas all in one place at the same time.

BF n. best friend. (Initialism. Collegiate.)

You would have thought you and she were BFs to hear her talk. Sharon is my BF.

BFD exclam. Big fucking deal!; So what? (Usually objectionable.) So, you’ve got serious money problems. BFD!

BFE Go to butt-fucking Egypt

BG interj. big grin. (An initialism used in computer forum or news groups to show that the writer is joking or happy. Not pronounced. Often enclosed, <BG>.)

I haven’t seen you on the board. I thought you had run away from home. <BG> Your last message was filled with misspelled words, but I think I could understand what you meant. <BG>

bhang [bAN OR baN] 1. n. the marijuana plant. (Drugs. From Hindi.) Martha grows bhang in a pot in her room. She farms bhang for her own use. 2. n. a marijuana cigarette; the smoking of a marijuana cigarette. Max had to stop for a bhang. The kids found an old bhang in Fred’s car.

bhang ganjah [bAN “gAndZ@ OR baN “gandZ@] n. marijuana; marijuana resin.

(Drugs.) It’s the bhang ganjah that gives the stuff its kick. Can you get bhang ganjah by itself ?

bhong Go to bong.

bi 1. n. the biceps. (Typically BI. Usually plural.) I have to work on my BIs and then build up my thighs. 2. mod. bisexual.Suddenly she suspected that she was getting involved in some sort of strange bi activities. 3. n. a bisexual person. This information is of interest only to bis and gays.

bicarb [“baIkarb] n. bicarbonate of soda, used for an upset stomach. I sure could use a little bicarb after that chili she served.I can’t stand that sweet-tasting stuff. I want bicarb.

biff [bIf] 1. tv. to hit someone. Tom biffed Fred on the snoot. Fred got biffed, and that really made him mad. 2. n. a blow. The biff on the nose gave Fred a nosebleed.Tom got a biff in the gut for his trouble.

biffy [“bIfi] n. a toilet. Where’s the biffy?The house we toured has a pink biffy. Can you believe it?

the Big Apple n. New York City. The Big Apple is filled with young kids trying to get into show biz. Max and his gang went to the Big Apple to lie low for a while.

big-ass mod. really big. Did you see that big-ass SUV hit the little Honda? Shut up your big-ass mouth!

bigass 1. n. a person with very large buttocks. (Usually objectionable.) Some bigass came in and broke the chair when he sat down. 2. mod. pertaining to someone who has very large buttocks. (Usually objectionable.) Tell that bigass jerk to get out! 3. mod. pertaining to a person who is self-important, overbearing, or arrogant; pertaining to anything having to do with arrogance. (Usually objectionable.) Take your bigass ideas and go back where you came from.

big blue n. the stock of International Business Machines or the company itself. (Securities markets. See also (I-)beam.) I have 400 shares of big blue that I would



like to sell. Big blue led the market lower again today.

big board n. the New York Stock Exchange. (Securities markets.) On the big board, stocks were down again today, bringing the loss this week on the Dow to nearly 175 points. Is that stock on the big board or where?

big brother 1. n. a personification of the totalitarian state. (From George Orwell’s

1984.) Big brother has changed the tax laws again. Now big brother has fixed it so you can’t even baby-sit without paying taxes. 2. n. someone who personifies the totalitarian state: the police, parents, teachers. Old big brother grounded me for a week. Big brother says the paper is due tomorrow, or else.

big bucks n. a lot of money. (See also megabucks.) To me, $400 is big bucks.She gets paid big bucks to worry about stuff like that.

big-C. 1. n. cancer. (Usually with the.)

She was struck with the big-C. The big- C. will finish off quite a few of us. 2. n. cocaine. (Drugs.) When she started taking big-C., she was only eight. They use kids to deliver big-C. because they know they’re not going to get put in prison.

big cheese n. the boss; the key figure; the leader. Here’s a note from the big cheese telling me to come in for a chat. The big cheese is giving everyone a bonus at the end of the year.

big-D. n. Dallas, Texas. Kelly is from big- D. What is big-D. famous for?

big deal 1. n. something really important.

