1. (also blag job, blague) robbery, often with violence, esp. of a bank or post office.
|Sessions Papers n.p.: There has been another blag down round here [DU].|
|Gilt Kid 22: I’ve let myself in for screwing the Bank of England or doing a blag on the crown jewels.|
|Sharpe of the Flying Squad 329: Smash and grab raiding is described as ‘The Blague’ or ‘The Smash.’ (‘Billy is at the blague’ – Billy is smash and grab raiding).|
|Phenomena in Crime 138: A ‘blag’, which means snatching from the counter.|
|Boss of Britain’s Underworld 31: Now blagging is robbery with violence [...] There were many advantages in blags. First, most blags are done for hard cash .|
|Boss of Britain’s Underworld 5: We never wore disguises [...] It’s amazing how few people recognise you on a blag job.|
|Bang To Rights 10: Some geezer, who [...] had been captured on a blag down the west.|
|Sir, You Bastard 71: A blag was done up the road.|
|A Prisoner’s Tale 16: He would have taken his nicking had he really been involved in the blag and it had come on top.|
|(con. 1950s–60s) in Little Legs 38: The only things the Old Bill have ever captured me for are blags and deception.|
|The Joy (2015) [ebook] He never seemed to flash any of the sponds he claimed to earned from various ‘job’ and ‘blags’.|
|Hooky Gear 181: Me an him is gonna pull off one of the biggest blags in the history of crime. [Ibid.] 182: I tell them about the Wealdstone corner shop blag of ’94, the biggest confectionery haul of the last millennium. It was well sweet.|
|Raiders 111: You can’t do as many armed blags as I have done and expect to reign for ever.|
2. bag-snatching, watch-stealing.
|DSUE (8th edn) 90/2: since ca. 1920.|
3. a wages snatch.
|DSUE (8th edn) 90/2: since late 1930s.|
4. (orig. UK Und.) a persuasive if lying story.
|[||Luton Times 24 Apr. 8/5: Cave, adsam; you understand me, / Drop them, abandon blague and cant, / And tell me plainly what you want].|
|Crust on its Uppers 15: This is no blag [...] it’s a tale of someone who wanted to go and go.|
|He Died with His Eyes Open 24: Next time you just throw any old unverified blag off on me over a case I’m handling, you might just have a stumble on your next flight to the top.|
|Happy Like Murderers 185: Making a monkey out of. Pulling the wool over. Putting one over on. The chisel. The blag.|
|Urban Grimshaw 54: Everyone was on the make [...] pulling a blag.|
5. (Irish) an oppprtunity for crime.
|The Joy (2015) [ebook] ‘[I]t’s instinct [...] being able to spot a switch when it was going down, spot a blag, an opening, an opportunity’.|
a pay-roll robber.
|DSUE (8th edn) 90/1: since ca. 1950.|