(UK Und.) searching for a victim whether for a theft, a confidence trick etc.
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Hunting c. decoying or drawing others into Play.|
|New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|New Dict. Cant (1795).|
|‘Modern Dict.’ in Sporting Mag. May XVIII .|
|Dict. Sl. and Cant.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Modern Flash Dict.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.|
SE in slang uses
(US prison) a commitment to kill an inmate, often ordered by a gang leader.
|Jargon 41: Don’t mess with the Sanitation Commissioner – he has a hunting license.|
|Prison Sl. 94: Occasionally certain gang members are assigned to kill someone. This mission is known as a hunting license.|