1. a large, stupid man.
|Daily Trib. (Bismarck, N.D.) 23 Oct. 4/1: Those people who [...] haunt stage doors [...] are ‘gillies,’ ‘gills,’ ‘guys,’ ‘chappies,’ ‘mashers,’ ‘chumps,’ ‘lunkheads’ and ‘lugs.’.|
|Third Degree (1931) 48: If you don’t tell me where Jim the Lug is, I’ll kick your brains all over the room.|
|Ottowa Citizen (Ontario) 11 June 19/1: He’s talking to a muddle-headed lug named Fowler.|
|Decade 317: Don’t highball any hideout for this lug. He’s hot, this lamster.|
|Swell-Looking Babe 57: Hey, you lug! Get out of the lady’s way.|
|Atlantic Monthly July 108: Michael Meyer as Brenda’s jock brother, a big, gregarious, simple-minded, good-hearted lug who has exactly the right moves of the athlete.|
|Go-Boy! 197: One of my duties would be refereeing fights between these two lugs.|
|It (1987) 456: A big lug with a broken nose named Romeo Dupree.|
|Donkey’s Years 39: You great lug you.|
|Human Stain 216: This brute-sized, opaque, pony-tailed lug without any desire ever to speak.|
|Drop Dead, My Lovely (2005) 52: The lug was Pakistani, or Indian, one of those subcontinent birds.|
|Split Decision [ebook] If some big lug hit me with cannon balls for fists, I was sunk.|
2. a lout, a sponger.
|‘Und. “Lingo” Brought Up-to-Date’ L.A. Times 8 Nov. K3: LUG: A stupid fellow; a hanger-on.|
3. a general term of abuse.
|Vice Squad Detective [Internet] These lugs aren’t just interested in working off surplus poundage.‘The Nudist Gym Death Riddle’ in|
|Pal Joey 15: Those lugs in the band would begin to kid me about it.|
|Fabulous Clipjoint (1949) 114: Who were the other lugs who were with Reynolds [...] ?|
|Scrambled Yeggs 52: I’d already had enough of this lug’s glares and growls.|
|Go-Boy! 19: Goddam you lugs!|
|Permanent Midnight 75: It was a complaint any teenage lug in the world could have understood.|
|Emerald Germs of Ireland 360: The dirty lug!|
4. a person, irrespective of character.
|Mad mag. Apr.–May 12: Sheldon was a sswell [sic] lug! But he was so unromantic!|
(US) a stupid person.
|Michigan Technic (U. Michigan Coll. Engineering) 56-7 151: Urbane W. Hird, better known as Tim, Thundering Hird, U. W., or the Lughead, steps into the spotlight.|
|Never Let Me Go 103: There I sat, sleeping through the whole thing like a damned lughead.|
|Seeds of Man (1995) 223: Whatta deed he do, theesa beega lug head?|
|Eyes of Reason 327: He had let himself get rattled by a lughead of a General.|
|Customer Is Always 59: ‘Shah . . . where are you?’ the boss would plead, and Shah would laugh quietly and blend into the books and taunt inaudibly, ‘Find me, you lughead!’.|
|Education of Oversoul Seven 68: That lughead just dumped the entire contents of Lydia's shell collection on the floor!|
|Alive 111: Your first impulse is to get some revenge, if only to yell ‘You stupid lughead’.|
|Spin Apr. 164/2: Tad is a really smart guy, he's really articulate, and they marketed him as this big, brooding sort of lughead.|
|NSWCorp 3 Apr. [Internet] How did Harvard let a deranged lughead like the author of this piece into its esteemed law school?|
1. to beg; to demand money with menaces, to extort, to blackmail .
|AS IV:5 343: Put the lug on—To beg from someone.‘Vocab. of Bums’ in|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 148: She will next be trying to put the lug on me for a ducket.‘Hold ’Em, Yale!’ in|
|Topeka Journal 26 Mar. 8: Shakedowns in Topeka are known to have ranged from $20 to $50 monthly, depending on the amount of illegal business done by the individuals on whom the lug was put.|
|W&F].in Author and Journalist Nov. n.p.: How’s about droppin’ the lug on you for thirty-five hundred? [|
2. (US) to beat up, to use violence against.
|Great Magoo 69: You take that back or I’ll put the lug on you.|
|Und. Speaks n.p.: Put the lug on, to beat up a racketeer.|
|DAUL 170/2: Put the lug on. To remove forcibly with the aid of strong-arm accomplices an irate victim from the scene of the swindle, as at a carnival.et al.|