Green’s Dictionary of Slang

sink v.

1. (US Und.) to embezzle the takings of an illegal card-game, confidence trick etc; thus sink someone on/of v., to cheat a partner of such takings.

[UK]C. Hitchin Conduct of Receivers and Thief-Takers 16: There is not a more honest or better File [...] I have heard his Fellowman say, that he has never sunk him of a Farthing, and they have gone together on 30 Years on this Lay.
[US]Matsell Vocabulum 80: sink To cheat; to hide from a partner. sinkers Thieves who do not divide fair with their companions.
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 12/1: Legs had [...] been doing a crib the night previous, but on ‘raking the stuff, stuck’ to some eighty pounds. The others found it out, and [...] he was accused of sinking the eighty ‘quid,’ and asked to ‘square it’.
[US]J. O’Connor Wanderings of a Vagabond 389: Besides the care of his trainers, rubbers, riders, and race-horses, he was obliged to watch his sharpers to see that they did not ‘sink’ on him.

2. (also sink back) to drink alcohol, e.g. sink the amber, to drink beer [note Antidote against Melancholy (1661) ‘In a pint there’s small heart, Sirah, bring a quart / [...] / Wee’l sink him before sunset’].

[UK]G. Parker View of Society II 130: He takes the money and grabbles the bit as fast as possible, all or the most part of which he sinks.
‘The Rakes of Mallow’ 2: Beauing, belling, dancing, sinking, / Breaking windows, damning, sinking [...] Live the Rakes of Mallow. / One time nought but claret drinking, / Then like politicians thinking, / To raise the nations fund when sinking, / Live the Rakes of Mallow.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (4th edn) II 54: A round dozen pipes they sunk, / And then return to town dead drunk.
[UK]‘The Sedgfield Frolic’ in Rum Ti Tum! in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) III 178: There’s a brave sinking tailor, / That hath a brisk handsome wife.
[UK]Bell’s Life in London 10 Feb. 2/1: Young sprigs of rank [...] / Their courage high, their game unshrinking / While whisker’s Marquisses display / Wound’rous alacrity at sinking.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 22 Dec. 14/1: He strolled into a public bar and loudly called for beer; / He downed it with a gurgling sigh and scratched his off-side ear; / ‘I’m from the country, boys,’ he said, ‘and snakes, but ain’t I dry! / We’re reg’lar whales at sinking beer – us coves from Mungindi.’.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 2 July 34/2: [H]e swaggered off to sink a soda an’ milk at the pasthry place beyont.
[UK]‘Doss Chiderdoss’ ‘Off the Mark’ Sporting Times 22 Apr. 1/3: She forms idiotic estimates of how much I have sunk / In the liquor line.
[Aus]Kia Ora Coo-ee 15 Apr. 17: And after we had sunk a few boozes… We saw the A.P.M. But he saw us first.
[Aus]Townsville Daily Bull. (Qld) 25 Feb. 14/3: I have noticed that Steve and yourself have been sinking a few pots.
[Aus]Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld) 1 Mar. 10/4: I sinks me jug.
[UK]J. Maclaren-Ross Of Love And Hunger 124: Here, sink that pint and have one on me.
[Aus]‘Neville Shute’ Town Like Alice 219: He took a glass and sank half of it.
[Aus]D. Niland Shiralee 78: The men were going to sink a brandy or two.
[NZ]B. Crump Hang On a Minute, Mate (1963) 111: Might as well sink one or two while we’re here.
[Ire]P. Boyle At Night All Cats Are Grey 63: It took you sinking your pint middling rapid to keep pace with them.
[Aus]A. Buzo Rooted I iii: I just thought we’d drop in, have a chat, sink a few.
[Aus]T. Ronan Mighty Men on Horseback 17: We had indulged in normal occupation of sinking a few noggins.
[UK]T. Jones Curse of the Vampire Socks 36: So come and sink a lager!
[UK]B. Robinson Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman 180: It was Rob’s practice to sink a gut full of Teachers’.
[UK]Guardian G2 10 Jan. 3: Will you be sinking some back?

3. (US) to bury; also in fig. use.

[UK]F.W. Carew Autobiog. of a Gipsey 230: The sooner you drop it and get people to forget how you’re bred, the better [...] So take my tip and sink the Romany.
[US]B. Fisher A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 9: Poor Fritz always was a good friend of mine. The least I can do is help sink him.

4. to betray, to inform on.

[US]H. Hapgood Autobiog. of a Thief 221: They all believed the worst thing a grafter could do was to sink a pal.

5. (US) to hit.

[US]F. Elli Riot (1967) 172: Keep your snitchin’ mouth shut or I’ll sink a couple in that lard sack of yours.

6. (UK black) to eat, to consume.

[UK]A. Wheatle Crongton Knights 16: I left some [food] in the oven for Dad to sink when he got home.

In exclamations

sink me! (also sink them! sink you!)

a general oath.

