1. (also petre, petter) to stop, to cease; in fig. use, to die.
|Discoveries (1774) 42: Petter, in Cant, stands for a great many Things, as hold your Tongue, let it alone, or stand still, or the like.|
|Whole Art of Thieving [as cit. 1753].|
|Autobiog. (1930) 293: Petre yourself signifies (a watchword) take care of yourself.|
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 257: Peter that, synonymous with stow that.|
|Quincy (IL) Whig 6 Jan. 1/4: When my mineral petered why they all Petered me. If so be I gets a lead, why I’m Mr. Tiff again [DA].|
|Sazerac Lying Club 136: The mines petered and the bubble bursted.|
|Wolfville 262: The boys, not havin’ no leader, with Mace petered, gives up the game.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 13 Dec. 36/1: And when I’ve petered do not fail / To tell him Todd, of Morris Vale, / Has just submitted to his bail.|
|Hopalong Cassidy Returns 148: This old trail’s shore peterin’.|
|Maledicta II:1+2 (Summer/Winter) 120: The result has been too much [...] false modesty about words that simply look as if they might be sexual: cock [linnet] = ‘minute’, not to mention expressions such as old cock (buddy, mate), standing peter (we say ‘standing pat’), peter that (‘shut up’), or even pissing down with rain (‘raining cats and dogs’).|
2. to tire, to feel exhausted.
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. 74: PETER, to run short, to give out.|
|Overland Monthly (CA) III 127: After a long desert journey the oxen become much ‘petered’ [DA].|
shut up! be quiet!
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang.|