1. (also pump at, pump out, put on the pump) to ask questions, to cross-examine, esp. to interrogate in a police station; thus your pump is good but your sucker is dry, your questions are good, but I have nothing to offer; pumping, questioning, interrogation.
|Women Pleased IV iii: I shall pump ye anon Sir.|
|Tale of a Tub IV iii: I’ll stand aside whilst thou pump’st out of him His business.|
|Eng. Rogue 41: This servent endeavoured to pump out of the Proponent what he came about.|
|An Evening’s Love Act III: Maskall, pump the Woman; and see if you can discover anything to save my Credit.|
|Hudibras Pt II canto 3 lines 489–92: Look yonder, some / To try or use our art are come: / The one’s the learned knight; seek out, / And pump ’em what they come about.|
|Venice Preserv’d II i: Pump me not for politics. No more!|
|Old Bachelor V i: She was pumping me about how your worship’s affairs stood towards Madam Araminta.|
|London Spy XVII 443: Old Practicers in the Noble Art of pump and Wheedle.|
|Beaux’ Strategem II ii: We’ll call him out and pump him a little.|
|Sauny the Scot II i: You may pump long enough er’e you get out a wise Word.|
|Beggar’s Opera III ix: By pouring Strong-Waters down my Throat, she thinks to pump some Secrets out of me.|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. n.p.: Pump to wheedle Secrets out of any one. Pumpt dry, not a Word left to say.|
|Dialogue Between a Married Lady and a Maid I : My own Mother set me on to pump thee, about what past between you two.|
|Tom Jones (1959) 369: She therefore ordered her maid to pump out of him by what means he had become acquainted with her person.|
|Lyar in Works (1799) I 287: I must know who this girl is [...] could not you contrive to pump out of her footman [...] the name of his mistress?|
|Disappointment II iv: But tell us, Moll, how the devil did you pump it out of him?|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Pump [...] To pump; to endeavour to draw a secret from any one without his perceiving it. Your pump is good, but your sucker is dry; said by one to a person who is attempting to pump him.|
|Dict. Sl. and Cant.|
|Hamlet Travestie I vi: You must pump him: If he won’t tell by fair means—why then—thump him.|
|Bucktails (1847) IV iii: I’ll pump Paddy Whack the next time we meet – I will, by gum.|
|Memoirs (trans. McGinn) III 74: Some thieves who [...] allow themselves to be pumped as to their past doings, those now in hand, and those meditated.|
|Pickwick Papers (1999) 216: Undergoing the process of being pumped.|
|Sam Slick in England I 139: They will be a-pumpin’ me for everlastinly, will the great men here, and they think a plaguy sight more of our opinion than you are aware on.|
|Paul Pry 11 Dec. n.p.: The proprietor is a "cunning card," and ‘pumps’ his new customers, by asking sundry questions about horse-racing, &c.|
|(con. 1843) White-Jacket (1990) 186: Observing the fellow to be in an agony of fear at the sight of the boatswain’s mates and their lashes, [...] the captain must have thought this a good opportunity for completely pumping him of all his secret.|
|Ask Mamma 279: Finding the coast clear they now [...] took to pumping Billy as to his connection with the house.|
|Tom Brown at Oxford (1880) 52: You should have told me so before you began to pump me.|
|Roughing It 67: The minute the boys go to pumping at Eckert [...] he shuts up his shell.|
|‘’Arry on the Road’ Punch 9 Aug. 83/1: It isn’t for nothing, old chump, / As I ’se parted so free to the Coachies, and artfully put on the pump.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 12 Mar. 9/3: Poor Mr Strong.He is being pumped upon with a fearful vengeance.|
|Dundee Courier (Scot.) 29 Sept. 7/4: Paddy tried to pump Dr Mackenzie’s billboy, but the latter was not to be pumped.|
|‘’Arry in the Witness-Box’ Punch 5 Feb. 61/2: The plaintiff [...] seemed to go slap orf ’is chump / And leaked orkurd facts like a sieve when the Counsel jest put on the pump.|
|Truth (Sydney) 14 Jan. 6/6: I think it must have been the whiskey that made him open the secrets of his heart to me. I certainly pumped him.|
|Amateur Cracksman (1992) 64: I had been able, in the most ordinary course, to pump poor Ewbank about anything and everything connected with the working of the bank.|
|‘The Song of What Do You Think’ in Roderick (1967–9 II) 283: They wheedle to cackle and pump to spout, and they read on the cheap to write.|
|Adventures of Jimmie Dale 33: Well, by pumping Moriarty, he admitted that Metzer had had a visitor about an hour after I left.|
|Autobiog. of a Thief 37: Under my skilful ‘pumping’ he told me all about himself.|
|Thieves Like Us (1999) 134: Some Law got to pumping him and he [...] let out that kind of a squawk.|
|(con. 1944) Naked and Dead 552: She always giggles when I try to pump her.|
|Sat. Night and Sun. Morning 60: Now he had to pump Aunt Ada and find out how to empty the tub.|
|Howard Street 154: Thinking he was a cop trying to pump Jackie about who was doing what.|
|(con. 1949) True Confessions (1979) 159: Pumping me [...] like I’m some sort of harp booby.|
|Only Fools and Horses [TV script] He doesn’t know who the courier is, that’s what he was pumping me about.‘To Hull and Back’|
|Filth 192: I’ve pumped the sorry cunt for more information about Bunty’s mental state.|
|(con. 1964–8) Cold Six Thousand 376: Barb saw him pump Jimmy.|
|Old Scores [ebook] Swann was asked to stick around and pump the journos.|
2. to duck someone under the pump, as a punishment.
