Green’s Dictionary of Slang

dip v.2

1. to pick a pocket.

[UK]implied in dip into
[UK]J. Wight More Mornings in Bow St. 44: The prisoner [...] denied he had dipped at all.
[UK]‘Ducange Anglicus’ Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 8/2: Had we taken our tickets of admission before we ‘dipped’ we could have gone along to the stand.
[US]Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 7 Sept. n.p.: [He] has also been arrested on suspicion of ‘dipping’ a woman out of $8.
[UK]‘The Jargon of Thieves’ in Derry Jrnl 8 Sept. 6/5: If a man steals a purse from a pocket he is said to ‘dip a poke’ .
[UK]Sheffield Dly Teleg. 16 Mar. 5/3: A Child Pickpocket [...] hen her opportunity arose she dipped into the pocket of unsuspecting victims.
[UK]Sketch (London) 22 Feb. 18: ‘I dipped ’is kettle and parst it along’.
[US]Flynt & Walton Powers That Prey 152: ‘Soapy’ and ‘Frenchy’ ‘dipped’ deep with impunity.
[Aus]Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 17 Oct. 1/2: Is there a single one of the [...] welshers that do not do a bit of dipping whenever an opportunity arises.
[US]Capt. Billy’s Whiz Bang Oct. 40: From opium to ‘dipping’ and thieving, / She artfully led day by day.
[UK]E. Jervis 25 Years in Six Prisons 54: If you don’t want to get ‘dipped’ [...] buy a penn’orth of them small nuts and put them in your pocket with your cash.
[UK]V. Davis Phenomena in Crime 196: She dipped me for my lot.
[UK]‘Charles Raven’ Und. Nights 203: Conmen con, dips dip, drummers drum.
[Aus] ‘Whisper All Aussie Dict.’ in Kings Cross Whisper (Sydney) xxxiv 4/3: dip in willy: Steal from a person’s pocket.
[US]D. Goines Street Players 42: I’ve been trying to teach her how to dip.
[US]L. Pettiway Honey, Honey, Miss Thang 158: Learning how to rob somebody with finesse. You know, to dip. To go in a person’s wallet, put the wallet back in the pocket, and button it back up.
[Ire]P. Howard The Joy (2015) [ebook] Johnny’s criminal record consists of nothing more serious than dipping pockets.
[UK]N. Barlay Hooky Gear 169: Age 20 I shortload an overload, filch an dip an half-inch. [Ibid.] 257: Anyway he’ll come up with a story how he got jumped or dipped or whatever.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Viva La Madness 292: That’s our kid [...] dipping the pocket of a dead man.

2. to rob a till; thus dipping n.

[UK]J.W. Horsley Jottings from Jail 24: Another of the trade has ‘dipped a lob for 6 quid’.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 12 Dec. 16/4: ‘He borrowed £168 of that from me last night!’ / ‘Ah, an’ he told you he’d been “dipping”?’.
[UK]E. Raymond Marsh 126: If it’s not screwin’, it’s parlour-jumpin’ or dippin’ the lob.
[UK]G.F. Newman You Flash Bastard 99: The man [...] scoffed when Sneed asked if his tills were always correct. Bank personnel weren’t capable of dipping.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Viva La Madness 12: The desk staff were blatantly dipping the till.

3. (Aus.) to seize, to arrest.

[Aus]Truth (Brisbane) 25 July 3/3: ‘Gaw-lumme! yer oughter talk after that “thimble-’n’-sling” racket, in Chow’s Alley, when the “demon” dipped yer from- under the bed in Red Mag’s bug house’.

4. to steal, to take away, e.g. a prostitute’s clients; thus dipping n.

[US](con. 1948) G. Mandel Flee the Angry Strangers 271: Danny Barber had his string of bookstores to dip into with those long, white, artistic fingers.
[US]C. Hiaasen Tourist Season (1987) 108: Ida’s Otter Creek neighbours [...] thought it tacky that she boasted of her double-dipping from Social Security.
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 7: He made a practice of sending to hell [...] flatbackers dipping his girls’ business.

5. (UK Black) to stab, thus dipper, a knife.

Grizzly ‘Mandem Salute’ 🎵 Dip Dip in a mans face, woosh woosh turn a man duppy.
1011 ‘No Hook’ 🎵 Chef, chef swim, dip man down make him drown in his blood.
[UK]T. Thorne (ed.) ‘Drill Slang Glossary’ at Forensic Linguistic Databank 🌐 Dipper - knife.

