Several men are dressed in white hockey masks like casey jones from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.
Then a neighbor boy came down the sidewalk outside her window, singing "casey jones" as if he hadn't a care in the world.
"If it had been casey jones now—" he began, but something in my face stopped him.
At last casey jones stopped, his legs wide apart, his head drooped and his breath whistling.
Time and again casey jones leaped straight into the air and turned back under his rider.
So furiously did casey jones pitch—squalling through his gaping mouth at every jump—that one of his hoofs was split in two.
The buster had christened him casey jones, after the celebrated engineer, because of the desperate quality of his courage.
surname, literally "John's (child);" see John. Phrase keep up with the Joneses (1913, American English) is from the title of a comic strip by Arthur R. Momand. The slang sense "intense desire, addiction" (1968) probably arose from earlier use of Jones as a synonym for "heroin," presumably from the proper name, but the connection, if any, is obscure. Related: Jonesing.
An addiction, especially to heroin.
A popular American song from the early twentieth century, about an actual American railway engineer, John Luther (“Casey”) Jones. When his train was about to crash, Casey told his assistant to jump but stayed at the controls himself and applied the brakes. Although his train crashed and Casey was killed, the passengers survived.
: She's jonesing for those diamond earrings
[1960s+ Narcotics; origin unknown; perhaps an innocent code word used by addicts and dealers]