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Above Snakes
   means   
Still Alive
According to Hoyle
   means   
Correct, by the Book
"Hoyle" is a dictionary of rules for card playing games
Ace-high
   means   
First Class and Respected
Or it could mean a winning poker hand
Ace-high
   means   
A Winning Poker Hand
Ace in the Hole
   means   
A Hideout
Acquisitive
   means   
Plunder
Actual
   means   
Money
Adam's Ale
   means   
Water
All Down but Nine
   means   
Not Understood
All to Pieces
   means   
Absolutely
Among the Willows
   means   
Dodging the Law
Arbuckle's
   means   
Coffee
Taken from a popular brand of the time. "I need a cup of Arbuckle's."
Bach
   means   
To Bachelor It
For men to keep house without a woman's help, sometimes spelled, "batch".
Back Down
   means   
Yield
Bad Egg
   means   
A Bad Person
Balled up
   means   
Confused
Bar Dog
   means   
Bartender
Barkin' at a Knot
   means   
Doing Something Useless
Bazoo
   means   
Mouth
Bear Sign
   means   
Donuts
Beat the Devil Around the Stump
   means   
To Evade Responsibility
Beef
   means   
To Kill
Bee in Your Bonnet
   means   
An Idea
Beeves
   means   
Cattle
Bend an Elbow
   means   
Have a Drink
Bender
   means   
Drunk
Benzinery
   means   
A Low-grade Drinking Place
Cheap whiskey was sometimes called benzene.
Best Bib and Tucker
   means   
Wearing Your Best Clothes
Between Hay and Grass
   means   
Neither Man nor Boy
Half-grown
Biddy
   means   
Hen
Used to refer to a nagging or complaining woman
Big Bug
   means   
Important Person
Biggest Toad in the Puddle
   means   
The Most Important Person in a Group
Bilk
   means   
Cheat
Blow
   means   
Brag
Blowhard
   means   
Bully
Blow-up
   means   
Fit of Anger
Bone Orchard
   means   
Cemetery
Bosh
   means   
Nonsense
Boss
   means   
The Best
Buckaroo
   means   
A Cowboy
From the Desert Country of Oregon, Nevada, California, or Idaho.
Buck up
   means   
Cheer up
Bug Juice
   means   
Booze
Firewater, whiskey
Bullboat
   means   
A Craft With a Willow Frame Covered by Buffalo Hide
Bulldoze
   means   
Threaten
Bullwhacker
   means   
A Person Who Drives a Team of Oxen
Bunko Artist
   means   
A Con Man
Burg
   means   
A Town
Bushwhack
   means   
A Cowardly Attack or Ambush
Buzzard Food
   means   
Dead
By Hook or Crook
   means   
To Do Any Way Possible
Calaboose
   means   
Jail
Catawampus
   means   
Eagerly
Chisel
   means   
To Swindle a Cheater
Chow
   means   
Food
Clean His/your Plow
   means   
To Get or Give a Thorough Whipping
Coffee Boiler
   means   
Shirker
Lazy person that would rather sit around the coffee pot than help.
