1. in sexual senses.
(a) [16C+] of a man, to have sexual intercourse; also sometimes of a woman.
(b) [17C+] of a woman, to have sexual intercourse.
(c) [1920s] to sodomize.
(d) [1930s–50s] (US) to play an instrument with rhythm and competence.
(e) [1990s+] (US prison) to trade sexual favours for immunity from physical attack by fellow inmates.
2. [late 19C–1930s] (US campus) to use a translation in an examination or when preparing classwork [pun].
3. in verbal or emotional senses; to ‘get on someone’s back’.
(a) [20C+] to pressurize.
(b) [1900s–50s] (US campus) to reprimand, to scold.
(c) [1910s+] to annoy, to irritate.
(d) [1910s+] to tease, to taunt.
(e) [1950s] to pursue closely.
(f) [1960s] to overcome.
4. [20C+] (US Und.) to move from a local gaol to prison proper.
5. [1930s+] (US) to endure, to suffer, to experience.
6. (US gang) to involve oneself in the gangster life.
7. see punk out v. (2)
8. see ride the lightning
[1980s+] of a woman, sexually alluring.
Pertaining to sexual intercourse
[1940s–60s] (gay) to fellate an uncircumcised penis.
see under St George n.
[1950s+] to have sexual intercourse without a condom.
[mid-17C–18C] of a man, to have sexual intercourse.
[mid-17C–early 19C] to marry another man’s ex-wife or widow, or to start keeping his former mistress.
[2000s] (US prison) to befriend officers in the hope of gaining favours.
[18C] as a euph. for sexual intercourse, i.e. to gallop.
see fuck the arse off someone under fuck v.
[1910s+] (US prison) to perform anal intercourse.
[1980s+] (US campus) to have sexual intercourse.
[1990s+] to have homosexual anal intercourse.
Meaning to attack
[1990s+] (US prison) to attack in a group.
1. [1970s+] (US black) to attack verbally, to criticize heavily.
2. [1980s+] to get down to the facts.
[1940s] (US Und.) to ensnare a victim into a confidence trick.
[2000s] (US) to scold, to reprimand.
SE in slang uses
Pertaining to menstruation
[1960s+] to be menstruating.
[1970s+] (US) to menstruate.
[1960s+] (US black/campus) to have a menstrual period.
[1990s+] (US) to be menstruating.
Pertaining to walking
[late 16C–18C] to walk.
[mid-18C+] to walk.
[mid-19C+] (US tramp) to walk.
Pertaining to drugs
[1990s+] (US campus/drugs) to be under the influence of MDMA.
[1940s–70s] (drugs) to take heroin; thus horseriding, on horseback, using heroin.
see under mainline n.
[1950s–60s] (drugs) to smoke opium.
[1950s+] (US black) to be intoxicated with drugs.
[1990s+] (US) to work as a clerk or any otherwise deskbound occupation.
[1980s+] (US campus) of a woman, to attempt to get to know a man of her own peer group with the intentions of ultimately having a relationship with that person because of his personality, not his material possessions.
see walk (backwards) up Holborn Hill under Holborn Hill n.
see under bitch n.1
see play booty under booty n.1
[late 18C] to be bad-tempered or sulky.
[late 19C+] (US) to control or manage someone or something, to admonish, to beat.
[mid-19C] (UK Und.) for a condemned villain to sit on his coffin as the cart proceeds from Newgate prison to the Tyburn gallows.
[1950s+] to hitchhike.
1. [early 17C–18C] to be a highwayman.
2. [1950s+] (US black/teen) to leave; also as imper.
3. [2000s] (US prison) to move to another prison.
4. [2000s] (US black) an excl. of dismissal, disbelief.
[mid-19C] (UK Und.) to work on the prison treadmill.
[20C+] (US tramp) to pay for one’s seat (and thus travel in comfort).
see under punk n.1
see under pussy n.
[late 18C–mid-19C] to be ill-tempered or sullen.
1. (orig. US) to sit in the seat next to the driver in a car, also fig. use.
2. (US) to act as a security guard, esp. on a vehicle.
[1960s+] (S.Afr.) to cling to the outside, or stand on the roof, of a moving train, having boarded it while in motion.
see ride the rods
[20C+] (US Und.) to take the blame.
see ride bitch under bitch n.1
[mid-19C] to be in a bad temper.
[late 19C+] (US tramp) to ride for free in the closed baggage compartment of a train.
1. [1970s+] (US prison) to threaten or intimidate another inmate; to prophesy.
2. [1950s–70s] (US drugs, also ride the broomstick, ...the witch’s broom) to participate in drug taking.
see ride the rods
1. to ride in a passenger car rather than in a boxcar; thus cushion-rider n.
2. in fig. use, to prosper, to be comfortable.
[1940s] (US) to eavesdrop.
[1900s–20s] (US campus) to be initiated into a secret society.
[1900s–40s] (US) of an out-of-work cowboy, to travel around seeking work while subsisting on hand-outs.
[1970s+] (US teen) to ride in the front passenger seat of a car.
[1940s+] (US) to masturbate.
[mid-17C–mid-19C] to be hanged.
1. [1930s+] (US) to be executed in the electric chair.
2. [2010s] to be given a course of electro-convulsive therapy (ECT).
[late 19C] to travel by train without paying a fare.
[1930s] (US tramp) to ride on the cowcatcher of the locomotive.
[1980s] (US campus) to sit on the bench during an athletic event, esp. when one wants desperately to play.
1. to ride inside a passenger train.
2. in fig. use, to be well provided with material comforts.
1. to vomit.
2. to have diarrhoea.
[1980s+] (US) to accept the consequences of one’s crimes, such as arrest and imprisonment, and deal with them as well as possible.
[late 19C+] (US tramp) to ride on the steel bars beneath a freight car; fig. to be a tramp; thus rod-rider n.; rod-riding adj.
[1950s] (US Und.) to take responsibility for a crime.
[early–mid-19C] to practise highway robbery.
[1970s] (US black) to enjoy a pleasant experience on a drug.
[2000s] (US) to wait, e.g. outside someone’s office, on a bench.
1. [mid-18C] to be blunt, properly, you may ride to Romford on this knife.
2. [late 18C–early 19C] to get a new pair of breeches or to get a new bottom put in an old pair.
to side with (in a fight).
[1910s] (Aus.) a general term of abuse; the implication is that the subject is ‘a goat’.