1. in context of drink or drugs [load n. (1)].
(a) to ply someone with drink.
|Tom Sawyer, Detective 30: We loaded him till he fell out of his chair and laid there snoring.|
(b) (drugs) to take drugs.
|Huncke Reader (1998) 317: The first night I loaded myself on Tuanol [sic] – that is the first night I cut myself off completely from Coanyl.‘Cosanyl’ in|
|Life 322: I loaded up well before we got on the plane, because I would go straight into cold turkey by the time I arrived.|
2. (US) to lie, to deceive.
|implied in load up|
|DN III:ii 145: load, v. To deceive or intimidate by a hint, to convey unpleasant information by insinuation. ‘He just loaded them.’.‘Words from Northwest Arkansas’ in|
|Sucker’s Progress 42: Loaded dice were called ‘dispatches’ and ‘dispatchers’ then as now, and to prepare them thus for cheating was to ‘plumb the bones’ or ‘load the doctors’.|
|Breed of the Chaparral (1949) 34: I’m afraid someone’s been loadin’ you, Lou.|
|Down in the Holler 262: load: v.t. To deceive with a windy or a tall tale.|
3. (US campus) to prepare for an emergency, eg an exam.
|DN II:i 45: load, v. To prepare for an emergency, as for examination.‘College Words and Phrases’ in|
4. (Aus. Und.) of police, to plant false evidence.
|Neddy (1998) 104: I took very little notice of them as I was assured that they would not load me [plant evidence such as drugs] by two friendly police. [Ibid.] 205: The cunt will spear one of the younger guys in to load you.|
5. (Aus.) to blame, to scapegoat.
|Broken Shore (2007) [ebook] ‘So the idea is to load the other ranks?’ ‘The commissioner’s decision, Joe’.|
1. to provide with drink.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 4 Jul. 18/4: [They took] not one single drop of rum. […] [We] are sure that both the Russians and the Afghans would have viewed the arrival of rum in the light of a happy relief. It is evident that, as extensive as Sir Peter’s cellar was, his ‘loading up’ of the two nations failed to keep them in good humour.|
2. (US) to provide with false information.
|Life on the Mississippi (1914) 229: The pilot warmed to his opportunity, and proceeded to load me up in the good old-fashioned way.|
3. to get drunk, to use a drug; also as load up on a drink or drug.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 15 Aug. 24/4: Melbourne city watchhouse is getting to be no fit place for a respectable inebriate. Time was when a man could load up merrily, satisfied with the assurance of a select compartment and the all-sufficient shake-down, when his legs threw up their billet, and the sonorous hic-cup nigh jerked his jaw off.|
|Sun. Inter Ocean (Chicago) 6 Mar. 33/4: One day Absalom he done load up on ’simmon beeuh an’ peach an’ honey [...] wine.|
|Detective Story 18 Feb. [Internet] I’ve got a couple of friends in town who want to load up on the stuff [i.e. ‘snow’].‘White as Snow’ in|
|Shadows of Men 199: Then I loads up on heroin.|
|High Sierra in Four Novels (1984) 359: He [...] drank three straight whiskies in quick succession. The bartender stared at him, then laughed, ‘That’s what I call loading up.’.|
|(con. 1930s) Pedlocks (1971) 346: Peter loaded up on juleps and Bourbon.|
|Hell’s Angels (1967) 223: A righteous Angel loading up on a run will consume almost anything.|
|Sl. U. 123: John always loads up before he goes to fraternity parties.|
|Et Tu, Babe (1993) 10: I’m loading up on Winstrol, the steroid that got sprinter Ben Johnson disqualified from the 1988 Olympic Games.|
4. to eat heartily.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 14 Mar. 12/4: When ‘light refreshments’ were mooted […] several of the staff pleaded prior engagements, and flocked over to Deeble’s. ‘We can load up here,’ they said, ‘until the man tells us to give someone else a chance; but there is something too terribly vague in “light refreshments” to tempt us.’ After 20 minutes hard munching they emerged into the street masked with mustard.|
|In For Life 149: Load up Tommy [...] Do you want a steak? Fill up, Boy.|
|Golden Orange (1991) 48: A lot of happy Mexican busboys and dishwashers who later loaded up on leftovers.|
|Miseducation of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly (2004) 33: I’m in the kitchen [...] loading up on the old, I don’t know, carbohydrates.|
5. (Aus./N.Z.) to infect with venereal disease.
|(con. 1940s) Veterans 14: ‘Not bad!’ I said. ‘I’d do a line with her,’ he remarked thoughtfully. ‘If I could be sure some Yank hadn’t been there first. Half of ’em are loaded up.’.|
|DAUS 134/2: Load up, to infect with a sexually transmitted disease.|
6. (Aus. prison) to incriminate through perjured evidence.
|Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] Load. 1. To falsely incriminate. Thus ‘to be loaded up’ is to be framed.|
|Chopper 4 130: I find it impossible that Lockwood and Avon were incapable [...] of laying their hands on a real handgun or sawn-off shotgun to load up Abdallah.|