frail

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frail

A woman. The phrase comes from rhyming slang in which "frail frame" rhymes with "dame." Look at that frail, walking in here like she owns the place.

twist

slang A girl or woman. From rhyming slang, in which "twist" is short for "twist and twirl," which rhymes with "girl." Tommy's spending all his time with his new twist. He never comes around to see us anymore.
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twist

and frail
n. a girl; a woman. (Underworld. Possibly rhyming slang twist and twirl = girl and frail frame = dame. Detective novels and movies.) This good-looking twist comes over to the table and asks Lefty if he’d like to dance. I’ll shoot the frail if you don’t hand it over!

frail

verb
See twist
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

twist

/wrap around (one's) little finger
To dominate utterly and effortlessly.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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He is compounded of meat and wine and sparkle, of sun-mote and world- dust, a frail mechanism made to run for a span, to be tinkered at by doctors of divinity and doctors of physic, and to be flung into the scrap-heap at the end.
The hearing was told patient A was totally immobile, in her 70s and "quite a frail lady" with a "small build".
This one-on-one care, comprehensive geriatric assessment and care co-ordination can make a huge difference to the life of a frail older person."
Dean Russell Agar had been working as a nurse at Montgomery Infirmary, Newtown, when he allegedly assaulted Patient A - a frail man in his 70s who suffered with dementia, in February 2008.