1. (US drugs) of a supply of drugs, to suffice an addict for a given period of time.
|Lang. Und. (1981) 100/2: To carry. For a ration of narcotics to support an addict for a specified length of time without any discomfort from diminishing euphoria.‘Lang. of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 2 in|
2. (orig. US) to carry money, to be in the money.
|Und. and Prison Sl.|
|Getaway in Four Novels (1983) 101: He wasn’t carryin’ very heavy when he skipped.|
|Goodbye to The Hill (1966) 63: He fancied a good shant so, as he said, if you wanted to have a drink with a fella and he wasn’t carrying it didn’t matter.|
|At Night All Cats are Grey 60: Now when Tailor is carrying he will buy with the best of them. And sure enough he produced a sheaf of crinklers.|
3. (orig. US) to carry a weapon, e.g. a gun or knife; thus carrying n., being in possession of a gun.
|Limey 218: She was a gun moll [...] She carried for Hicky the Killer.|
|Jungle Kids (1967) 102: Figuring who was gonna be the first to die, in case Django was carrying.‘See Him Die’ in|
|Go, Man, Go! 139: Does he carry a heater?|
|Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) (1973) 22: They give him a big fat three for carrying without a permit.|
|Cogan’s Trade (1975) 172: I even heard, you’re carrying.|
|In La-La Land We Trust (1999) 143: Turn around and lift your tail. All right, you ain’t carryin’. You’re no fool. We’re hard on Private Johnny Hams what come aroun’ totin’ iron.|
|Awaydays 6: I keep telling him to retract the blade when he’s carrying — it causes havoc with the lining of your jacket.|
|Robbers (2001) 63: If your friend out there’s carrying and has any notions you might better go on out and have a little talk.|
|Crooked Little Vein 67: I’m a cop. I can spot a guy carrying from thirty feet.|
|Locked Ward (2013) 338: You better not come anywhere near me [...] I’m carrying and I’ll use it.|
|Eve. Standard 4 July 8/4: ‘Some people carry [a knife] cos they feel a need to protect themselves ’.|
4. (orig. US drugs) to carry drugs; often as carrying, being in possession of drugs.
|Amer. Thes. Sl.|
|(con. 1948) Flee the Angry Strangers 253: I don’ carry none.|
|Drugs from A to Z (1970) 59: carry To have drugs on the person, as in the drug user’s admonition ‘never carry when you can stash’. [...] carrying Possessing narcotics on the person, as in ‘are you carrying?’.|
|Oz 15 35: Anyone found pushing, carrying or fixing will be turned over to the police.|
|Shaft 105: Everybody was carrying.|
|Property Of (1978) 153: I’m carrying the last of it [...] and I got to make a connection.|
|Bk of Jargon 340: carrying: Having illegal drugs on one’s person.|
|Sheepshagger 166: I’m just after a little toot, likes, y’know, just to chill. Yewer not carrying are yew?|
5. (Aus. prison) to smuggle or hold contraband.
|Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] Carry. To smuggle or hold contraband, ie messages, money, tobacco, drugs, etc.|
6. (US campus) to insult, to mock.
|(ed.) UNC-CH Campus Sl. Fall 2: CARRY — tease, jokingly insult: ‘You’re carrying me because I’m short’ .|
SE in slang uses
(US und.) a robbery wherein the safe is first removed from the premises before being opened.
|Badge (2006) 302: CARRY AWAY Where safe is carried away before being worked on.|
|Works (1869) n.p.: Our hyreling hackney carry knaves, and hurry-whores.|
see separate entry.
a hangover that lingers on.
|Checkers 50: Did you ever get a jag on sherry? Well [...] it gives you a ‘beaut.’ Arthur had a ‘carry-over’ that lasted him for about three days.|
|Three Men in New Suits 133: You wake up with a sort of carry-over, you’re still rather gay and cock-eyed. [...] Strictly speaking, I’m still a bit tight.|
see also under relevant n.
(US) to gossip, to spread rumours.
|Broad Ax (Salt Lake City, UT) 23 July 12/5: A tattler is to be despised and dreaded by friend and foe [...] that old proverb is a true one. ‘A dog that will carry a bone will bring one’.|
|DN III:viii 573: carry a bone, v. To pack a tale about.‘Word-List From Western Indiana’ in|
to work as a prostitute.
|Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 17: ‘She carries the broom up’ at the mast-head, [is Long Shore] signifies ‘to be sold or hired,’ and is applied to females as well as ships, which are likewise spoken of in the feminine. [Ibid.] 81: Flesh-market any walk, or run for females who carry the broom up, is the flesh-market ― so and so, as of the Piazzas, Cheapside, Strand, &c.|
(US Und.) to be out on bail.
|Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].|
(US black) to trick, to deceive.
|[||De Turkey and de Law in Coll. Plays (2008) 276: Lonnie didn't even know Nunkie was carrying the cub to him. Lonnie can't skin worth a cent].|
|‘Married Man’s Blues’ [lyrics] Let me tell you men what these married women will do, / She will get your money, she will carry a cub to you.|
(US tramp) to travel under an assumed name or alias.
