fast one n.
1. any scheme seen as amoral, corrupt, underhand.
|implied in slip a fast one (over)|
|Gilt Kid 64: That was a fast one.|
|Man with the Golden Arm 10: I give a man a square shake till he tries a fast one.|
|Getaway in Four Novels (1983) 23: He was afraid Doc had a fast one up his sleeve.|
|Texas by the Tail (1994) 55: Watch yourself, Mitch, Make that the last fast one of the evening.|
|(con. 1949) True Confessions (1979) 52: You’re a smooth number, Des, that’s exactly what I told Chet. No fast ones on Des Spellacy.|
2. a lie, a spurious story.
|Drawing Dead [ebook] I threw him a fast one about thinking that [...] in my drunked up state that I may have heaved my phone over his fence. I did it roundabout and awkward.|
1. (also spring a fast one, pull a fastie, work..., pull a fast switch/shuffle) to get away with something, usu. a slightly nefarious scheme.
|Dayton Herald (OH) 10 June 23/2: Once in a while you pull a fast one which is really refreshing.|
|Pleasure Man (1997) Act I: Hey, lay off o’ dat stuff. Where the hell is your card? Tryin’ to pull a fast one around here?|
|Green Ice (1988) 107: Cherilli had been a little guy, and he’d tried to work a fast one.|
|(con. 1900s) Behind The Green Lights 91: May worked a fast one on me.|
|Rough Stuff 88: I had to stay under cover in the yards, because I knew the coppers would know I’d pulled a fast one on them.|
|Phenomena in Crime 73: Pulling a fast one on a comrade is not a breach of etiquette.|
|Ball of Fire [film script] Once they let you go, we’ll pull a fastie.|
|Blue Ribbon Western June [Internet] He’ll spring a fast one, and then blow.‘Raw, Medium, and Well Done’ in|
|letter 28 Jan. in Harris (1993) 80: How did Jack get out of the nut-house? He certainly pulled a fast shuffle there.|
|Teen-Age Gangs 154: Sure, Paro got in too deep and then tried to pull a fast switch.|
|Battle Cry (1964) 132: This sneaky bastard is trying to pull a fast one.|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 100: That wise punk Wilson tried to pull a fast one and I had to straightenim out.|
|Dead Butler Caper 120: It was only by pulling a fast one that I succeeded in escaping from her clutches.|
|London Embassy 154: That was how Cary seemed to me – as if he was trying to pull a fast one on me.|
|Spidertown (1994) 70: Be sharp. Can’t have ’um think we pullin’ a fast one.|
|Skull Session 174: I thought I saw you pull a little fast one.|
|Guardian 16 Oct. 1: They should think twice before trying to pull a fast one.|
|More Damned Lies and Statistics 36: People who present information in this way are probably either themselves confused or trying to pull a fast one.|
2. to stage a crime, e.g. a hold-up.
|Dames Don’t Care (1960) 109: He reckoned to get over the border one day an’ pull a fast one on the Arizona mail cart.|
3. to make an escape, to run away.
|Conjure-Man Dies 167: Block that door—he’s pullin’ a fast one!|
to take advantage of someone by trickery, to hoodwink.
|[||Yorks. Post 6 Sept. 8/6: Bligh [...] slipped a fast one to the boundary for four].|
|[||Brooklyn Dly Eagle (NY) 26 Mar. 8/6: Then ‘Ducky’ [...] tried to slip a fast one straight over, thinking Bergen wasn’t looking, but Billy was wide awake].|
|Lincoln Star (NE) 10 Oct. 27/1: [cartoon headline] Skinny Slips a Fast One Over on Shrimp Flynn.|
|Cosmopolitan Nov. 98/1: He’s trying to put over a fast one!in|
|Gangster Girl 102: We put over a fast one t’night.|
|Scotsman 15 Nov. 4/6: The railway companies [...] apparently ‘slipped a fast one across’ the Chamber’s predecessors.|
|Poor Man’s Orange 125: I won’t put a fast one over you.|
|Stone Mad (1966) 137: The wife slipped him a fast wan a few times and he was taking no chances.|
|Chicago: City On the Make 67: The swifter-type thief approach their work with the same lofty hope of slipping a fast one over on everyody.|
|Big Smoke 15: I respect his opinion, but I want to see if he’s slipping over a fast one.|
|Inside Daisy Clover (1966) 196: She looked at me as if I was trying to put over a fast one.|