Dictionary: TAJ – TAKEA


• TAJ
adj. excellent, wonderful, luscious …L19 UK teen sl.

• TAKE
n. 1. a spell of magic or witchcraft; enchantment …1678 obs. rare
n. 2. ‘taking’ or captivating quality, charm …1794 rare
n. 3. money acquired by theft or fraud …1888 sl., chiefly US
n. 4. a state of excitement, grief, fluster, etc. …1896 Sc.
n. 5. a trick at cards …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
n. 6. a try or attempt …colloq.
n. 7. a thief, a villain, esp. a cheat at cards …1930s Aust. sl.
n. 8. a theft, a robbery …1930s Aust. & US sl.
n. 9. a swindle …1930s Aust. sl.
n. 10. a portion, an extract, a bit …1930s US sl.
n. 11. a share of money that is deducted for tax or some other form of levy …1930s US sl.
n. 12. profits, e.g. the entrance money taken at a musical, sporting, or gambling event …1930s US sl.
n. 13. a swindler or confidence trickster …1945 Aust. & NZ sl.
n. 14. an opinion, a view …1950s US colloq.
n. 15. a parody …1990s sl.
n. 16. wages …1990s sl.
vb. 1. to touch …a1150 obs.
vb. 2. to include, to comprise; to contain …c1200 obs.
vb. 3. to inflict punishment or justice …c1200 obs.
vb. 4. to take to task, to reprehend, to rebuke, to reprove …c1250 obs.
vb. 5. to deliver, to hand over; to give …c1275 obs.
vb. 6. to infer, to deduce; to obtain as a result …c1380 obs.
vb. 7. to render, to translate …c1430 obs. rare
vb. 8. to assume authority or importance …c1470 obs.
vb. 9. to take too much upon one; to behave presumptuously or haughtily, to assume airs …c1470 obs.
vb. 10. to behave bravely or valiantly …c1470 obs.
vb. 11. to profess or claim to do something …a1500 obs.
vb. 12. to come upon suddenly, to overtake, to catch …a1533 arch.
vb. 13. to affect, to feign, to pretend, to make believe to do something …1571 obs.
vb. 14. to check, to ‘pull up’, to interrupt …1637 Eng. dial.
vb. 15. to measure off a length or distance …1660 obs.
vb. 16. to succeed, to become popular …L17 sl.
vb. 17. to put oneself forward, to assert oneself …1720 obs.
vb. 18. to understand …1838 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
vb. 19. to swindle, to cheat, to deceive, to extort money from; to victimize …M19 sl.
vb. 20. to overcome, to defeat, to kill …L19 sl.
vb. 21. to strike; to deliver a blow …1880 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
vb. 22. to marry; to accept as husband or wife …1889 Sc.
vb. 23. to accept, to put up with something or someone …20C sl.
vb. 24. to think; to consider …1901 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
vb. 25. to burn brightly …Bk1905 Sc.
vb. 26. to sketch; to draw …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
vb. 27. of water: to begin to freeze …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
vb. 28. to have sexual intercourse with …1915 arch.
vb. 29. to rob …1926 sl.
vb. 30. to confront, to attack …1920s sl.
vb. 31. to murder …1930 UK criminals’ sl.
vb. 32. to take bribes …1935 UK criminals’ sl.
vb. 33. to defeat someone …1939 UK sl.
vb. 34. to take the passive role in homosexual anal intercourse …1940s US sl.

• THE TAKE
n. bribery …1930 US criminals’ sl.

• TAKE ABACK
vb. to surprise suddenly and forcibly …1754 sl., orig. nautical usage

• TAKE A BACK SEAT
vb. to accept without complaint a subordinate, second-rate position …L19 sl.

• TAKE A BACKSET
vb. to relapse during convalescence …1880 Amer. dial.

• TAKE A BAG
vb. to experience an undesirable situation …1960s US students’ sl.

