1. (also kidd) a child [SE f. 19C].
|Old Law (1656) III i: Ime old you say Yes parlous old Kidds and you mark me well, This Beard cannot get Children, you lank suckeggs, Unlesse such Weezels come from Court to help us We will get our owne brattes.|
|‘The Northern Ditty’ in Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) II 106: For shou’d you prove to Night my Friend, / we’se get a young Kid together, / And you’d be gone ere nine Months end, / and where should I find the Father?|
|Collin’s Walk canto 4 182: One evening to my Fathers House, Came a Young Tawney tatter’d Blowse [...] And at her Back a Kid that cry’d.|
|Hell Upon Earth 5: Kid, a Child.|
|in Pills to Purge Melancholy II 193: Send your Kid home to me, I will take care on’t.|
|New Canting Dict. n.p.: Kid c. a Child.|
|Mother Gin 9: The feeding kids that wipers bite (A kid signifies, in the Canting Dialect, a child; and to bite the wiper is to steal the handkerchief).|
|New General Eng. Dict. (5th edn).|
|Discoveries (1774) 43: The Frow is with Kid; the Whore is with Child.|
|Nancy Dawson’s Jests 41: The wanton kid in gamesome bound.|
|View of Society II 177: Kid Rig. [...] The boy runs on the message, and the parcel decamps on the Kid-rig.|
|Life’s Painter 138: For, when ’twas four weeks old, / Long Ned, and dust-cart Chloe, / To give the kid a name, / Invited were by Joey.|
|Sporting Mag. Oct. III /1: O you are a tender kid [...] come here, while I give you a bit of a squeeze.|
|Dict. Sl. and Cant.|
|Tom Crib’s Memorial to Congress 5: Some grudge, even now in your great gizzards sticking / (God knows about what – about money, mayhap, / Or the Papists, or Dutch, or that Kid, Master Nap.|
|Tom and Jerry II v: Your swell broad coves, with all their airs, / Can’t match the kids near Wapping stairs.|
|‘The Crossman’s Wife’ Cockchafer 9: Their only kidd, a child by chance, / Vas just as fat as she.|
|Musa Pedestris (1896) 144: In Newgate jail the jolly kid was born – / Infamy he suck’d without any scorn!‘The By-Blow of the Jug’ in Farmer|
|Semi-Detached House (1979) 132: John will be happy any where, with [...] his old woman and his kids.|
|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor I 248/2: Another woman wot was married and had a ‘kid’.|
|Sydney Mail 4 Jan. 2/2: ‘Is it possum?' ejaculated the black [...] ‘Why, it might be kid, you know,’ responded Dick, using the slang term for child.|
|Five Years’ Penal Servitude 235: Germans afforded the best plunder. Irish never had anything but themselves and their kids to take.|
|‘Blooming Aesthetic’ in Rag 30 Sept. n.p.: An always-get-tight, / A stay-out-all-night, / Have-a-kid-in-the-end young girl.|
|‘Modern Parasites’ in Roderick (1967–9) 1 192: Or else the kids have measles, or there’s private things at home.|
|Boy’s Own Paper 24 Aug. 749: It’s different with the kids in the lower forms.|
|Gem 23 Sept. 20: This is something more than a kids’ jape.|
|Marvel 3 Mar. 6: Tell the kid you’re sorry you swatted him.|
|Inimitable Jeeves 44: I’m tutoring the Glossop kid.|
|Down and Out in Complete Works I (1986) 172: My wife and kids were starving.|
|Otterbury Incident 12: When Mr Richards calls us ‘kids’, nobody objects: he’s a decent chap, as schoolmasters go.|
|Catcher in the Rye (1958) 24: He was always telling me I was a goddam kid, because I was sixteen and he was eighteen.|
|Junkie (1966) 15: You would see him one time a fresh-faced kid.|
|Howard Street 16: Don’t take my money, mister. I got five kids and no man.|
|Inner City Hoodlum 184: The kid’s name here is Washington.|
|Goodfellas [film script] 13: Any letters to the kid [...] come directly here.|
|Powder 201: Got any change, anyone? Hundred coins? Two hundreds? Just something to give the kids, like.|
|Westsiders 23: I almost shot a kid. Just a kid, you know?|
2. (UK Und.) a child of either sex, esp. a juvenile thief, known as ‘the kid —’ (their surname).
