Green’s Dictionary of Slang

lug v.2

[lug n.1 ]

1. to pawn.

[Aus]Newcastle Chron. (NSW) 11 July 4/6: English Extracts [...] After examining [the watch], Clark handed it to the prisoner, telling him at the same time to ‘lugg’ it. The prisoner then took it and ‘lugged’ it at a pawnshop for 10s. [...] ‘Lugg’ is the slang for pawn.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.

2. (orig. US) to beg.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 17 Dec. 26/2: We didn’t have our fare home, and it was a long walk to town. We tried ‘lugging,’ but everyone we asked had either ‘blown out’ or had his bare fare only.
[US] ‘Und. and Its Vernacular’ in Clues mag. 158—62: lug Beg.
[US]Howsley Argot: Dict. of Und. Sl.
[Aus]G. Seal Lingo 50: TO bite or lug is to borrow money; a shoddy dropper is a hawker.

3. (US) to extend credit.

[US] ‘Hotel Sl.’ in AS XIV:3 Oct. 240/1: lug Same as cuff.

4. (US black) to berate, to criticize harshly.

[US]C. Shafer ‘Catheads [...] and Cho-Cho Sticks’ in Abernethy Bounty of Texas (1990) 209: lug, v. – to ridicule; to cut someone up with words.
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 245: lug See cap, 2–3 [i.e. berate, disparage].

In compounds

In phrases

on the lug

cadging, begging.

[Aus]Sport (Adelaide) 24 May 12/1: They Say [...] That The mob have taken on the cherry ripes; they will soon be on the lug for tobacco.
[US]A.J. Pollock Und. Speaks n.p.: Out on the lug, engaged in begging racket.
[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 706: [...] C.20.