1. (UK Und.) a suspicion, a degree of illegality; thus take down off, to render a (stolen) object less suspicious; there is no down, there is no risk.
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 236: A down is a suspicion, alarm, or discovery, which taking place, obliges yourself and palls to give up or desist from the business or depredation you were engaged in; to put a down upon a man, is to give information of any robbery or fraud he is about to perpetrate, so as to cause his failure or detection.|
|Autobiog. 16: We [...] were convinced we were the only prigs in the gaff. We therefore determined not to raise a down by doing any petty jobs.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 26 Feb. 1/4: I buzzes, cuts, and not no down.|
2. (orig. Aus.) a prejudice against, a suspicion of; a tendency to be unkind towards; usu. as have a down on.
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 7 Oct. 3/2: I arter her, cos I had a down on that ere chap there.|
|Recollections of a Visit to Port-Phillip 84: The bushranger had been in search of another squatter, on whom ‘he said he had a down’.|
|Canterbury Songster 10: I’ve got no ‘down’ on Travers.|
|Sth Aus. Register (Adelaide, SA) 9 Mar. 3/5: All the farmers with whom I conversed in [...] Kapunda (to use a little colonial slang) had a great ‘down’ on the railway.|
|Term of His Natural Life (1897) 116: It was evident that Mr. Frere had a ‘down’ on the Dandy.|
|Robbery Under Arms (1922) 67: If you take a regular strong down upon a man or woman [...] it’s ten to one that you’ll find some day as you’ve good reason for it. [Ibid.] 225: Do you think he’s got any particular down on him?|
|Complete Stalky & Co. (1987) 74: Richards got awf’ly wrathy. He has a down on King for something or other. Wonder why?‘An Unsavoury Interlude’ in|
|Arthur’s 102: Gawd’s got a ‘down’ on single women.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 12 Sept. 2/4: If the Jockey Club stewards have a down on young Wootton he is doomed in the capacity of race-rider.|
|Squeaker (1950) 10: There’s Number Two who’s got a down on me.|
|Red Wind (1946) 40: A hell of a time to run into an old friend that had a down on you.‘Red Wind’ in|
|Courtship of Uncle Henry 171: Most of us had a down on Bill over the spoke he threw into the working-bee.|
|Joyful Condemned 65: You can’t believe a word she says either [...] She’s always had a down on me.|
|Mr Love and Justice (1964) 134: One of our vice boys I’m on a job with [...] who’s got a down on me.|
|Lily on the Dustbin 96: Dad says mum’s a bit hard on the newcomer. Why ‘have a down’ on her?|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 67: down, in phr. have a down on a grudge, hostile or at least poor opinion of someone; in 1862 Charles Thatcher said he had ‘no down on Travers’.|
(UK und.) sharp practice, deception.
|Man of Pleasure’s Illus. Pocket-book n.p.: If you are not fly to the downments of this donna and her kinchin, they will ball you off in a canter.|
to inform against someone.
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 236: To put a down upon a man, is to give information of any robbery or fraud he is about to perpetrate, so as to cause his failure or detection.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
(Scot. Und.) to give the alarm.
|Autobiog. 66: She immediately raised the down that the swag was rousted.|