Ab-so-lute-ly ~ affirmative
All Wet ~ describes an erroneous idea or individual, as in, "he's all wet."
And How ~ I strongly agree!
Applesauce ~ an expletive same as horsefeathers, as in "Ah applesauce!"
Attaboy/Attagirl ~ well done!
Balled Up ~ confused, messed up
Baloney ~ nonsense!
Bank's Closed ~ no kissing or making out , i.e. "Sorry, Mac, the bank's closed."
Bearcat ~ a hot-blooded or fiery girl
Beat it ~ scam or get lost
Beat one's gums ~ idle chatter
Bee's Knees ~ an extraordinary person, thing, idea; the ultimate
Beef ~ a complaint or to complain
Beeswax ~ business, i.e. "None of your beeswax."
Bell bottom ~ a sailor
Berries ~ that which is attractive or pleasing; similar to bee's knees, as in "It's the berries."
Bible Belt ~ area in the South and Midwest where Fundamentalism flourishes
Big Cheese ~ the most important or influential person; boss. Same as big shot.
Big six ~ a strong man; from auto advertising, for the new and powerful; six cylinder engines
Bimbo ~ a tough guy
Bird ~ general term for a man or woman, sometimes meaning "odd," i.e. "What a funny old bird."
Blind Date ~ going out with someone you do not know
Bluenose ~ an excessively puritanical person, a prude, Creator of "the Blue Nozzle Curse."
Bootleg ~ illegal liquor
Breezer ~ an convertible car
Bronx Cheer ~ a loud spluttering noise, used to indicate disapproval. Same as raspberry.
Bull ~ (1) a policeman or law-enforcement officer including FBI
Bull Session ~ male talkfest, gossip, stories of sexual exploits
Bum's rush ~ ejection by force from an establishment
Bump Off ~ to murder; to kill
Butt me ~ I'll take a cigarette
Carry a Torch ~ to have a crush on someone
Cash ~ a kiss
Cash or check? ~ Do you kiss now or later?
Cat's Meow ~ something splendid or stylish; the best or greatest, wonderful. Similar to bee's knees.
Cat's Pajamas ~ same as cat's meow
Chassis ~ the female body
Cheaters ~ eyeglasses
Check ~ kiss me later
Ciggy ~ cigarette
Clam ~ a dollar
Copacetic ~ wonderful, fine, all right
Crush ~ an infatuation
Daddy ~ a young woman's boyfriend or lover, especially if he's rich
Dame ~ a female
Dapper ~ a Flapper's dad
Darb ~ an excellent person or thing (as in "the Darb" ~ a person with money who can be relied on to pay the check)
Dead soldier ~ an empty bear bottle
Deb ~ an debutant
Dick ~ a private investigator
Dogs ~ feet
Doll ~ an attractive woman
Dolled up ~ dressed up
Don't know from nothing ~ don't have any information
Don't take any wooden nickels ~ don't do anything stupid
Double-cross ~ to cheat, stab in the back
Dough ~ money
Drugstore Cowboy ~ a guy that hangs around on a street corner trying to pick up girls
Dry up ~ shut up, get lost
Ducky ~ very good
Dumb Dora ~ a stupid female
Edge ~ intoxication, a buzz. i.e. "I've got an edge."
Egg ~ a person who lives the big life
Fire extinguisher ~ a chaperone
Fish ~ (1) a college freshman
Flat Tire ~ a dull witted, insipid, disappointing date. Same as drag, oilcan, pickle, pill, or rag.
Flivver ~ a Model T; after 1928, could mean any old broken down car
Flapper ~ a stylish, brash, hedonistic young woman with short skirts & shorter hair
Fly boy ~ a glamorous term for an aviator
Frame ~ to give false evidence, to set up someone
Get a wiggle on ~ get a move on, get going
Giggle Water ~ an intoxicating beverage; alcohol
Gin Mill ~ an establishment where hard liquor is sold; bar
Glad rags ~ "going out on the town" clothes
Gold Digger ~ a woman who associates with or marries a man for his wealth
Goofy ~ in love
Handcuff ~ an engagement ring
Hard Boiled ~ a tough, strong guy
Hayburner ~ (1) a gas guzzling car
Heebie-Jeebies ~ the jitters
High-Hat ~ to snub
Hit on all sixes ~ to perform 100 per cent; as "hitting on all six cyclinders"
Hooch ~ bootleg liquor
Hood ~ hoodlum
Hoofer ~ dancer
Horsefeathers ~ an expletive; same usage as applesauce
Hotsy-Totsy ~ pleasing
It ~ sex appeal
Iron ~ a motorcycle
Jake ~ OK; as in, "Everything is Jake."
Jalopy ~ old car
Jane ~ any female
Java ~ coffee
Jitney ~ a car employed as a private bus. Fare was usually five cents; also called a "nickel".
Joe ~ coffee
John ~ a toilet
Juice Joint ~ a speakeasy
Joint ~ a club/establishment, usually selling alcohol
Kisser ~ mouth
Level with me ~ be honest
Line ~ insincere flattery
Live wire ~ a lively person
Mrs. Grundy ~ a priggish or extremely tight-laced person
Moll ~ a gangster's girl
Nifty ~ great, excellent
"Now you're on the trolley!" ~ Now you've got it, now you're right!
Nobody Home ~ describes someone who is dumb
On the level ~ legitimate, honest
On the up and up ~ on the level
Orchid ~ an expensive item
Ossified ~ a drunk person
Owl ~ a person who's out late
Pet ~ same as neck, but more so
Piker ~ (1) a cheapskate
Pill ~ (1) a teacher
Pinch ~ to arrest
Pipe down ~ stop talking
Pushover ~ a person easily convinced or seduced
Putting on the Ritz ~ after the Ritz hotel in Paris; doing something in high style
Razz ~ to make fun of
Real McCoy ~ the genuine article
Ritzy ~ elegant (from the hotel)
Rubes ~ money or dollars
Says you ~ a reaction of disbelief
Scram ~ ask someone to leave immediately
Sheba ~ a woman with sex appeal (from the movie "Queen of Sheba"; Clara Bow)
Sheik ~ a man with sex appeal (from the Valentino movies)
Shiv ~ a knife
Sinker ~ a doughnut
Speakeasy ~ an illicit bar selling bootleg liquor
Spifflicated ~ drunk. The same as canned, corked, embalmed, fried to the hat, jazzed, lit, ossified, owled, plastered, potted, primed, scrooched, tanked, or zozzled
Spiffy ~ an elegant appearance
Spoon ~ to neck, or at least talk of love
Struggle Buggy ~ the backseat of a car. A parent's worst nightmare.
Stuck on ~ having a crush on
Swanky ~ ritzy
Swell ~ wonderful; a rich man
Tin Pan Alley ~ the music industry in New York, located between 48th and 52nd street
Tomato ~ a female
Torpedo ~ a hired gun
What's eating you? ~ What's wrong?
Whoopee ~ to have a good time