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A Guild To 1920’s to 1940’s Phrases & Slang

on July 9, 2012
“Heebie Jeebies” by Louis Armstrong and his Ho...

“Heebie Jeebies” by Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Guild To 1920’s to 1940’s Phrases & Slang

All Wet – Describes an erroneous idea or individual, as in, “he’s all wet.”

Applesauce – an explative; same as horsefeathers, As in “Ah applesauce!”

Big Cheese – The most important or influential person; boss. Same as big shot.

Bluenose – An excessively puritanical person, a prude, Creator of “the Blue Nozzle Curse.”

Broad- Woman, Dame

Bump Off – To murder, To kill.

Carry a Torch – To have a crush on someone.

Cat’s Meow – Something splendid or stylish; The best or greatest, wonderful.

Darb – An excellent person or thing (as in “the Darb” – a person with money who can be relied on to pay the check).

Dame- A Woman

Drugstore Cowboy – a guy that hangs around on a street corner trying to pick up girls.

Dumb Dora – a stupid female.

Fall Guy – Victim of a frame.

Flat Tire – A dull witted, insipid, disappointing date. Same as pill, pickle, drag, rag, oilcan.

Frame – To give false evidence, to set up someone.

Gams – A woman’s legs.

Giggle Water – An intoxicating beverage; alcohol.

Gin Mill – An establishment where hard liquor is sold; bar.

Hard Boiled – a tough, strong guy.

Heebie-Jeebies – The jitters.

High-Hat – To snub.

Hooch – Bootleg liquor

Hoofer – Dancer.

Horsefeathers – an explative; same usage as applesauce.

Hotsy-Totsy – Pleasing.

Jalopy – Old car.

Joint – A club, usually selling alcohol.

Keen – Attractive or appealing.

Kisser – Mouth.

Line – Insincere flattery.

Lounge Lizard – a horny dog.

Moll – A gangster’s girl.

Ossified – a drunk person.

Pinch – To arrest.

Pushover – A person easily convinced or seduced.

Ritzy – Elegant (from the hotel).

Scram – Ask someone to leave immediately.

Sheba – A woman with sex appeal (from the move Queen of Sheba) or (e.g. Clara Bow).

Sheik – A man with sex appeal (from the Valentino movies)

Soitently- Sure!

Speakeasy – An illicit bar selling bootleg liquor.

Spiffy – An elegant appearance.

Spread Out!- Get out of the way! Give me some room! Stop crowding me!

Stuck On – Having a crush on.

Swanky – Ritzy.

Swell- Wonderful.

Take for a Ride –

Upchuck – To vomit when one has drunk too much.

Wise guy- A Smart Ass

Whoopee – To have a good time.


One response to “A Guild To 1920’s to 1940’s Phrases & Slang

  1. rvilmi says:

    Why Guild? Why not Guide?

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