|Discoveries (1774) 43: Kid and Kinchin; Boy and Girl.|
|Life’s Painter 135: Scamp the ballad-singing kid, / Call’d me his darling frow.|
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 248: kid: a child of either sex, but particularly applied to a boy who commences thief at an early age; and when by his dexterity he has become famous, he is called by his acquaintances the kid so and so, mentioning his sirname.|
|Life in London (1830) 183: Some of the kids, anxious for a lark, are determined to serve out the Swells, as they term Tom and Jerry; and the office has been given to shove the poor flue-faker against Tom’s light drab coat.|
|Modern Flash Dict.|
|New and Improved Flash Dict.|
|Kendal Mercury 3 Apr. 6/2: Bless you, mid kids, ven he does the begging caper, the greediest old nark (miser) will down with the needful.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 90/2: He thought the price was a stiff one for a ‘crib’ like that, for he had known it since he was a ‘kid’.|
|Memoirs of the US Secret Service 94: Bill would pay off the ‘kids,’ the blacksmith, and his pals in the enterprize.|
3. (UK Und.) a member of a confidence team.
|Thieving Detected 30: The Picker-up immediately takes him to a house [...] When they have been there a little while, in comes the Kid and Cap, they ask pardon for the intrusion, and pretend to go out again; if the Flat don’t speak the Picker-up says, we are not on any business of consequence, you don’t therefore disturb us.|
4. (also kyd) a person, usu. young (but not a child).
|Sporting Mag. Aug. IV 288/2: Odd dickies, queer kids, and rum codgers.|
|Sporting Mag. June XX 173/1: Odd fish, quizzes, kids so silly, / Crowd the street from day to day.|
|Lex. Balatronicum n.p.: Kid. A little dapper fellow.|
|Tom Crib’s Memorial to Congress 12: But the kids, though impatient, were doomed to delay.|
|Life in London (1869) 161: Cyprians fine, / Kids full of wine.|
|‘I Met Her At A Bawdy Ken’ in Frisky Vocalist 30: She was, one time, a rummy swell, / And slap-up was her form, / Until a kid, once, in Pall Mall, / Made her mutton rather warm, [...] So now she’s on the town.|
|Bell’s Life in London 18 Sept. 4/4: ‘The Whip,’ a sporting paper published in New York [...] containing an account of a fight between Sulllivan [...] and a yankee kid called Bell.|
|‘The County Jail’ inComic and Sentimental Song Bk 54: The kyds came out and did me hail: / ‘Another new cove for the County Jail.’.|
|Term of His Natural Life (1897) 51: It was something about the kid [...] I don’t believe she ever saw him before.|
|Confessions of Convict 149: Two fresh kids, brim-full of caloric, are squaring off at each other.|
|Mop Fair 87: A feeding appointment with a tall, blonde kid, with whom he has already exchanged a labial kiss.|
|John O’London’s Weekly 22 Feb. 578: Colonel Harvey [...] was on his staff as a ‘kid reporter’ of nineteen.|
|Big Sleep 35: A very good-looking kid in a jerkin came out of the store.|
|Bang To Rights 23: So this kid is in plenty of trouble.|
|(con. 1948–52) Virgin Soldiers 15: Kids who can’t get home to Mum quick enough.|
|Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) 107: He’s a tough, smart kid.|
|Songlines 45: The barrister had been in court all day, defending a black kid on a homicide charge.|
|Guardian G2 10 June 10: The kid had used his day in court to case the joint.|
5. used generically, e.g. of an animal.
