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50s and 60s Phrases and Meanings
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This was suggested by Christopher O'Malley on the boards here. He even gave me the lists for these! Just as an added note, these are put in alphabetical order.

Also, if this is in the wrong location, other admins are free to move it in the appropriate section or they can tell me where to move this topic. Thanks!

50s phrases and meanings are up first!

Actor: Show-off
Agitate the Gravel : To leave (hot-rodders)
Ankle-biter: A child
Antsville: A place full of people
Ape: Used with go - to explode or be really mad
Are you writing a book?: You're asking too many questions
Baby: Cute girl, term of address for either sex
Back seat bingo: Necking in a car
Bad news: Depressing person
Bash: Great party
Bent eight: a V-8 engine (hot-rodders)
Big Daddy: An older person
Big tickle: Really funny
Bit: An act
Blast: A good time
Blow off: To defeat in a race (hot-rodders)
Bobbed: Shortened
Boss: Great
Bread: Money
Bug: "You bug me" - to bother
Burn rubber: To accelerate hard and fast (hot-rodders)
Cast an eyeball To look
Cat: A hip person (Beats)
Chariot: Car (Beats)
Chick in skins: Woman in a fur coat
Cherry: Originally, an unaltered car. Later, anything attractive (hot-rodders, originally)
Chrome-plated: Dressed up (hot-rodders, originally)
Circled: Married
Classy chassis: Great body
Cloud 9: Really happy
Clutched: Rejected
Clyde: Term of address, usually for a normal person (Beats)
Cook, cookin': Doing it well
Cool: Indefinable quality that makes something or someone extraordinary
Cool it: Relax, settle down
Cooties: Imaginary infestations of the truly un-cool
Cranked: Excited (Beats)
Crazy: "Like crazy,man" Implies an especially good thing
Cream: Originally, to dent a car. Later, to badly damage (hot-rodders, originally)
Cruisin' for a bruisin': Looking for trouble
Cube: A normal person
Cut the gas: Be quiet!
Cut out: Leave
Daddy-O: Term of address (Beats)
D.D.T.: (Drop Dead Twice) -- Response: What, and look like you?
Deuce: A 1932 Ford (hot-rodders)
Dibs: A claim - as in "got dibs" on that seat
Dig: To understand; to approve
Dolly: Cute girl
Don't have a cow: Don't get so excited
Drag: (hot-rodders) A short car race; (Beats) A bore
Duck Butt or D.A: Hairstyle of greasers where hair in back is combed to the middle, then with end of comb, make a middle part.
Earthbound Reliable
Epistle Letter
Eyeball Look around
Fake Out: A bad date
Fast: Someone who was sexually active
Fat City: A great thing or place; Happy
Fire Up: Start your engine (hot-rodders)
Flat out: Fast as you can
Flat-top: Men's hairstyle. A crewcut which is flat across the top
Flick: A movie
Flip: To get very excited
Flip-top: A convertible car
Floor it: Push the accelerator to the floor (hot-rodders)
Fracture: To amuse
Fream: Someone who doesn't fit in
Front burner: Current crisis
Frosted: Angry
Get Bent!: Disparaging remark as in "drop dead"
Get with it: Understand
Germsville: An illness - Buzzed by germsville means put in the hospital
Gig: Work, job (Beats)
Ginchiest: Coolest
Go ape: Get very excited
Go for pinks: A drag race where the stakes are the car's pink slip (hot-rodders)
Goof: Someone who makes mistakes
Goopy: Messy
Goose it: Accelerate the car fully (hot-rodders)
Greaser: A guy with tons of grease in his hair, which later came to describe an entire group of people. Yes, John Travolta in Grease.
Grody: Sloppy, messy or dirty
Hang: As in "hang out" which means to do very little
Haul ass: Drive very fast (hot-rodders)
Heat: Police (Beats)
Hep: With it, cool. Someone who knows the situation.
Heels on fire: In a hurry
Hip: Someone who is cool, in the know. Very good.
