1. [17C–19C] a (cotton) handkerchief.
2. [late 19C] a severe physical blow, a harsh verbal attack, anything that will overwhelm an opponent.
3. [late 19C] an impudent boy.
4. [late 19C] a thug, a person who delivers physical blows.
5. [1930s+] (US Und.) a hired killer.
6. see wiper-drawer
[late 17C–18C] (UK Und.) a stealer of handkerchiefs; thus wipe-drawing, wipe-hauling.
(UK Und.) to steal a pocket handkerchief.