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.
|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.|
|Vocabulum 80: sink To cheat; to hide from a partner. sinkers Thieves who do not divide fair with their companions.|
|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’.|
|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’].
|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.|
|Burlesque Homer (4th edn) II 54: A round dozen pipes they sunk, / And then return to town dead drunk.|
|‘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.|
|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.|
|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.’.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 2 July 34/2: [H]e swaggered off to sink a soda an’ milk at the pasthry place beyont.|
|Sporting Times 22 Apr. 1/3: She forms idiotic estimates of how much I have sunk / In the liquor line.‘Off the Mark’|
|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.|
|Townsville Daily Bull. (Qld) 25 Feb. 14/3: I have noticed that Steve and yourself have been sinking a few pots.|
|Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld) 1 Mar. 10/4: I sinks me jug.|
|Of Love And Hunger 124: Here, sink that pint and have one on me.|
|Town Like Alice 219: He took a glass and sank half of it.|
|Shiralee 78: The men were going to sink a brandy or two.|
|Hang On a Minute, Mate (1963) 111: Might as well sink one or two while we’re here.|
|At Night All Cats Are Grey 63: It took you sinking your pint middling rapid to keep pace with them.|
|Rooted I iii: I just thought we’d drop in, have a chat, sink a few.|
|Mighty Men on Horseback 17: We had indulged in normal occupation of sinking a few noggins.|
|Curse of the Vampire Socks 36: So come and sink a lager!|
|Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman 180: It was Rob’s practice to sink a gut full of Teachers’.|
|Guardian G2 10 Jan. 3: Will you be sinking some back?|
3. (US) to bury; also in fig. use.
|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.|
|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.
|Autobiog. of a Thief 221: They all believed the worst thing a grafter could do was to sink a pal.|
5. (US) to hit.
|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.
|Crongton Knights 16: I left some [food] in the oven for Dad to sink when he got home.|
a general oath.
|Works (1869) II 229: Who make (God sinke ’em) their discourse [etc.].‘Dogge of Warre’ in|
|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 .|
|Eng. Rogue I 371: Never did I hear so confused a din of Dam-me and Sink-me.|
|City Politicks I i: Confound thee! sink thee!|
|London Spy III 66: Hang you, Rot you, Sink you, Confound you.|
|Lives of Most Noted Highway-men, etc. I 113: There was Swearing and Staring, Cursing and Raving, Damning and Sinking.|
|Memoirs of Letitia Pilkington (1928) I 165: D--n you! sink you!|
|Peregrine Pickle (1964) 380: Yes, yes, we understand your ogling; but you must content yourself with a cook-maid, sink me!|
|Midas III ii: Rot and sink ’em.|
|Good Natur’d Man Act II: Sink the public, Madam, when the fair are to be attended.|
|Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 70: Sink me, says he.|
|‘The Dog and Duck Rig’ in(1975) I 80: Yet sink me! but I’ll undergo it.|
|Burlesque Homer (4th edn) II 154: Sink me, if e’er we fight again.|
|Real Life in London I 365: Sink me, if you are not quite a bore, and not fit company for a Gentleman.|
|Warden 58: ‘Sink them all for parsons, says I,’ growled Moody .|
|Irkdale I 269: Sink thee, lad, I’m noane comn for thee,—nowt o’th’ sort.|
|Chequers 117: Sink me!|
|Marvel 8 May 11: ‘Sink me!’ he growled.|
|Nottingham Jrnl 9 Feb. 3/5: [advert] Better buy Capstan. Sink me if I don’t!|
|Whizzbang Comics 63: Sink me, if I hadn’t forgotten that.|
|Dly Herald 7 Mar. 2/6: [headline] ‘Sink me,’ say Sub. Men.|
SE in slang uses
|Modern Flash Dict.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.|
(Aus.) a winner at cards who leaves the game without offering a chance for his opponents to redeem their losses.
|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.‘The Downfall of Mulligan’s’ in|
to drink stout.
|RTÉ Radio news 14 Apr. The men who were sinking the black in Dublin’s Beggar’s Bush pub [BS].|
(Aus./N.Z.) to give a kicking.
|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.’ .|
|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.|
|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.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.|
see under little man (in the boat) n.
of a man, to have sexual intercourse.
|5000 Adult Sex Words and Phrases.|
|Playboy’s Book of Forbidden Words 224: Sink the Soldier. To insert the penis.|
to have sexual intercourse; to have anal intercourse.
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|in Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) II 663: Shall we sink the scared sausage? / Shall we split the bearded clam?|
|From Bondage 266: Sitting in the classroom sopping up sociology from the guy sinking a shaft into the same woman you were.|
|Mad Cows 95: She could sink the sausage with Rupert Peregrine.|