1. to extract money from a wallet surreptitiously.
|Turpin’s Ride to York II v: Sam: Peel my skin and dub up the browns! What do you mean? Bal.: Just this – that if you do not hand over your money I shall blow out your brains! [F&H].|
|God’s Man 366: We grifters had a damn good right to nick a front or peel a poke so long as Wall Street and Washington were picking everybody’s pockets.|
|Jimmy Brockett 84: He still hung around, so I peeled off a quid and handed it to him.|
|Street Players 39: I’m going to try and teach you how to peel.|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 13: Mrs. Ralphie grabbed the keys and peeled a ten-spot.|
|Soho 96: When it came to peeling off the dosh, which he had done from a wad of readies on the bedside table, Brendan had been too pissed [...] to count properly.|
2. (US Und.) to break into a safe.
|Thief’s Primer 53: Peel – that means just what it says. You open them like a can of sardines without a key. You just get at the corner and whip it. You need a big cold chisel.|
|Another Day in Paradise 122: It’ll take about three, four hours to peel the safe.|
|Thug’s Journal 3 Mar. [Internet] Peeled a safe or two. I’m a knob-knocker. Was a car banger.|
|A Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun 227: The best way to crack a safe is from the back and is known as ‘peeling’.|
3. (also peel a can) to drink.
|Christine 529: Come on over some night and peel a few cans with me.|
4. to rob someone of their valuables.
|Dirty South 36: I remembered one of the Africans yelling, ‘Peel him!’ My rings were wrenched off my fingers and they took my wallet. My Nikes were pulled off as well.|
5. see peel rubber under rubber n.2
SE in slang uses
1. with a shaven head.
|A Merry Play in Farmer (1905) 76: Now a vengeance and a very mischief / Light on the peel’d priest, and on my wife.|
|Tropic of Capricorn (1964) 135: To come into his presence gave me the sense of being undressed, or rather peeled.|
3. (S.Afr. gay) circumcised.
|Gayle 87/2: peeled queen n. circumcised gay man.|
(US) a striptease or burlesque artist.
|Billboard 14 Nov. 15/2: Current show is headed by Hinda Wausau, who will give cards and spades to any peeler in this theater.|
|Neon Wilderness (1986) 129: A joking conversation between Fancy and a round-shouldered little peep-show peeler [...] who called herself Venus darling.|
|USA Confidential 94: Boston is nationally noted for its burlesque and its peelers.|
|2 Apr. [synd. col.] A show full of [...] grinders, peelers, and bumpers [W&F].|
(Ulster) anything easy or simple.
(W.I.) bald, esp. as a description of certain species of chickens or vultures.
|Proverbs of British Guiana 22: If you cuss John Crow ‘Peel head,’ guinea hen bex.|
|Jamaica Proverbs and Sayings 28: If you cuss John Crow peel-head, turkey wi’ bex.|
|Jam. Humour 7: It hooda suit one genkleman / Fe sing ‘Peel head John-crow’.‘Jamaica Ant’emt’ in|
|Anancy Stories and Dialect Verse 21: Me noh mean fe ceitful, but is how Peel-head a goh a barba an she noh got a ‘kench’ a hair pon her head.|
|Touch Mi, Tell Mi 18: Mi see tup dung a fiahside, / Two big fat peely chicken.‘Wat A Rain’ in|
|Dread Culture 33: Look pon dat lickle bwoy pickney. Why dem cut off him hair so? It look like peel head John Crow.|
see sense 3 above.
(US black) to seduce an attractive, light-skinned woman.
|‘Jiver’s Bible’ in Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive.|
(US black/teen) to attack violently; to kill.
|‘Life Is Too $hort’ [lyrics] The task force tryin’ ta peel your cap.|
|‘187’ [lyrics] Droppin’ like this and like that, / Rat-tat-tat-tat with their caps peelin’ back.|
|Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July [Internet] Cap pealed: Someone’s head, as in ‘I’m gonna peal his cap’.|
|Portable Promised Land (ms.) 158: We Words (My Favorite Things) [...] Bust a cap. Peel your cap. Pull your card. Protect ya neck.|
|Call of the Weird (2006) 179: Another album [...] had a track called ‘Hustlaz and Cap Pealas’. [...] ‘Pealing a cap is killing you,’ J-Dogg said.|
|‘Raymond 1969’ [lyrics] Murder-murder kill, get your fuckin cap peeled.|
(US) to run at full speed.
|Dict. Americanisms (2nd edn) 314: To Peel it, to run at full speed. ‘Come, boys, peel it now, or you’ll be late.’ .|
see peel rubber under rubber n.2
(W.I./UK black teen) to hand out money.
|Probert Encyc. [Internet] Peel off a mass is Jamaican slang for to hand out money.|
to enter a woman’s vagina.
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 98: Doubler. To copulate; ‘to peel one’s end in’.|
see under rubber n.2
(US) to beat someone up.
|World to Win 210: Go on and be a scab if you want to. I hope somebody peels your knob.|
(US black) to beat up, to harm badly.
|Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] peel your potatoes Definition: to separate someone from their testicles Example: I’m gonna peel your potatoes!|
|Dict. of Invective (1991) 35: The banana suggests the penis, therefore sex, as in a popular English music hall song of the WW1 period. ‘I had a banana / with Lady Diana’. From this idea, it follows naturally that to have one’s banana peeled is a figure of speech for copulation.|
in boxing, to draw blood.
|Col. Crockett’s Tour to North and Down East 146: Well, it wasn’t long before Sam peeled the bark off of a parly’s knowledge-box.|
|Abbeville Banner (SC) 19 June 1/5: Tan his hide [...] peel the bark off his nose — and damage his skin!|
|Paved with Gold 190: He most amiably returned the compliment on Jack’s cheek, ‘peeling the bark,’ setting the ‘red ink’ running.|