Green’s Dictionary of Slang

fart v.

[cognate with various words in Teutonic and Indo-Germanic languages, e.g. Skrt pard, MHG verzen, ON freta, Lith. pérdzu, Rus. perdet]

1. [late 14C+] to break wind; also in fig. use, to expel.

2. [1970s–80s] (UK black) to suffer.

In phrases

fart about (v.) (also fart around)

1. [1910s+] to dawdle, to mess around.

2. [1980s] to irritate.

fart along (v.)

[1990s+] (US) to dawdle, to proceed slowly.

fart sparks (v.)

[1990s+] (Aus.) to be very angry.

fart through silk (v.) (also fart in silk)

[1920s+] (US) to live prosperously, to feel happy, to be important.