1. sexual intercourse.
|‘Bonny Peggy Ramsey’ in Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) II 152: Peg, thee and Ise grin a poke, and we to War will leanes.|
|‘Kate Randy’ Secret Songster 7: But believe all my jokes – if you’d had half the pokes, in the eye, / You’d be blind e’er you seed this Kate Randy.|
|‘Sally May’ Nancy Dawson’s Cabinet of Songs 8: There’s only one thing now I crave [...] A poke at Sally May.|
|Venus in India II 124: I want a poke, and I am going to fuck this girl.|
|Sadopaideia 26: And then Muriel! What a gorgeous poke. How her tongue had caressed my old man.|
|‘Cats on the Rooftops’ in(1979) 48: The donkey is a funny bloke, / Seldom seems to have a poke.|
|in Limerick (1953) 56: There once was a jolly old bloke / Who picked up a girl for a poke. / He took down her pants, / Fucked her into a trance, / And then shit in her shoe for a joke.|
|‘Cats on the Rooftops’ in Mess Songs & Rhymes of RAAF 1939-45 1: The donkey on the common is a solitary moke, / And it’s very very seldom that he ever gets a poke.|
|letter 8 Sept. in Leader (2000) 291: The poke-invite could be placed anywhere off-stage.|
|5000 Adult Sex Words and Phrases.|
|Breaking Out 63: Rolling home pissed as a tick and ripping off a quick poke before shut-eye.|
|Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 186: At eight hundred quid, it’s probably the most expensive poke of your life!|
|Acid House 51: If ye want a poke at it again [...] jist gies a shout.‘A Soft Touch’ in|
|Davey Darling 30: What sort of thing . . . having a poke?|
2. a blow; thus take a poke at
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Poke, a Blow with the First. I’ll lend you a Poke, I’ll give you a blow.|
|,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn).|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Clockmaker II 101: I never liked the critter, and always gave him a poke when I got a chance.|
|Tales of Mean Streets (1983) 90: Good lad! [...] Nothink like pluck. but you musn’t go to pieces ’alf through the round. Was it a awk’ard poke upset ye?|
|Artie (1963) 68: Some day you’ll get too gay an’ a guy’ll give you a funny poke.|
|Philosophy of Johnny the Gent 60: ‘McClusky hits him another poke, an’ down he goes’.|
|New Boys’ World 29 Dec. 95: S’pose yer let’s me ’ave a rub at yer nah – eh? Jist two or three pokes fer luck?|
|Taking the Count 111: You’re paid for taking a poke on the jaw.‘The Spotted Sheep’ in|
|(con. WW1) Patrol 11: He’s asking for a poke in the ear!|
|Story Omnibus (1966) 326: Don’t let your youthful gallantry lead you to a poke in the jaw this time.‘$106,000 Blood Money’|
|Tropic of Cancer (1963) 206: He got a poke in the jaw for an answer.|
|Horse’s Mouth (1948) 103: A poke in the eye.|
|Come in Spinner (1960) 263: The way you’re sticking your nose into other people’s business you’ll end up with such a poke in it you’ll be no use to anyone for the rest of the evening.|
|Guntz 168: You get a poke in the mush.|
|Fields of Fire (1980) 21: John Wayne woulda dropped him a poke between the eyes.|
|Paco’s Story (1987) 177: Anybody else want a poke at him?|
|Peeling the Onion 41: Lucky the cut didn’t get my eye; lucky the poke on the chin didn’t knock out my teeth.|
|Stripped to Kill 28: You have something to offer to the conversation or just looking for a friendly poke on the jaw?|
3. in fig. use, a verbal attack.
|Crim.-Con. Gaz. 28 Apr. 128/1: You had better go home to your poor wife [...] look out old boy or you will have a mighty poke.|
|Sam Sly 27 Jan. 2/1: Sam advises old C—as [...] not to get so drunk. Don't let Sam see you drunk again, or he will give you another poke.|
|Observer Screen 20 June 6: There are constant pokes at English eccentricities.|
4. a woman seen as a partner in sexual intercourse; often as good poke, lousy poke; occas. of a man.
|My Secret Life (1966) III 541: She was not a voluptuous poke to me, but why I can only guess at now. [Ibid.] IX 1896: There sat her sister watching us. — ‘He’s a lovely poke isn’t he?’ said she.|
|Bunch of Ratbags 196: I knew Elaine was a poke for the boys.|
|Alice in La-La Land (1999) 168: You sure she’s a girl and not some shit-chute poke acting fly?|
|Hell on Hoe Street 26: Kelly was the best poke this side of Princess Diana.|
5. usu. of cars or motorcycles, speed, horsepower.
|Go, Man, Go! 66: Slow poke. Speed up.|
|Indep. Mag. 19 June 56: This is really nice, very positive acceleration [...] and has a lot of poke.|
6. in drug uses.
(a) a puff on a marijuana cigarette.
|Sideman 274: He exhaled, ‘sure you don’t want a poke?’.|
|Drugs from A to Z (1970).|
|Blue Movie (1974) 33: He took a few deep pokes and sat it [i.e. a joint] on the ashtray.|
|Bk of Jargon 343: poke: A drag of a marijuana cigarette.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 17: Poke — Marijuana; to smoke marijuana.|
(b) a puff on a crack cocaine pipe.
|Rope Burns 175: A strawberry was what you picked up off the street, a crack whore, one of the street girls and women who gave head for a poke on a stained glass pipe.|
1. (orig. US) to assault, to aim a blow at.
|From First To Last (1954) 11: Everyone had taken a verbal poke at that despised arm of the military resources.‘The Defence of Strikerville’ in|
|Story Omnibus (1966) 66: For a moment I thought he was going to take a poke at me.‘The Scorched Face’|
|(con. 1910s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 30: No one can get away with takin’ a poke at me. [Ibid.] 126: He’d take a few more pokes at Reilley.Young Lonigan in|
|Pal Joey 10: A guy will walk up and take a poke at you.|
|Courtship of Uncle Henry 75: If I’d known I might have taken a poke at Thompson.|
|Jimmy Brockett 242: I’d have liked to take a poke at him but he had me by the wool.|
|Absolute Beginners 184: Did I run out and take a poke at the chief yobbo.|
|(con. 1940s) Admiral (1968) 152: It’s time somebody took a poke at those Nip bastards.|
|Cutter and Bone (2001) 295: The sheriff didn’t think it was a crime to hit a hippie, as a matter of fact took a poke at ’em hisself whenever he could.|
|Patriot Game (1985) 22: Then both of us took a good poke in the brisket but Bill didn’t survive his.|
|(con. 1920s) Legs 100: That got me so goddamn mad I’d take a poke at any guy no matter how big he was.|
|Big Ask 3: Didn’t he realise he was taking a poke at a senior adviser to the Minister for Transport.|
2. to have a try, to attempt.
|Spy Story 201: I’d like to take a poke at it.|
|Proud Servant 109: I decided to take a poke at it.|
|Throwaway Princess 149: There’s still time—you can take a poke at it and tell your children!|
3. to attack verbally, to cause problems for.
|On the Waterfront (1964) 177: The day I don’t take some sort of poke at ’em I figure is a day lost.|