Idioms: Of Mice and Men

Idiom an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up
blow their stake lose and/or spend all their money
live off the fat of the land To grow own food,land is so “fat” or rich, that it is all that is needed
bust a gut Work so hard that you feel like you busted a gut
jungle-up camp out at night with
cat house ***** house; house of prostitution
watchin’ the blackboard looking for a job
a bum steer A false information/direction
What stake you got in this guy What financial interest do you have in him
leave your big flapper shut A flapper is a mouth, thus “be quiet”
scrappy Fond of fighting, competing
take the rap Take the blame
slang her pups gave birth to puppies
tangles Fights/argues
got the eye looks/flirts
pants rabbits Parasite (lice) from sharing bunks
rattrap hopeless situation
flat bust completely broke
hoosegow jail
start a party out to lynch get a group together to hang someone
throw a litter give birth
welter Boxer between light and middle weight
roll up a stake save some money
set on the trigger just about to cause trouble
looloo a sexy woman
make it stick Be successful/see it to the end
on the county on welfare
yella jackets in his drawers Restless,nervous
yella Yellow, coward
goo-goos Silly idiots
took a powder left
booby hatch pejorative terms for an insane asylum
baloney nonsense
corn Whiskey
put me in pitchers To put in the movies
right cross boxing term: a punch delivered by a right fist
cover ‘im up cover ‘im up
went with shows went with shows
Don’t try to put nothin’ over on me don’t lie to me
Somebody made a ringer In horseshoes someone centered the pole and scored
I think I knowed we’d never do her HER is the ranch. He always knew the dream wouldn’t happen in his heart.

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