[UK]J. Taylor ‘Dogge of Warre’ in Works (1869) II 229: Who make (God sinke ’em) their discourse [etc.].
R. Andrewes Declaration of the Barbarous & Cruel Parctises. n.p.: The Cavalliers at Leicester, [...] falling on plundering and pillaging thereof and [...] swore damme me and sinke me if we doe not kill all the Puritans and Round-heads in the towne .
[UK]Head Eng. Rogue I 371: Never did I hear so confused a din of Dam-me and Sink-me.
[UK]J. Crowne City Politicks I i: Confound thee! sink thee!
[UK]N. Ward London Spy III 66: Hang you, Rot you, Sink you, Confound you.
[UK]A. Smith Lives of Most Noted Highway-men, etc. I 113: There was Swearing and Staring, Cursing and Raving, Damning and Sinking.
[UK]L. Pilkington Memoirs of Letitia Pilkington (1928) I 165: D--n you! sink you!
[UK]Smollett Peregrine Pickle (1964) 380: Yes, yes, we understand your ogling; but you must content yourself with a cook-maid, sink me!
[Ire]K. O’Hara Midas III ii: Rot and sink ’em.
[UK]O. Goldsmith Good Natur’d Man Act II: Sink the public, Madam, when the fair are to be attended.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 70: Sink me, says he.
[UK] ‘The Dog and Duck Rig’ in Holloway & Black (1975) I 80: Yet sink me! but I’ll undergo it.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (4th edn) II 154: Sink me, if e’er we fight again.
[UK]‘An Amateur’ Real Life in London I 365: Sink me, if you are not quite a bore, and not fit company for a Gentleman.
A. Trollope Warden 58: ‘Sink them all for parsons, says I,’ growled Moody .
[UK]B. Brierley Irkdale I 269: Sink thee, lad, I’m noane comn for thee,—nowt o’th’ sort.
[UK]J. Runciman Chequers 117: Sink me!
[UK]Marvel 8 May 11: ‘Sink me!’ he growled.
Nottingham Jrnl 9 Feb. 3/5: [advert] Better buy Capstan. Sink me if I don’t!
[UK]Whizzbang Comics 63: Sink me, if I hadn’t forgotten that.
[UK]Dly Herald 7 Mar. 2/6: [headline] ‘Sink me,’ say Sub. Men.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

sink-pocket (n.) [the winnings sink into his pocket and are lost there forever]

(Aus.) a winner at cards who leaves the game without offering a chance for his opponents to redeem their losses.

[Aus]‘Banjo’ Paterson ‘The Downfall of Mulligan’s’ in Three Elephant Power 63: He’s a blanky sink-pocket. If he can come this far, let him come on to Sydney and play for double the stakes.

In phrases

sink the black (v.) [snooker imagery + ref. to the colour of stout]

to drink stout.

[Ire]RTÉ Radio news 14 Apr. The men who were sinking the black in Dublin’s Beggar’s Bush pub [BS].
sink the boot in (v.) [var. on put the boot in under boot, the n.]

(Aus./N.Z.) to give a kicking.

[Aus]Sydney Sportsman 19 May 8/4: If any of the other side start to make it rough, Saints will sink the boot in till they give them quite enough.
Express and Teleg. (Adelaide) 23 Apr. 3/3: In all corners of the park lands the inflated sphere is being roughly dealt with, and [...] one hears the rancous shouts of some wild youngster, ‘’Ere you are, Bill. Sink the boot in.’ .
[Aus]Healesville and Yarra Glen Guardian (Vic.) 7 Nov. n.p.: The roosters crow all thro the night / Oh, lor, they’ll drive ’me mad, / How would I love to sink the boot / In the mongre[l] o’er the way.
[Aus]Mail (Adelaide) 13 June 34/3: On these grounds anything in the nature of sinking the boot in a fight, razor slashing, wielding a broken bottle, and new methods of crime is immediately out.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.
sink the sausage (v.) (also sink a/the log, sink a shaft, play sink-the-weenie) [sausage n. (3)/log n. (7)/shaft n. (1a)/weenie n.1 (4)]

to have sexual intercourse; to have anal intercourse.

[UK]L. Dunne Goodbye to The Hill (1966) 76: Yeh, she’s a widow and from the way she trembles when you get near her nobody’s sunk a log there in recent months, so I’m going to give her one. [Ibid.] 176: After the number of times I sunk the log last night she’d never believe I was a brownie.
[US]T. Thackrey Thief 286: A fag and a kidnapped queer kid [...] Chances are if I went to sleep in this place, I would wake up and find both of them in bed with me trying to play sink-the-weenie.
[Aus]N. Keesing Lily on the Dustbin 53: The other side of coinages like ‘sink the sausage’ and ‘bangs like the dunny door in a gale’ is spurious and pays out despair and disaster to many women and children.
[US] in Randolph & Legman Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) II 663: Shall we sink the scared sausage? / Shall we split the bearded clam?
[US]H. Roth From Bondage 266: Sitting in the classroom sopping up sociology from the guy sinking a shaft into the same woman you were.
[UK]K. Lette Mad Cows 95: She could sink the sausage with Rupert Peregrine.