1. to waste time, to idle around.
|‘West Point Sl.’ in Howitzer (US Milit. Academy) 292–5: Dead Beat — To avoid working. One who endeavors to avoid exertion in any form.|
2. to sponge on.
|Waco Dly Examiner 5 Sept. 3/1: No party can dead-beat his way on me these hard times.|
|,||DAS 141/2: deadbeat v. To loaf or sponge.|
3. to cheat.
|DA].Esau Hardery 177: He’s dead beated on you [|
|Dreamcatcher 603: ‘Blame it on your lyin cheatin cold deadbeatin two-timin double-dealin mean mistreatin lovin heart’ (whatever that meant).|