Green’s Dictionary of Slang

prig v.2

also prigg
[? SE prick, to skewer]
(UK/US Und.)

1. to steal; thus priggism, priggery, theft.

implied in prigger of prancers under prigger n.1
[UK]Greene Disputation Betweene a Hee and a Shee Conny-Catcher (1923) 27: Though you can foyst, nyp, prig, lift, courbe, and vse the blacke Art, yet you cannot crosbite without the helpe of a woman.
[UK]Middleton Trick to Catch the Old One IIi iii: A pretty familiar, prigging rascal.
[UK]Dekker Canting Song O per se O O1: This Doxie Dell, can cut bien whids, and wap well for a win And Prig and cloy so benshiply all the Deusea-vile within.
[UK]J. Minsheu Ductor in Linguas n.p.: Prigge [...] to filch and steale.
[UK]R. Brome City Wit IV i: Marry to [...] have her Jewells prig’d away, to bestow on a Court Mistress.
[UK]W. Winstanley New Help To Discourse 132: Prigger of Prancers, are Horse-stealers, for to Prig in the Canting language signifies to steal; and Prancer signifies a Horse.
[UK]J. Shirley Triumph of Wit 196: [as cit. 1612].
[UK]Fielding Life of Jonathan Wild (1784) I 109: An undeniable testimony of the great antiquity of Priggism. [Ibid.] III 219: He said, he was sorry to see any of his gang guilty of a breach of honour; that without honour Priggery was at an end.
[UK]J. Poulter Discoveries (1774) 16: We agreed to prig some Prads; that is, steal some Horses.
[UK]G. Parker View of Society II 78: Lumpers [...] have been expelled from the society of their brethren for being unable to scamp, prig, or dive.
[UK] Song No. 21 Papers of Francis Place (1819) n.p.: He prig’d a little curly rogue.
[UK]G. Hangar Life, Adventures and Opinions II 60: Those necessary professional accomplishments, such as [...] how to scamp, prigg, floor, [...] mount, lumber, and fence.
[UK] J. Pitts in Hindley Curiosities of Street Lit. (1871) i: All the boys and girls around / Who go out prigging rags and phials.
[UK]‘Peter Corcoran’ ‘King Tims the First’ Fancy 44: I saw him hurry quicker, / Across the room, having first prigg’d the liquor.
[UK]Vidocq Memoirs (trans. W. McGinn) II 160: When you have prigged the chink, fling her in the river.
[UK] ‘Covey Of The Mill’ Regular Thing, and No Mistake 64: He’s gone to Brixton Mill for the prigging he has done.
[Aus]Sydney Herald 18 June 4/2: [Y]ou may insinivate that prigging spoons and other swag is making all things equal.
[US]A. Greene Glance at N.Y. I v: His watch ain’t worth lifting [...] you must prig his wipe.
[UK]R. Nicholson Cockney Adventures 2 Dec. 40: I’ve caught von of these here grub-prigging rascals at last.
[Aus]Sydney Herald 26 Oct. 2/4: Some of these vulgar slang words are as old as the time of Beaumont and Fletcher [...] to prig, for to "steal"; duds for ‘clothes;’ and cove, for ‘fellow’.
[UK]Egan ‘Bould Yeoman’ in Farmer Musa Pedestris (1896) 137: And I’ll give you some gravy, / Of that I’ll take my davy, / If you try to prig my gold.
[UK]Thackeray Diary of C. Jeames de la Pluche in Works III (1898) 388: Catchin me priggin some cold tuttle soop, of which I’m remarkable fond.
[UK]‘Cuthbert Bede’ Adventures of Mr Verdant Green (1982) II 171: Some cove must have gone and prigged him, for he ain’t here.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 17 June 3/1: It was believed by the Bench that he had assuredly prigged them.
Solon Robinson Hot Corn: Life Scenes in N.Y. Illus. 20: I don’t see how you can get sich [clothes], ’less you prig ’em.
[US]Night Side of N.Y. 61: Yonder spangled waterfall decks the neck of ‘Prigging Nance’.
[UK] ‘A Conversation on the Coming Elections’ in C. Hindley Curiosities of Street Lit. (1871) 80: I know what your wish is, to prig my loaves and fishes.
[Aus]Melbourne Punch 3 Mar. n.p.: Prisoner.– ‘Twelve months for prigging a shirt! If it had been a collar they’d a hung me!’.
[UK] ‘’Arry on Himself’ Punch 21 Dec. in P. Marks (2006) 6: That the nobs prig their patter from ours you may see by their plays and their books.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 27 Mar. 3/1: Armed with your spleen, your cant and bitter gall / And music phrases, prigged from Bozenthal.
[UK]R. Rowe Picked Up in the Streets 226: The poor young warmint tried to prig your wipe.
[UK]‘Walter’ My Secret Life (1966) I 146: She [...] examined the handkerchief very carefully. ‘It’s a rare good new one, it will pop for half-a-crown where I am known, where did you prig it?’.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 5 Aug. 5/6: We find the pris’ner guilty, judge, / Of prigging that there cape he ‘found’.
[UK]E. Pugh Tony Drum 69: ‘See nobody don’t prig any o’ that tripe, Baby,’ said the butcher.
[UK]Boys Of The Empire 23 Oct. 34: The boys used to prig all the fruit.
[Aus]Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 28 Nov. 1/5: One lucky gutter snipe once obtained a sample of this fruit [...] by prigging it.
[UK]Kipling ‘Comprehension of Private Copper’ Traffics and Discoveries 169: But what I dis-liked was this baccy-priggin’ beggar [...] comin’ the squire over me.
[Aus]Truth (Perth) 1 Oct. 4/7: When they talk about ‘the old / Pot-an’-pan,’ / You will tumble that they mean / The ‘old man,’ / Who’s perhaps a ‘bonser bloke,’ / Who can nimbly ‘prig a poke’ / Or ‘can stand in any joke’ / You may plan.
[UK]E. Pugh City Of The World 203: He’d heard other boys boast of prigging things.
[UK](con. 1835–40) P. Herring Bold Bendigo 200: Either the horses have gnashed their leading strings and bolted, or some mace coves have prigged the prads.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
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2. to cheat, to swindle, to haggle.

[UK]S. Rutherford Letters (1863) 56: The frank buyer – cometh near to what the seller seeketh, useth at last to refer the difference to his will, and so cutteth off the course of mutual prigging .
[UK]Burns Briggs of Ayr in Works (1842) 50: Men wha grew wise priggin’ owre hops an’ raisins.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. (2nd edn) 194: In Scotland the term prig is used in a different sense [...] ‘to prig a salmon,’ would be to cheapen it, or to seek for an abatement in the price.
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