Green’s Dictionary of Slang

drop v.4

[one drops or drops onto information]

1. to get to know about, to become aware of; usu. as drop down to or drop to

[US]Chicago Street Gazette 1/5: That Sheeney, Greenewall, it seems will never tumble, but is getting from bad to worse. Why can’t you drop? Don’t you see the ice bird is making a laughing stock of you?
[Aus]‘Rolf Boldrewood’ Robbery Under Arms (1922) 155: He’d never have dropped they were comin’ here unless they’d pasted up a notice on the door.
[UK]A. Day Mysterious Beggar 330: We’ve dropped! [...] By golly! We’ve twigged their ‘shady.’ We’ve holed the old cadgers!
[Aus]J. Furphy Such is Life 141: I suppose you drop across some whoppers of snakes in your rounds?

2. to understand.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 17 Jan. 12/2: [W]hen Douglas (Duke of Gloucester), in ‘Jane Shore,’ suggests giddy things to that frail young person which are rejected, and then denounces her as a witch, a man in the pit called out, ‘You’re a liar.’ This brought the house down, and – nobody ‘dropped.’.
[US]C.H. Hoyt A Milk White Flag Act I: If I die, you get $100,000. Don’t you drop?
[US]Ade More Fables in Sl. (1960) 136: Give him a little Time, and then he Drops.

3. (US) to reveal.

[US]‘Old Sleuth’ Dock Rats of N.Y. (2006) 108: ‘Were you on the track of any of the crew to-day?’ ‘They were around the village.’ ‘Did they drop anything?’ ‘Not a word.’.

4. (jazz/rap music) to produce, to deliver.

[US]D. Burley Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 17: The banter laid her stealers on her flappers, and booted her to the jive that the skull was trying to drop a hype on her.
[US]L. Durst Jives of Dr. Hepcat (1989) 3: And every trip of the train some knocked out cat is upping sonic real crazy licks and dropping it on the bop kick.
[US]A. Young Snakes (1971) 33: I dropped me some sounds on the box.
[US]EPMD ‘So What Cha Sayin’ [lyrics] Dropped the album Strictly Business, and you thought we was bold.
[US]Dr Dre ‘Nuthin But a G Thang’ [lyrics] Droppin’ the funky shit that’s makin the sucka niggaz mumble.
R. Ranx 1Xtra 4 Apr. [BBC radio] That new album is gonna drop summer 2006.
[US]DMX ‘Last Hope’ [lyrics] First album dropped in May, the second in December.
Young M.A. ‘Eat’ [lyrics] I swear when this album drop they gon’ hate me some more.

5. (US black) to explain, to enlighten.

[US]E. De Roo Big Rumble 28: Maybe you don’t dig it, man, because it ain’t been dropped right to ya.
[US]N. McCall Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 348: He dropped a piece of advice on me that changed my thinking.

6. (Aus.) to pass on information; to tip off.

[Aus]P. Temple Truth 165: ‘He was going nowhere before he got that call,’ said Villani. ‘Then he takes another one [...] and they’re off.’ [...] ‘Pure fucking supposition. Anyway, assuming he was dropped, there’s no way we can find the dog’.

7. (UK Und.) to tap a telephone.

[UK]J.J. Connolly Viva La Madness 61: If they’re droppin yer phone, they can set up the system so it recognizes keywords [...] coke, or white, or oats.

In compounds

drop cull (n.)

(UK Und.) one who supplies information to a criminal.

[UK]J. Fielding Thieving Detected 26: The Drop Cull makes the Sneak acquainted with the whole: if the Sneak happens to have success at either of these inns, he makes the other a present.

In phrases

drop bottom (v.)

(orig. US black) to drive around in one’s car playing loud (hip-hop) music with a heavy bass-line.

OnLine Dict. of Playground Sl. [Internet] dropping bottom n. Driving around with the bass on the audio system set at a vibration level liable to cause permanent damage to hearing and possibly other internal organs. Or to put it another way, ‘Yo dude just chillin round town dropping bottom.’ To elucidate, ‘dropping bottom’ is dumping extreme amounts of low frequencies into the stratosphere.
drop down to (v.)

to find out about someone’s character or plans.

