1. (mainly US black) the main street, esp. when used as a social centre.
|in Bk of Sports 146: My moll oft’ tips the knowing dive / When sea-crabs gang the stroll.|
|Really the Blues 206: You couldn’t see for looking, there were so many things to dig on The Stroll between 131st and 132nd.|
|AS XXXII:4 277: stroll. Street, avenue.‘Vernacular of the Jazz World’ in|
|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.|
|(con. 1920s) 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.|
|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.|
|(con. 1964–8) 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.
|[||Dly Gaz. for Middlesborough 27 Oct. 3/5: Defendant called her [...] ‘a soldier’s stroll’ and ‘a soldier’s bastard’].|
|[||Ten Story Gang Aug. [Internet] The girls plastered their mugs with make-up ready for their strolls on the stem].‘Clip-Joint Chisellers’ in|
|Long and the Short and the Tall Act I: ’Cause my little sister Lily has a stroll on Piccadilly.|
|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).|
|On the Stroll 3: The hookers who work it [i.e. 42nd Street, NYC] call it the stroll.|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 366: A well-known prostie stroll.|
|At Home on the Stroll 21: Before 1972 I hadn’t heard of male prostitutes, male strolls or male escort services.|
|(con. 1975–6) Steel Toes 101: I’m lookin’ for where they [i.e. whores] stroll.|
|What It Was 192: The 14th and U Street corridor still had women out on the stroll.(con. 1972)|
3. (US) anything requiring only minimal effort, an easy task.
|Experience 343: He [...] usually beats me at a stroll.|
4. (US black) a place where drugs are sold.
|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
(UK, Belfast) to be hanged.
|(con. 1945) 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.’.|