1. (US Und.) to fail, esp. in the commission of a crime.
|‘Jargon of the Und.’ in DN V 460: Ranked, Said of an attempted burglary which has miscarried.|
|Und. Speaks n.p.: Ranked, caught in the act of committing a crime.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
2. (US) to disdain, to disparage.
|AS IX:4 288: joe rank Name applied to one who is quick to talk about another’s weaknesses.‘Negro Sl. in Lincoln University’ in|
|Hepcats Jive Talk Dict. n.p.: rank: to criticize.|
|Gang Delinquency and Delinquent Subcultures (1968) 32: ‘He started to rank me,’ Benny said, meaning that the Stomper had been taunting him.‘The Cherubs Are Rumbling’ in Short|
|in Current Sl. (1967) I:4 5/1: Ranked out, adj. Scolded.|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 32: [She] watched Harry as he struggled with the stick and ranked him as he covered his nose and mouth trying to suppress a cough.|
|Different Seasons (1995) 457: I’ll kill you for that. Nobody ranks my mother.|
|Angel of Montague Street (2004) 14: They’d tell Newfie jokes [...] ranking on people from Newfoundland because they talk funny.|
3. to lower; to lose status or job seniority.
|New Hepsters Dict. in Calloway (1976) 259: rank (v.): to lower.|
|Bounty of Texas (1990) 212: rank, v. – to lose, or rank, one’s job in prison.‘Catheads [...] and Cho-Cho Sticks’ in Abernethy|
|Killing Time 176: There was a lot of heat on one trusty fussing with another. Some of them even got ranked. [demoted from trusty status back to regular inmate status]. Some of them asked to be ranked.|
4. (orig. US black) to cause problems for another person’s plans or actions.
|DAUL 174/1: Rank, v. 1. To frustrate or ruin the execution of a crime by blunder or intention.et al.|
|Blind Man with a Pistol (1971) 181: Don’t rank it, man, don’t rank it!|
|N.Y. Amsterdam News 29 Sept. 34/3: The Black and Hispanic kids all related to the film and just fell out laughing, because it was part of their experience. They knew what ‘ranking’ and ‘snapping’ on someone meant. The white professors, just like many film programmers, had a cultural block to the film.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 139: I’ma rank the nigger, take his touff from ’im. [...] There are a number of expressions [...] that characterize one person’s attempt to interrupt, impede, or totally sabotage another person’s action [...] to mess up/rank someone’s action.|
5. to insult, often by ritual insults directed at the other person’s mother; as n., an insult.
|Shook-Up Generation (1961) 171: RANK To insult (Usually profanity concerning a boy’s mother).|
|Scene (1996) 161: Shut up, you crippled bastard! You tryin to rank Rudy, that’s what you tryin to do!|
|Jones Men 165: If you gon rank me, I’ll go somewhere else and spend my money.|
|Sl. U. 157: rank on to put down.|
|College Sl. Research Project (Cal. State Poly. Uni., Pomona) [Internet] Rank [...] 3. (verb) To pick on, to tease.|
|Dreamcatcher 152: ‘Come on, you dickweed,’ Beaver says. One thing about the Beav, he knows a really excellent rank when he hears it.|
6. (US campus) to ridicule.
|Da Bomb [Internet] 23: Rank: To make fun of; ridicule.|
(US Und.) to blunder in the operation of a confidence trick.
|Big Con 305: To rank a joint. For a grifter to make a mistake while a mark is being played for, thus revealing that the confidence game is crooked. If the mark sees the mistake and realizes what is happening, the store is then ranked.|
|DAUL 174/1: Rank a joint. 1. To render a place unfit for criminal operations; to render a place unsafe for robbery. ‘That score (robbery) is screwed up (ruined). You ranked the joint makin’ all that noise.’.et al.|
(US black) to beg for help, to surrender to pressure, to behave badly or weakly.
|‘Somethin to Ride To’ [lyrics] on Shorty the Pimp [album] I ain’t going to talk bad / No I ain’t going to rank out.|
|Monster (1994) 133: I never once thought of rankin’ out, pleading, or otherwise backing down.|
(US black) to obstruct deliberately another’s sexual advances.
|Coll. Stories (1990) 29: Miss Lou, an evil old ex-whore with a grudge against the world [...] had sent Mr Shelton on up to catch him there in the hopes of ranking Fay’s play.‘A Nigger’ in|
|Blind Man with a Pistol (1971) 123: ‘We’re ranking Slick’s play,’ another man said.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 3: Punk over there rankin’ my play. [Ibid.] 139: There are a number of expressions [...] that characterize one person’s attempt to interrupt, impede, or totally sabotage another person’s action [...] to rank someone, to mess up/rank someone’s action/style/game/play .|