Green’s Dictionary of Slang

hand v.

[ext. of SE]

1. to inflict a blow, to impress upon, to conquer.

[US]W.J. Kountz Billy Baxter’s Letters 4: Teddy handed me a few of his kind little remarks, and I got back at him with something personal. He got sore.
[US]Anaconda Standard (MT) 10 Apr. 8/7: You fellows come along and see me give him his trimmings. [...] I’m going right down and hand him a couple.
[US]H. Green Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 90: He’s in luck I didn’t hand him one.
[Aus]E. Dyson ‘The Fickle Dolly Hopgood’ in Benno and Some of the Push 61: Give us the strength iv it, Ned. Did yeh hand him the pass out?
[US]M.C. Sharpe Chicago May (1929) 247: I got so mad at him, that I handed him a couple of punches.
[US]C.G. Booth ‘Stag Party’ in Penzler Pulp Fiction (2006) 100: Monty, you jam your gun in his kidneys. Hand it to him if he squawks.
[US]J. Thompson Savage Night (1991) 8: I’d been waiting for an excuse to hand one to Fruit Jar.

2. to tell with intent to deceive, e.g. hand someone a line of nonsense, to talk nonsense.

[US]Ade Pink Marsh (1963) 130: ’At’s sutny ’e hottes’ thing you handed me yet.
[US]H. Green Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 118: Do yuh s’pose they’s any use handin’ her a talk?
[US]J. London Valley of the Moon (1914) 172: Nitsky on damages – contributory negligence, [...] something-or-other flimflam. That’s what the courts handed her.
[US]C. McKay Home to Harlem 66: Don’t hand me none o’ that fairy stuff, for I ain’t gwine to swallow it.
[US]D. Runyon ‘Madame La Gimp’ in Runyon on Broadway (1954) 246: Most guys are trying to hand him the old phonus bolonus.
[US]Z.N. Hurston Dust Tracks On a Road (1995) 678: Oh, don’t hand me that stuff! [...] Don’t be such an Uncle Tom.
[US]‘Ed Lacy’ Men from the Boys (1967) 21: And don’t hand me that honest-citizen crap. Lande’s story is so wacky it can be true.
[US]H. Rap Brown Die Nigger Die! 48: ‘You saw it!’ I yelled. ‘Don’t come handing me that.’.
[US](con. 1950s) Jacobs & Casey Grease II iv: Just a minute, Miss Goody-Goody! Who do you think you are? Handing me all this sympathy crap!
[US]R. Carver Stories (1985) 333: ‘Jesus, what are you talking about? [...] Don’t hand me that’.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 65: don’t hand me that Dismissal of speaker’s claim, eg, ‘Don’t hand me that load of malarkey.’.

3. to tip.

[US]H.G. Van Campen ‘Life on Broadway’ in McClure’s Mag. Dec. 177/1: Them dolls from the middle West needs to be learned I ain’t lookin’ up no numbers if 1 don’t git handed.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

hand-me-down shop (n.) [SE hand-me-down shop, a second-hand clothes shop]

an illicit pawnbroker’s.

[US] ‘She Danced Like a Fairy’ in Rootle-Tum Songster 45: He father sold goods on a second-hand plan [...] he now has a ‘hand-me-down’ shop.
[UK]J. Ware Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 7/2: Ammedown Shop (Poor). Corruption of Hand-me-down Shop A good example of a phrase getting bastardized into one meaningless word. [Ibid.] 149/2: Hand-me-down shop (Poor). Illegal pawnbroker’s.
[Ire]Joyce ‘Ivy Day in the Committee Room’ Dubliners (1956) 121: I suppose he forgets the time his little old father kept the hand-me-down shop in Mary’s Lane [...] And the men used to go in on Sunday morning before the houses were open to buy a waiscoat or a trousers – moya!

In phrases

hand in one’s chips (v.)

see under chip n.2

hand in one’s dinner-pail (v.) (also pass in one’s dinner pail)

1. to die.