|Kendal Mercury 17 Apr. 6/1: That vas the best ken for breeding these kids [i.e. lice and fleas] vot hever I dozed at.|
6. a friend or fellow, often used in direct address.
|Jack Randall’s Diary 5: Says Tom, ‘My Kids, I’m glad to see We’re such a numerous Family; [...] Soon we should commence our toasting.’.|
|Paul Clifford I 78: Vy, Paul, my kid, you looks down in the chops; cheer up, – care killed a cat!|
|Swell’s Night Guide 68: Since these mendedicity coves has come up – they are so down on us kids that its almost a gooser vith us.|
|‘Bates’ Farm’ in Sl. and Its Analogues I (1890) 142/1: Then here’s success my knowing kids.|
|Magnet 15 Feb. 2: You needn’t tell me that, kid.|
|Man with Two Left Feet 38: You’ve got to come back, kid, where you belong.‘Extricating Young Gussie’ in|
|Chicago May (1929) 31: ‘Say, kid,’ says he, ‘I’ve got the darb (stolen money).’.|
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 533: No, kid, I’m serious.Judgement Day in|
|Phenomena in Crime 26: What’s your trouble, kid?|
|On The Road (1972) 35: Any time, kid.|
|Pimp 94: I can’t cut you into him, Kid.|
|Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) 58: ‘Now let me tell you something, kid,’ the stocky man said.|
|Beano 13 Nov. 13: I like your style, kid – could use you.|
|Powder 350: I told you already, kid – the worst thing you can do is hump a record company chick.|
|Kill Your Darlings 98: Put it there, kid.|
7. a tramp’s young companion, poss. a catamite.
|L.A. Herald (NE) 19 Nov. 8/3: [headline] Tramps and their ‘Kids’ [...] How They Live and the Use to Which They Put the ‘Kids’.|
|Tramping with Tramps 58: West of the Mississippi River there is a regular gang of these ‘ex-kids,’ as they are called in the vernacular.|
|St Louis Republican (MO) 30 Aug. 52/3: You’ll be an ex-Prushun after you leave me, an’ want to get a name that won’t have any ‘kid’ attached to it.|
|Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist (1926) 173: Who cares for a heifer when you can get a kid? Women are no good. I wouldn’t look at ’em when I can have my prushun.|
|Adventures of a Scholar Tramp 230: I met a lean-jawed, weasel-eyed road kid who asked me if I carried a rod.|
|Hobo’s Hornbook 62: So they started away on the very same day, / The bum and the kid together.‘The Big Rock Candy Mountains’ in|
|Crime in S. Afr. 275: [in general, not hobo use] There were many young effeminate types known as ‘pansy boys’ who used lipstick and make-up, and wore stove-pipe pants and gaudy sweaters. Then there were the dirty rotten types known as ‘old kids’ or ‘young kids’, [...] who rented themselves out for a pound.|
8. (US) a young person, usu. a woman, used affectionately, esp. in direct address.
|Cheyenne Sun 3 Nov. 3/1: There were some strange pranks played by the Cheyenne ‘Kids’ on the occasion of the ‘Halloween’ which occurred last Friday night [DA].|
|Mop Fair 51: A none too affluent but sound old sexagenarian sportsman, dear Kid.|
|Goodwin’s Wkly (Salt Lake City, UT) 25 Dec. 5/2: Some of those jealous cats [...] used to sing to me, ‘Why Don’t You Get a Husband of Your Own?’ and I just thought I’d show them by copin’ off Jim. Aint I the cute kid?|
|Man with Two Left Feet 100: That you, kid?‘Crowned Heads’ in|
|(con. 1916) Her Privates We (1986) 15: A bloody plucky chap, an’ only a kid, too.|
|I Can Get It For You Wholesale 260: Don’t you worry, Martha. This is just one of those things [...] Okay, kid?|
|Pal Joey 6: The local Winchell links my name [...] with the name of a very sweet kid.|
|Really the Blues 67: She was a dark-haired, attractive kid, always full of spirit.|
|Breakfast at Tiffany’s 31: ‘Kid’s in the shower,’ he said.|
|High Windows 17: When I see a couple of kids / And guess he’s fucking her and she’s / Taking pills or wearing a diaphragm.‘High Windows’ in|
|Powder 91: Go build the story, kid.|
9. (orig. US) as one’s kid, one’s younger sibling.
