1. (US) rejection, ‘the cold shoulder’.
|in New Broadway Mag. July 80: I knew it was no use trying to save him a chill [HDAS].|
|On Broadway 30 July [synd. col.] Edith Day got the chill from the British.|
|Jives of Dr. Hepcat (1989) 2: For you and me the chill is strictly on.|
|Vinnie Got Blown Away 150: Gave me the hard stare, looked at first like another three days of the big chill. Then he went ‘Africa they speak French.’.|
|Robbers (2001) 165: She’d hardly spoken to him since, giving him the silent chill.|
2. murder, death, assassination; also attrib.
|DAUL 43/1: Chill, n. [...] 2. The act of knocking unconscious or killing.et al.|
|Web of the City (1983) 135: My sister’s downtown in the chill house [i.e. morgue].|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 325: Kill the chills: he’s on the reopening.|
3. (US Und.) a situation where a potential victim of a con trick loses interest in the hoax.
|Big Con 102: After one of these ‘chills’ the mark comes back into the deal with greater confidence.|
4. (US campus) beer.
|Campus Sl. Nov. 1: chill – a can of beer.|
|Sl. and Sociability 63: A ‘beer’ is called [...] a chill or a cold one because of its serving temperature.|
5. (US) a pose of indifference, of coolness.
|(con. 1982–6) Cocaine Kids (1990) 101: Regulars at the club work hard to maintain their dignity and enhance their status. A key element in this effort is the attempt to exude chill or cool – poise under pressure.|
|Corner (1998) 274: Suddenly his head comes up in a broad smile. He loses all of his street corner chill and actually struts through the front hall.|
6. see chill (pill) under chill adj.
(US campus) a lack of emotional stability or sophistication.
|UNC-CH Campus Sl. Spring 2016 7: NO CHILL — emotional or inept handling of a difficult or awkward situation: ‘He told me his whole life story at the party last night—he has no chill’ Also ZERO CHILL.(ed.)|
to ignore, to avoid, to act coldly towards.
|TAD Lex. (1993) 64: They’re trying to shake that cheap stiff. Playin’ the chill for him, eh?in Zwilling|
|TAD Lex. (1993) 98: I got a steer on Mill Valley in the foist but give it the chill — it cops [i.e. loses].in Zwilling|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 34: Dave the Dude plays the chill for the Sixteen Hundred Club.‘Romance in the Roaring Forties’ in|
|Big Con 181: When you are chick, boy, they give you the chill. [Ibid.] 303: To play the chill. To ignore someone.|
|Runyon à la Carte 100: All of a sudden Miss Sarah Brown plays plenty of chill for The Sky.|
1. (US) to snub, to ignore.
|Broadway Racketeers 250: Chill—Contempt; ‘Putting on the chill’—viewing with a scornful eye.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 650: They put on a large chill for her.‘Baseball Hattie’ in|
|DAUL 169/2: Put the chill on. 1. To snub; to get rid of; to avoid.et al.|
2. to murder, to kill, to assassinate.
|Omnibus (2006) 219: I’ll put the chill on both of you - and everybody’ll be happy: .‘Black’ in|
|Hollywood Detective Aug. [Internet] You think somebody from the old outfit might put the chill on him for revenge, hunh?‘Murder’s Mouthpiece’|
|Hollywood Detective Dec. [Internet] According to that, somebody else must have sneaked in and put the chill on him ahead of you.‘Coffin for a Coward’ in|
|Teen-Age Mafia 130: They wouldn’t think twice before putting the chill on him.|
|Paco’s Story (1987) 176: Grumbling through his teeth about the one and only way to put the chill on gooks.|
3. (US prison) to intimidate, to discourage, to make one uncomfortable.
|DAUL 169/2: Put the chill on. [...] 2. To discourage, intimidate, or otherwise influence one to desist from the execution of an act.et al.|
|Prison Sl. 92: Doggin’ Constantly verbally harassing someone […] (Archaic: put the chill on, put the shake on).|
|Pugilist at Rest 228: It will put the chill on him before he ever climbs into the ring.|