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federal jug

slang A federal prison. He definitely seems hardened by his time in the federal jug.
See also: federal, jug


1. noun, vulgar slang A woman's breasts (always plural). Please stop commenting on the size of women's jugs. A lot of guys are obsessed with jugs, but I've always been more interested in a woman's legs.
2. noun, dated slang Prison (usually preceded by "the"). Didn't you hear? Tommy Two-Face wound up in the jug with a life sentence. The guy's been to the jug more often than I've been to the gym!
3. verb, dated slang To send someone to prison. I heard the police jugged him for trying to rob a liquor store. They said she was a threat to herself and others, but I think they jugged her because she was speaking out against the government.

jug ears

Ears that stick out markedly from the side of the head, thus resembling the handles of a jug. At first I thought his jug ears were pretty goofy-looking, but I've actually come to regard them as quite cute!
See also: ear, jug

jug wine

informal Inexpensive wine sold in large amounts. I thought it was going to be a classy affair, so I was pretty taken aback when they started serving jug wine and cheap store-bought snacks. I love this restaurant. For just a few bucks you can get a big plate of food and a pitcher of jug wine.
See also: jug, wine


Having ears that stick out markedly from the side of the head, thus resembling the handles of a jug. I was pretty goofy-looking as a kid, jug-eared, bespectacled, and lanky as I was.

jugged up

dated slang Drunk. Most of the crowd was already jugged up by noon. You could have made a lot more of yourself by now if you didn't spend every night getting jugged up with your friends.
See also: jug, up

put a/the plug in the jug

To become permanently sober; to give up intoxicants, especially alcohol. (Alludes to plugging up a jug of an alcoholic beverage.) I've always loved my dad, but he's become a much friendlier and sympathetic person since finally putting the plug in the jug. It took me waking up in a ditch and covered in vomit to realize that I needed to put a plug in the jug for good.
See also: jug, plug, put
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jugged (up)

Sl. intoxicated. I'm not jugged up. I'm not even tipsy. Fred was too jugged to drive home.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

federal jug

n. a federal prison. (see also jug.) Lefty is fresh and sweet—just out of the federal jug.
See also: federal, jug


1. n. jail. (Usually with the.) Take it easy. I don’t want to end up in the jug.
2. n. a jug of liquor; a jar of moonshine; a can of beer. Where’s my jug? I need a swig.
3. and jug up in. to drink heavily. (see also jugger.) We jugged up till about noon and then went to sleep. Let’s get down to some serious jugging.
4. n. a glass vial of liquid amphetamine intended for injection. (Drugs.) His mother found a jug and took it to a drugstore to find out what it was.
5. n. the jugular vein, used for the injection of narcotics. (Drugs.) He’s even got scars on his jugs.
6. n. a breast. (Usually plural. Usually objectionable.) Look at the jugs on that babe!

jug up

See jug
See also: jug, up

jug wine

n. cheap wine that is sold in volume, usually in gallon jugs. We’re having a little do tomorrow—nothing special. A little jug wine and chips.
See also: jug, wine

jugged (up)

mod. alcohol intoxicated. I’m not jugged up. I’m not even tipsy.
See also: jug, up


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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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"If you help me to carry these jugs home, I'll give you a slice of bread."
The adventure of the broken jug had delayed his return to his lodgings by more than half an hour.
Remembering that you had said you wanted some maple sirup, I went in and bought some--that is all--I bought two quarts of maple sirup from Silas Deemer, who is dead and underground, but nevertheless drew that sirup from a cask and handed it to me in a jug. He talked with me, too, rather gravely, I remember, even more so than was his way, but not a word of what he said can I now recall.
And, papa dear, Eddy says mayn't he have the little jug when it is empty?"
Poyser had turned round from the cupboard with the brown-and- white jug in her hand, when she caught sight of something at the other end of the kitchen; perhaps it was because she was already trembling and nervous that the apparition had so strong an effect on her; perhaps jug-breaking, like other crimes, has a contagious influence.
Poyser; "looks 'ull mend no jugs, nor laughing neither, as I see.
First you break your jug, then you make me break your plate; if all the prisoners followed your example, the government would be ruined.
Once or twice the thought crossed his mind that he might be separated from this unknown, whom he loved already; and then his mind was made up -- when the jailer moved his bed and stooped to examine the opening, he would kill him with his water jug. He would be condemned to die, but he was about to die of grief and despair when this miraculous noise recalled him to life.
"He now wants the jug destroyed rather than just thoroughly washed," grumbled the Rev.
The soup and smoothie maker also has inbuilt safety features; within the jug is a maximum fill line to ensure liquid does not boil over, and there's an Feefo Reviews Customers independently rate our excellent service (96%) 82,990 Reviews automatic shut-off should the lid be removed during the cooking cycle.
It provides a good history lesson, with explanations of several face-jug origins and shows an artist creating a face jug on a pottery wheel.
Ethel tells Betty that Jug is more into her than Betty - prompting an argument between them, Ethel saying she's better than Betty and is the Queen Bee.
The earliest jugs depict a jovial British everyman, usually holding a mug of beer and topped by a tricorn hat that serves as the jug's spout.
When Charlotte insists that the Toby Jug is not worth more than $45, Richard threatens to hurt her.
Stirling was given the jug as it was a main brewing area of Scotland.