|DSUE (8th edn) 643: since ca. 1880.|
10. used self-referentially, i.e. ‘the kid — ’.
|Manhattan Transfer 207: ‘I guess I’ll take a couple o days at Atlantic city myself.’ ‘How do you do it?’ ‘Oh the kid’s clever.’.|
|Current Sl. III:1 9: Kid, n. Oneself (myself).|
11. (US prison) a catamite, an underage or young homosexual boy; thus kid fruit, KF, an older man who prefers sex with such boys.
|Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist (1926) 438: Don’t misunderstand me, Aleck; it wasn’t that I wanted a ‘kid.’ I swear to you, the other youths had no attraction for me whatever.|
|Prison Community (1940) 332/1: fruit, n. A male homosexual whose perversion is fellatio. When an invert is attracted to young men or boys he is called ‘kid fruit,’ or ‘K. F.’ [...] 333/1: kid, n. A young male prostitute.|
|Rough Stuff 185: A man, after doing time for years, will get so that he’ll love a boy the same as a man in the outside world love a woman. Over these affairs there have been the most brutal fights, and even killings, as it means a knife in the back to steal another man’s kid.|
|In For Life 99: I’ve seen the patient papas carrying sacks of canteen stuff for their boys — also known as [...] kids, brats, and, mostly, punks.|
|Riot (1967) 92: The other homosexuals [...] were referred to as punks, freaks or kid-fruits, depending on age, appearance and modus operandi.|
|Thanatos 167: You’ve probably heard them called ‘low-riders.’ [...] three of them drove on me yesterday and said I had to be their kid.|
|Queens’ Vernacular 45: elderly man with a voracious appetite for young roosters [...] kid fruit [KF] (prison sl).|
|Rapid City Jrnl (SD) 17 Jan. 31/1: An inmate and his kid discussed escaping.|
|Prison Sl. 60: Kid A passive homosexual partner. A person’s kid is his ‘punk.’.|
12. (US black) a sophisticated person.
|Third Ear n.p.: kid n. one who is very aware, not easily fooled; a ‘hip’ person. e.g. They couIdn’t whip the game on the kid.|
(US) childish, immature.
|N.Y. Times Mag. 30 Apr. 5/3: Whilomville Stories [...] Nix on this. It’s too kiddish and cuts no ice with yours truly.My View on Books in|
|Cometh up as a Flower 10: I gambolled up to him in a kid-like manner.|
|Sporting Times 8 Mar. 1/3: His ticket soon was numbered, for our friend was promptly lumbered / On a game of nap, by someone slightly Yiddish; And I inwardly decided that he’d very soon be snided—For his innocence was absolutely kiddish.‘Unexpected Places’|
|Boy’s Own Paper 17 Dec. 186: It sounds so awfully kiddish.|
|Manchester Courier 28 Sept. 7/3: Mr T.H. Drinkwater said that it seemed to himn altogether ‘kiddish’.|
|Coventry Eve. Teleg. 12 May 2/4: It is a very kddish thing to my mind.|
|Western Dly Press 18 Dec. 11/1: Kids talking about Santa Claus, putting up their stockings, and such kiddish rot.|
|Short Stories (1937) 187: They tried to convince him that it had all been one of Noel’s kiddish jokes.‘A Practical Joke’ in|
|Post (Falkirk) 12 Oct. 9/5: Kiddish-looking heels!|
|Hide My Eyes (1960) 43: I thought the old sport would rather have his bits of nonsense kept somewhere where people who were kiddish like himself could enjoy them.|
a small child or an affectionate term for a young woman; often in pl.