Hipster: Same as above
Hopped up: A car modified for speed (hot-rodders)
Horn: Telephone
Hottie: A very fast car (hot-rodders)
Illuminations: Good ideas, thoughts
In orbit: In the know
International intrigue dodge: Private eye business
Ivy Leaguer: Pants style. Also any person who attended an Ivy League college
Jacked Up: Car with raised rear end. (hot-rodders)
Jacketed: Going steady
Jelly Roll: Men's hair combed up and forward on both sides, brought together in the middle of the forehead.
Jets: Smarts, brains
Kick: A fun or good thing; Also, a fad
Kill: To really impress
Knuckle sandwich: A fist in the face
Kookie: Nuts, in the nicest possible way
Later, also later, gator: Goodbye. See ya later, alligator. Response: after while crocodile.
Lay a patch: To accelerate so rapidly that you leave a patch of rubber on the road.
Lay on: To give (Beats)
Lighter: A crew cut
Lighting up the tilt sign: Lying
Like crazy; like wow: Really good, better than cool
Long green: Money
Machine: A car (hot-rodders)
Made in the shade: Success guaranteed
Make out: A kissing session
Make the scene: To attend an event or activity
Meanwhile, back at the ranch: From TV Westerns. Usually used to get a storyteller back on track.
Mirror warmer: A piece of pastel fabric (often cashmere) tied around the rear view mirror. A 50s version of the Medieval wearing your lady's colors.
Most: A+ in "the most" - high praise usually of the opposite sex
Mushroom people: People who come out at night to play
Nerd: Same as now. Bill Gates without the money.
Nest: A hair-do
Nod: Drift off to sleep
Nosebleed: As in hey, nosebleed - hey, stupid. (Not a compliment!)
No sweat: No problem
Nowhere: Opposite of cool. Nowheresville was a boring, bad place to be. (Beats)
Nuggets: Loose change
Odd ball: Someone a bit off the norm
Off the line: Start of a drag race (hot-rodders)
On the stick: Pulled together. Bright, prepared...
Pad: Home
Paper shaker: Cheerleader or Pom Pom girl
Party pooper:No fun at all
Passion Pit: Drive-in movie theatre
Peel Out: To accelerate hard and fast (hot-rodders)
Peepers: Glasses
Pile up Z's: Get some sleep
Pooper: No fun at all
Pop the Clutch: Release the clutch pedal quickly so as to get a fast start
Pound: Beat up
Punch it: Step on the gas (hot-rodders)
Put down: To say bad things about someone
Radioactive: Very popular
Rag Top: A convertible car
Rap: To tattle on someone (Beats)
Rattle your cage: Get upset
Raunchy: Messy or gross in some other way
Razz my berries: Excite or impress me
Real gone: Very much in love. Also unstable. Hmm, there's a difference?
Reds: The Communists
Righto: Okay
Rock: A diamond
Rocket: A car (hot-rodders)
Rod: A car (hot-rodders)
Royal shaft: Badly or unfairly treated
Scream: Go fast
Screamer: A hot rod
they're riding Shetlands: Be careful
Shot down: Failed
Shuck, shuckster: A deceiver, liar or cheat
Sides: Vinyl records
Sing: To tattle or inform on someone (Beats)
Smog in the noggin': Memory loss
Sounds: Music
Souped up: A car modified to go fast
Spaz: Someone who is uncoordinated. A clutz.
Split: Leave
Square: A regular, normal person. A conformist.
Stable the horses: Park the cars
Stacked: A woman with large er, ah...you know, well endowed.
Stack up: To wreck a car (hotrodder)
Submarine races: While waiting for the submarines to race, which might take quite awhile :>) couples found creative ways of killing the time.
Subterranean: A hipster. Used by both Ginsberg and Kerouac. (Beats)
Tank: A large sedan (usually driven by parents)
Tear ass: Drive (or go) very fast
That's close: Something wrong or not true
Think Fast: Usually said right before someone threw something at you
Threads: Clothes
Tight: Good friends
Total: To completely destroy, most often in reference to a car
Unreal: Exceptional
Wail: Go fast
Washington: A dollar
Wazoo: Your rear end
Weed: A cigarette
Wet rag: Someone who's just no fun
Word from the bird: The truth (Beats)
What's buzzin, cuzzin: What's new?
