tear this <sucker> down to studs

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A famous singer talks onstage:

"Wheels up, Tampa, Florida! Y'all better buckle in, 'cause we're about to tear this sucker down to studs! Here we go!" (And the song begins.)


What or where is "sucker" referring to?

Thanks for your help.
  • JulianStuart

    Senior Member
    English (UK then US)
    That's not a lot of context but US buildings are frequently made of wooden frames of which a major component is pieces of lumber called "studs". A reasonable guess therefore is that he is referring to the building the stage is in - the song is going to be so powerful it will almost destroy the building, exposing the studs.
    But that's just a guess:)


    Senior Member
    Français (CH), AE (California)
    From MW:
    a : a person easily cheated or deceived
    b : a person irresistibly attracted by something specified <a sucker for ghost stories>
    c —used as a generalized term of reference <see if you can get that sucker working again>
    I have bolded the last definition because it applies in your context.

    Another example: Talking about a car that's falling apart, which you do not intend to fix: "I am going to drive that sucker until it dies".
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