Green’s Dictionary of Slang

draw v.4

SE in slang uses

Based on SE draw, to extract, to withdraw

In compounds

drawback (n.) [the recipient draws back some money for themselves]

[20C+] (W.I.) a small bribe.

draw-latch (n.)

see separate entry.

In phrases

draw a cork (v.)

see separate entries.

draw a tooth (v.)

[mid-19C] to wrench off a door-knocker.

draw bungy (v.) [? the sound of a bung being withdrawn from a cask]

[1950s+] (W.I.) to snore.

draw caad/card (v.)

[1950s+] (W.I./UK black teen) to trick or connive, to mislead, to ‘pull a fast one’ on someone.

draw down (v.)

[1990s+] (W.I.) to make an advance of some sort, usu. sexual.

draw it mild (v.)

see separate entry.

draw off (v.) [SE draw off, to divert one’s attention]

[late 19C] of a woman, to calm a man’s passion by consenting to sleep with him.

draw one

[late 19C–1940s] (US short order) a phr. meaning pour me a cup of coffee; thus ext. as draw one in the dark, pour me a black coffee; also as n., a cup of coffee.

draw someone for (v.)

[19C] to borrow money from someone.

draw (the) crabs (v.)

1. [1910s+] (Aus.) to draw enemy fire (actual or metaphorical).

2. to attract unwelcome attention; to face criticism.

draw the crow (v.) [an anecdote in which a number of game birds and one crow were on offer and one hapless person drew the crow]

[1940s+] (Aus.) to come off worst, usu. in a share-out or division of spoils, labour, prizes etc.

draw the twine (v.) [? the twine used in bricklaying]

[1990s+] (Irish) to pursue a profitable activity.

draw water (v.) [naut. jargon, a large ship draws more water than a smaller one]

[20C+] to have influence.

In exclamations

draw it easy!

[mid-19C] (US) a general excl. expressing incredulity or derision.

draw it mild!

see separate entry.

Based on other SE senses

In compounds

draw drapes (n.)

[1970s] (US gay) the foreskin.

In phrases

draw the blinds (v.) (also draw the veil) [the foreskin represents the blinds that cover the penis] (US gay)

1. [1920s] to engage in homosexual activity.

2. [1970s+] to pull back the foreskin.

3. [1980s+] to fellate an uncircumcised penis.

draw the king’s/queen’s picture (v.) [UK banknotes always carry the current monarch’s head]

[late 18C–19C] (UK Und.) to create counterfeit banknotes.