What's you tale, nightingale?: What's the story?
Wheelie: Lift the car's front wheels off the ground by rapid acceleration

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Now for some 60s phrases!

A Gas - Having a lot of fun.
All Show and No Go - Pretty car. Nice wheels and so forth. Looks good put has no go power.
Ape: Used with verbs gone or went. (i.e. "When I came home an hour late my parents went ape.)
BA - Could mean Bare All or Bare Ass.
Bad - Awesome
Bad Ass - Tough guy
Bag - Meant to steal. Who bagged my wallet? Also "what's your bag?", which meant "What's your problem?"
Ball - To Party as in Little Richard's song "Good Golly Miss Molly, you sure like to ball." Also meant to have intercourse.
Bum a Smoke - Borrow a cigarette from another person
Beat Feet - Leave the area quickly.
Birth Control Seats - Referred to cars with bucket seats
Bitchin' - Good, great, or awesome
Blast - Had a great time like "I had a blast at the dance."
Blitzed - Drunk
Book - Leave the scene
Bookin' - Going real fast
Boss - Cool or fantastic - The new album I just bought is boss!
Bread - Money
Brew - Beer
Brody or Brody Out - To skid half a circle with your brakes locked up.
Bug Out - Leave the premises
Bummed Out - Depressed
Burn Rubber - Squeal out with your tires spinning and leaving rubber on the asphalt.
Candyass - A Wimp or uncool thing or person.
Cat- Guy
Catch some Z's - Go to sleep
Cherry - Pristine or mint condition. That car is cherry!
Chick - girl or woman
Chicken (To Play) - Two cars drive head on towards each other and the first to pull away is a coward.
Chinese Firedrill - A Car is stopped at a red light and all occupants of the car get out of the car and run around it and get back in the car while holding up traffic.
Church Key - Before poptop cans, there were openers that were designed to puncture the beer can to drink from it.
Chrome Dome - Bald Man
Clean - Exceptional looking i.e. That's a clean looking Chevy
Cool - Nice
Cool Head - Nice guy
Cool Pipes - Mellow sounding exhaust system
Cop a Feel - Touching a girl's no touch zone pretending it was accidental.
Cooties - Unkind remark, As in "Stay away she's got cooties" (bugs)
Crash - go to bed / sleep
Cruising - Driving up and down the strip, street or town looking for members of the opposite sex.
Cutout - leave the scene or area (also see Split)
D.A. - Guy hair style. Combed like a duck's ass
Decked Out - All Dressed Up
Dibs - Used with the word got. "I got dibs on that seat." Meaning you own it.
Dig - Do you understand?
Ditz - An idiot
Don't Flip Your Wig - In other words don't go ape.
Don't Have A Cow - (See above)
Don't Sweat It - Don't let it bother you.
Drag - Race for a short distance. Also means dull. Also, a puff from a cigarette.
Drop a Dime - use the pay phone
Dude - A geek
Fab - Fantastic
Fag - A cigarette
Far-out - awesome. Also see outta sight
Fine as Wine - Good-looking - as The guy or girl is "fine as wine"
Fink - Tattletale
Five Finger Discount - Anything acquired by theft
Flake - A useless person
Flip Flops - Thongs that you wore on your feet
Floor Box - floor mounted transmission shifter
Flower Child - A Hippie
Foam Domes - padded bras
Four on the Floor - See Floor Box
Fox - An outstanding looking chick (also see "Stone Fox")
Freakin' Out - getting excited or a panic attack
Fuzz - The Police
Go All The Way - Have Sex
Going Steady - Dating only one person
Groovy - Nice or neat
Glasspacks - Mufflers lined with fiberglass to muffle the sound. The shorter the muffler the louder the sound.