[UK]A. Binstead Mop Fair 63: Evenlyn Godolphin Prospect [...] passed in his dinner pail.
[UK]P. Cheyney Dames Don’t Care (1960) 52: One day this guy peters out. He gives a big howl and hands in his dinner pail.
[UK]Wodehouse Mating Season 189: It was about due to hand in it’s dinner pail.
P. Mayhew One Family’s War 125: So if, by any subsequent mail, / You hear that he’s passed in his dinner-pail, / And wonder how bravely he met the foe, / You may bet your boots that it wasn’t so.
[UK]K. Lette Llama Parlour 6: ‘He’s fallen off his perch [...] He’s handed in his dinner plate.’ Still she didn’t get it. ‘He’s dead, damn it!’.
H.W. Howard San Diego’s Hysterical Hist. 135: The man who knew where the hill is located handed in his dinner pail 101 years ago.

2. to resign from one’s job; to stop what one is doing.

[UK]P. Cheyney Don’t Get Me Wrong (1956) 75: This is where I hand in my dinner pail [...] I sorta feel you boys are goin’ to be rough with me.
hand it out (v.) (also hand it to)

(US) to harm, to kill.

[US]H.C. Witwer Classics in Sl. 73: A pig for punishment and a spendthrift at handin’ it out.
[US]P.J. Wolfson Bodies are Dust (2019) [ebook] ‘Stein got his last night.’ ‘That baby was riding for a flop. How’d they hand it to him?’.
[UK]P. Cheyney Don’t Get Me Wrong (1956) 51: I reckon I have been a bit of a mug sleepin’ in this place [...] with an empty gun. Anybody coulda handed it out to me pronto if they’d wanted to.
[NZ]G. Meek ‘London’ in Station Days in Maoriland (1952) 100: A funny sort o’ quiver seems to grip you in its spell, / As you read how they can take it – and hand it out as well.
hand it to (v.)

1. to tell off, to reprimand, to tease.

[US]H. Green Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 9: She’ll hand it to him before he goes to the show-shop.
[US]Van Loan ‘Loosening Up of Hogan’ in Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm 134: You handed it to him just right, Harry.

2. (orig. US black) to shoot at someone; to attack.

[US]A.H. Lewis Apaches of N.Y. 23: ‘What was that shooting?’ ‘Oh, a couple of geeks started to hand it to each other.’.
[UK]B.E.F. Times 10 Apr. (2006) 196/1: Write me down for a two-cent boob if I don’t hand it to Willie.
[US]R. Chandler High Window 465: I hand it to her. I’d like to hand it to her with an elephant gun, but my polite breeding restrains me.
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 90/1: Hand it to one. To assault; to shoot.
hand-me-down-the-moon (n.)

(Irish/Cork) a tall person.

[Ire]L. McInerney Glorious Heresies 90: ‘A right hand-me-down-the-moon. You couldn’t miss him’.
hand out

see separate entries.

hand over (v.)

see separate entries.

hand someone the hat (v.)

to reject, to dismiss.

[US]S. Ford Torchy 198: He was figurin’ on handin’ me my hat as I was shot out.
[US]G. Bronson-Howard God’s Man 200: Get his money – all you can – and then hand him his hat.
[UK]Wodehouse Inimitable Jeeves 21: The fuse has blown out and the girl has handed him his hat.
[US](con. 1920s) Dos Passos Big Money in USA (1966) 774: Henry Ford handed the banker his hat, and went about raising the money in his own way.
[UK]Wodehouse Mating Season 36: She would hand him his hat and make me happy.
[US]H.E. Roberts Third Ear n.p.: hand you your hat urge you to leave.
hand someone the ice-bowl (v.) [i.e. to treat coldly]

to offer a rejection, to fail to pay a debt.

[UK]A. Binstead Mop Fair 146: It galls me like sin to have to hand you the ice-bowl once again.
hand someone the kick-along (v.)

(UK tramp) to refuse someone something.

[UK]M. Marshall Travels of Tramp-Royal 96: That slop’ll pinch me for keeps if you hand me the kick-along. [Ibid.] 320: hand me the kick-along, refuse me.