• TAKE A BATH
vb. to lose or suffer badly, esp. in business, sport, or gambling …1930s sl.

 TAKE A BEAR BY THE TOOTH
vb. 1601 obs. – to put oneself in danger; to act in a foolhardy manner

• TAKE A BEATING
vb. to lose or suffer badly, esp. in business, sport, or gambling …1930s sl.

• TAKE A BIT OF DOING
vb. to require all one’s efforts; to be difficult to do …1910s colloq.

• TAKE A BLINDER
vb. to die …M19 sl.

• TAKE A BLUE
vb. to drink a glass of absinthe …1910s sl.

• TAKE ABOARD ONE’S LAND-TACKS
vb. to go ashore …1776 nautical sl.

• TAKE ABOUT
vb. 1. to take care of ; to make firm and secure; to see to; esp. to nurse a dying person and see  to the funeral …1892 Sc.
vb. 2. to kill and make an end of …Bk1905 Sc.

• TAKE A BOX
vb. to defecate …1990s Irish sl.

• TAKE A BRACE
vb. to pull oneself together; to smarten up …L19 US sl.

• TAKE A BRODIE
vb. 1. to commit suicide …L19 sl.
vb. 2. to fail, to slip back into bad habits …L19 sl.

• TAKE A BUST (AT)
vb. to hit (with the fist) …1920s US sl.

• TAKE A BYE
vb. to refuse or decline to act or participate in something …20C US sl.

• TAKE A CAB
vb. to die …2000 US sl.

• TAKE A CARROT!
int. an insulting exclamation, usually used to women …M19 sl.

• TAKE A CHILD TO BANBURY CROSS
vb. to swing a child up and down on one’s foot …1848

• TAKE A CHILL PILL
vb. to relax, to calm down …1980s African-American & students’ sl.

• TAKE A CHUTE
vb. to leave in a hurry …1877 US sl.

• TAKE A CONSTITUTIONAL
vb. to take a walk …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• TAKE A COUNT
vb. to be shocked …1970s US sl.

• TAKE A COURSE WITH
vb. 1. to cause problems for; to interfere with …E17 sl.
vb. 2. to follow closely …E17 sl.

• TAKE A CRACK AT
vb. to make an attempt …1836 sl., orig. US

• TAKE A CRAP
vb. to defecate …1920s sl.

• TAKE A DANGLE UP THE LINE
vb. to journey …1927 US sl., esp. hobo usage

• TAKE A DIM VIEW OF
vb. to disapprove of …1941 colloq.

• TAKE A DIP
vb. to chew tobacco …1980s US students’ sl.

• TAKE A DIRT NAP
vb. 1. 1981 US sl. – to die
vb. 2. 1990s African-American sl. – to be buried
vb. 3. 1990s African-American sl. – to be knocked out  

• TAKE A DIVE
vb. 1. in boxing, or any competition: to deliberately lose a fight …1910s sl., orig. US
vb. 2. to compromise oneself …1980s sl., orig. US
vb. 3. to fail …1980s sl., orig. US

• TAKE A DOUCHE
int. go away! …1960s US teen sl.
vb. to leave hurriedly …1960s US teen sl.

• TAKE A DROP
vb. 1. to run off …L19 sl.
vb. 2. to be arrested, to be imprisoned …1920s US criminals’ sl.
vb. 3. to fall in love …1920s US sl.
vb. 4. to tumble, to slip over …1950s US sl.
vb. 5. to find oneself in difficulties; to come to grief …1970s US sl.

• TAKE A DROP ON
vb. to take control; to ‘get a grip’ …L19 US sl.

• TAKE A DROP TO
vb. to realize, to understand …L19 sl.

• TAKE A DUMP
vb. to defecate, usually in the sense of incontinence …1940s sl., orig US

• TAKE ADVANTAGE
vb. of a man: to seduce someone; to have sex with someone; to force sex upon someone …1928 US euphemism

• TAKE ADVISEMENT
vb. to take thought, to consider or deliberate; to take counsel, to consult; hence, to decide, to resolve …1375 obs.