Gum Ball Machine - the old fashion lights on a police cruiser
Hacked or Hacked Off - Mad or teed off.
Hairy - Out of control
Hang Loose - Take it easy
Hauls Ass - A car really moves. "Tom's Chevy sure hauls ass."
Hickey - See Love Bite
Hip - Very Cool
Hodad - a non-surfer, just hangs around the beach
Hopped up - Souped up like a car
Hunk - What a girl calls a good looking guy
Kissup - Teacher's Pet or person that will do anything to please another person in authority.
Later - Goodbye
Lay A Patch - Burn rubber with car wheels as you leave
Lay It On Me - Tell me or speak your piece
"Let's hat up" - generally used in the military. Since you had to wear a hat while in uniform while outside so when leaving a building you would say "lets hat up."
Loaded - Intoxicated or drunk
Love Bite - Also known as a hickey - Red mark on a person made by suction of a kiss by lips and tongue.
Make Out - Kissing
Meanwhile Back At The Ranch - It was used to get the storyteller back on track to the story he was telling. In other words, get to the point. It was meant to keep it short. Phrase came from serial westerns.
Midnight Auto Supply - Auto parts stolen
Mill. Engine - As in, "What kind of mill you running in that thing?"
Moo Juice - milk
Moon - To drop your pants and show your bare butt
Neato - Sharp
Old Lady or Old Man - Referred to Mom and Dad [Nowadays may refer to wife or husband]
On the Rag - in a foul mood
Open Pipes - Loud car without mufflers. "Hey man, sounds like you're running open pipes"
Outta Sight or Out of Sight - awesome. Also see Far Out
Padiddle - A car with only one headlight working.
Passion Pit - Drive-in Movie
Pedal Pushers - calf high pants worn by girls called today "capris"
Peel Out - Burn or leave rubber with your car
Pig - Cop or a Promisculous Girl
Pig Out - Overeat
Pits, the the worst, nasty, bad, awful, meaningless (i.e. "this place is the pits")
Pound - To beat up somebody i.e. "I'm gonna pound you."
Queer - Something to be considered dorky or dumb, as in: Those shoes are so queer! Also, a derogatory slang word for a homosexual person.
Rap - to talk
Rave On - Please keep it going -
Retard - A really socially inept, dorky person (insensitive word to use today)
Ride - car, truck, or motorcycle
Right On - exactly or I second that.
Score - Going all the way with a girl
Shades - Sunglasses
Sharp - Real Good Looking
Shotgun - Passenger seat in the front seat of a car next to the door. The place of honor. You had to call out "shotgun" first to win the honor. Once you vacate the car the honor is once again up for grabs.
Skag - An ugly girl
Skank - See Skag
Skirt - A girl
Skuzz - Low down, disgusting person also used as Skuzz bucket which could mean an ugly car as well.
Slam Book - a pass around book filled with questions to answer on your fellow classmates.
Slug Bug/Safety Pin - If you see someone with a Volkswagen beetle you yell out Slug Bug. But if the person you intend to hit yells Safety pin, you can't hit them.
Slut - very promiscuous girl
Split - leave the scene or area (Also see Cutout)
Solid - I got it or I'm with you
Square - Somebody not cool
Stacked - A girl well endowed or built
Stoned - High on pot
Stone Fox - Extremely beautiful girl
Stood Up - A no-show for a date
Stuck Up - Conceited
Submarine Races - Parking next to a water shore to wait for the submarine races to which of course was only an excuse to park and make out. For your information there were no such thing as a submarine race.
Swapping Spit - French Kissing to the maximum
Sweat Hog - Fat Chick or Fat Guy
The Bird - The Middle Finger
Threads - clothes
Toke - taking a puff on a joint
Tough or Tuff - Great looking or cherry "She sure is a tough chick"
Twitchin' - Like Bitchin' and means the same thing.
Wedgie - When somebody pulls your underwear up from the back and ends in the crack. Some of today's underwear are made for that purpose; they call them thongs.
Wiz, Take a - Urinate
Woody - An erection
Zits - Pimples

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