Don’t make such a big deal out of it! This isn’t a big deal as I see it. 2. exclam.

So what!; What does it matter? (Usually

Big deal!) So he snores! Big deal! Snore back! She says to me, “Your socks don’t match.” And I says back, “Big deal!”

big drink n. the Atlantic Ocean; an ocean.

We flew over the big drink in an hour or two. When you’re over the big drink you really get to feel how tiny we humans are.

big drink of water 1. n. a very tall person. (Folksy.) Tim is sure a big drink of water. Kelly grew into a big drink of water. 2. n. a boring person or thing. (A pun on hard to take.) She is a big drink of water, but she could be worse. The lecture was a big drink of water.

big enchilada [...EntS@”lad@] n. the boss; the leader. (See also big cheese.) I wanna see the big enchilada! The big enchilada has sent word that it’s safe to return.

big fish n. the boss; the leader. (Underworld.) We took in the little guys, but the big fish got away. The big fish ordered the killing.

biggie 1. n. something or someone important. This one’s a biggie. Treat him well.As problems go, this one’s a biggie. 2. n. copulation. (Usually with the.) But I don’t think I’m ready for the biggie. He wanted to do the biggie!

biggity [“bIg@di] mod. haughty; aloof.

Kelly is too biggity for my taste. Who is that biggity guy with the mustache?

big gun n. an important and powerful person, such as an officer of a company. (Often with bring in as in the example.)

It went up to the big guns, who said no immediately. I knew they would bring in the big guns at the last minute.

big-H. n. heroin. (Drugs.) She’s on big-H. now. Soon she’ll be hooked for good. The big-H. in this town is so watered down, you can joy pop for years and never get hooked.

bighead n. a headache and other ill effects from drinking. I got a case of the bighead. Too much soda in my drinks, I guess.You look like you have the bighead this morning.

bigheaded 1. mod. conceited. Now don’t get bigheaded, but you are a top drummer in my book. Look at him swagger. He is so bigheaded. What a bigheaded jerk! 2. mod. having a hangover. Tiffany is a little bigheaded this morning. I feel sort of bigheaded.


big house

the big house n. a state or federal penitentiary. It’s either go straight now or spend the rest of your life in the big house.Two years in the big house is like two years in a custom-made hell.

big iron n. a large, mainframe computer. (Computers. See also iron.) We’ll have to run this job on the big iron over at the university. What kind of big iron do they have over there?

big John n. the police; a police officer.

Big John is going to have to deal with you.Big John took her in and hit her with a vice rap.

big juice n. a big-time crook. (See also juice.) Marty’s big juice now that he’s got himself a gang. So, you’re the big juice around here.

big kahuna n. the important person; the knowledgeable authority on some matter. (From the Hawaiian word for “priest.” Sometimes capitalized.) Joe is the big kahuna around here when it comes to predicting stock market prices. Here comes the big kahuna. He thinks he knows everything.

big league 1. n. a situation where competition is keen and a high level of performance is expected. (Usually plural. Referred originally to major league sports.)

In the big leagues you’ve got to know what you’re worth. You’re in the big leagues now—no more penny-ante stuff.

2. AND big-league mod. professional; big time. (From baseball.) He works for one of the big-league accounting firms. When I’m a big-league star, I’ll send you free tickets.

Big Mac attack n. a sudden and desperate need for a Big Mac sandwich, a product of the McDonald’s restaurant chain. (Big Mac is a protected trade name of McDonald’s.) I feel a Big Mac attack coming on! I just can’t fight off a Big Mac attack.

big man on campus n. an important male college student. (See more examples at

BMOC.) Hank acts like such a big man on campus. Let some big man on campus do the dirty work for a change.

big mouth 1. n. a person who talks too much or too loudly; someone who tells secrets. (Also a term of address.) Okay, big mouth! Shut up! Tell that big mouth to shut up. 2. tv. to spread secrets around.

