Green’s Dictionary of Slang

stroll n.

[SE stroll, to wander along; usu. US, but note cit. 1832 in sense 1; the original stroll was situated between 26th and 63rd Streets on New York’s West Side, the mid–late 19C centre of the black population. During the 1890s the stroll moved to Seventh Avenue between 23rd to 34th Streets and when the focus of black life moved again, to Harlem (c.1920), the stroll moved up-town on Seventh Avenue between 131st and 132nd Streets]

1. (mainly US black) the main street, esp. when used as a social centre.

[UK] in Egan Bk of Sports 146: My moll oft’ tips the knowing dive / When sea-crabs gang the stroll.
[US]Mezzrow & Wolfe Really the Blues 206: You couldn’t see for looking, there were so many things to dig on The Stroll between 131st and 132nd.
[US]R.S. Gold ‘Vernacular of the Jazz World’ in AS XXXII:4 277: stroll. Street, avenue.
[US]R. Campbell Alice in La-La Land (1999) 40: Outside [...] flash acts on roller skates, and undercover cops in lavender net shirts were already on the stroll.
[US](con. 1920s) I.L. Allen City in Sl. (1995) 42: In older black street vernacular, the stroll alluded to the social use of the main street as a promenade. [Ibid.] 74: Harlem nightlife was concentrated on and near Seventh Avenue in the 130s and 140s and, to a lesser extent, on Lenox. Seventh Avenue was Harlem’s promenade—The Stroll.
[US]L. Pettiway Workin’ It 34: And the little bit I do do outside in the street, it’s no cops, since it’s not a main stroll.
[US](con. 1964–8) J. Ellroy Cold Six Thousand 149: Negro nite owls on the stroll.

2. (US pimp) those streets or blocks on which prostitutes ply their trade; thus a prostitute; thus as v., to work as a street prostitute.

[[UK]Dly Gaz. for Middlesborough 27 Oct. 3/5: Defendant called her [...] ‘a soldier’s stroll’ and ‘a soldier’s bastard’].
[[US]M. Rand ‘Clip-Joint Chisellers’ in Ten Story Gang Aug. [Internet] The girls plastered their mugs with make-up ready for their strolls on the stem].
[UK]W. Hall Long and the Short and the Tall Act I: ’Cause my little sister Lily has a stroll on Piccadilly.
[US]Milner & Milner Black Players 19: Pimps and hos are supposed to have no contact with one another [...] anywhere that a ho is ‘on the walk’ or ‘stroll’ (working).
[US]A.K. Shulman On the Stroll 3: The hookers who work it [i.e. 42nd Street, NYC] call it the stroll.
[US](con. early 1950s) J. Ellroy L.A. Confidential 366: A well-known prostie stroll.
[Can]A. Highcrest At Home on the Stroll 21: Before 1972 I hadn’t heard of male prostitutes, male strolls or male escort services.
[US](con. 1975–6) E. Little Steel Toes 101: I’m lookin’ for where they [i.e. whores] stroll.
[US]G. Pelecanos (con. 1972) What It Was 192: The 14th and U Street corridor still had women out on the stroll.

3. (US) anything requiring only minimal effort, an easy task.

[UK]M. Amis Experience 343: He [...] usually beats me at a stroll.

4. (US black) a place where drugs are sold.

[US]Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] stroll Definition: place where drugs are sold. Example: Man, I been on the stroll all day.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

take the morning stroll (v.)

(UK, Belfast) to be hanged.

[Ire](con. 1945) S. McAughtry Touch and Go 101: ‘Do you think he’ll escape the rope?’ [...] ‘Judges are sudden death on working-class men getting full drunk.’ He smiled: ‘Don’t worry, Dan Byrne’ll take the morning stroll.’.