1. [late 18C–mid-19C] to beat, to thrash.
2. [mid-19C] (UK Und.) to subject to robbery; thus dressing n.
SE in slang uses
[1920s–30s] (US black) a very lazy woman.
[1930s] (US Und.) an outfit of one’s best clothes.
[mid-19C] to carry out various methods of robbery contrived by two or more servants or shopmen, either exchanging their master’s goods (e.g. shoes for a hat) or pooling them (the butcher’s boy steals steaks, the potboy steals beer etc) and all is sold to a third party.
[1990s+] (US black) to dress smartly, fashionably.
see under mourning n.