1. to pay over money, to spend money.
|Plain-Dealer III i: After a tedious fretting and wrangling, they drop away all their money on both sides.|
|Life’s Painter 134: It won’t do I say, to stand here for nicks — all hearers and no buyers — what, will none of you drop your loose kelter?|
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 237: drop: to give or present a person with money, as, he dropp’d me a quid, he gave me a guinea. A kid who delivers his bundle to a sharper without hesitation, or a shopkeeper who is easily duped of his goods by means of a forged order or false pretence, is said to drop the swag in good twig, meaning, to part with it freely.|
|Life in London (1869) 324: The covess of the ken [...] was quite pleased with the Corinthian, from the very liberal manner in which he had dropped his blunt at her house.|
|‘Smith’s Frolic’ inII (1979) 61: I told her in plain I would drop but six win.|
|‘Sal Stuff’ in Ri-tum Ti-tum Songster 12: Only drop the browns, and I’m game to the backbone yet.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 22 Dec. 3/2: [I] was a depending mostly on what the gennelmen used to tip me; some of ’em would drop me a shilling or so now and them, but most of 'em was uncommon scaly.|
|‘So, I Said to Myself’ in Rakish Rhymer (1917) 48: Says I, my old gal, you must think people funny men, / Who’d drop you a crown for a fly in a dunniken.|
|London Figaro 7 June n.p.: The money dropped by the turf prophets [...] is quickly returned to them [F&H].|
|Caldwell Journal 16 Oct. in Why the West was Wild 515: Their first break was to ‘drop their wad’ on the wrong horses.|
|Pitcher in Paradise 184: He’ll probably drop for almost any amount.|
|Sporting Times 12 Mar. 1/4: To see good coin dropped makes me weary.‘His Lincoln Form’|
|This Gutter Life 68: I know you’ll enjoy it, and I want you to ‘drop’ a bit after.|
|Indiscreet Guide to Soho 62: Clubmen [...] often stopped to chat and drop him a bob or two.|
|Fings II i: I want to be the chap who drops / Instead of me (who only cops).|
|Saved Scene vi: Drop ’er a few bob.|
|Queens’ Vernacular 69: It’s a gamble for me to spend the money for the tubs; I don’t think I can afford to drop five tonight.|
|Helsingør Station and Other Departures 149: Drop him the hundred, Beamish said, and see what he’ll say.‘The Bird I Fancied’ in|
|Right As Rain 128: Hey, Nestor [...] how much you drop on that suit, a buck?|
|Kill Your Friends (2009) 16: Why isn’t the dribbling megamongol spending his entire salary [...] Why isn’t he dropping stacks of dough?|
2. to lose money.
|Bk of Sports 49: Some to look after the blunt — others to ‘drop it,’ as the sporting folks say.|
|Pendennis I 42: We played hazard on the dining-table. And I dropped all the money I had from you in the morning.|
|Stamford Mercury 18 July 3/3: As usual ‘flats’ were picked up, and we heard that one person [...] was seen to ‘drop’ as much as 40l.|
|Wanderings of a Vagabond 144: I’ve dropped agin them fellers eight hundred, and damn me if I hadn’t rather chucked it into the river than them thieves should have it.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 5 Feb. 13/2: A gentleman had dropped £50 by backing the ‘out’ at the wrong time, and he got up in disgust.|
|Wichita Eagle (KS) 11 Nov. 7/1: I saw old Mike McDonald [...] drop $100 simply becauise he was bound to win a seventy-five cent cravat.|
|Sporting Times 22 Feb. 1/2: Elizabeth went with her aunt to a shop / Where the loveliest gems that spondulicks can buy / Were on sale to all those who had money to drop.‘A Genteel Occupation’|
|Pitcher in Paradise 184: I’d rather drop a few thousands to Bob Sinclair than I’d get it off of some of the burglars [...] that passes for workmen nowadays.|
|Valley of the Moon (1914) 181: Dick Golden and I dropped four hundred thousand francs in a week’s play at Monte Carlo.|
|Inimitable Jeeves 44: I dropped my entire month’s allowance.|
|We Who Are About to Die 187: He’s scared to tell the wife he dropped the fifty in a crap game.|
|Mister Roberts 54: I went in with a hundred and I dropped that. I borrowed fifty [...] I came back a little, but then I dropped that too.|
|Scrambled Yeggs 73: Once in a while he makes a package, but mostly he drops it.|
|I’m a Jack, All Right 10: If you can place any reliance on the buzzes flashing round this hooker [...] the Jimmie has also dropped a roll.|
|Gambling Secrets of Nick The Greek 136: They dropped a bundle.|
|Godfather 375: The casino has been dropping money lately, which shouldn’t be.|
|Digger’s Game (1981) 31: They go to Vegas and drop six [thousand dollars].|
|Wiseguy (2001) 98: Tommy, and I, took a trip to Vegas, dropped about twenty grand.|
|(con. 1945) Touch and Go 81: How much have you dropped?|
|(con. 1964–8) Cold Six Thousand 122: If King Farouk of the Congo wants to drop a hundred G’s at the Sands, I say let him.|
3. (US Und.) to sell something inferior for more than it is worth.
|Glance at N.Y. II i: jake: He made a dive for his pocket-book, but couldn’t make it out. mike: So much the better; we might have got the one I dropped on him this morning.|
|Hang On a Minute, Mate (1963) 92: We’ll see if we can drop her [a faulty gun] off in a pub somewhere for a fiver. No flies on Fred, eh!|
4. (US Und.) to sell stolen property to a receiver.
|in Dict. Americanisms (2nd edn) 424: I’d stuff watches, drop pocket-books, [...] but I’d never condescend to snug dogs .|
|Manchester Eve. News 16 Oct. 4/1: We used to drop nearly all the stuff at Bob Macfarlane’s, and a good fence he was then.|
|You Can’t Win (2000) 127: If I try to drop the stones here, I have to take what the first man offers me.|
|Rough Stuff 61: I asked him where I could drop some slum (sell stolen jewelry).|
5. to bribe.
|Illus. Police News 22 Feb. 12/4: ‘De damt police always think I got notning to do [...] but to drop ’em garnish’.Wild Tribes of London in|
|Und. Nights 92: At this stage they may try to drop you.|
6. (orig. US) to pass dud cheques or counterfeit money; thus dropping n.
|Autobiog. of a Thief 198: I was wanted [...] for the ‘kites’ (worthless cheques) which I had ‘dropped’ in various places.|
|Sharpe of the Flying Squad 330: dropping: Uttering forged cheques.|
|Und. Nights 81: Then comes the basic penmanship, and after that the dropping – i.e., presenting the cheque at the bank. Dropping is dodgy work, so dodgy that the penman, who never drops himself, has to send a minder, known as a topper, to keep an eye on the dropper.|
|Big Huey 247: drop (v) 1. Deposit contraband or money. British slang dating from about 1912.|
7. to hand over drugs.
|Und. Speaks n.p.: Drop, to deliver ‘dope’ to buyer.|
8. to give.
|Night Gardener 105: I gotta drop a urine every week.|
(drugs) a wholesale drug dealer’s runner, who delivers bulk supplies to less important dealers.
|Heroin in Perspective (1972) 107: drop-man: This person, often a young, dependable nonuser, is used by sellers to make deliveries.|