Green’s Dictionary of Slang

lug v.2

[lug n.1 ]

1. [19C] to pawn.

2. [20C+] (orig. US) to beg.

3. [1930s] (US) to extend credit.

4. [1960s+] (US black) to berate, to criticize harshly.

In compounds

lug chovey (n.) [chovey n.]

[mid–late 19C] a pawnshop.

In phrases

in lug

[mid-19C] in pawn.

on the lug

[20C+] begging for a loan.