|Sporting Times 15 Feb. 1/3: Now that he is the proud possessor of a particularly bald and painfuly precocious kidlet, he is not in the least surprised to find / That it’s rather too much for the pater.‘Not a Bit Like It’|
|Tramping with Tramps 31: The other ‘kidlets,’ as they were nicknamed, were as deformed morally as was the adopted girl physically.|
|From Coast to Coast with Jack London 73: In our hands we hold the weal or woe of the four kidlets of the rear shack!|
1. a young thief, esp. if the father is already ‘in the trade’.
|Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 109: If father and son come it in the same style, the latter is a kidling.|
2. a baby, an infant.
|DSUE (8th edn) 644/2: 1899.|
(UK Und.) frightening simpletons by telling frightening stories.
|Sharping London 35: Kid Bouncing, frightening simpletons.|
a truant officer, employed by the London School Board to track down those refusing to attend school.
|York Herald 25 Nov. 2/3: The ‘kid-catcher’ [...] could still find children playing in the gutters.|
|Hartlepool Mail 8 Oct. 4/3: Whenever a youngster espies a [...] ‘kid-catcher’ — he almost invariably shows a clean pair of heels.|
|People 30 Aug. in (1909) 163/1: coroner: How did you escape the school board officers? – witness: I don’t know how I managed to escape the ‘kidcatcher’, sir, but I did it.|
|Hull Dly Mail 11 Oct. 2/3: The kid-catcher chased him f’r not goin’ to school last week.|
|Hull Dly Mail 13 Feb. 2/4: They will want a schoolmaster as well and a ‘kid-catcher’ to look after them.|
|Eve. Teleg. (Dundee) 28 Jan. 3/3: Alderman W.N. Smith [...] attendance officer for 13 years, said [...] he had been called ‘all kinds of names from kid catcher to kidnapper’.|
see Joe College under joe n.1
(orig. US) a film or video recording aimed at the child audience; also attrib.
|Billboard 2 Sept. 18/2: Bobby Breen, former kid flick star .|
|Vibe May 154/1: ‘You Want to Be a Hustler’ (which cleverly twists the theme from the 1976 kid flick Bugsy Malone).|
|‘Spirited Away’ In These Times 25 Oct. [Internet] Not surprisingly, the average Hollywood kidflick is a dreary studio exercise in cross-promotional synergy.|
(US Und.) an elite tramp or criminal.
|Confessions of Convict 19: Jimmy Hope, the kid-glove bank-burglar.|
|Signor Lippo 41: Ten of them were good old waxies [...] but a quartette party that belonged to the troupe were too refined to mix with us. They were kid glove artistes.|
|‘Jargon of the Und.’ in DN V 453: Kid glove, A high class crook.|
|Crime in S. Afr. 106: A ‘kid-glove’ is an educated tramp.|
see kidden n.
see lamb n.1 (4)
(UK Und.) robbery that involves waylaying messenger boys and similar youngsters, and defrauding them of the goods they are carrying by offering them money to run a quick errand and promising, during their absence, to look after the goods; thus work the kid v.; kid-layer n.