• TAKE A FALL
vb. 1. to fall in love …1920s US sl.
vb. 2. to be arrested or convicted; to be imprisoned …1928 sl.
vb. 3. to tumble; to slip over …1950s US sl.
vb. 4. to find oneself in difficulties; to come to grief …1970s US sl.

• TAKE A FALL OUT OF
vb. 1. to humble by defeating; to get the better of; jocularly, to involve oneself with something …1889 Amer. sl.
vb. 2. to knock down …1892 Amer. sl.
vb. 3. to reprimand someone …L19 US & Aust. sl.
vb. 4. to involve oneself with something …L19 sl.

• TAKE A FASHION RISK
vb. to dress in an unfashionable or outlandish manner …1980s US college sl.

• TAKE A FEATHER OUT OF
vb. to confuse, to surprise, to astonish …20C Irish sl.

• TAKE A FLIER
vb. 1. to have quick and spontaneous sexual intercourse with both parties fully or partially dressed …L18 sl.
vb. 2. to go out on a spree …M19 sl.
vb. 3. to take a chance, to gamble, esp. financially …L19 US sl.
vb. 4. to escape from prison …20C US prison sl.
vb. 5. to fall heavily …1920s sl.
vb. 6. to escape, to run away from …1950s sl.

• TAKE A FLOURISH
vb. to have swift and spontaneous sexual intercourse, usually when both parties are wholly or partially dressed …L18 sl.

• TAKE A FLYER
vb. 1. to have quick and spontaneous sexual intercourse with both parties fully or partially dressed …L18 sl.
vb. 2. to go out on a spree …M19 sl.
vb. 3. to take a chance, to gamble, esp. financially …L19 US sl.
vb. 4. to escape from prison …20C US prison sl.
vb. 5. to fall heavily …1920s sl.
vb. 6. to escape, to run away from …1950s sl.

• TAKE A FLYER AT SOMETHING
vb. to take a chance at something …Bk1974 Amer. sl.

• TAKE A FLYING FRIG
phr. a dismissive phrase, used to tell someone who is being annoying or irritating to go away … 1920s sl.

• TAKE A FLYING FUCK
phr. a dismissive phrase, used to tell someone who is being annoying or irritating to go away … 1920s sl.
vb. to leave, to travel …1960s African-American sl.

• TAKE A FLYING FUCKAT A GALLOPING GOOSE
phr. a dismissive phrase, used to tell someone who is being annoying or irritating to go away … 1920s sl.

• TAKE A FLYING FUCKAT A ROLLING DOUGHNUT
phr. a dismissive phrase, used to tell someone who is being annoying or irritating to go away … 1920s sl.

• TAKE A FLYING FUCK AT A RUBBER DUCK
phr. a dismissive phrase, used to tell someone who is being annoying or irritating to go away … 1920s sl.

• TAKE A FLYING FUCK AT THE MOON
phr. a dismissive phrase, used to tell someone who is being annoying or irritating to go away … 1920s sl.

• TAKE A FLYING FUCK AT YOURSELF
phr. a dismissive phrase, used to tell someone who is being annoying or irritating to go away …1920s sl.

• TAKE A FLYING JUMP
phr. a dismissive phrase, used to tell someone who is being annoying or irritating to go away … 1920s sl.

• TAKE A FLYING JUMP AT THE MOON
phr. a dismissive phrase, used to tell someone who is being annoying or irritating to go away … 1920s sl.

• TAKE A FLYING JUMP OUT OF THE NEAREST WINDOW
phr. a dismissive phrase, used to tell someone who is being annoying or irritating to go away … 1920s sl.

• TAKE A FLYING LEAP
phr. a dismissive phrase, used to tell someone who is being annoying or irritating to go away … 1920s sl.

