1. (US Und.) to knock out or down.
|Argot: Dict. of Und. Sl.|
|DAUL 43/1: Chill, v. [...] To knock unconscious or to kill.et al.|
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 53: I got most happy. I’d been aching to chill that maricón.|
|(con. 1940s) Tattoo (1977) 72: Man! I chilled him. He could be dead.|
2. (US Black) in fig. use of sense 1, to amaze.
|Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 10 Feb. 7/1: I dug the dance but they chilled me with their togs. The males were in [...] skimmers, kilt ties and appendages. The softs were in fine [...] swishes with accessories.|
3. (US Und.) to stack a deck of cards prior to using them in a cheating card-game.
|Big Con 271: [The deck] has previously been ‘chilled’ or stacked in preparation for this play.|
4. to murder, to assassinate.
|Und. and Prison Sl.|
|Spanish Blood (1946) 200: A hundred guys could have chilled this little wart.‘Trouble Is My Business’ in|
|Pulps (1970) 115/1: Who chilled him?‘Death’s Passport’ in Goodstone|
|see sense 1.|
|Teen-Age Mafia 59: Once a guy got chilled the heat was really on.|
|Drugs from A to Z (1970) 61: chill [...] to kill.|
|No Beast So Fierce 255: The fuzz [...] think I chilled a cop this afternoon. It’s on the news.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 107: The act of killing (wasting, icing, offing, chilling, sniping, snuffing).|
|Rent Boy 87: Just because a person did a little time doesn’t mean they’re up for chilling their associates, right?|
|Destination: Morgue! (2004) 299: Jack’s dead, by the way. Your old Narco pals chilled him.‘Hot-Prowl Rape-O’ in|
5. to give up on, to abandon, to ignore.
|AS IX:1 26: chill. To lose interest in a matter.‘Prison Parlance’ in|
|AS XI:2 88/2: To chill. To submit to arrest without struggling or resisting.‘Argot of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 1 in|
|Jives of Dr. Hepcat (1989) 6: With that fly cat I’ll chill my chat and fall on my righteous pad and cop a nod like mad.|
|Airtight Willie and Me 79: Nothing like a blond white bitch with movie star looks [...] to drool that punk and chill the shit of that nigger bitch you done blowed.|
|‘Can’t Be Seen’ [lyrics] Yeah, I got to chill this thing with you / I just can’t be.|
|Way Past Cool 15: Best we chill our own fire.|
|Teen Lingo: The Source for Youth Ministry [Internet] clock v. to hit someone, usually knocking them in the head. ‘Brian you betta chill wit’ that or I’m going to straight up clock you in your grill!’.|
6. (US Und.) to deal with, to nullify, e.g. a criminal charge.
|Guys and Dolls (1956) 238: There is plenty of trouble around the Brussels in chilling the blonde doll’s beef over Lillian snagging her Peke.‘Lillian’ in|
|DAUL 43/1: Chill the beef or the rap. To terrorize witnesses or complainants by force or threats into withdrawing from a case.et al.|
|Lovomaniacs (1973) 128: I was honked at her because I was afraid her being there was going to chill a thing I had going with a babe.|
|(con. 1975–6) Steel Toes 33: I’m gonna do everything I can to get this chilled.|
|(con. 1960s) Blood’s a Rover 16: ‘I do not want Mr Hoover going into a tizzy about this.’ ‘It’s chilled’.|
7. (US Und.) for the victim of a confidence trick to lose interest.
|Big Con 292: To chill. 1. For a mark to lose interest in a con game.|
8. (orig. US) to become emotionally cold, withdrawn.
|Man with the Golden Arm 256: Don’t chill on me. Stick with me just this one time.|
|Pimp 260: Helen chilled when she saw the pretty bitch.|
9. (US) to tolerate, to make no fuss about.
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 49: chill [...] to submit to arrest.|
|Six Out Seven (1994) 326: My mom been chillin with Ethan for two days now, but it prob’ly startin to wear.|
10. see chill (out) v.
(US) to (pretend to) ignore.
|Vanity Fair Nov. 134: ‘Ritzed me’ or ‘chilled me’ [...] to be snubbed [HDAS].|
|(con. 1905–25) Professional Thief (1956) 6: They chilled for him (pretended not to recognise him) and kept on going.|
|Big Con 292: To chill. [...] To refuse to recognize someone.|
|Darling, It’s Death (2003) 35: Who’s the ugly lob at the end of the bar chilling us? He’s dogging me. Doesn’t seem to care if I know it or not.|
|Baltimore Sun (MD) Sun. Mag. 4 Dec. 9/3: The C.P.B. that Twitter gave the boy when he bugged (approached, annoyed, interrupted her) was the Certified Pure Bull. [...] you cool the one you love, and the rougher you chill him the better he likes it.|
|Lovomaniacs (1973) 323: Even if the ungrateful bastards did chill me after they got into office.|
see separate entry.
(US black) to undermine someone’s plans.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 108: Chill another’s action [...] ‘Like when someone wanna fight, jus’ walk away.’ [Ibid.] 232: chill (one’s) action 1. Squelch another’s actions.|