1. to thrash, to beat up, to hit hard.
|Passenger of Benvenuto n.p.: Blows have a wonderful prerogative in the feminine sex [...] if (which is a rare chance) she be good, to dust her often hath in it a singular, unknowne, and as it were, an inscrutable vertue to make her much better, and to reduce her, if possible, to perfection [N].|
|Love and a Bottle V ii: Tell me presently, where your Master is, Sirrah, or I’ll dust the secret out of your jacket.|
|Homer Travestie (1764) II 128: You’ve dusted many a Trojan’s buff.|
|Three Black Smiths in Darkey Drama 4 30: I’ll dust your thick wool!|
|(con. c.1840) Huckleberry Finn (2001) 333: So she took and dusted us both with the hickry.|
|Sporting Times 4 Jan. 6: They cared not a ‘cuss’ for what England said / To their ‘dusting’ Slavin, poor fellow, / To their ‘bashing’ and kicking a stranger’s head.|
|Hooligan Nights 109: The ’ole lot [...] dusts ’im over proper.|
|Long Trick 23: One of Fritz’s shore batteries got our range [...] Dusted us down properly.|
|AS XXII:2 90: dust, v. To whip; to thrash.‘The Background of Mark Twain’s Vocabulary’ in|
|Time 30 Jan. 14: [Miners] dusted one of [the district leader’s] lieutenants with an old shoe for trying to talk them back to work [W&F].|
|Third Ear n.p.: dust v. to beat up; to completely defeat.|
|Life Its Ownself (1985) 300: Ying wouldn’t give me the Del Mar number even though I threatened to [...] dust his chop suey ass.|
|Official Dancehall Dict. 17: Dus’ to attack, even kill someone: u. to dus’ de bwoy dem.|
|Wire ser. 2 ep. 1 [TV script] That boy we dusted down over in that school lot.‘Collateral Damage’|
2. (US) to defeat.
|Campus Sl. Apr.|
|Portable Promised Land (ms.) 242: He and his crew dusted a squad from Harlem.|
3. to kill, to murder.
|Bounty of Texas (1990) 203: dust, v. – to kill.‘Catheads [...] and Cho-Cho Sticks’ in Abernethy|
|No Beast So Fierce 271: I might have to dust somebody, some jiving motherfucker.|
|Yardie 61: Dem try fe dus’ me outside Shortie’s.|
|Destination: Morgue! (2004) 332: I’m on LAPD, and I just dusted an A-rab.‘Jungletown Jihad’ in|
4. (US campus) to humiliate, to insult.
1. to finish off.
|Sucker’s Progress 385: A considerable part of the fortune that remained to Morrissey after he had been dusted off by Vanderbilt was expended in vain efforts.|
|Prison Sl. 71: Dusted To have consumed and finished an amount of any drug.|
2. (US) to beat up.
|Prison Nurse (1964) 111: You should have let me dust him off, boss.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|DAUL 64/2: Dust off, v. 1. To administer a dust-off [i.e. a beating] to.et al.|
|(con. early 1950s) Valhalla 23: Goddam you Dallas! You say that one more time I’ll dust you off.|
|Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 55: I’m gonna dust that niggah off when I catch him.|
|Them (2008) 27: I dusted im off, good. Gave im a country stompin.|
3. to kill.
|Popular Detective Jan. [Internet] He could have waylaid Drupe and dusted him off.‘Bird Cagey’ in|
|Patriot Game (1985) 82: This guy Magro is a poor unfortunate kid that happened to get caught dusting off another poor hood.|
|‘Cop Killer’ [lyrics] I’m ’bout to dust some cops off.|
4. (US Und.) to trick, to deceive.
|Headless Lady (1987) 34: There aren’t many beefs the way I duist ’em off.|
5. (US, also give someone the dust off) to reject, to snub.
|Amer. Thes. Sl.|
|Gidget 97: [Parents] can be trying [...] I dusted mine off a long time ago.|
to thrash, to beat someone up.
|Homer Travestie (1764) I 156: This rascal’s jacket I had dusted, / If Jupiter could have been trusted.|
|Humphrey Clinker (1925) I 142: But i’fackins, Mr. Clinker wa’n’t long in his debt – with a good oaken sapling he dusted his doublet, for all his golden cheese toaster.|
|Humphrey Clinker 26: Prankley, shaking his cane, bid him hold his tongue, otherwise he would dust his cassock for him.|
|Dead Alive (1783) 36: I’ll not dust the rascal’s jacket this bout.|
|World in a Village (1794) 39: I’ll see if I can’t dust his jacket.|
|Balance 18 Mar. 82: Col. Smith will never again way lay Chatham with a large club, to dust his jacket.|
|Staunton (VA) Eagle 28 Aug. 4: Go in peace, or I will dust thy jacket with this horse-whip.|
|Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 69: A man is supposed to have ‘Got his dose’ when he has been well thrashed. Thence probably comes [...] ‘dust his jacket well’.|
|Ingoldsby Legends (1842) 52: Old Shylock was making a racket, / And threatening how well he’d dust every man’s jacket.‘The Merchant of Venice’ in|
|Pic-nic Sketches 48: It’s no use sending me to school for the old man to cure his dyspepsy by dusting my jacket.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 28 June 3/2: Mr Obee [...] took the whip from his hand [and] dusted his jacket with two or three smart cuts.|
|Season Ticket 297: I do owe you a quiltin’ [...] if I don’t dust your drabs for you, if ever I come across you, then my name ain’t Peabody.|
|Northampton Mercury 20 May 7/4: He would dust his jacket well, / For coming her to see.|
|Fun Sept. n.p.: The difference is I dusts his [coat] off his back, and he dusts mine on my back [F&H].|
|London Standard 10 Mar. 6/2: The prisoner had been seen at a public-house [...] with a stick in his hand, and was heard to say, ‘If I happen to meet the miller to-night I will take the dust out of his jacket’.|
|Fire Trumpet II 144: ‘Say, sonny,’ remarked the cabman [...] ‘The Kernel’s dustin’ your guv’nor’s jacket, ain’t he?’ For the row going on upstairs was in a measure audible in the street.|
|Chelmsford Chron. 4 Dec. 2/6: The defendant [...] used bad language, and said he would take the dust out of his jacket.|
|DN III:ii 134: dust one’s linen (or coat), v. phr. To punish one.‘Words from Northwest Arkansas’ in|
|DN IV:ii 72: dust yer back, v. phr. Wrestle; throw a man. ‘Fer two cents I’ll dust yer back!’.‘Rural Locutions of Maine and Northern New Hampshire’ in|
|Lighter Side of School Life 190: He’s not a bad lad, as lads go, but he wants his jacket dusted now and then.|
|,||DAS 168/1: dust [one’s] jacket To beat a person up.|
see wipe the floor (with) v.
to beat up thoroughly, to defeat comprehensively.
|Marvel III:53 5: Watch them cops dust the road wiv him fer his bloomn cheek!|