do in v.
1. to spend, to squander.
|Referee 19 May in (1909) 111/2: I am utterly unable to understand the unhealthy state of mind of a young follow of one or two and twenty who in little more than a twelvemonth loses between three and four hundred thousand pounds, and who now rushes to ‘do in’ every spare fiver or tenner that comes into his possession.|
|Truth (Sydney) 5 May 6/4: Millionaire Barney Barnoto [sic] [...] made his millions, and is now ‘doing in’ some of it in England racing.|
|Pink ’Un and Pelican 182: He is [...] ‘doing in’ his health and his brass with the daughters of the horse-leech.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 9 June 15/1: He had been ‘doing-in his bit’ at the pub. when the township went off its head over the relief of Mafeking.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 31 Jan. 1/1: In addition to doing all his ducats another Tommy was jostled for all his jewellery.|
|Songs of a Sentimental Bloke 15: Jist ’eadin’ ’em, an’ doin’ in me gilt.‘A Spring Song’ in|
|Backblock Ballads 33: When we’ve done our little cheque in, and the township’s at our back.‘The Homeward Track’ in|
|There Ain’t No Justice 12: If you do get hold of some money you’re like all the others round this way. Do it all in at the dogs or buy pigeons.|
|Fings II i: Fred’s ’aving a grand openin’ night tonight an’ ’e thought you might like to come along and do in a few fifties.|
|Holy Smoke 26: He done in the whole issue on sheilas and bombo.|
|(con. 1961) Spend, Spend, Spend Scene 17: I expect his missus’ll do it in for him.|
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 37/1: do, do in to spend all one’s money, often recklessly.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].|
2. to steal; to rob.
|Child of the Jago (1982) 100: Him as done the sparks in from Regent Street for nine centuries o’ quids.|
|Fact’ry ’Ands 19: He’s done Magill in fer ’er little bit.|
|Spats’ Fact’ry (1922) 31: That’s the bloke all right. That’s the spotter what done me in.|
|Dict. of Aus. Words And Terms [Internet] DO IN – To defraud.|
3. (UK und.) to pawn.
|Sketch (London) 22 Feb. 18: ‘They had done it in at the “Spank” an’ we divides up six quid (sovereigns), fer it was a nice red lot ’.|
4. to kill, to murder.
|Marvel 17 Nov. 469: I’ve done a man in for that very ring!|
|Moods of Ginger Mick 37: Becos a crook done in a prince, an’ narked an Emperor, / An’ struck a light that set the world aflame.‘The Push’ in|
|Lingo of No Man’s Land 29: DOING-IN Killing, as ‘we are doing-in the Huns’.|
|Human Side of Crook and Convict Life 37: You didn’t know I was a murderer, did you? That’s the second fellow I’ve done in.|
|Green Ice (1988) 45: He’s lined up the gent that did Dot in.|
|Big Con 201: When I see a rat [...] I want to do him in.|
|Three-Ha’Pence to the Angel 35: There was all-night parties every other night and ’alf the time it ended up in murder and turf and someone wanting to do someone in.|
|Up the Junction 20: She don’t really care. I’d do meself in!|
|Spend, Spend, Spend Scene 78: The police took away Keith’s shotguns in case I tried to do myself in.|
|Yes We Have No 106: The notoriety did him in. Killed him sure as hanging.|
|Layer Cake 163: Kinky didn’t go over [...] Someone did him in.|
|Old Scores [ebook] ‘I heard it was them who did your boy in’.|
5. (Aus.) to defeat.
|DSUE (8th edn) 318/1: Aus. C.20.|
6. in fig. use, to kill off; of food, to finish.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 7 Dec. 19/1: Bill wades in till he’s done-in 11 of them [i.e. eggs].|
|Marvel 7 July 670: That blooming Spikey has done me in.|
|Greenmantle (1930) 175: We drank to the health of Prince Rupprecht, the same blighter I was trying to do in at Loos.|
|Leave it to Psmith (1993) 494: Still, it’s done me in. I tried once or twice, but I couldn’t seem to make the cards behave no more, so I quit.|
|Ordinary Families 120: [of a boat] Done the old Pig in [...] Well, it doesn’t matter, she wouldn’t have lasted another season anyway.|
|N.Y. Mosaic (1999) 16: It was this passion to paint that finally did her in.Do I Wake or Sleep in|
|Black Cargo 188: I did the job in. Very nearly did Neville in, too!|
|Proud Highway (1997) 289: Because they will do me in, McGarr, just as they’ll do you in [...] and finish us all off in a blaze of shit and oppression.letter 19 Oct. in|
|Steptoe and Son [TV script] We’ve done a bottle in already. I didn’t come here to booze.‘And So To Bed’|
|Grand Central Winter (1999) 65: He [...] had done-in the other arm scrambling over razor wire.|
|Layer Cake 225: The charlie does the appetite right in.|
7. to break off, to abandon; to miss a train.
