on Queer Street

on Queer Street

Confused or disoriented, as from a blow to the head. That boxer was on Queer Street after being knocked out in the ring—he couldn't even remember his name! Hold on for a second. Knocking my head against that overhang put my on Queer Street, and I think I need to sit down for a bit.
See also: on, queer, street
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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
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
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