1. as a projectile.
(a) a bullet.
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Slug a piece of lead fired from a blunderbuss.|
|Double Gallant IV i: I shou’d clap a Brace of Slugs now into the very Bowels of this Rascal.|
|Stamford Mercury 28 Mar. 7/1: Yesterday Capt. Brown [...] being under some Discontent, discharged a Pistol at his head, the Slugs lodged therein.|
|Hist. of Highwaymen &c. 161: Two Bullets shot from the Carbine, struck him [...] a third Bullet, or Slug, stuck in the lower Part of the Timber of the Window.|
|Trial of Charles Drew 38: Humphries took the Gun [...] it was ready loaded with Slugs in it.|
|Duenna I i: Reach me the blunderbuss! [...] Hence, or these slugs are thro’ your brain.|
|‘Squire Raynold’s Downfall’ Irish Songster 4: But Robert Mc. Keon that blood thirsty dog, / Then shot thro’ his forehead a three corner slug.|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (3rd edn) n.p.: Slug. A piece of lead of any shape, to be fired from a blunderbuss.|
|Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1796].|
|Mr Mathews’ Comic Annual 23: Where’s my pistols? I heard somebody in the house: they’re loaded with slugs – not garden slugs; where’s the pistols?|
|Handy Andy 29: So you might as well give him a blunderbuss and slugs at once.|
|Frank Fairlegh (1878) 197: Master Stephen hates him [...] and would like nothing better than to pick a quarrel with him, have him out, and, putting a brace of slugs into him, leave him—.|
|Era (London) 23 Dec. 6/3: The orifice formed by the slug entering her neck still remains open.|
|Knocknagow 10: A vision of a blunderbuss loaded to the muzzle with slugs.|
|Living London (1883) June 228: The vexed question as to whether blowing up an Irish gentleman’s house with dynamite, riddling him with slugs [...] should be held to be of the nature of ‘Boycotting’.in|
|Mr Dooley in Peace and War 21: He tosses a few slugs at th’ Spanyards.|
|Brought to Bay 77: The slugs are steel tipped and pointed!|
|Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man 5: The butler had shown him the marks of the soldier’s slugs in the wood of the door.|
|You Can’t Win (2000) 164: Six feet away, I could feel the slugs hit him.|
|‘Snowbound’ in Gangster Stories Oct. n.p.: He was still alive, but that slug had ripped a lung wide open.|
|Red Wind (1946) 72: If I’d thought to bring my little pearl-handled gun I could say it with slugs.‘Blackmailers Don’t Shoot’ in|
|Big Con 246: The final score being one slug in Barney and one copper down.|
|One Lonely Night 51: They only learn when they finally catch a slug where it hurts.|
|Syndicate (1998) 30: First prize is a slug in the head.|
|D. Inner City Hoodlum 135: Each would have received a slug from a .45 calibre pistol in the temple.|
|A-Team Storybook 23: Pounding a stream of high calibre slugs.|
|Homeboy 240: Fabulous Frank rocketed a slug right through the screen.|
|Guardian Guide 3–9 July 83: Terry’s temporary charge catches a slug in the shoulder.|
|I, Fatty 59: Selig took a slug in the arm.|
|www.acidalex.com [Internet] 7: He looks at the fat yellow slugs lying snugly in their sleeves [...] He spins the chamber.‘The Smell of Tears’ at|
|Anniston Star (AL) 20 Nov. 26/3: Shotgun slugs are not moving that fast down the barrel. Shooters should hold the gun firm.|
(b) a shell.
|Pulps (1970) 22/2: You can see a mortar slug rise, hit the peak and drop.‘The Devil Must Pay’ in Goodstone|
2. in senses of drink and drugs.
(a) a fiery drink.
|Hist. of the Two Orphans III 112: Taking a dirty paper out of her bosom, in which was written the following words: Tape, glim, rushlight, white port, rasher of bacon, gunpowder, slug, wild-fire, knock-me-down, and strip-me-naked.|
(b) a portion or measure of liquor.
