Green’s Dictionary of Slang

Five hundred years of the vulgar tongue

‘Quite simply the best historical dictionary of English slang there is, ever has been […] or is ever likely to be’​ — Journal of English Language and Linguistics

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dish, v. 1. [late 18C+] to hurt, to stop another’s plans, to frustrate, to cheat. 2. [mid-19C–1950s] to stop, to suppress, to do away with. 3. [20C+] to gossip maliciously, to tell tales. 4. [1940s+] to speak, to say. 5.  to tamper with a coin used in the game of two-up. 6. [1960s+] to hurt verbally; thus dishing n. and adj.
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