Cold As a Wagon Tire
   means   
Dead
Come a Cropper
   means   
Come to Fail
Consumption
   means   
Pulmonary Tuberculosis
Cooling Yer Heels
   means   
Staying for a While
Coot
   means   
An Idiot
Copper a Bet
   means   
Betting to Loose
Cotton to
   means   
To Take a Liking to
Couldn't Hold a Candle to
   means   
Not Even Close
Cowboy up
   means   
Get Back on Yer Horse
Crazy As a Loon
   means   
Very Crazy
Croaker
   means   
Pessimist
Crow Bait
   means   
Poor-quality Horse
Curly Wolf
   means   
Real Tough Guy
Cut a Swell
   means   
Present a Fine Figure
Daisy
   means   
Excellent
Deadbeat
   means   
Lay About
Dicker
   means   
Barter
Directly
   means   
Soon
Dogie
   means   
An Orphaned Calf
Don't Care a Continental
   means   
Don't Give a Damn
Don't Get Your Dander up
   means   
Anxious
Doughgods
   means   
Biscuits
Douse-the-lights
   means   
Lights out
Down on
   means   
Opposed to
Doxology Works
   means   
A Church
Dragged out
   means   
Worn out
Dreadful
   means   
A Lot
Dry Gulch
   means   
To Ambush Someone
Dude
   means   
An Easterner
Eagle
   means   
Gold Ten Dollar Coin
Euchered
   means   
To Out-smart Someone
Family Disturbance
   means   
Whiskey
Fandango
   means   
A Big Party With Lots of Dancing and Excitement
Spanish
Feller
   means   
Fellow
Fight Like Kilkenny Cats
   means   
Fight Like Hell
Fill a Blanket
   means   
Roll a Cigarette
Fine As Cream Gravy
   means   
Very Good
Fish or Cut Bait
   means   
Do It or Quit Talking About It
Fixin'
   means   
Intending
Flannel Mouth
   means   
Fancy Talker
Especially politicians or salesmen
Flush
   means   
Prosperous
Fork over
   means   
Pay out
Four-flusher
   means   
A Cheat
Full As a Tick
   means   
Very Drunk
Fuss
   means   
Disturbance
Game
   means   
To Have Courage
Get It in the Neck
   means   
Get Cheated
Get the Mitten
   means   
To Be Rejected by a Lover
Get My Back up
   means   
To Get Angry
Get a Wiggle on
   means   
Hurry up
Gitty-up
   means   
Move
Give in
   means   
Yield
Goner
   means   
Dead
Gone up the Flume
   means   
Lost
Gospel Mill
   means   
A Church
Gospel Sharp
   means   
A Preacher
Got the Bulge
   means   
Have the Advantage
Go Through the Mill
   means   
Gain Experience the Hard Way
Grand
   means   
Excellent
Granger
   means   
A Farmer
Grassed
   means   
To Be Thrown from a Horse
Grass Widow
   means   
A Divorcee
Half Seas over
   means   
Drunk
Hang Around
   means   
Loiter
Hang Fire
   means   
Delay
Hard Case
   means   
Bad Man
Heap
   means   
A Great Deal
Heeled
   means   
To Be Armed With a Gun
Here's How
   means   
A Toast
Hill of Beans
   means   
Something of Trifling Value
"it ain't worth a hill of beans."
Hitch in the Giddy-up
   means   
Not Feeling Well
Hit Pay Dirt
   means   
To Find Something of Value
A mining term
Hobble Your Lip
   means   
Shut up
Hoedown
   means   
A Party or Celebration
A Hog-killin' Time
   means   
A Real Good Time
Hold a Candle to
   means   
Measure up
Hold Your Horses
   means   
Stay Calm
Hoosegow
   means   
Jail
Horse Feathers
   means   
Ridiculous
Hot As a Whorehouse on Nickel Night
   means   
Damned Hot
Hounds
   means   
Rowdies of the Gold-rush Days of San Francisco
Hurricane Deck
   means   
The Saddle of a Bucking Horse
In Apple Pie Order
   means   
In Top Shape
Iron Horse
   means   
A Train
Is That a Bluff, or Do You Mean It for Real?
   means   
Are You Serious?
Jack of Diamonds
   means   
Rye Whiskey
Jawing
   means   
Talking
Jig is up
   means   
The Game is Finished
Now means the deception is uncovered.
Jump the Broom
   means   
Get Married
Keep That Dry
   means   
Keep It Secret
Kick up a Row
   means   
Create a Disturbance
Knocked Into a Cocked Hat
   means   
Fouled up and Rendered Useless
Knock Galley West
   means   
Beat Senseless
Lands Sake
   means   
Acceptable Alternative Term of Profanity
A Lick and a Promise
   means   
To Do a Haphazard Job
Lightin' a Shuck
   means   
To Get the Hell out of Here in a Hurry
Like Lickin' Butter off a Knife
   means   
Something That is Easy; Not Hard
Like a Thoroughbred
   means   
Like a Gentleman
Lily Liver
   means   
Someone Who is a Coward
Llano Estacada
   means   
The Dry, Treeless Plains of Texas and New Mexico
Loco
   means   
Crazy
Long Rider
   means   
An Outlaw
Lunger
   means   
Someone With Tuberculosis
Make Hay While the Sun Shines
   means   
To Make the Most of the Day
Make a Mash
   means   
Impress Someone
Man for Breakfast
   means   
A Murdered Body in the Streets at Dawn
Mochilla
   means   
A Rectangular Leather Saddlebag
Popularized by the Pony Express.
