Green’s Dictionary of Slang

lug v.1

[SE lug, to drag]

1. to escort someone, to bring along a companion.

[[UK]J. Gay Distressd Wife II viii: You are Beast enough to be fond of the Country, I find, and I am to be lugg’d thither to keep you Company].
[Ire]Tom And Jerry; Musical Extravaganza II ii: The law shall take its course – I’ll ring my creaks and lug you off; and charge you for robbery.
[US]S. Smith Major Downing (1834) 122: Forty old maidens, some younger, some older, / Each lugged an old bachelor home on her shoulder.
[Ire] ‘Miseries Of Matrimony’ Dublin Comic Songster 78: They lugg’d me off to prison straight.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 13 Feb. 3/2: Mr Chjarles Turner, publican [...] was lugegd up by his better half, who stood sentry over him with her parasol.
[UK]G.W.M. Reynolds Mysteries of London II (2nd series) 19: He was lugged off and took down in that there place.
[UK]Shoreditch Obs. (London) 10 Dec. 3/5: The bobby touches me on the shoulder [...] and says ‘Come along’ [...] and he lugs me off here.
[UK]Wild Boys of London I 22/2: He was lugged out and the next case called.
[UK]Sporting Times 1 Feb. 5/5: I lugged him all over Notre Dame.
[US]Sun (NY) 10 July 29/4: Here is a genuine letter written in thieves’ slang, recently found by the English police [...] The noise of the milling the glass brought tray flies. She chucked a reeler and was lugged before the beak and fine[d] a bull.
[UK]Kipling ‘Propagation of Knowledge’ in Complete Stalky & Co. (1987) 226: Then lug in Claude Halcro in the Pirate.
[UK]J.G. Brandon Gang War 160: Sorry to lug you out so early in the morning.
[UK]D. Powis Signs of Crime 191: Lug around (a person) To have an unpleasant person in one’s company because of orders received or a sale to be made.

2. to arrest or imprison.

[UK]B. Pain De Omnibus 38: The gent wud twig as ’e were tight, an’ likely git ’im lugged fur bein’ drunk while drivin’ ’is keb.
[US]G.V. Higgins At End of Day (2001) 101: I won’t mind that I got lugged and I’m gonna hafta spend the next eight years my life beatin’ my meat.

3. (Aus./US Und.) to lure a victim into a confidence game.

[Aus]Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 4 Sept. 1/1: ‘Lugging’ is a potent factor with the guns who infest racecourses.
[US](con. 1905–25) E.H. Sutherland Professional Thief (1956) 123: It is almost uncanny the way some of these officers can pick out a thief who is lugging a sucker.
[US]D. Maurer Big Con 301: To lug. To steer a mark for a confidence game.

4. to lure a victim into a place where they can be robbed and beaten.

[Aus]Gippsland Times(Vic.) 29 Jan. 3/2: ‘Lugging a man’ is the term used for enticing a person to some place where he can be robbed and assaulted.

In phrases

lug out (v.)

1. to draw a sword.

[UK]T. Shadwell Squire of Alsatia I i: The prigster lugged out in defence of his natural, the captain whipped his porker out, and away rubbed prigster and called the watch.
[UK]Dryden Juvenal XVI 201: Their cause they to an easier issue put: They will be heard, or they lug out and cut.
[UK]Smollett Roderick Random (1979) 272: I a’n’t afraid of lugging out against any man that wears a head, damme! ’tis well known I have drawn blood more than once.
[UK]G.J. Whyte-Melville Katerfelto 7: To fence, to ‘lug out’ as it was called, on slight provocation.

2. to hand over money.

[UK]Belle’s Stratagem 14: Come, Bet — lug out — give me your draught for five hundred more, which will make three thousand neat — and spur me to death if I don’t tip you cent. per cent.
[UK]J. Bell Jr. (ed.) Rhymes of Northern Bards 43: To some slop-shop now thou may go trudging / And lug out some squandering coins.
[UK]‘Alfred Crowquill’ Seymour’s Humourous Sketches (1866) 161: First and foremost, you must lug out for the damage you’ve done.

3. (US) to draw a gun.

[US]A.H. Lewis Wolfville 204: He lugs out his six-shooter.
lug someone’s ear (v.)

(Aus.) to pester, esp in order to borrow money.

[Aus]Armidale Chron. (NSW) 20 Sept. 1/7: And to satisfy the clamor / Really placed him in a fix, / And this one tried to ‘nobble’ him, / And that one ‘lugged’ his ear, / But his final fond selection, / Drove full forty on the beer!
Gundagai Indep. (NSW) 5 Feb. 2/3: Thus the ‘Cooma Express’ in the course of a leaderette on the federal capital site [...] attempting to lug his ear [...] proposes to banquet the Federal members.
[Aus]Baker Popular Dict. Aus. Sl.