|[perf. Marie Lloyd] And the Leaves Began to Fall [lyrics] In a forest, for the hour was getting late / Both the maiden and her swain thought ’We'll do in our last train’.|
|More Gal’s Gossip 118: All this delay and flummery over a paltry threepennyworth of oil [...] came precious near causing me to do in an appointment I had with a very dear old legal friend.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 3 Apr. 4/7: You’ve done the rattler in today, you ain’t got Buckley’s ’ope.‘His Quest’ in|
8. to make an error, to fail in some way.
|Pitcher in Paradise 31: Gawd’s trooth! you don’t mean to say as you’ve been an’ done the train in, gents?|
|Come in Spinner (1960) 317: I can’t see it frightening off your son of a Lord even if he finds out you did the Government in for a few thousand.|
9. to wear out, to exhaust.
|London Embassy 152: I’ve done my back in I don’t know how many times.|
|(con. 1967) Welcome to Vietnam (1989) 28: He is a tough son of a bitch, but a year in Nam has done him in.|
|Scotland on Sun. Mag. 7 Nov. 19: My head’s done in with it.|
|Right As Rain 12: That Sherman Coles pickup do you in?|
|Bug (Aus.) July [Internet] Now, I am not the only league writer who knows it was dress code what done in Fatty Vautin and blunted the future of Peter Sharp.|
10. to beat up.
|Liverpool Dly Post 7 Nov. 8/6: They were met by the Seales, one of whom said, ‘Get hold of anything, and do them in’.|
|Ulysses 557: I’ll do him in, so help me fucking Christ!|
|(con. 1914) One Man’s War 77: Mimi’s restaurant had been ‘cleaned out’ by the Boche. After they had eaten all they could hold, they ‘did in’ the fixtures.|
|Caretaker Act I: I could have got done in down there.|
|Go-Boy! 195: Yeah, I’ve got to do you in.|
|Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 62: Somebody would light into him, then everybody else sprang and we’d do him in.|
|Indep. Rev. 23 May 5: You said you’d bash them and do in their dollies if they failed to learn.|
|Life 51: I had a lucky break where I did a bully in by total sheer luck.|
11. of machinery, objects, to break or damage.
|Autobiog. of a Thief 160: He had, in the words of the bard, ‘done his gear-box in.’.|
|Capricornia (1939) 289: Pretty crook. Done in the bearing of the steam-chest valve too.|
|Spend, Spend, Spend Scene 91: I did the car in a few hundred times.|
12. (drugs) to consume.
|Shake Him Till He Rattles (1964) 102: Lee asked if she had any pills. She shook her head. ‘No, we did in the last of them.’.|
13. to damage, to injure.
|G’DAY 20: Mr Foster is on compo. He claims he did his back in. Actually he's just having a bit of a bludge.|
1. to commit suicide.
|Spoilers 106: If it ’adn’t bin for Snuff ’ere bein’ sech comp’ny to me, I reckon I’d ha’ made a ’ole in the water an’ done myself in, I would.|
|Nights in Town 175: ‘Out of it? How?’ ‘Done herself in.’ ‘What?’ ‘Cocaine. Overdose.’.|
|Human Side of Crook and Convict Life 26: I felt like doing myself in the night I was arrested.|
|Send for Paul Temple (1992) 41: Coo – ’e did ’imself in in style like, didn’t ’e?|
|Swag, the Spy and the Soldier in Lehmann The Penguin New Writing No. 26 (1945) 39: By midnight he had not returned; I began to fear he’d done himself in.|
|Riverslake 250: He’s only one of half a dozen who’ve done themselves in in the last year. Rope, poison, razors – the bastards are mad!|
|Start in Life (1979) 69: Oh, it’s terrible. I feel awful. I’ll do myself in. I shall.|
|Educating Rita I ii: frank: She’s very caring, very tolerant, admires me enormously and spends a great deal of time putting her head in the oven. rita: Does she try an’ do herself in?|
|Hood Rat 133: One inmate [is] goading his neighbour to kill himself [...] The neighbour’s cell is silent, as if he’s already done himself in.|
2. to put oneself in a deliberately unpleasant situation or position.
|Vile Bodies 115: Weren’t you over at the office with Balcairn the day he did himself in?|
(also do someone’s head, do someone’s box in, do someone’s swede in) to upset, to disconcert.
|(con. 1958) Been Down So Long (1972) 112: Lush does your head, baby.|
|Zoom 64: All that vending / blunted my edges and did my head in.‘Ten Pence Story’ in|
|Awaydays 89: Got to do something. Doin’ me swede in, all this.|
|Yes We Have No 73: That did our heads in. We never got over it.|
|Grits 77: A noise-a iss fuckin taffy techno [...] does me fuckin ead in.|
|Urban Grimshaw 43: Know what? You do my fucking box in, you do.|