Muddy End of the Stick
   means   
Worst Side of an Unequal Deal
Short End of the Stick
Mudsill
   means   
Low-life
Mustard
   means   
To Disturb Cattle
Mutton-puncher
   means   
A Sheepherder
Nailed to the Counter
   means   
Proven a Lie
Namby-pamby
   means   
Sickly
Nubbin
   means   
Saddle Horn
Odd Stick
   means   
Eccentric Person
Of the First Water
   means   
First Class
Offish
   means   
Distant
Oh-be-joyful
   means   
Intoxicating Spirits
The Old States
   means   
Back East
On the Dodge
   means   
Hiding out Somewhere
On the Prod
   means   
Looking for Trouble
Parade Chaps
   means   
A Pair of Chaps Strictly for Show
Pass the Buck
   means   
To Evade Responsibility
Pay Through the Nose
   means   
To Over-pay
Pecker Pole
   means   
A Small Tree or Sapling
Pecos
   means   
To Kill by Drowning
Peter out
   means   
Dwindle Away
Pining Away for
   means   
Longing
Played out
   means   
Exhausted
Play to the Gallery
   means   
To Show off
Plumb
   means   
Entirely
"He's plumb crazy."
Plunder
   means   
Personal Belongings
Poke
   means   
A Small Sack Usually Made of Leather or Rawhide
Pokey
   means   
Jail
Pony up
   means   
Hurry up
Poppet
   means   
Term of Endearment
Pot Shot
   means   
An Easy Shot
Pray Tell
   means   
Tell Me
Pullin My Donkey's Tail
   means   
Are You Pullin My Leg?
Pull in Your Horns
   means   
Back off
Put a Spoke in the Wheel
   means   
To Foul up or Sabotage Something
Quigley
   means   
Roll-your-own Cigarette
Quirt
   means   
Whip
Rattle Your Hocks
   means   
Hurry up
Reckon
   means   
To Guess
Ride Shank's Mare
   means   
To Walk
Right As a Trivet
   means   
Right As Rain
Rip
   means   
Reprobate
Roostered
   means   
Drunk
Saddle Bum
   means   
A Drifter
Saddle Stiff
   means   
A Cowboy
Saddle Tramp
   means   
A Cowboy Who Spends Most of His Time in the Chuck Line
Sand
   means   
Courage
Scoop in
   means   
Entice
Shave Tail
   means   
A Green, Inexperienced Person
Shindy
   means   
Uproar
Shin out
   means   
Run Away
Shoot, Luke, or Give up the Gun
   means   
Do It or Quit Talking About It
Shove the Queer
   means   
To Pass Counterfeit Money
Shut Yer Cock Holster
   means   
Shut Yer Mouth
Sidle
   means   
Move Unobtrusively
Silk
   means   
Barbed Wire
Simon Pure
   means   
The Real Thing
Skedaddle
   means   
Run Like Hell
Soaked
   means   
Drunk
Someone to Ride the River With
   means   
A Person to Be Counted on
Sound on the Goose
   means   
Staunch
Stand the Gaff
   means   
Take Punishment in Good Spirit
Stew in One's Own Juice
   means   
To Suffer from One's Own Action
Strong Enough to Float a Colt
   means   
Very Strong Coffee
Sucking Hind Tit
   means   
Being Last and Getting the Least
Take French Leave
   means   
Sneak off Without Permission
Take on
   means   
Grieve
Don't take on so.
Take the Rag off
   means   
Surpass
Taos Lightening
   means   
A Name Given to Any Potent Liquor
Three Ways from Sunday
   means   
Moving Quickly
Throw in the Sponge
   means   
Quit
Tie to
   means   
Rely on
Tiswin
   means   
A Kind of Weak Beer Brewed from Corn
Popular among the Apache.
To Beat the Dutch
   means   
To Beat the Band
To the Manner Born
   means   
A Natural
Twig
   means   
Understand
Two Whoops and a Holler
   means   
Not Far Away
Up the Spout
   means   
Gone to Waste
Waddy
   means   
A Cowboy
The Whole Kit and Caboodle
   means   
The Entire Thing


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