|Northern Lasse I iv: A Divell in a most gentlewomanlike apparition. It had been well to have pumpd her. Is shee gone?|
|Ord. and Declar. both Ho., Lords Day 8: They conveyed him to the pump and pumpt him [OED].|
|Whores Dialogue 4: Oh! the Pump, the Pump, the very thought of a Pump put me in such a fine condition that I had need to have been to a Pump indeed to have made me sweet.|
|Virtuoso II in Works (1720) I 345: Pump him soundly, impudent fellow!|
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Pump [...] to drench, Bailives, Serjeants, Pick-pockets, &c.|
|Lives of the Gamesters (1930) 143: He hath often undergone the penance of being [...] severely cuff’d, pull’d by the nose, and sometimes pump’d.|
|Amorous Bugbears 10: Like a Dutchman in the Rasp-House, is forc’d to Pump or Drown.|
|Hist. of Highwaymen &c. 339: They as unmercifully pump’d him and duck’d him in a Horse-Pond.|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Pump [...] Pumping was also a punishment for bailiffs who attempted to act in privileged places, such as the Mint, Temple. It is also a piece of discipline administered to a pickpocket caught in the fact, when there is no pond at hand.|
|Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1785].|
|Eng. Spy I 410: He [...] after undergoing a most delightful pumping upon, was rough-dried by being tossed in a blanket.|
|Paul Clifford II 107: He was pumped by the mob for the theft of a bird’s-eye wipe.|
|Student Sl. in Cohen (1997) 21: pump v. […]. To hold one under a pump, and drench. (Obsolete).|
3. to have sexual intercourse; thus n. pumping [SE pump, to move vigorously up and down].
|‘Gee ho, Dobin’ in Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) II 204: I worked at her Pump till the Sucker grew dry, / And then I left pumping, a good Reason why.|
|letter 10 Jan. in Charters I (1995) 299: I glanced once out the backwindow as I pumped.|
|(con. 1930s) Lawd Today 180: The white men carried their gals off and started pumping away.|
|Kings Road 22: I don’t pump nameless bodies!|
|Sexual Perversity in Chicago (1994) 53: I’m pumping away.|
|Drylongso 62: If I was a cracker I might say, ‘Hell with her. She’s not my color, so pump her!’.|
|Straight Outta Compton 90: Diana’s booty is like the grand Canyon and I’m going to pump it until it runs dry.|
|Chopper 4 9: The Richmond boys [...] seemed to be in two minds about what to do first, attack us or pump the girl.|
|Kill Your Friends (2009) 70: He works late at the office pumping his way through her successors.|
|Kill Your Friends (2009) 73: That’s all he’s got not, isn’t it? The pumping [...] No nose-up, no pills, no frosty beers.|
4. to break wind.
|DSUE (1984) 933/2: Scots; C.19–20.|
|Viz June/July 24: Corks! I’ve pumped off my nose to spite my face!|
|Get Your Cock Out 74: The four-eyed Scotch geggy pumped loudly and pushed his dirty glasses up his nose.|
5. to weep [SE pump, to raise up water].
|Snarleyyow I 108: So let us leave all crying to the girls we leave on shore. / They may pump, / As in we jump / To the boat, and say ‘Good bye’.|
6. to exploit, to extort from.
|Ticket-Of-Leave Man Act I: It would be a sin to drop such a beautiful milch cow! Suppose we pumped him in partnership.|
7. (US teen) to ride pillion on a motorcycle or scooter [ety. unknown].
|Sl. U. 154: Hey, Jane, since you have a two-seater how about giving me a pump?|
8. (W.I.) to catch a free ride.