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 47: Carrying a Flag. – Travelling under an assumed name or with an alias. In railroad parlance, a train or engine is carrying a flag when signals are displayed to indicate that the train is not on the schedule, or that it is travelling in sections, and therefore not merely as it appears.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 793: carrying a flag – Traveling under an assumed name or alias.|
see carry weight
to behave well when successful, i.e. to be a modest winner, to restrain oneself despite gaining power or money.
|Sl. Dict. 109: Carry Corn to bear success well and equally. It is said of a man who breaks down under a sudden access of wealth ― as successful horse-racing men and unexpected legatees often do ― or who becomes affected and intolerant, that ‘he doesn’t carry corn well.’.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
of a man, to walk with a woman on each arm.
|Paved with Gold 112: Presently a gentleman, ‘carrying milk-pails,’ as the boys called it — that is, with a lady on each arm, advanced up the colonnade.|
to show oneself proof against swindling or insults.
|Romeo and Juliet I i: Gregory, o’ my word, we’ll not carry coals.|
|Martyr’d Souldier II i: I can carry anything but Blowes, Coles, my Drink, and – the tongue of a Scould.|
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: He’ll carry no Coals, not be Pissed upon, or Imposed upon, nor bear a Trick, or take an Affront, or tamely pass by any ill Treatment.|
|New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
see separate entry.
1. to take responsibility for one’s actions.
|Scene (1996) 252: I can pay my dues [...] I can carry my own weight.|
|Animal Factory 182: I ain’t leanin’ on nobody. I carry my own weight.|
2. to have influence.
|Crazy Kill 118: Johnny Perry carries his weight in this town.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 232: carry weight 1. Possess influence.|
see bring one’s hogs to a fair market under bring v.
(S.Afr.) to bear a grudge against someone in the hope of getting eventual revenge.
|Cape Times 23 May n.p.: If the ‘sky blue’, languishing in prison, considers that he has been framed by one of his previous cronies (variously known as chummies, pallie blues, or beans) he will ‘carry him in his heart’ until he can . . . get his revenge [DSUE].|
see carry a broom at the masthead
1. (Aus.) to work slowly (in a shearing shed).
|Aus. Lang. 64: To carry the drum means to work slowly or lazily.|
2. see drum n.5 (1)
1. (US) to go fast.
|‘Jargon of the Und.’ in DN V 441: Carry the mail, To run at top speed.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
2. (US) to take responsibility for a difficult task.
3. (Aus.) to stand a round of drinks [the ‘delivery’ of the drinks].
|Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] 39: CARRYING THE MAIL: Northern rivers of New South Wales – standing treat or shouting for drinks. The man who pays is said to carry the mail.|
|I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 231/2: carry the mail – to shout, that is, to stand drinks.|
(Aus., Northern Terr.) of a wife, to dominate her husband.
|Territory 443: Carry the stockwhip, to: To be the boss, often applied to dominating wives.|
1. to be depressed.
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 569: Yid and Benny are carrying no weight in this respect.‘For a Pal’ in|
|Dict. Service Sl. n.p.: carrying a heavy load . . . melancholy, depressed.|
|Real Jazz Old and New 148: Carrying weight is a load of the blues [W&F].|
2. to take responsibility.
|Und. Speaks 19/1: Carrying the weight, an inmate who is the only member of a group equally guilty brought to trial and convicted (prison).|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 232: carry weight 1. Possess influence. 2. Possess strength of character. 3. Possess impressive knowledge.|
|in Little Legs 91: They’ve got to do the bird, carry the weight, and change the nappies.|
to be very drunk.
|Gent.’s Mag. Dec. 560/1: To express the condition of an Honest Fellow [...] under the Effects of good Fellowship, [...] it is also said that he has 59. Got more than he can carry.|
|Sporting Times 13 Oct. 1/4: He’d had more than he could carry, and was blind, or nearly so.‘Belinda to the Bench’|
|True Drunkard’s Delight 224: It is also said, that he [...] got more than he can carry.|
a general excl. of disbelief and displeasure.
|N&Q 16 May 387/2: Carry me out and bury me decently. Do any of your correspondents recollect to have heard this phrase? [F&H].|
|Tom Brown at Oxford (1880) 498: And so the president comes out to see the St. Ambrose boat row? Seldom misses two nights running. Then ‘carry me out, and bury me decently’.|
|No. 5 John Street 213: Oh carry me out, an’ let me die!|
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
|DSUE (1984) 185/1: from ca. 1780.|
(W.I.) get out! go away!
|Dict. Carib. Eng. Usage.|