1. in fig. use, a success.
(a) [18C+] a successful coup of any sort, usu. based on crime.
(b) [18C+] a success, usu. in show business.
(c) [early 19C+] (US gambling) a winning series of numbers in gambling.
(d) [20C+] a good impression.
2. in the context of crime or violence.
(a) [19C+] an attempted crime, esp. a robbery.
(b) [1950s+] (UK Und.) a murder, esp. a ‘contracted’ gangster killing.
(c) [1950s+] (US Und.) the target/victim of an assassination.
(d) [1960s+] (US Und.) an attack against a rival gang or gang member.
3. a portion of alcohol or drugs.
(a) [20C+] a single drink of alcohol.
(b) [20C+] a swig of liquid, a measure of anything.
(c) [1910s+] the effect that follows the taking of any drug or drink.
(d) [1930s+] (drugs) a purchase of a drug.
(e) [1950s+] (drugs) a puff on a cigarette, marijuana cigarette or pipe.
(f) [1950s+] (drugs) a portion of any drug, a tablet of amphetamine or barbiturate; an injection or a line of heroin or cocaine, a ‘trip’ of LSD etc; cite 2012 refers to packages of heroin.
(g) [1950s+] (drugs) the act of injecting a narcotic drug; the injection itself.
(h) [1980s+] (drugs) a puff on a crack cocaine pipe.
(i) [1990s+] in fig. use, a stimulus.
4. an example of suffering or loss.
(a) [1940s–60s] (US Und.) a prison sentence or denial of parole.
(b) [1960s+] (US Und.) an arrest or other form of problem.
(c) [2000s] a loss.
5. a single example.
(a) [1970s+] (US) an instance, an attempt or time.
(b) [1980s+] in gambling, a single card.
[1960s+] the fig. world of success.
[1980s+] a user of crack cocaine.
[1950s+] (drugs) a house where users go to inject narcotics and leave the owner drugs as payment.
1. a list of those scheduled for assassination.
2. any list that details tasks that are to be carried out.
1. [1930s+] (US Und.) a hold-up man.
2. [1950s+] (orig. US) a hired or ‘contract’ killer.
3. [1970s] in fig., non-violent use.
4. [1990s+] one who performs non-lethal violence for money.
[1970s+] (US) a female hired killer.
[mid-19C+] (orig. US) to make a favourable impression.
[1970s+] (drugs) a marijuana pipe that contains just enough for a single inhalation.
[1990s+] (US campus) fashionable, chic.
1. [2000s] to suffer.
2. to lose value.