1. a beating, a thrashing.
|, ,||Sl. Dict.|
|Life In Sing Sing 248: Fanning. spanking.|
|Tropic of Cancer (1963) 265: A cop came along and [...] gave us such a sound fanning that we were up and on our feet in a jiffy.|
|Amboy Dukes 108: Shut up [...] or you’ll get a fanning.|
2. (US Und.) a pickpocket’s preliminary running of their hands over a victim to find a wallet or bankroll.
|Life In Sing Sing 248: Fanning. Locating purse.|
|Keys to Crookdom 404: Fanning. Locating a purse.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
3. a search of a person, usu. for weapons.
|AS VI:6 438: fanning, n. A search, or frisk, by the police or prison guards.‘Convicts’ Jargon’ in|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 509: Big False Face gives The Humming Bird a quick fanning.‘The Brakeman’s Daughter’ in|