1. as a power over someone/something.
(a) [16C; late 18C+] influence, advantage.
(b) [early 17C–19C] a trick, a fraud, a knack.
(c) [mid-19C] a physical advantage.
(d) [late 19C] an ulterior motive, a hidden agenda.
(e) [1900s–50s] an anxious or worrying moment that ‘tugs at one’s heartstrings’.
2. as a physical act.
(a) the act of drinking, a drink.
(b) [1920s] (US Und.) the act of drawing a gun.
(c) [mid-19C; 1940s+] a puff on a pipe; a (puff on a) cigarette.
(d) an act of masturbation.
3. in senses of fig. ‘taking away’.
(a) [mid-19C] (UK Und.) a successful theft or the profits it brings.
(b) [late 19C–1900s] (US) a police raid.
(c) [20C+] an act of sexual conquest.
(d) [20C+] an object of sexual conquest; one who can be seduced.
(e) [1950s+] an arrest.
(f) [1960s] (Aus.) that which has been earned.
[1910s] to have at a disadvantage.
1. to tell off, to reprimand.
2. to arrest.
3. to notify.
[1900s] (Aus. ) to assess (oneself).