|Dict. Carib. Eng. Usage.|
|Notes for Gloss. of Barbadian Dial. 92: Pump. To get a free ride or drive, as I wonder if I can pump a lift to town.|
9. (drugs) to sell crack cocaine [one ‘pumps’ it out].
|Oz ser. 4 ep. 8 [TV script] You two fucks ain’t selling enough tits [...] You motherfuckers get pumping.‘You Bet Your Life’|
|ONDCP Street Terms 17: Pumping — Selling crack.|
|This Is How You Lose Her 97: The only job Rafa had ever was pumping to the Old Bridge whitekids.|
10. (US black) to play music loudly [one ‘pumps up the volume’].
|Way Past Cool 24: CD deck pumping a Too Short rap.|
|Hip-Hop Connection Dec. 21: The first time I heard someone driving by pumpin’ my first album.|
|Kings Road 22: He practically thought he was having pumpage with Royalty after your little sales-talk.|
1. usu. of music, hard-hitting, energetic, with a heavy bass line.
|Crumple Zone 19: They just got a pumpin’ dance toon on the airwaves an’ all that’.|
2. (Aus.) full of excitement.
|Peepshow [ebook] The place is pumping.|
see sense 1 above.
1. (US gay) a gathering at which men enlarge their penises with vacuum pumps.
|Male Body 47: In fact, the parallel world to ‘Iron Pumpers’ is ‘Vacuum Pumpers’ [...] Such size queens attend weekly ‘pumping parties,’ where they mix and mingle, all the while admiring the extended wares of the pumpees.|
2. (US) an illegal gathering at which cosmetic injections of silicone, botox, etc., are given.
|in Vibe (Boulder, CO) Mar. 143/1: In 2001, Vera Lawrence, a 53-year-old Miami woman, died during one of these illegal ‘pumping parties’ after silicone was injected into her buttocks.|
|Drawing Dead 373: Yeah, apparently there’s this thing that some guys do. They get the silicone. They inject it. Sometimes in their dicks, make them bigger. It’s called a pumping party. Ouch.|
|Sideline Scandals 180: My mouth dropped to the floor when I noticed that man as he injected something into a woman’s breast. [...] ‘What the hell’s going on here?’ I asked no one in particular. ‘It’s a pumping party,’ someone answered. ‘Duh’.|
see under iron n.
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1. (US Und.) to kill by shooting.
|Green Ice (1988) 28: I see by the papers that Cherulli got pumped out. [Ibid.] 34: Red didn’t pump Donner out.|
2. see sense 1 above.
1. to vomit.
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.:|
|,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn).|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
2. to urinate; also as n., an act of urination.
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.:|
|,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn) n.p.: To pump ship; to make water and, sometimes, to vomit.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. (2nd edn).|
|Ulysses 321: So I just went round to the back of the yard to pumpship.|
|(con. 1914–18) Songs and Sl. of the British Soldier.|
|Right to an Answer (1978) 69: The men went out to pump ship.|
|At Night All Cats Are Grey 67: The silly bugger must have folded up after having a pumpship. [Ibid.] 253: The three of us, lined up, shoulder to shoulder, as we pumpship against a rock.|
|I’m a Jack, All Right 29: Think I’ll pump ship and have a bit of a walk around.|
|(ref. to 1912)Times Literary Supplement 17 Dec. n.p.: Sir, – Reviewing Nigel Jones’s sex-preoccupied ‘Rupert Brooke’... Elizabeth Lowry believes she learns from it that Brooke’s semen sometimes came out green. What Brooke wrote, in a 1912 letter, was ‘When I pumpship it’s bright green.’ In fact, to pumpship (a euphemism often used by my father, a cleric of Brooke’s generation) meant nothing more exciting than to urinate.|
|Guardian 7 Jan. 18: Jones sees a reference to masturbation. In fact, to pumpship [...] meant nothing more than to urinate.|
(US black) to shake hands.
|Jive and Sl.|
1. to exaggerate.
|A Prisoner’s Tale 133: He took about two grand off us, pumped us right up about some help.|
|Powder 40: Even though he’d pumped them up many, many times – for the first time Wheezer Finlay allowed the notion that he was working with a real band.|
2. (US black/campus) to make livelier, to fill with energy.
|Do or Die (1992) 49: ‘Killin’ somebody, that make me higher.’ [...] ‘Kinda pumps you up.’.|
|Source Aug. 131: You got to pump yourself up.|
3. to lift weights, to bodybuild.
|Green River Rising 45: To his right [...] was where the blacks pumped up.|
4. (US gang) to express loyalty to.
|(con. 1990s) in One of the Guys 99: ‘Everybody over there who in a gang over there, who pump up been pumping up for while’.|
(UK Und.) resistant of questioning.