stall off n.
any form of evasive story or trick.
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 269: stall off: a term variously applied; generally it means a pretence, excuse, or prevarication—as a person charged with any fault, entering into some plausible story, to excuse himself, his hearers or accusers would say, O yes, that’s a good stall off.|
|Swell’s Night Guide 76: She gammons to fake her smalls vith the vite vipe; but its a stall off to mop the pawney out of her blinkers.|
|,||Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.|
|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor I 424/1: There’re plenty of travelling women who go about with a basket and a bit of driss (lace) in it, gammy lace, for a stall-off (a blind), in case they meet the master, who would order them off.|
|Newcastle Courant 2 Dec. 6/6: ‘I’ll take the snow up[ as a stall off .’ [...] He took a basket of clean clothes.|