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See quot. for key to semantic development the natural association of a "primitive" style with the attributive alley; primarily in the Midwest, esp. in Chicago, where jazz bands frequently used violins, the phrase had some currency c 1910-c. 1925, obs. since ALLIGATOR 6 [ — 1939 Jazzmen, p. 18. played violin in a primitive style See quot. except historical] Freddie Keppard . ] . " [semantic explanation in 1955 quot. seems of doubtful validity: term prob. an expanded form of gate alligator, n.
In Norvo's youth, he balled with the best ... he drank a lot, he experimented with the dread weed, he stayed up for long — — stretches. 2. i. t. To engage [extension of sense in sexual intercourse current since i; ( with ) Living, p. 30. " if . that's Review, May, if they're it 1940] Easy what you're p. 30. gonna Realist, June, p. 29. Is c. , philander]? BALLI N' THE JACK  i960 Dictionary of American Slang go, move, or work very rapidly or ballin' the jack, [cf. v. fast. Orig. logger use, from "highballing"; current A c.
1959 Diggeth ThouP, p. 40. The spielers were shucking some hard jive from back. back beat, prominent than the maA secondary rhythmic accent. 1928 Melody Maker, Dec, p. 1295. Back Beats! (column title). , p. 28. "I'd rather use the high-hat as a back beat and break up [so called because less jor accent; current since c. " bad, adp 6- adv. [Dictionary of American Slang (i960) is mistaken in characterizing the term as an "understate- ment" cally (p. 13); the reverse the term is one of several which emphati- standard meaning: see also haed, [lo] THEBADDEST MEAN, TKRiRiBLE, TOUGH; cf.