• TAKE A FLYING LEAP AT A ROLLING DOUGHNUT
phr. a dismissive phrase, used to tell someone who is being annoying or irritating to go away … 1920s sl.

• TAKE A FLYING LEAP INTO THE AIR
phr. a dismissive phrase, used to tell someone who is being annoying or irritating to go away … 1920s sl.

• TAKE A FLYING LEAP OFF A BRIDGE
phr. a dismissive phrase, used to tell someone who is being annoying or irritating to go away … 1920s sl.

• TAKE A FRIGHT
n. the night …M19 rhyming sl.

• TAKE AFTER
vb. 1. to copy, to imitate …Bk1905 Eng. dial. 
vb. 2. to run after, to pursue …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TAKE AGAINST
vb. to take a dislike to; to thwart …1897 Eng. dial.

• TAKE A GANDER
vb. to look at, to glance at …1930s sl., orig. US

• TAKE A GRINDER
vb. to make a coarse gesture similar to thumbing one’s nose and using the other hand to work an imaginary coffee-grinder …M19 sl.

• TAKE A GROUND SWEAT
vb. to be buried …17C sl.

• TAKE A HARP
vb. to die …L19 US college sl.

• TAKE A HEAD
vb. 1. to make insurrection; to raise a tumult …1678 obs.
vb. 2. to make a rush forward, to start running …1760-72 obs.

• TAKE A HEADER
vb. to fall headfirst or headlong …1928 Amer. dial.

• TAKE A HIKE
int. go away! …20C sl., orig. US
vb. to leave …20C sl., orig. US

• TAKE A HINGE AT
vb. to look at …1930s US sl.

• TAKE A HOLIDAY
vb. 1. to be dismissed …L19 sl.
vb. 2. to jump bail …L19 sl.

• TAKE A HOP
vb. to travel in an airplane …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• TAKE A HOSING
vb. to be cheated or badly treated …1940s US sl.

• TAKE A JERRY TO
vb. to understand or realize the meaning of something …1919 Aust. & NZ sl.

• TAKE A JUMP AT
vb. to guess …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• TAKE A JUMP UP THE LINE
vb. to journey …1927 US sl., esp. hobo usage

• TAKE A KNOCK
vb. to suffer a setback …1649

• TAKE A KNOCK DOWN
vb. to take note …1950s African-American sl.

• TAKE A LAMP AT
vb. to have a look at …1926 US sl.

• TAKE A LARK
vb. to be mischievously merry; to go on a spree …c1815 colloq.

• TAKE A LEAF FROM SOMEONE’S BOOK
vb. to imitate or emulate someone …M19 US sl.

• TAKE A LEAF OUT OF SOMEONE’S BOOK
vb. to imitate or emulate someone …M19 US sl.

• TAKE A LEAK
vb. to urinate …1910s sl.

• TAKE A LEAP IN THE DARK
vb. to be hanged …17C sl.

• TAKE A LISTEN
vb. to listen …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• TAKE A LITTLE, LEAVE A LITTLE
phr. used as a description of the standing orders that carnival workers have for cheating customers …1985 US sl.

• TAKE A LOAD OFF ONE’S FEET
vb. to sit down and rest, esp. used as an invitation …20C sl.

• TAKE A LOT OF DOING
vb. to require all one’s efforts; to be difficult to do …1910s colloq.

• TAKE A LUNAR
vb. to look at …1906 sl.

• TAKE A MEETING
vb. to attend a business meeting …1977 US entertainment industry usage

• TAKE A MICKEY FINN
vb. to abscond …1924 Amer. sl.

• TAKE A MIDOL!
int. 1980s US college sl. – relax! calm down!  

