1. to beat, to thrash.
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Seymour’s Humourous Sketches (1866) 41: I tell you what, my lads, if I knew your master, I’d pull you up, and have you well dressed.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 25 Sept. 3/2: The trio tore her bonnet and clothes, giving her what is known in eating house parlance as ‘a good dressing’.|
2. (UK Und.) to subject to robbery; thus dressing n.
|Calif. Police Gazette 30 Jan. 2/4: One night last week she ‘dressed’ two men, one to the amount of ten dollars, the other seventeen.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 5/2: It being market day, we concluded to give hull a ‘dressing’ but we had not ‘worked’ it long before the ‘fly-cops’ were out in quest of us.|
SE in slang uses
(US black) a very lazy woman.
|in‘The Guilded Six-Bits’ in Major Calling the Wind (1993).|
(US Und.) an outfit of one’s best clothes.
|Und. and Prison Sl.|
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.
|, ,||Sl. Dict.|
(US black) to dress smartly, fashionably.
|Pimp’s Rap 161: Nigger, I was dressing and ressing when you were wearing shitty diapers.|
see under mourning n.