Why do you always have to big mouth everything around? Don’t you big mouth this, but I’m going to have a baby.

big name 1. n. a famous and important person. Lots of big names were there lending their support to the cause. One of the big names invited for the event canceled out at the last minute. 2. AND bigname mod. famous; important. Some big-name star I’ve never heard of was there pretending to serve dinner. The bigname ballplayers make millions.

big noise 1. n. an important person. If you’re such a big noise, why don’t you get this line moving? She’s the big noise in Washington right now. 2. n. the important current news; the current scandal.

What’s the big noise around town now? There’s a big noise up on Capitol Hill. Something about budget cuts.

big-O. n. opium. The big-O. is making a comeback, I hear. Most of the users of big-O. died out thirty years ago.

big of someone 1. mod. magnanimous of someone. That is really big of you, Fred.It was big of Tom to come back and apologize. 2. mod. nice of someone. (Often sarcastic.) A whole pound. Wow, that is really big of you! Three daisies he gave me! “Oh, that’s big of you!” I said, batting my eyes.

big shot AND bigshot 1. n. a very important person. So, you really think you’re a big shot. I’m no big shot, but I do have a little power around here. 2. mod. mighty; overbearing; overly-important.

If you think that a big shot title impresses me, you’re wrong. Your bigshot ideas are getting us nowhere.

big spender n. someone who spends a lot of money. (Often sarcastic.) The big spender left me a whole quarter tip! It’s the big spenders who get themselves into money trouble.



big stink n. a major issue; a scandal; a big argument. There was a big stink made about my absence. Don’t make such a big stink about it.

big talk 1. n. boasting; exaggerated claims.

No more big talk. I want action! I heard nothing but big talk since you got here. 2. tv. to boss other people around.

Don’t big talk me. I know who you are.

She came in and big talked everybody, and we just naturally thought she was the owner.

big-ticket mod. having to do with something expensive. Will the government cut back on the big-ticket programs? In a survey taken last month, heads of families said they were unwilling to put bigticket items at the bottom of their shopping lists.

big time 1. n. the high level of success.

I’ve finally reached the big time! When the pressure in the big time got to be too much, the guy simply retired. 2. AND bigtime mod. outstanding; extravagant.

This is one of your real big-time stars. I can’t stand any more of this big-time living. 3. AND big-time mod. felonious. (Underworld.) Frank is into big-time stuff now. The gang pulled a real bigtime job and got away with it.

big-time operator AND BTO 1. n. someone who does business in a big way. (The abbreviation is an initialism.) If you’re such a BTO, why are we standing here in the rain? He’s no big-time operator! 2. n. a man who chases women. This bigtime operator comes up and asks me to go home with him. That twit thinks he’s a big-time operator. A stud he’s not.

big-time spender n. someone who spends a lot of money. Martin is the original big-time spender. A big-time spender doesn’t look at the prices on the menu.

big top 1. n. a circus tent; the circus, in general. The best acts take place under the big top. And now, one of the greatest acts under the big top. 2. mod. having to do with the circus. Big top life doesn’t appeal to me at all. One big top experience is enough to last me a lifetime.

big wheel n. a very important person.

Some big wheel wrote the order. Don’t blame me. Kelly was a big wheel with the gas company for a while.

bigwig n. an important person; a self-im- portant person. The bigwig in charge of that sort of thing will be in tomorrow. Some bigwig in a pinstripe suit waltzed through and asked me to leave.

big with someone mod. preferred by someone. Soup is big with everybody in cold weather. This kind of ice cream is really big with my family.

big Z’s n. sleep. I need me some of them big Z’s. The big Z’s must have set in before I could finish the movie.

bike n. a motorcycle; a bicycle. How much did that bike set you back? You have to wear a helmet with a bike that size, don’t you?

bike boys n. cops; the police. Look out! Here come the bike boys.

biker n. a motorcycle rider. Four bikers roared by and woke up the baby. That biker is wearing about a dozen earrings.

bill and coo in. to kiss and cuddle. (In the manner of love birds.) Keep an eye on those kids. They aren’t going to be satisfied with billing and cooing forever, you know.If they bill and coo enough now, maybe they will remember how when they’re older.

billie AND bill(y) [“bIli] n. paper money; a bill. (California.) Do you have any billies on you? Nope, no billies on me.

bimbo [“bImbo] 1. n. a clown-like person.

