1. [18C] a spirituous liquor, e.g. gin, rum, i.e. a shilling’s (5p) worth.
2. [late 18C+] a shilling (5p).
3. [early 19C] (UK und.) a counterfeit shilling.
4. [mid-19C+] money in general; esp. as a few bob.
5. [1930s+] (US) $1.
[1900s] (UK und.) counterfeit.
[1980s] (N.Z.) a dance.
1. [late 19C+] the payment of a shilling (5p) into a common pot, esp. as used for buying drinks; also attrib.
2. [mid-19C+] (Aus.) a dicing game in which all players contribute a shilling (5p); the winner then buys the round of drinks.
[late 19C] (N.Z.) a collection of money (nominally a shilling per head), e.g. to pay for drinks.
[19C+] one shilling each person, used when estimating the cost of meals, outings, tickets etc; also attrib., with sesne of second-rate (see cite 1894).
[20C+] (Aus.) a general phr. of approval.
see few bob short of the pound under ...short of... adj.