[UK]Vaux Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 236: to drop down to a person is to discover or be aware of his character or designs.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[Aus][A. Harris] (con. 1820s) Settlers & Convicts 321: The man that was driving the Bathurst herd was a regular muff (booby), and never dropped down what o'clock it was (did not detect the scheme).
[Aus]Stephens & O’Brien Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] 65: DROP slang to drop down to is to understand, to be aware of.
drop knowledge (v.)

(US black) to demonstrate wisdom or skill.

Low Profile ‘Make Room For The Dub.B.U.’ [lyrics] Suckers flappin’ at the mouth, but they ain’t droppin’ knowledge.
Ice T ‘Message to the Soldier’ [lyrics] Why don’t you drop some knowledge for these brothers.
Frankie Ano featuring Bahamadia ‘Droppin’ Gems’ [lyrics] Drop The Beat Compilation [album] I’m not a mere mortal, but extraordinary human / Amazing with the microphone, plus the music I be doing / [...] / I insist you close lips and pay homage / To me, Bahamadia and for the way we drop knowledge.
[US]Mad mag. July 29: A street-tough rapper who ‘drops mad knowledge’ on children.
drop to (v.) (also drop (up)on)

1. to become aware of, to work out, to recognize.

[UK]C. Selby London by Night I ii: All right, I’ve dropped upon him!
[US]N.Y. Times 19 May 5/1: It is the duty of the ‘shadow’ to follow him in, if he can do so without being ‘dropped on,’ (noticed by the [subject]), to see how much money he spends, if any.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 7 Feb. 11/4: Now that that Wilcannia Times has ‘dropped’ to the designs of Prince Bismarck, public opinion in that empire, we learn, is in favour of some ‘modification’ with regard to Germany’s policy with respect to New Guinea.
[Aus]H. Lawson ‘Shooting the Moon’ in Roderick (1972) 150: The boss looked up at the window, and dropped to it [i.e. a ‘moonlight flit’].
[US]J. Flynt World of Graft 119: I’d like to hand my wife all I get, but she’d drop on to my graft ’f I did.
[US]Bourbon News (Paris, KY) 12 Mar. 2/4: He heard some of the Flabbergasting and Dropped to the situation.
[US] ‘The Great Bond Robbery’ in Roberts et al. Old Sleuth’s Freaky Female Detectives (1990) 75/2: The lady detective had ‘dropped’ to the scar identification mark.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 29 Sept. 44/1: She’s comin’ right west-away, too; as if they’d dropped to our little game.
[UK]Marvel 3 Mar. 10: We have dropped on a rum show this journey, Jack.
[US]F. Packard White Moll 68: Skeeny dropped to the fact that the police were wise about Skarbolov’s.
[US]M.C. Sharpe Chicago May (1929) 90: The plan was simple enough, but, like most simple plans, it was a wonder no one had dropped to it before.
[Aus]N. Lindsay Age Of Consent 183: Too dangerous. Mender’s dropped to it [...] They’ll be on the watch now.
[Aus]B. Humphries Barry McKenzie [comic strip] in Complete Barry McKenzie (1988) 113: Jeez Bazza, didn’t youse drop to that first up?
[Aus]B. Humphries Traveller’s Tool 46: Luckily Gwen in far-away Sydney never dropped to it.

2. (US Und.) to obtain, to gain.

[US]C.L. Cullen Tales of the Ex-Tanks 162: I happened on ’em. I drew them. They dropped to me, I won them.
[US]‘Old Sleuth’ Dock Rats of N.Y. (2006) 104: ‘Are you on the make?’ ‘What have you to offer?’ ‘You can drop to a big sum.’.
drop word(s) (v.)

(W.I.) to utter veiled insults, to make sarcastic comments.

[WI]Francis-Jackson Official Dancehall Dict. 16: Drop wud to make indirect comments about someone who is usually close enough to hear them.