What a silly bimbo! If that bimbo doesn’t keep quiet, I’ll bop him. 2. n. a giddy woman; a sexually loose woman.

So she’s a bimbo. She still has rights. Have a heart! Now the bimbo is a star in the movies.

bind n. a problem; a wrinkle. I’ve got a little bind here I didn’t anticipate. Unfortunately, a new bind has slowed down the project.

bindle 1. n. a packet or bundle; a hobo’s pack. The guy had a bindle tied to a



stick, just like an old-time tramp. Throw your bindle over yonder, and plunk your butt on that empty crate. 2. n. a packet of drugs. (Drugs.) She had a bindle of H. in her purse. That bindle was more important than money.

binge [bIndZ] 1. n. a drinking or drugging spree. Larry is the type who likes a good binge every now and then. A coke binge can cost a lot of cabbage. 2. n. any spree of self-indulgence: emotional, gluttonous, etc. About Thanksgiving time I start a month-long eating binge. The crying binge started when Marty got off the train. 3. in. to drink heavily. He has been binging since June. She binges about once a month and is stone-cold sober the rest of the time.

binged [“bIndZd] mod. alcohol intoxicated.

She sat there, binged out of her mind. I’m gonna go out and get myself binged, but good.

Bingo! [“bINgo] exclam. Yes!; That’s right! (From the game Bingo.) Bingo! I’ve got the answer! And we put this little jobber here, another one here, and Bingo! We’re done.

bird 1. n. a woman; a girl. I like the bird you were with last night. What a bird! I want one. 2. n. a derisive noise made with the lips; a raspberry. The third time he fumbled, he was greeted by two thousand mouths making the bird. You guys making the bird aren’t perfect either. 3. n. an odd person. Some old bird came up to me and tried to sell me a cookbook. This bird is too much for me. I’m leaving. 4. n. a rude gesture made with the middle finger. (Usually with the. See comments at finger wave.) The kid gave me the bird, so I bopped him. A lot of little kids give people the bird all the time because they see it on television. 5. n. an airplane. I like this bird. She’s a dream to fly. The bird crashed on takeoff. 6. n. one-hundred dollars. This thing cost three birds! Bull! Can you loan me a bird?

birdbrain 1. n. a stupid-acting person.

You silly birdbrain. Stop it! I’m such a birdbrain. I forgot my driver’s license, of-

ficer. 2. AND birdbrained mod. stupid.

I’ve never heard such a birdbrain idea in my life. Look, you birdbrained idiot, you are dead wrong!

birdbrained Go to birdbrain.

bird-dog 1. tv. to take away another man’s girlfriend. Why’d you have to go and bird-dog me, your best buddy? I didn’t bird-dog you. I’m just more loveable, that’s all. 2. tv. to supervise someone; to tail someone. I wish you would stop birddogging me! Barlowe knew somebody was bird-dogging him, but he was too smart to show it.

birdseed 1. n. a small amount of money. (See also chicken feed.) That’s just birdseed compared to what I spend. Forty billion is birdseed to a government with a 600 billion dollar budget. 2. n. nonsense. (Based on BS.) Cut the birdseed. I’m not stupid, you know. I’ve heard enough birdseed here to last for a lifetime.

birdturd 1. n. an obnoxious person. (Rude and derogatory.) You silly birdturd. Wake up! Clare can be such a birdturd when she wants. 2. mod. stupid; obnoxious. (Usually objectionable.) Of all the stupid, underhanded, birdturd tricks—this takes the cake! Get your ugly birdturd car out of my driveway! 3. n. bird dung, especially if dried. (Usually objectionable.) There’s a birdturd on your shoe.

4. mod. lousy; worthless. (Usually objectionable.) I don’t want this birdturd job any longer. I quit!

bird watcher n. a girl watcher; someone, usually a man, who enjoys watching women go by. Harry is a dedicated bird watcher. You bird watchers should just mind your own business.

birdy AND birdie mod. crazy; strange.