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Kidlay c. one who meeting a Prentice with a Bundle or Parcel of Goods, wheedles him by fair Words, and whipping Sixpence into his Hand, to step on a short and sham Errand for him, in the meantime Runs away with the Goods.|
|Lives of Most Notorious Highway-men, etc. (1926) 207: Kid Lay, one who meeting a child or ’prentice with a bundle or parcel of goods, wheedles him by fair words, and whipping sixpence into his hand, to step on a short and sham errand for him, in the meantime runs away with the goods.|
|Hist. of Jonathan Wild 4: The Gentlemen of the Kid-Lay, File, Lay, Sneak and Buttock.|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|Thief-Catcher 26: There is another Sort of Rascals, who go upon the Kid-Lay.|
|(con. 1710–25) Tyburn Chronicle II in (1999) xxvii: The Kid Lay Is, when you see a Boy or a Porter with a Bundle, to desire him to go of an Errand for you telling him you’ll take Care of his Goods the while, but, as soon as he’s out of Sight, you make off with the Booty.|
|Thieving Detected 3: The other ways of working the Kidd is but newly invented.|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|‘The Bowman Prigg’s Farewell’ in(1995) 283: Then aideu to all kins and knots, / To kid-layers, files and trapanners.|
|New Cheats of London Exposed 26: kid-layers. In this cheat there are always two or three sharpers concerned and it is generally practised at night.|
|Dict. Sl. and Cant.|
|Chester Chron. 29 Jan. 3/5: These were noble sentiments [...] sentiments to which every smasher, trapper, kidlayer, ring-dropper [...] and forger of bank-notes present, would heartily subscribe .|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Modern Flash Dict.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.|
a very young prostitute; generic for the world of very young female prostitution.
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
(UK Und.) the robbery of children (occas. adults) sent out on errands (their parcel or the money with which they have been entrusted is taken either by guile or by force).
|View of Society II 177: Kid Rig. Fellows who meet boys coming home with work, pretend that they are sent for the work, and desire the boy to make haste with the rest of it; or at other times, they propose to a boy who carries a bundle, to give him sixpence if he will deliver a message, and they will hold the parcel.|
|Life’s Painter 141: She works now upon the running snavel, and I do a little upon the kid rig, and sometimes I go upon the craft-rig.|
|Memoirs in McLachlan (1964) 82: Lest the reader should be unprovided with a cant dictionary, I shall briefly explain in succession: viz., the kid-rig [...] Defrauding errand boys, or porters, of their load, by false pretences of various kinds.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|History of George Godfrey III 24: They had ascended by regular gradations, from the area sneak, — robbing the areas of houses; and the kid rig, — imposing on boys entrusted with parcels, braving every variety of punishment, from the stoop, to the scragging post.|
|,||Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.|
|, ,||Sl. Dict.|
|(con. 1800s) Leeds Times 7 May6/6: These youths practised [...] thirteen different ‘lays’ including [...] the ‘kid rig,’ stealing parcels from errand-boys under false pretences.|
(Aus.) the vagina .
|me-stepmums-too-fuckin-hot-mate at www.fakku.net [Internet] You’re gonna wreck me kid-shitter.|
(gay) of an older homosexual male, obsessed with young boys; less common for a heterosexual paedophile whose obsession is for young girls.
|Female Tramp 75: They came to the conclusion that he had become what is known among the the hobo-fraternity as ‘kid- simple’.|
|‘Jargon of the Und.’ in DN V 453: Kid simple, Possessing a violent neurotic passion for a certain boy; said of a jocker.|
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 117: Kid Simple. – Having a neurotic passion for boys or for one boy. Never applied to the moral degenerate who molests young girls.|
|Sex Variants.‘Lang. of Homosexuality’ Appendix VII in Henry|
|World’s Toughest Prison 806: kid simple – Having a neurotic passion for boys or one boy.|
|Queens’ Vernacular 155: Some of the wolves are kid-simple, ie they have an overwhelming desire to manhandle younger men.|
|Maledicta VI:1+2 (Summer/Winter) 147: From them she might pick up and more to startle than identify with her sisters use words and expressions such as [...] kid-simple (obsessed with the very young).|
(UK Und.) one who trains boys to steal and pick pockets.
