One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A prisoner, especially one who has served many terms.‘this boobhead had notched up a few receiving charges’
- ‘Between the idea and the reality falls the shadow of the boobhead's innate, unconquerable, stubborn, unending resistance to all forms of military discipline.’
- ‘You—if you are a conscientious objector—can walk inside those outer walls if you want to, and if you happen to know a boobhead inside.’
- ‘We were on indefinite sentence, and every boobhead knows what that means.’
- ‘You're a boobhead same as the rest, and for the same reason—you couldn't get on with society.’
- ‘The boobhead parades for work, hostile, not at attention, not at ease.’
- ‘When you disagreed, you were 'transferred' to a jail, in which you were treated exactly as if you were a hard-labour boobhead.’
- ‘Even the dumbest boobhead will tell you it's true—when modern man dumps his self-respect, there's nothing you won't be able to push on to him in the end.’
- ‘Judgement is only relative, and if you want to prove that, take a trip through the New Zealand prison system as a boobhead.’
- ‘The boobhead is an influential, experienced prisoner, while the boob rat is his antithesis, often a recidivist.’
- ‘Of course, when it comes to smuggling things in, the boobhead always has the advantage over the screw.’
1940s: from boob + -head.
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