She acts a little birdy from time to time.Would you kindly take your birdie friends and go?

biscuit [“bIsk@t] n. the head. She got a nasty little bump on the biscuit. He wears a tin can on his biscuit in case he tumbles.

bit 1. n. a jail sentence. (Underworld.) I did a two-year bit in Sing Sing. He got



only a four-year bit. He was afraid of getting worse. 2. n. a small theatrical part. (From bit part.) I worked in bits for a year and then started selling used cars. It was just a bit, but I needed the money.

3. n. any part of an act; any business or presentation. I didn’t like that bit concerning penalties. Now, in this next bit, you are to move stage center.

bit-bucket n. the imaginary place where lost computer data goes. (Computers.)

I guess my data went into the bit-bucket.I bet the bit-bucket is filled with some of the best stuff in the world.

bitch 1. n. an unpleasant or irritating female. (Rude and derogatory.) How can anyone be expected to deal with a bitch like that? 2. in. to complain. (Usually objectionable.) Oh, stop bitching! I’m sick of hearing your noise. 3. n. a complaint. (Usually objectionable.) I’ve got a bitch about this new foreman. 4. n. a difficult thing or person. (Usually objectionable.)

Life’s a bitch. This algebra problem is a real bitch. 5. tv. to ruin something. (Usually objectionable. See also bitch something up.) You really bitched this coil of wire. Here’s a clean one. Don’t bitch it. 6. n. one’s girlfriend. (Usually objectionable.) She’s my bitch, and I love her. Me and my bitch really like this kind of stuff.

bitch box n. a public address system loudspeaker. (Military. Because it is always nagging.) I’m sick of listening to that bitch box day and night.

bitchen Go to bitchin’.

bitchin’ AND bitchen; bitching 1. mod. excellent; great; classy. (Usually objectionable.) This is a totally bitchin’ pair of jeans! 2. exclam. Terrific! (Usually

Bitchin’!) Four of them? Bitchen!

bitch of a someone or something n. a very difficult or unpleasant person or thing. (Usually objectionable.) This is a bitch of a math problem!

bitch out in. to complain. (Usually objectionable.) You are always bitching out no matter how well off you are.

bitch session n. a session of complaining; an informal gripe session. (See also bitch. Usually objectionable.) We were just having a bitch session. Come on in.

bitch slammer n. a women’s prison. (Streets.) They threw her in the bitch slammer for three years. She’s meaner than a screw in a bitch slammer.

bitch someone off tv. to make someone very angry. (See also piss someone off. Usually objectionable.) You know what bitches me off ? Soggy French fries, that’s what!

bitch something up tv. to mess something up; to ruin or spoil something. (Usually objectionable.) The rain really bitched up our picnic.

bitch tits n. gynecomastia; the development of breast tissue in the male. (From bodybuilding, in reference to breast development caused by steroids. Usually objectionable.) If you don’t let up on the gorilla juice, you’ll get bitch tits.

bitchy mod. irritable; complaining. (Usually objectionable.) Why are you so bitchy today?

bite 1. in. to accept a deception; to fall for something; to respond to a come-on.

I knew somebody would bite. We put up a sign advertising free pop, but nobody bit.

2. in. [for someone or something] to be bad or threatening. Watch out for Gloria. She bites! My dad bites, but don’t worry, he’s in a good mood. 3. in. to be irritating. (More severe than to suck, as in It sucks.) This movie is really dumb. It bites. This party bites. Sko. 4. tv. to copy something without permission; to steal something. Sue bit a copy of my term paper, and I almost got in trouble.Somebody bit my jacket!

bite on someone in. to copy something that someone else has done; to dress the same way someone else does. Nobody will bite on Sally. She has terrible taste. Jennifer is always biting on Anne, who is a careful dresser.

biter 1. n. a thief. (See also bite.) Some biter made off with my algebra book. Who’s the biter who took my jacket? 2. n.