A lazy person who sits around the coffee pot instead of helping with the work.
Important person; big shot.
He only gave it a lick and a promise:
He did a poor job.
A poor-quality horse.
To run away.
Clean someone’s plow:
To beat them up.
You’re all down but nine:
You don’t understand—refers to missing all the pins in a game of nine-pin bowling.
Someone who travels from ranch to ranch looking for work.
A very tough, very dangerous person.
A smooth talker.
A wife who lives apart from her husband because he has gone West to seek his fortune.
A preacher. (As skilled with the Bible as a card sharp is with cards.)
A cigarette you roll yourself.
Bullets (sometimes used as quarters or dimes when coins were short).
Extra money paid to cowboys for fighting Indians or cattle rustlers.
Take French leave:
To desert, or leave without permission.
An Easterner or well-dressed person (they wear “duds”).
Someone to ride the river with:
Beat the Devil around the stump: