Green’s Dictionary of Slang

drop n.4

[lit./fig. uses of SE drop, a portion]

1. (also drop of something, …of the necessary, ...of the other) a drink; often as drop of the creature under creature, the n.

[UK]Scots Mag. 1 June 19/2: But See! the Gin! Come, come, thou cordial drop!
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]W. Perry London Guide 226: We took our drops together at the first vaults we came to.
[UK]W.T. Moncrieff Tom and Jerry III iii: Law, lovee, no, it’s only some gemmen out on the spree. I dare say dat dey’ll stand a drop o’ summat all round.
[UK]Egan Bk of Sports 23: Yet, nevertheless, I am sorry to say that Mr. Teazer is too fond of a ‘drop’.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 27 Dec. 2/5: She was kicking up a row at 2 o’clock on Sunday morning in Harrington-street, being rather excited from the drop she had taken.
[UK]Sam Sly 31 Mar. 2/2: How about the woman lodger that he keeps, and that goes so often with him to take their drops?
[UK]Bristol Times & Mirror 20 Apr. 2/6: Might she not take a ‘drop of it’ in her own house unknown to you.
[UK]R. Whiteing Mr Sprouts, His Opinions 3: I was obliged to take a drop o’ summat.
[UK]E.K. Wood Dene Hollow I 299: I got a drop too much inside me yesterday afternoon – and my head’s fit to split.
[UK]Proc. Old Bailey 26 May 203: I had had a drop, but I knew what I was doing till I was struck.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 21 Aug. 13/3: A Townsville clergyman, a temperance enthusiast, recently said that the ladies ought to give up their ‘little drops’.
[UK]Ally Sloper’s Half Holiday 24 May 25/1: ‘I’ve had a drop too much,’ said Bibbins, when he fell off an omnibus.
[UK]Fanny Wentworth ‘The Coster’s Confession’ [lyrics] I ain’t a saint, it’s true, And I likes my drop as well as you.
[US]S. Ford Shorty McCabe 162: Drops wa’n’t his long suit; quarts came nearer being his size.
[UK]‘Doss Chiderdoss’ ‘Lady Friends’ Sporting Times 13 Mar. 1/2: [That] always meant a cup of tea, / And a drop of something in it, if run down he chanced to be.
[US]E. O’Neill Long Day’s Journey into Night II i: A drop now and then is no harm when you’re in low spirits.
[UK]‘Henry Green’ Caught (2001) 115: Mary had taken Ted to a free house for a bite to eat and a drop of the other.
[NZ]P. Newton Wayleggo (1953) 149: His cries for a reviver were so pitiful that we conducted an exhaustive search for a drop of the necessary.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 161: It’s [i.e. a brand of beer] a cunt of a drop, if you ask me.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett White Shoes 15: Norton took another swig of beer [...] It’s a good drop’.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 68: drop [...] 5. Liquor, as in not a bad drop, meaning it is good. ANZ.

2. (Aus.) a young woman.

[Aus]J. O’Grady Aussie Eng. (1966) 79: Sheila. A young female. Also called [...] a ‘fabulous drop’, a ‘slashing line’, a ‘bit of homework’.

3. (Aus.) a good thing.

[Aus]S. Gore Holy Smoke 82: When they finally get back to Joshua they tell him how this Jericho is the best place that side of the black stump. ‘She’s a good drop,’ they say.

In phrases

drop in one’s eye (n.)

see separate entry.