1. five shillings (25p).
|Australian (Sydney) 29 Sept. 3/4: A swell drew out his thimble [...] together with a few casers [AND].|
|Hill’s Life N.S.W. (Sydney) 10 Aug. 3: ‘Why, here’s a caser for you,’ throwing down [...] what had the semblance of a dollar, but what turned out to be a piece of base metal [AND].|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 26 Feb. 1/4: So I gets [...] these ere crabs, watch, and togs, so I’m a Svell un vith a caser in this ere cly.|
|Emigrant Family I 212: Here’s a caser; the rest is to come .|
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. (2nd edn).|
|‘Autobiog. of a Thief’ in Macmillan’s Mag. (London) XL 501: One morning I found I did not have more than a caser (five shillings) for stock-pieces (stock-money).|
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 20 July 3/3: Has he never put a caser on a dead bird for himself?|
|Truth (Sydney) 23 Dec. 5/7: The new-found father-in-law [...] borrowed a ‘caser’, so that he might make a speedy adjournment to the corner pub.|
|‘Send Round the Hat’ in Roderick (1972) 471: He made up five shillings (or a ‘caser’ in Bush language).|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 3 Sept. 39/2: No, you’re the jugginses wot give her the yellow boys all mixed up with the casers. That’s why they cleared.|
|Dict. of Aus. Words And Terms [Internet] CASER – Five shillings.|
|Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 11 Nov. 4/4: Irish Eyes had run like a hairy dog at her two previous starts and punters were beginning to think that she wasn't worth a ‘caser’.|
|You’re in the Racket, Too 245: ‘Caser,’ he said and put down two half-crowns.|
|Lucky Palmer 42: I’ll bet you a caser that the one on the right flies way before the one on the left.|
|Shiralee 138: I can dook you a caser if it’s any good to you.|
|Guntz 5: I had a caser in my pocket, and a holdall in one hand.|
|(ref. to 1930s) Coronation Cups and Jam Jars 207: Kasa [sic] – 5 shillings.|
|in Little Legs 193: caser five shillings (a pre-decimal phrase that is now largely out of use).|
2. (US) $1.
|Amer. Mag. May 508: Thirteen casers every month [HDAS].|
|How I Became a Detective 89: He [a thief] will call it a ‘caser,’ a ‘buck,’ or a ‘bone’ if it is silver.|
|Day Book (Chicago) 12 Sept. 8/2: Here, waiter, nab this frog-tinted ten caser and make it cover the damage.|
|DAUL 41/2: Caser. 1. A dollar.et al.|
3. (Aus.) a five-year prison sentence.
|DAUS (1993) 39/1: caser [...] a sentence of five years’ imprisonment.glossary in Simes|
1. (Aus.) half-a-crown, 2s 6d (12½p.).
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 21 Dec. 3/4: One of the Kangaroos paid half a caser for a practical joke [...] last week.|
|‘Across the Straits’ in Roderick (1972) 200: We had a drink with him at the expense of one of the half-casers mentioned in the beginning of this article.|
|Truth (Sydney) 20 Jan. 3/6: She called [...] offering to fight Mariar and myself for ‘’arf-a-caser’.|
|Aus. Lang. (1945) 117: And his naming of the coinage / Is a mystery to some, / With his quid and half-a-caser / And his deener and his scrum.‘Great Aus. Slanguage’ in Baker|
|‘Send Round the Hat’ in Roderick (1972) 472: The crown was worn thin as paper by the quids, half-quids, casers, half-casers, bobs and tanners or sprats — to say nothing of the scrums — that had been chucked into it in its time.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 4 Oct. 17/1: Boys, throw in half-a-caser apiece, an’ I’ll guarantee ye no shearin’ on Monday.|
|Truth (Sydney) 29 Jan. 5/3: And the nimble half-a-casers / Would supplant the retched pence.|
|‘Johnson’s Jag’ in Roderick (1972) 795: The half-caser was in her stocking now, along with the rest.|
|Down Donkey Row 158: The ’re of the Church ’All for the night is only ’alf a caser.|
|I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 233/2: half a caser – half a crown.|
2. (US) half a dollar.
|God’s Man 361: I took out half a caser and looked him in the eye.|