• TAKE A MOPE
vb. 1920s US sl. – to escape, esp. from prison

• TAKE AN AIR OF THE FIRE
vb. 1877 Eng. dial. – to warm oneself  

• TAKE AN APPLICATION
vb.1972 US sl. – of a pimp: to probe the psyche of a woman who is candidate to come to work for you

• TAKE AND DO
vb. to begin, to commence …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• TAKE AND GIVE
vb. to live, esp. as man and wife …L19 rhyming sl.

• TAKE AN IMMEDIATE DUCK
vb. to escape from prison …1934 US prison sl.

• TAKE AN L
vb. to lose a game …1999 US sl.

• TAKE AN OATH
vb. to drink liquor …19C sl., chiefly US

• TAKE A NOSE-DIVE
vb. to collapse; to fail utterly …1920s sl.

• TAKE AN OUTING WITH TOM THUMB AND HIS FOUR BROTHERS
vb. to masturbate …20C sl.

• TAKE A PAGE OUT OF SOMEONE’S BOOK
vb. to imitate or emulate someone …M19 US sl.

• TAKE APART
vb. 1. to criticize or scold severely …sl.
vb. 2. to defeat convincingly …colloq.

• TAKE A PASSER
vb. to pass out, to faint …1970s US sl.

• TAKE A PERSON TARDY
vb. to overtake; to surprise; to come upon unprepared or unawares; hence, to detect, ‘catch’ in a crime, fault, error, etc. …1530 obs.

• TAKE A PEW
phr. an invitation to sit down …L19 sl.

• TAKE A PICTURE!
int. stop staring! …1980s US college sl.

• TAKE A PIECE OUT OF
vb. 1. to scold, to reprimand severely …1940s Aust. sl.
vb. 2. to tease …1940s Aust. sl.

• TAKE A PILL!
int. calm down! …1990s US college & teen sl.

• TAKE A PIPE
vb. to cry …L19 sl.

• TAKE A POKE AT
vb. 1. to punch; to assault, to aim a blow at …1796 sl.
vb. 2. to have a try, to attempt …1930s sl.
vb. 3. to attack verbally, to cause problems for …1950s sl.

• TAKE A POP AT
vb. 1. to hit; to deliver a blow …1825 sl.
vb. 2. to fire a gun, to shoot at …M19 sl.
vb. 3. to make an attempt …1920s sl.
vb. 4. to attack verbally …1990s sl.

• TAKE A POP AT SOMEONE
vb. to speak or write critically or disparagingly of; to criticize …1922 Brit. sl.

• TAKE A POTSHOT
vb. to make a wild guess …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• TAKE A POTSHOT AT
vb. to criticize someone severely …1920s sl., orig. US

• TAKE A POWDER
vb. 1. to escape, to run away …1910s sl.
vb. 2. of a boxer: to lose deliberately …1940s sl.
vb. 3. to leave without paying one’s rent …1940s sl.

• TAKE A PUGGY
vb. to become very angry …1985 Sc. sl.

• TAKE A PULL
vb. to desist, to discontinue …20C Aust. sl.

• TAKE A PULL AT ONESELF
vb. to pull oneself together …20C colloq., chiefly Aust.

• TAKE A PULL ON YOURSELF!
int. stop it! …L19 sl., orig. US

• TAKE A PUNT
vb. 1. to have a try at something …1940s sl., orig. Aust.
vb. 2. to make a bet on …1940s sl., orig. Aust.

• TAKE A RAIN CHECK
vb. to defer something until a later, unspecified time, e.g. parole …1930s sl., chiefly US

• TAKE A RAISE
vb. to run a little backward for the better advantage of leaping forward …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TAKE A RAP
vb. to take a punishment, often a prison sentence, that is actually due to someone else …c1886 US criminals’ sl.

• TAKE A RED-HOT POTATO!
int. be quiet! shut up! …M19 sl.

• TAKE A RISE OUT OF ONE
vb. to mortify; to make ridiculous; to outwit …a1850 sl.

• TAKE-ARTIST
n. one who regularly gains income from the taking of bribes, illicit commissions, etc. …1950s US sl.

