pill and poll v.
(UK Und.) to cheat one’s accomplice or partner in crime.
|Speke Parott line 495: Suche statutes apon diettes, suche pylling and pollyng – So ys all thyng wrowghte wylfully withowte reson and skylle.|
|Early Works Parker Soc. (1843) 202: He should the simple and plain people [...] not to deceive them [or] to poll and pill them.|
|Tyde taryeth no Man in (1863) II 27: He teacheth them how to pill and to poule.|
|Steele Glas Diii: The stately Lord [...] is noe come up to courte, And leaues the country for a common prey, To pilling, polling, brybing, and deceit .|
|Anatomie of Abuses 114: As though this pillage and pollage were not rapacious enough, they take in and inclose commons, moores, heaths. [...] Take heed, therefore, you riche men that pill and poll the poore.|
|Defence of Conny-Catching 38: He is a Caterpiller to others, and gets that by pilling and polling of the poore.|
|English-Men For My Money D2: That graunde amico [...] Will poll you, I and pill you of your Wife.|
|Jacob’s Vow 50: They were not so forward and liberall to maintaine them [...] as we are to pill and poll from them.|
|Fables of Abstemius (1692) CCLIV 229: Let us for Argument sake, suppose Pilling and Polling Officers, as Busie upon the People as These Flies were upon the Fox.|
|DSUE (1984) 883/2: from ca. 1835.|