6. (UK Black) of a man, to have (adulterous) sexual intercourse.

[[Ire] ‘The Original Black Joke. Sent from Dublin’ 🎵 The Lawyer his clients cause wd quit / To dip his pen in the bottomless pit / Of a Coal black &c].
[US]W.D. Myers ‘marisol and skeeter’ in What They Found 186: ‘I can’t be running around dipping here and dipping there like my old man. I want something serious’.
67 ‘Waps’ 🎵 Dip, dip, dip, dip, from qway dipping's been cray.

In phrases

dip into (v.)

1. to pick a pocket.

[UK]Sporting Mag. n.p.: Defence of Groves at Bristol Assizes. I have dipped into 150 [...] pockets and not found a shilling [F&H].
[UK]Partridge DSUE (1984) 311/2: from ca. 1810.

2. to have sexual intercourse.

[US]Life in Boston & N.Y. (Boston, MA) 25 Oct. n.p.: A lascivious old Dutch billy-goat [...] wished to dip into the sweets of a young German girl (sweet sixteen) .
[US](con. 1948) G. Mandel Flee the Angry Strangers 386: A hustler like Paddy Jenks to bring her ice cream and Horse and hotstick cats who had to dip into her honey.
[US]T. Southern Blue Movie (1974) 15: She (cheerfully): ‘Say, how about a dip?’ He (suggestively): ‘I wouldn’t mind dipping into you, baby!’.

3. (US) to attack physically.

[US] in R.G. Carter Four Brothers in Blue (1978) 17 Sept. 109: They ‘dipped into’ that fellow and beat him shockingly.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

dip-dunk (n.)

(US) an insignificant, foolish or dull person; also adj. use meaning foolish.

[US]R. Marcinko Rogue Warrior (1993) 278: What kind of dip-dunk shit-for-brains asshole idea is that, Ted? [Ibid.] 380: dip-dunk: nerdy asshole.

see separate entries.

In phrases

dip in the fudgepot (v.) [fudgepot under fudge n.]

(US gay) to have anal intercourse.

[US]R.O. Scott Gay Sl. Dict. 🌐 anal intercourse [...] Syn: dip in the fudge pot.
‘Anal Sex’ at 🌐 Rectal reamings and ass invasions uncensored and explicit inside! [...] Dip in the fudge pot.
dip one’s bill (v.) (also dip the bill) [bill n.1 (2)]

1. to be mildly tipsy, to be nearly drunk.

[UK]Otway Friendship in Fashion III i: If I but dip my Bill I am giddy. Now I am as hot-headed with my bare two Bottles, as a drunken Prentice on Holyday.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew.
[US]B. Franklin ‘Drinkers Dictionary’ in Pennsylvania Gazette 6 Jan. in AS XII:2 90: They come to be well understood to signify plainly that A MAN IS DRUNK. [...] Has Dipp’d his Bill.

2. to consume, usu. a drink.

[US]G.W. Harris Sut Lovingood’s Yarns 146: He’d been dippin his bill into a crock ove chicken gray [sic].
[US]K. Brush Young Man of Manhattan 97: Dip your bill into that!
[US]R. Chandler ‘Pearls Are a Nuisance’ in Spanish Blood (1946) 129: Better dip the bill, Walter.
[US](con. 1940s–60s) Décharné Straight from the Fridge Dad.
dip one’s lid (v.)

see under lid n.

dip one’s mouth/nose in someone’s business (v.) [var. on SE poke one’s nose in]

(W.I.) to interfere where one’s interest is not required.

[WI]cited in Allsopp Dict. Carib. Eng. Usage (1996).
dip snuff (v.)

(US black/prison) to dig a hole.

D. Burley N.Y. Amsterdam Star-News 21 Mar. 16: ‘I didn’t have to [...] dig snuff with that North Carolina fork’.
dip the fly (v.) [the ‘dipping’ or lowering of the trouser fly before intercourse]

(US black) of a man, to have sexual intercourse.

[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 153: The male sex organ itself is seen as a tool for penetrating women: to dip the fly, to poke.

In exclamations

dip your eye!

(Aus.) a dismissive retort.

[Aus]T.A.G. Hungerford Riverslake 163: ‘Dip your eye,’ Randolph said with gutter coarseness, putting into the words as much as he could of his dislike of Condamine.
[Aus](con. 1940s) T.A.G. Hungerford Sowers of the Wind 203: ‘Oh dip your eye!’ Stewart told him testily.