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queer duck

A rather unusual, strange, eccentric, or peculiar person. His new girlfriend is nice enough, but she's a bit of a queer duck, don't you think?
See also: duck, queer

queer fish

Someone who is very strange. Primarily heard in UK. Everyone could tell he was a queer fish as soon as he walked into the party with his mismatched clothing.
See also: fish, queer

queer bashing

slang The act of attacking someone, either physically or verbally, for being homosexual. Primarily heard in UK. How can people say such hurtful things? This queer bashing has got to stop!
See also: bash, queer

queer in the attic

slang Mentally impaired, either due to stupidity or intoxication. In this phrase, "attic" is used as a synonym for "one's mind." I have no idea what I told you last night—I'd been at the pub for a while before you got there, so I was a little queer in the attic. Is he queer in the attic? How could he make such a reckless decision?
See also: attic, queer

there's nowt so queer as folk

There's nothing as strange as people. This phrase is typically used to emphasize someone's particularly odd behavior. ("Nowt" is a Northern English variaton on "naught.") Primarily heard in UK. Whenever someone does something really bizarre, I remind myself that there's nowt so queer as folk.
See also: folk, queer

be in Queer Street

To be in a lot of debt. Primarily heard in UK. If you keep gambling like this, you'll be in Queer Street forever.
See also: queer, street

be on Queer Street

To be disoriented, as from a blow to the head. Primarily heard in US. That boxer was on Queer Street after being knocked out in the ring—he couldn't even remember his name!
See also: on, queer, street

queer for something

Inf. in the mood for something; desiring something. (Old.) I'm queer for a beer right now. She's queer for him because of his money.
See also: queer

a queer fish

  (British old-fashioned)
a strange person I knew his father and he was a queer fish too.
See also: fish, queer

be in Queer Street

  (British old-fashioned, humorous)
to owe a lot of money to other people Now don't you go doing anything that'll land you in Queer Street!
See also: queer, street

queer somebody's pitch

  (British & Australian)
to spoil someone's chances of doing something She queered my pitch by asking for promotion before I did.
See also: pitch, queer

(as) phony as a three-dollar bill

and (as) queer as a three-dollar bill
mod. phony; bogus. The whole deal stinks. It’s as queer as a three-dollar bill. Stay away from him. He’s phony as a three-dollar bill.
See also: bill, phony

as queer as a three-dollar bill

See also: bill, queer

queer as a three-dollar bill

See also: bill, queer

(as) queer as a three-dollar bill

1. Go to (as) phony as a three-dollar bill.
2. mod. definitely or obviously homosexual. (Usually objectionable.) That guy is as queer as a three-dollar bill.
See also: bill, queer

queer as a three-dollar bill

See also: bill, queer


1. mod. counterfeit. I don’t want any queer money.
2. n. illicit liquor, especially whiskey. (Prohibition era.) This isn’t queer; it’s left over from before prohibition.
3. mod. alcohol intoxicated.  After a glass or two, he got a little queer.
4. tv. to spoil something. Please don’t queer the deal.
5. mod. homosexual. (Rude and derogatory. But now in wider use in a positive sense.) She doesn’t like being called queer.
6. n. a homosexual male, occasionally a female. (Rude and derogatory. But now in wider use in a positive sense.) Tell that queer to stop following me.

queer fish

n. a strange person; an aloof person. She’s a bit odd. Sort of a queer fish.
See also: fish, queer

queer for something

mod. in the mood for something; desiring something. She’s queer for him because of his money.
See also: queer


1. n. bad beer; beer of low alcohol content. I hate this queer-beer. Get out the good stuff.
2. n. any strange person. (Also a term of address.) What does that queer-beer think he’s doing?
3. mod. having to do with homosexuals; homosexual. (Usually derogatory. Resented by homosexuals.) I won’t wear that queer-beer outfit!
4. n. a homosexual male, possibly a female. (See sense 3) They say she’s a queer-beer.


mod. alcohol intoxicated. (In the sense made bogus.) How can anybody get so queered on two beers?
See also: queer

Queer Street

Shaky on one's feet. This British phrase originally meant to have fallen on hard financial times. It was appropriated by the American prizefighting community to describe a boxer who, having been knocked down, stands up slowly, and wobbles on rubbery legs while wondering, “Who am I and where am I?”—such a pug is on Queer Street.
See also: queer, street
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The irony of Haggerty's approach to queering the Gothic, however, is that this historicist objective is undercut by his reliance upon Freudian psychoanalysis and especially by his postulation of a primal homosexuality, an "originary same-sex love.
Perhaps because Max Fincher is aware of the complications an orthodox psychoanalytic framework introduces for queer reading and wishes to avoid the reef on which Haggerty's study arguably snags, psychoanalysis and especially Lacan and his theory of the gaze are notably absent from his 2007 study, Queering Gothic in the Romantic Age: The Penetrating Eye, which takes the gaze as its central focus.
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The more I considered my own claiming of the term, the more I realized that queering pedagogy is a process that must be continually assessed, reconsidered, renewed; my own current pedagogical practices consist mostly of integrating LGBT identity politics into both queer and education classrooms--often reinforcing assimilationist stereotypes in the process.
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