an oath, a statement, an affidavit; thus to take one’s dick, to take one’s declaration.
|Paul Foster’s Daughter II 268: No. I’d take my dying dick he hasn’t got a writ in his pocket.|
|Sons O’ Men 237: There weren’t no old days; I’ll take my dick on that.|
up to standard, as required; thus in negative, unwell, sick, wretched.
|‘’Arry on the Rail’ in Punch 13 Sept. 109/1: Our party was quite up-to-Dick, — you’re aweer as I never cuts low.|
|Sporting Times 27 Dec. 1/2: And the apples was up to dick, / For he prigged ’em out of the Garden .|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 21 Feb. 22/2: One day we remonstrated with her; when, rubbing her nose apologetically with a sauce-pan lid, she said she knew the ‘Saussingers wasn’t up to Dick,’ but thought there was something wrong with the range.|
|Sheffield Gloss. (Supp.) 18: ‘That’s not up to dick’ means ‘That is not perfect’.|
|Truth (Sydney) 9 Sept. 1/5: His Eggsellency sed it wasn’t fin-de-icicle or ‘hup to dick’ enuff for him.|
|Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 29 May 3/3: Your up-to-dick paper ought to have been brought out years ago.|
|Sporting Times 3 June 1/4: There was shortly to be held / A most swagger entertainment, at which sundry magnates big, / With herself and May, as being ‘up to Dick,’ / Would be asked to dance a ballet in the regulation rig.‘The “Tu-Tu”’|
|[perf. Vesta Tilley] Seaside Walks [lyrics] They both put on their Sunday best, they look dressed up to Dick.|
|Anzac Book 132: We keep their clothing up to dick, / Equip and arm ’em, too; / We rig out the returning sick / Almost as good as new.|