|Reprisal II viii: block: What d’ye say to a slug? brush: Slug!—O, I understand you—(Fetches a keg of brandy).|
|Sir Launcelot Greaves II 89: He ordered the waiter [...] to bear a hand, ship his oars, mind his helm, and bring alongside a short allowance of brandy or grog, that he might cant a slug into his bread-room.|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Life in London (1869) 327: He is not to be gammoned with a slug.|
|Stray Subjects (1848) 110: ‘Cobblers for the party,’ – ‘snifters for the crowd,’ – or ‘slugs for the entire company’.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 132/2: Taik a gooid slug eowt’n that bottle fur luck.|
|Butte (MT) Daily Miner 14 Apr. 1/3: ‘Blizzard’ [...] There has been extensive use of the word in Pennsylvania for many years [...] A drink of any intoxicant, generally applied to whisky. Synonymous with the slang ‘a slug,’ ‘a smile,’ ‘a jigger,’ ‘a bumper.’ Example: ‘Let’s take a blizzard.’.|
|More Fables in Sl. (1960) 126: Josephine gave them Allopathic Slugs of the Size that they feed you in the Navy.|
|God’s Man 423: You haven’t some whisky, have you, Squire. A slug of that might hold me till the doctor comes.|
|Wildcat 245: He absorbed three or four slugs of gin.|
|Spicy Detective Sept. [Internet] He poured himself a generous slug and downed it neat.‘Sleeping Dogs’ in|
|My Story 64: I began to get a bit cold, took another slug, began to get warm, slugged it all the third time.|
|Halo For Satan (1949) 167: I found some brandy [...] and poured a slug into my cup and coffee over that.|
|(con. 1940s) Borstal Boy 363: One of the officers gave me a slug out of a whiskey flask.|
|(con. 1920s) South of Heaven (1994) 45: Coffee with a big slug of Jamaica ginger in it.|
|Picture Palace 243: He poured himself a slug, the last of the whisky.|
|Muscle for the Wing 17: Shade [...] demonstrated his recent conversions to cocktails rather than neat slugs of rum.|
|Homeboy 135: She took a slug, shuddered.|
|Indep. Mag. 1 Apr. 29: I poured myself a large slug of Scotch.|
|Indep. 27 Dec. 13/5: [...] when offered a slug of whisky.|
|Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] Pining for a cigarette and another slug.‘Dread Fellow Churls’ in|
(c) a portion (e.g. a sip, a cupful) of a non-alcoholic drink, e.g. coffee.
|Indianapolis News (IN) 5 Mat 7/6: The Martini had been displaced by a slug of coffee, black.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 213: slug of mud A cup of coffee.|
|Pittsburgh Post-Gaz. (PA) 26 June 11/4: Miss Lee took a few minutes rest for a refreshing slug of iced coffee.|
|Express & News (San Antonio, TX) 20 Jan. 42/1: You couldn’t just walk in front [...] to get a slug of coffee and a sweet roll.|
|Simpson’s Leader-Times (Kittaning, PA) 29 Nov. 22/2: The morning slug of coffee [...] Pennsylvanians must swallow.|
|Age (Melbourne) 3 Apr. 45/5: Think back to that last tiem you smacked your lips after a deep slug of coffee.|
|Plainclothes Naked (2002) 48: It looks like our guy took himself out with a slug of Drano.|
|L.A. Times 28 Jan. 2/2: A rough-hewn cowboy [...] finished up his M-16 burrito and took a slug of coffee.|
(d) in non-alcoholic contexts, a portion, a share.
|Long Good-Bye 174: I gave Candy too much money. [...] You give him a big slug of the stuff to begin with and pretty soon he has a stake.|
(e) a portion or measure of a drug.
|Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1969) 76: She has never taken LSD before, but she looks fearless and immune [...] and she hooks down a big slug of it.|
|Pimp 154: I’ll start sneaking slugs of morphine [...] into her shots.|
3. as a coin or token.
(a) (US) $1; thus half a slug, fifty cents; thus money, irrespective of amount.
|Diary of a Forty-Niner (1906) 185: They were mean enough to search her [...] Sure enough they found six slugs (fifty dollars each) in her stockings, which they confiscated.|
|Joaquin 9: Shove her up, shove her up to the bolt, I’d rather have an ounce than a twenty-dollar note, for the slug it will sink and the flimsy’ll float.|
|Lantern (N.O.) 4 June 5: She’d sooner put up her ten slugs and go back to the pipe.|
|Grimhaven 109: What are you here for, anyway? Stealing a lousy slug and a half out of the orphan’s box in church.|
|Boy and Girl Tramps of America (1976) 123: Once I made two slugs in fifteen minutes.|
|Opium Addiction in Chicago 200: Half a slug. Fifty cents.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|DAUL 90/1: Half a case or slug. Fifty cents. [Ibid.] 198/2: Slug, n. [...] 2. A dollar.et al.|
|Courier Jrnl (Louisville, KY) 4 Jan. 7/1: Those attending the sale pay half a slug at the door.|
|AS XXVIII:2 116: half a rock, half a slug, n. A half dollar.‘Carnie Talk’ in|
|Dopefiend (1991) 151: My nose is already running, man, and we ain’t got a slug.|
(b) a token.
|DN IV:i 28: slug, n. A key. Round piece of metal for slot machines.‘Word-List From The Northwest’ in|
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 360: He bought a slug from the cashier [...] and walked back to the telephone booths.Young Manhood in|
|Cry Tough! 29: Here’s five nickels and a coupla slugs.|
|Monkey On My Back (1954) 186: Danny’s first arrest was for a minor offence – dropping a slug into a subway turnstile.|
|Union Dues (1978) 263: Riordan pulled out what looked to be a cigar box full of slugs and went to the jukebox.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 137: Without being afraid every other guy you meet is going to chuck a slug at you.‘The Lily of St Pierre’ in|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 354: They are a little nicked up here and there from the slugs the coppers toss at them.‘Butch Minds the Baby’ in|
to drink a dram.
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Fire a Slug to drink a Dram.|
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|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|