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1915, "opium," from Cantonese yao-kao "opium," literally "drug-sap;" used as such by Raymond Chandler, etc.; by 1950s meaning had expanded to "pictures of nude or scantily clad women," hence gow job "flashy girl," which in teenager slang came to also mean "hot rod."

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  1. Opium (1915+ Underworld)
  2. Any narcotic (1915+ Underworld)
  3. Pictures of unclad or scarcely clad women; leg art: this type of artwork, which in the newspaper field is called cheesecake and in the paperbooks field is ''gow'' (mid-1950s+)

[fr Canton Chinese, yao-kao, ''sap, opium'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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