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  • noun UK, slang A pimp.
  • noun UK, pejorative A posh or effeminate person.
  • verb UK, slang To act as a pimp.
  • verb UK, slang Hence, to try to get rid of or proactively sell something.
  • verb UK, pejorative To behave in a posh or effeminate manner.
  • verb UK, slang To borrow (something) from somebody without returning it.


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  • 1872, slang term, chiefly British, originally "a pimp, a man supported by women" (pouncey in same sense is attested from 1861), of unknown origin, perhaps from Fr. pensionnaire "boarder, lodger, person living without working." Meaning "male homosexual" first attested 1932 in Auden.

    July 27, 2007

  • Holmes called Watson this during Watson's bachelor party when he was mad that his other friends didn't show up.

    June 26, 2012