ace: one-dollar bill
all wet: incorrect
And how!: I strongly agree!
apple sauce: flattery, nonsense, i.e.. "Aw, applesauce!"
baby grand: heavily built man
baby vamp: an attractive or popular female; student
Banana Oil: Insincere flattery; nonsensical exaggeration
Bank's closed.: no kissing or making out ie. "Sorry, mac, bank's closed."
barrelhouse: illegal distillery
beat it: scram, get lost
beat one's gums: idle chatter
bee's knee's: terrific; a fad expression.
beef: a complaint or to complain
beeswax: business; student
belt: a drink of liquor
big cheese: important person
bird: general term for a man or woman, sometimes meaning "odd," i.e. "What a funny old bird."
bootleg: illegal liquor
breezer (1925): a convertible car
brown plaid: Scotch whiskey
Buddy Poppy: artificial flower warn in support of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
bump off: to kill
bum's rush, the: ejection by force from an establishment
bunny (1925): a term of endearment applied to the lost, confused, etc; often coupled with "poor little"
Butt me.: I'll take a cigarette
cat's meow: great, also "cat's pajamas" and "cat's whiskers"
cash: a kiss
Cash or check?: Do we kiss now or later?
check: kiss me later
chewing gum: double-speak, or ambiguous talk
clam: a dollar
coffin varnish: bootleg liquor, often poisonous
copacetic: excellent, all in order
crasher: a person who attends a party uninvited
cuddler: one who likes to make out
daddy-o: a term of address; strictly an African-American term
dapper: a Flapper's dad
deb: a debutant
dewdropper: a young man who sleeps all day and doesn't have a job
dick: a private investigator; coined around 1900, the term finds major recognition in the 20s
doll: an attractive woman
dolled up: dressed up
don't know from nothing: doesn't have any information
don't take any wooden nickels: don't do anything stupid
dope: drugs, esp. cocaine or opium.
doublecross: to cheat, stab in the back
dry up: shut up, get lost
ducky: very good
edge: intoxication, a buzz. i.e. "I've got an edge."
egg: a person who lives the big life
Ethel: an effeminate male.
fella: fellow. as common in its day as "man," "dude," or "guy" is today, i.e. "That John sure is a swell fella."
fire extinguisher: a chaperone
flapper: A fashionable young woman intent on enjoying herself and flouting conventional standards of behavior.
flivver: a Model T; after 1928, could mean any broken down car
fly boy: a glamorous term for an aviator
four-flusher: a person who feigns wealth while mooching off others
Get Hot! Get Hot!: encouragement for a hot dancer doing his or her thing
get a wiggle on: get a move on, get going
get in a lather: get worked up, angry
giggle water: booze
gin mill: a seller of hard liquor; a cheap speakeasy
glad rags: "going out on the town" clothes
go chase yourself: get lost, scram.
goods, the: (1) the right material, or a person who has it (2) the facts, the truth, i.e. "Make sure the cops don't get the goods on you."
goof: (1) a stupid or bumbling person, (2) a boyfriend; flapper.
goofy: in love
handcuff: engagement ring
high hat: a snob
hip to the jive: cool, trendy
hit on all sixes: to perform 100 per cent; as "hitting on all six cylinders;" perhaps a more common variation in these days of four cylinder engines was "hit on all fours;" also see "big six".
hood (late 20s): hoodlum
hooey: bullshit, nonsense; very popular from 1925 to 1930, used somewhat thereafter
hopped up: under the influence of drugs
horse linament: bootleg liquor
icy mitt: rejection
iron (1925): a motorcycle, among motorcycle enthusiasts
iron one’s shoelaces: to go to the restroom
Jake: great, i.e. "Everything's Jake."
Jalopy: a dumpy old car
Jane: any female
jeepers creepers: "Jesus Christ!"
Joe Brooks: a perfectly dressed person; student
jorum of skee: a drink of hard liquor
juice joint: a speakeasy
killjoy: a solemn person
know one's onions: to know one's business or what one is talking about
line: a false story, as in "to feed one a line"
live wire: a lively person
lollygagger: (1) a young man who enjoys making out (2) an idle person
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milquetoast (1924): a very timid person; from the comic book character Casper Milquetoast, a
mind your potatoes: mind your own business
moonshine: homemade whiskey
mop: a handkerchief
Mrs. Grundy: a prude or kill-joy
mulligan: Irish cop
munitions: face powder
necker: a girl who wraps her arms around her boyfriend's neck
noodle juice: tea
"Not so good!": "I personally disapprove."
"Now you're on the trolley!": "Now you've got it!".
Oliver Twist: a skilled dancer
on a toot: a drinking binge
on the lam: fleeing from police
on the level: legitimate, honest
on the up and up: on the level
orchid: an expensive item
owl: a person who's out late
panic: to produce a big reaction from one's audience
petting pantry: movie theater
phonus balonus: nonsense
pill: (1) a teacher (2) an unlikable person (3) cigarette
pinch: to arrest
pipe down: stop talking
putting on the ritz: after the Ritz Hotel in Paris (and its namesake Caesar Ritz); doing something in high style; also, "ritzy"
razz: to make fun of
Real McCoy: a genuine item
regular: normal, typical, average
Reuben: an unsophisticated country bumpkin; also, "rube"
Rhatz!: "How disappointing!" flapper
rotgut: bootleg liquor
rummy: a drunken bum
sawbuck: ten-dollar bill
says you: a reaction of disbelief
sheba: one's girlfriend
sheik: one's boyfriend
shine box: a bar or club for black patrons
simolean: a dollar
sinker: a doughnut
skee: Scotch whiskey
skirt: an attractive female
smarty: a cute flapper
smudger: a close dancer
snort: a drink of liquor
so's your old man: a reply of irritation
speakeasy: a bar selling illeagal liquor
spill: to talk
spoon: to neck, or at least talk of love
static: (1) empty talk (2) conflicting opinion
stuck on: in love; student.
swanky: (1) good (2) elegant
swell: (1) good (2) a high class person
tell it to Sweeney: tell it to someone who'll believe it
three-letter man: homosexual
tomato: a "ripe" female
torpedo: a hired thug or hit-man
trip for biscuits: wild goose chase
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wet blanket: see Killjoy
white lightning: bootleg liquor
wife: dorm roommate; student.
"What's eating you?": "What's wrong?"
whoopee: wild fun