|Poverty, Mendicity and Crime; Report 149: Up a court leading into Wentworth-street [...] is a kidsman – a man who boards and lodges boys and trains them to be thieves.|
|Magistrate’s Assistant 498: A Kidsman, who will fence two finnips, three finnips.|
|Vocabulum 48: kidsman A fellow that boards and lodges boys for the purpose of teaching them how to steal, putting them through a course of training, as a dog-trainer will train dogs for the hunt. The kidsman accompanies the kid, and though committing no depredations himself, he controls and directs the motions of the others.|
|Seven Curses of London 87: Training young thieves – kidsman.|
|Sussex Advertiser 23 June 4/5: Flipping Toby and Jack the kidsman — the two eminient ruffians who had undertaken his education.|
|Dly Dispatch (Richmond, VA) 1 Nov. 3/3: The man who boards and lodges young boys to teach them to steal is a ‘kidsman’.|
|(ref. to mid-19C) Life and Death at the Old Bailey 63: The following crook’s words and phrases date from the days of the old Old Bailey: [...] trainer of young thieves – kidsman.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
(Aus. prison) a child molester.
|Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] Kid stuffer. Paedophile.|
(orig. US, also kideo) children’s TV or videos.
|Dict. New Words 116/2: Kidvid, [...] a children’s television broadcast.|
|Media Culture 258: To watch kidvid is to be engulfed in a tide of sugary glop.|
|Billboard 31 Aug. 62: Home Video president Rob Blattner likes kidvid because it sells through.|
|Dict. of Today’s Words.et al.|
|Current Online [Internet] Local public TV stations already had been working for several years on projects to help childcare workers and parents make best use of educational kidvid.|
a schoolmaster; thus kid-whack v.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 18 Aug. 15/1: ‘Bush Teacher’ [...] gives a few facts as to what a country kid-whacker has to put up with. Let me supplement. [Ibid.] 25 Aug. 13/1: When it comes to choosing between ‘brat-whacking’ and matrimony – well, [...] the average damsel would a heap sooner bear children for her own husband than bear with them for somebody else.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 24 Dec. 17/2: I have been ten years a school master and only had occasion to ‘kid-whack’ once, and my case is only a type of many. I humbly protest, therefore, against the nick-name.|
|Westminster Rev. Jan.-June 183: Most people regard the dominee as a mere ‘kid whacker’.|
|AS XXXIII:3 166: kid whacker, n. phr. A teacher.‘Australian Cattle Lingo’ in|
|Does Anybody Give a Damn? 52: If [the principal] considers corporal punishment [...] a destructive way of teaching, even the most dedicated kid-whacker on the faculty has to find other ways.|
(UK Und.) a thief’s child.
|Life in London (1869) Ch. x: O slumber my Kid-wy, thy dad is a scamp.|
|Modern Flash Dict.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.|
|New and Improved Flash Dict.|
|Vagabond Minstrel 105: Not such a soft-sawney, the country kidwy, after all. Ye won't need to bring anything in, wild boy. [...] Others can do the filching.|
|Online Sl. Dict. [Internet] drop the kids off at the pool v 1. to defecate. (‘I’ve got to go drop the kids off at the pool.’).|
|OnLine Dict. of Playground Sl. [Internet] drop the kids off v. defecate.|
|‘A Day In The Life Of...’ 29 Apr. [Internet] Anyway I’m off to ‘drop the kids off at the pool’ for the last time today.|
|I Hope they Serve Beer in Hell 147: As I was ripping her blouse off, I realized I had to drop the kids off at the pool.|
(UK Und.) to steal parcels from errand boys by promising to hold them while they make another delivery.
|Life’s Painter 173: Going upon the kid is watching boys who are sent with parcels, which they will pretend to hold for them while they go and give [...] that lady this letter: They hold the parcel for him and promise him a shilling when he comes back; in the mean time the thief runs away with the parcel.|
under sweet adj.1
(US) an excl. of disappointment.
|(con. late 1940s) Tattoo (1977) 484: Jack became more morose as the day wore on [...] Kid’s shit! he thought, hating Glenn and Buck.|