• TAKE A RUN!
int. an expression of dismissal …L19

• TAKE A RUN AT SOMEONE
vb. to attempt to capture, assault, or seduce someone …20C US sl.

• TAKE A RUN AT YOURSELF!
int. 1920s Aust. sl. – exclamation of dismissal, dislike, etc.  

• TAKE A RUNNING JUMP!
int. 1933 sl. – an exclamation of contempt or derision

• TAKE A RUNNING JUMP AT ONESELF!
int. 1933 sl. – an exclamation of contempt or derision  

• TAKE A RUNNING JUMP AT THE MOON!
int. 1930s sl. – exclamation of dismissal  

• TAKE A RUN-OUT
vb. 20C sl. – to escape, to run away  

• TAKE A RUN-OUT POWDER
vb. 1909 US colloq. – to leave; to flee; to abscond

• TAKE A SCOOCHER
vb. to slide down a snow slope in a squatting position …Bk1896 Amer. dial.

• TAKE A SHARE OF ONE’S TATTIE
vb. to share one’s home; to marry …1890 Eng. dial.

• TAKE A SHINDY TO
vb. to find attractive or appealing; to have a fancy or affection for …M19 sl., orig. US

• TAKE A SHINE TO
vb. to take a liking to someone …1839 sl., orig. US

• TAKE A SHIT
vb. 1. to defecate …E17 sl.
vb. 2. to cause trouble for, to attack …1960s sl.

• TAKE A SHOT
vb. to try, to make an attempt …1970s

• TAKE A SHOT AT
vb. 1. to make an attempt …1878 sl.
vb. 2. to attack, whether physically or verbally …L19 sl.
vb. 3. to guess …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• TAKE A SIGHT
vb. to place the thumb against the nose and close all the fingers except the little one, which is agitated as a token of derision …M19 sl.

• TAKE A SLICE OFF A CUT CAKE
vb. to commit adultery …1960s Aust. sl.

• TAKE A SQUAT
vb. to defecate …1970s sl.

• TAKE A STINK FOR A NOSEGAY
vb. to be extremely gullible; to mistake egregiously, to make a foolish blunder …B1900

• TAKE A STONE UP IN THE AIR
vb. of a woman: to fall into an immoral lifestyle …L17 sl.

• TAKE A STRETCH
vb. to exercise; usually to exercise a horse …L19 Aust. sl.

• TAKE A SWEEP
vb. to inhale cocaine …1930s US drug culture sl.

• TAKE A SWEEP WITH BOTH BARRELS
vb. to inhale cocaine though both nostrils …1930s US drug culture sl.

• TAKE A SWING
vb. 1. to aim a blow at, to punch …1910s sl.
vb. 2. to criticize …1910s sl.

• TAKE A SWING AT
vb. 1. to aim a blow at, to punch …1910s sl.
vb. 2. to criticize …1910s sl.

• TAKE A SWIPE AT
vb. to criticize sharply …1932 sl.

• TAKE AT
vb. to resemble …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TAKE A TACIT
vb. to stop talking …1947 US sl.

• TAKE A TEST DRIVE
vb. to interview a woman as a prospective prostitute …1960s US sl.

• TAKE A TIE-TICKET
vb. to walk the railroad ties …1906 Amer. dial.

• TAKE A TOSS
vb. to be attracted to a person; to fall in love with …1930s sl.

• TAKE A TRAIN!
int. used as an all-purpose insult …1951 US sl.

• TAKE A TRICK
vb. to show promise; to be successful …L19 Aust. sl.

• TAKE A TRIP TO THE COUNTRY
vb. to go to prison …1945 Aust. criminals’ sl.

• TAKE A TRIP TO THE WEST INDIES
vb. of a suspect criminal: to leave a town or place to avoid arrest …E19 UK criminals’ sl.

