Definitions starting with B

ID #1180

ball

n. 1. [Gul. idem (Parsons 1923:94); OED, balls fired from small arms are also called bullets] bullet. (San Sal.)

2. [cf. Scots ball a spree CSD and US colloq. have a ball, i.e. have fun] a spree: going on a ball. cf. BALLER, BALLING (Inagua)

3. technical: a roll of 30 feet of plaited STRAW1 1974 Plaits were made . . and shipped in balls (5 fathoms or 30 feet of plait) (Munroe 10). (Ragged)

v. [cf. US Black ball to have social or sexual fun or both (Major); cf. OED obs. balling frequenting of balls; 1646 "She is to be admonished for night walking, balling, etc." → 1676] to have fun; to go from bar to bar drinking: 1971 The best thing to do after a night of balling is to greet the morning with a cold beer (McCartney 125). After the party done finish we still gon be balling (Nassau). (Black)

Tags: noun, sexuality, straw work, verb

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Last update: 2012-01-04 15:03
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.3

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