1. (Aus.) to dismiss from a job.
|Forty Modern Fables 23: If any one had to be Speared, they preferred that it should be some Dead Card who wore Congress Gaiters and Throat Warmers.|
|Shearer’s Colt 27: Didn’t he spear [dismiss] you for cutting a plateful of meat off one of them stud rams?|
|Aus. Lang. 63: To [...] spear a man, to fire him.|
2. (Aus.) to throw, usu. to throw out of a pub, dancehall etc.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 26 Apr. 46: The fucking hack-ups fell out of the roof and the whole fucking place got into the act. [...] I got speared through the front door. Fuck. It was wild.|
|You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 31: Les was going to belt him but decided against it and just speared him into the crowd.|
3. (US, also toss the spear) to beg, to obtain through begging.
|Lincoln (NE) Daily News 2 Aug. 3-A: By de time he makes de street an’ starts f’r home he’s so shy o’ gum an’ cigaret change dat w’en a macer [...] tosses him de spear he’s bellerin’ murder inside o’ him because he’s been so soft on de perduce wit’ his fr’en’s.|
|‘Gila Monster Route’ in Hobo 195: They had mooched the stem and threw their feet, / And speared four bits on which to eat.|
|AS II:9 390: To make the grade or connect is to get the amount of money one is after. Spear is another word for connecting.‘Argot of the Vagabond’ in|
|‘Jargon of the Und.’ in DN V 464: spear, To beg.|
|Hobo’s Hornbook 159: They had piped the stem and threw their feet, / And speared four bits for something to eat.‘Gila Monster Route’ in|
|DAUL 202/1: Spear. To cadge, as drinks in a saloon.et al.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 819: spear – To obtain.|
4. (US prison) to arrest.
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 178: Spear.– [...] to arrest.|
|San Quentin Bulletin in L.A. Times 6 May 7: SPEAR, to arrest.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
5. (US Und.) to pickpocket.
|in Good Words (1987) 218: Spear. [...] To pick a wallet.|
6. (Aus. prison, also spear in) to put something or someone in a person’s way.
|Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] Spear. To put something somebody’s way. As in ‘to spear in some tobacco’.|
|Neddy (1998) 205: Not one bit, but the cunt will spear one of the younger guys in to load you.|
(Aus.) to get a job.
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl.|
see under bearded clam n.