1. [early 19C–1930s] money.
2. [20C+] protection money; thus rent-collector, a thug who gathers in such payments.
3. [1920s–50s] blackmail; thus renting, obtaining money either by criminal means (blackmail) or by offering homosexual favours.
4. [1960s+] a male homosexual prostitute [note that the website Gaymart.com ‘Queer Slang in the Gay 90s’ claims use throughout 19C].
5. [1930s] (UK gay) the earnings of a male prostitute.
6. working as a male prostitute.
7. [1990s+] (Aus. police/Und.) bribes paid to policemen, and the division thereof.
1. a young male homosexual prostitute.
2. attrib. use of sense 1.
[late 18C–early 19C] a highwayman, esp. one who prefers cash to jewels etc.
a young homosexual man, willing to have sex for money, but not a full-time prostitute.
[late 19C+] (orig. US black) a party where the guests buy their refreshments to help pay the rent.
[2010s] (Aus.) of a bet, a sure thing, a certain winner.