crawl n.(orig. US)
1. a promenade, a street used for parading and socializing by the local youth.
|(con. 1850s) City in Sl. (1995) 41: The Bowery was a famous promenade or crawl for ‘Bowery B’hoys’ and their ‘G’hals.’.|
2. visiting a number of public houses, bars etc in succession.
|‘’Arry on Crutches’ Punch 3 May 201/1: I wish we wos chums on the crawl, and I’d show yer, old flick, ’ow to carry / The swell stick.|
|Sporting Times 4 Oct. 3/4: How are we to celebrate the death of Dr Johnson [...] in an organised gin and bitters’ crawl down Fleet Street.|
|‘Our Little Nipper’ [lyrics] I used to do a gin crawl e’vry night, / An’ very, very often come ’ome tight.|
|(con. 1970s) Pictures in my Head 66: Now lads, the crawl is yer only man. From Guiney’s to the Half Way House.|
|Soho 216: Bloke in wunner them boozers last night, out on that pub crawl with James.|
3. a walk.
|Marvel XV:377 Jan. 9: She’s out for her early crawl.|
4. (US Und.) a trick.
|Adventures of Jimmie Dale (1918) I viii: Aw [...] youse can’t work dat crawl on—.|
5. a dance.
|in Erotic Muse (1992) 142: [She] went down to the nickel crawl, / She was looking for her man.|
|Wise-crack Dict. 8: Give us a crawl – May I have the pleasure of the next dance.|