1. (also drop of something, …of the necessary, ...of the other) a drink; often as drop of the creature under creature, the n.
|Scots Mag. 1 June 19/2: But See! the Gin! Come, come, thou cordial drop!|
|London Guide 226: We took our drops together at the first vaults we came to.|
|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.|
|Bk of Sports 23: Yet, nevertheless, I am sorry to say that Mr. Teazer is too fond of a ‘drop’.|
|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.|
|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?|
|Bristol Times & Mirror 20 Apr. 2/6: Might she not take a ‘drop of it’ in her own house unknown to you.|
|Mr Sprouts, His Opinions 3: I was obliged to take a drop o’ summat.|
|Dene Hollow I 299: I got a drop too much inside me yesterday afternoon – and my head’s fit to split.|
|Proc. Old Bailey 26 May 203: I had had a drop, but I knew what I was doing till I was struck.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 21 Aug. 13/3: A Townsville clergyman, a temperance enthusiast, recently said that the ladies ought to give up their ‘little drops’.|
|Ally Sloper’s Half Holiday 24 May 25/1: ‘I’ve had a drop too much,’ said Bibbins, when he fell off an omnibus.|
|‘The Coster’s Confession’ [lyrics] I ain’t a saint, it’s true, And I likes my drop as well as you.|
|Shorty McCabe 162: Drops wa’n’t his long suit; quarts came nearer being his size.|
|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.‘Lady Friends’|
|Long Day’s Journey into Night II i: A drop now and then is no harm when you’re in low spirits.|
|Caught (2001) 115: Mary had taken Ted to a free house for a bite to eat and a drop of the other.|
|Wayleggo (1953) 149: His cries for a reviver were so pitiful that we conducted an exhaustive search for a drop of the necessary.|
|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.|
|White Shoes 15: Norton took another swig of beer [...] It’s a good drop’.|
|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.
|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.
|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.|
see separate entry.
see drop of the creature under creature, the n.
to be drunk.
|Enderby Outside in Complete Enderby (2002) 301: You craked? You skirted? You got the big drop on?|