• TAKE A TUCK IN
vb. to humiliate …Bk1892 Amer. sl.

• TAKE A TUMBLE
vb. 1. to realize the facts of one’s situation …1877 sl., orig. US
vb. 2. to ‘fall for’ a confidence trick …1900s US criminals’ sl.

• TAKE A TUMBLE OUT OF
vb. to humiliate …Bk1892 Amer. sl.

• TAKE A TUMBLE TO ONESELF
vb. to realize the facts of one’s situation …1877 sl., orig. US

• TAKE A TURN AMONG HER FRILLS
vb. to have sexual intercourse …19C sl.

• TAKE A TURN AMONG THE CABBAGES
vb. to have sexual intercourse …19C sl.

• TAKE A TURN AMONG THE PARSLEY
vb. to have sexual intercourse …L19 sl.

• TAKE A TURN IN ABRAHAM’S BOSOM
vb. to have sexual intercourse …19C sl.

• TAKE A TURN IN BUSHEY PARK
vb. to have sexual intercourse …L19 sl.

• TAKE A TURN IN COCK ALLEY
vb. to have sexual intercourse …L19 sl.

• TAKE A TURN IN COCK LANE
vb. to have sexual intercourse …L19 sl.

• TAKE A TURN IN CUPID’S ALLEY
vb. to have sexual intercourse …L19 sl.

• TAKE A TURN IN CUPID’S CORNER AND HAIR COURT
vb. to have sexual intercourse …L19 sl.

• TAKE A TURN IN LOVE LANE ON MOUNT PLEASANT
vb. to have sexual intercourse …L19 sl.

• TAKE A TURN IN THE STUBBLE
vb. to have sexual intercourse …18C sl.

• TAKE A TURN ON HAIR COURT
vb. to have sexual intercourse …L19 sl.

• TAKE A TURN ON ONE’S BACK
vb. of a woman: to copulate …19C Brit. sl.

• TAKE A TURN ON SHOOTER’S HILL
vb. to have sexual intercourse …L19 African-American sl.

• TAKE A TURN THROUGH THE STUBBLE
vb. to have sexual intercourse …18C sl.

• TAKE A TURN UP HER PETTICOATS
vb. to have sexual intercourse …19C sl.

• TAKE A VEGETABLE BREAKFAST
vb. to be hanged …18C sl.

• TAKE A VIZZY
vb. to aim with a weapon …1801 Sc.

• TAKE A WALK
int. go away! …L19 sl.
vb. 1. to leave; to be dismissed …L19 sl.
vb. 2. to escape criminal proceedings …1910s sl.
vb. 3. of a group of workers: to resign …1930s sl.
vb. 4. to run off …1930s sl.

• TAKE A WALK-OUT POWDER
vb. to depart quietly and suddenly, in order to avoid the law …1934 US sl.

• TAKE A WALK UP BACK
vb. to be moved from one’s cell to the execution chamber …1920s US prison sl.

• TAKE A WALK UP LADDER LANE AND DOWN HEMP STREET
vb. to go up to a yardarm or gallows to be hanged …1830 US nautical sl.

• TAKE-AWAY
n. a capacity for eating; an appetite …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
(verbs usually as ‘take away’)
vb. 1. to deprive of sensation …1792 Sc.
vb. 2. to partake of food …1871 Eng. dial. 
vb. 3. to go fast; to make straight for …1875 Eng. dial.
vb. 4. to hide from view …1901 Sc.

• TAKE AWAY ONE’S SHINE
vb. to humiliate …Bk1892 Amer. sl.

• TAKE A WHACK AT
vb. 1891 sl., orig. US – to make an attempt  

• TAKE A WOODEN NICKEL
vb. 1915 sl. – to accept gullibly; to be swindled  

• TAKE AWORTH
vb. a1387 obs. – to take a thing in esteem or honour, or at its worth; hence, to bear patiently; to look upon with indifference, to disregard 


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