1. a draught, a ‘pull’ at a bottle or glass.
|Journal and Letters (1873) 26: A case-bottle in his hand filled with Hollands, of which each of us took a sling .|
|Belfast Commercial Chron. 15 Dec. 4/2: Old Kentuck — I like to commence the evening in a lively manner. Major, let me have a leetle sling, but make it strong as thunder.|
2. (Aus.) in monetary senses.
(a) (also slingback) a bribe, a gift.
|AND].Golden Miles 74: ‘There’s some hungry bastards [...] makin’ big money on their ore, and never give the poor bugger boggin’ for them a sling back.’ The sling back might be ten bob on pay-day, or no more than a few pots of beer, but was always apprciated [|
|Joyful Condemned 232: Say I take twenty per cent of the cop for myself [...] all the rest goes in slings.|
|‘Whisper All Aussie Dictionary’ in Kings Cross Whisper (Sydney) xl 4/5: sling: A bribe.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 26 Apr. 44/1: They’re willin’ all right. Real brutal. Different if you beat it for the sling, but just for the no-roast is unreal ....|
|You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 9: They could afford to pay enormous slings to the police and politicians to keep the casinos operating.|
|Chopper From The Inside 80: Money for shady doctors, financing long-range campaigns, slings and backhanders.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 192: sling A tip, bribe or bonus ANZ 1930s.|
(b) a share of criminal gains.
|Sun. Herald (Sydney) 8 June 9/4: ‘Corner’ or ‘sling’ means a share in a haul; and ‘not a droob’ means nothing at all.in|
(c) a tip.
|Ridgey-Didge Oz Jack Lang 11: The freight to Balmain had not left him with much shrapnel out of a deep-sea-diver. The driver did not get a sling.|
|see sense 1.|
|see sense 1.|