A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from November 06, 2019
“Don’t let your meatloaf!” (slang)

"Don’t let your meat loaf!” (or “Don’t let your meatloaf!") is an expression with a pun on “loaf” as a verb. It means don’t “loaf”—stay active. The saying is often used before departing.

“"Meatloaf" sometimes indicates a sexual pun ("meat" = penis), but the context of the expression must be considered.

“This Is Your Big Chance. Don’t Let Your Meat Loaf” was printed in the Oakland (CA) Tribune on October 4, 1959. The expression became popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s.


Newspapers.com
4 October 1959, Oakland (CA) Tribune, pg. 50, col. 6 classified ad:
This Is Your Big Chance. Don’t Let Your Meat Loaf.
(A sales position.—ed.)

18 December 1969, The Evening Star (Washington, DC), “A Little Explaining” by M. M. Flatley, pg. C-1, col. 1:
The preferred lines like:

“Don’t let your meat loaf, ladies” from Gay Gourmet, a takeoff on TV cookery lessons.

Newspapers.com
14 April 1970, San Francisco (CA) Examiner, “2nd Victory For Foes of Dirty Films,” pg. 44, col. 2:
When appearing before the Board of Permit Appeals yesterday, one of the ladies said she didn’t appreciate the posted description of one of these flicks: “Don’t let your meat loaf.”

Newspapers.com
1 June 1970, Detroit (MI) Free Press, “Bob Talbert’s Detroit,” pg. 9-A, col. 3:
Don’t Let Your Meat Loaf!
(The column lists graffiti expressions.—ed.)

4 October 1971, Newsweek (New York, NY), “London: Pushing Burgers,” pg. 67, col. 3:
The cafe, located in a former Rolls-Royce showroom where Old Park Lane runs into Piccadilly, is operated by Don’t Let Your Meat Loaf Co., a Bermuda corporation that Morton set up with a new partner, 22-year-old Isaac Tigrett, the son of an oilman from Jackson, Tenn.

Newspapers.com
5 October 1971, Reno (NV) Evening Gazette, “The Bookie’s Parlay” by Mike Marley, pg. 15, col. 1:
(Fans Forum.—ed.)
If you’ve got a beef, don’t let your meat loaf.

Google Books
National Lampoon
1973
Pg. 313:
“You got all day,” he told me, “so don’t bust your hump.”

“But don’t let your meat loaf either,” called Charley with a wink.

Google Books
Gender:
The Myth of Equality

By James C. Neely
New York, NY: Simon and Schuster
1981
Pg. 19:
Don’t let your meatloaf, soldiers like to say upon discharge.

Newspapers.com
9 June 1991, The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, CA), pg. R28, col. 3 classified ad:
Don’t let your meatloaf, check it out!
(Real estate.—ed.)

Google Books
Cassell’s Dictionary of Slang
By Jonathon Green
New York, NY: Cassell
2005
Pg. 428:
don’t let your meat loaf phr. [1960s+] (US) a general phr. of encouragement, the implication being ‘don’t procrastinate’, [pun on SE meat loaf, the .food/LOF v. (2)]

Urban Dictionary
Don’t let your [meat loaf].
A sexual expression one guy says to another guy or group of guys when he is leaving. (referring to his junk) The response by the other guy is usually something like: Don’t let your bag drag. or Don’t let your carrot stick
Nate: hey man, im gonna take off.
Stan: Ok. Don’t let your meat loaf.
Nate: i’ll try. Dont let you carrot stick

#cock#meat#dick#balls#carrot
by stan starcheski February 03, 2009

Google Books
The Dictionary of Modern Proverbs
Compiled by Charles Clay Doyle, Wolfgang Mieder, and Fred R. Shapiro
New Haven, CT: Yale University Press
2012
Pg. 165:
The punning reference is made to male sexual activity (meat “penis"). Lighter (1994-) 2:531 illustrates the expression from a 1963 manuscript.

YouTube
Don’t Let Your Meatloaf Song - ( ROCK2BER Day 18)
Oct 17, 2013
bigedude33
Don’t let your Tootsie Roll!! Don’t let your Milkshake!!! Don’t let your friends not see this video!!

Urban Dictionary
Don’t let your meat loaf
This refers to when a gentleman or fellow individual such as yourself is about to leave the company of your own being and as he/she walks away you say “Don’t let your meat loaf” A common expression with Trades Workers
“Hey peter, great game lastnight mate”
“Thanks lad. Have a goodnight , have a goodnight bruv, and don’t let your meat loaf”
“Ya fockn wot mate?”

by Drowsy6969 January 27, 2018

Twitter
Dr. Farts, Sex Dwarf
@TomKenniston
See you soon, Grandma!  Don’t let your ‘meat’ loaf!
#OddWaysToEndAnEmail
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