Green’s Dictionary of Slang

gut v.1

[gut n. (1a)]

1. to eat like a glutton.

[UK]R.C. Times’ Whistle (1871) Satire VI 76: ’Tis safest gutting at a loafe begunne .
[UK]W. Ames Against Human Ceremonies II 316: Heer the Rejoynder [...] accuseth him of making it a Guttide; As if no Civill day of rejoycing could be without Gutting.
[UK] ‘New Song of the Election’ in C. Hindley Curiosities of Street Lit. (1871) 99: Such gutting and guzzling you never did see.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.

2. to empty; esp. in phr. gut a quart pot, to drink the pot to the dregs; gut a house, to empty a house of its furnishings.

[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Gutting An House, Rifling it, Clearing it. Gutting An Oyster, Eating it.
[UK]New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]G. Parker View of Society II 139: Another of the Gang, dressed like a Lamp-lighter, puts a ladder up against the dining room window [...] a third ascends, lifts the sash, gets in, and almost immediately guts the room. As soon as they have completed this robbery, the Jumper descends.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Gutting a Quart Pot, taking out the lining of it: i.e. drinking it off. Gutting an oyster; eating it. Gutting a house; clearing it of its furniture.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1785].
[UK]‘One of the Fancy’ Tom Crib’s Memorial to Congress 1: Whether diddling your subjects, and gutting their fobs, [...] Taking out the contents. Thus gutting a quart pot, (or taking out the lining of it) i.e. drinking it off.
[UK]G. Kent Modern Flash Dict. 16: Gutting a quart pot – drinking a pot of beer.
[UK]Macaulay Hist. of England II Ch. 10 [Internet] The King’s printing house [...] was, to use a coarse metaphor which then, for the first time, came into use, completely gutted.
[UK]Duncombe New and Improved Flash Dict. n.p.: Gutting the cat drinking a quart off.
Dly L.A. Herald 21 Sept. 3/4: While Dick was taking a hand in a friendly game of cards [...] the disengaged teamsters were gutting his wagon of wines, brandies, potted delicacies and all.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 30 Nov. 11/2: The watchman began to miss his portable valuables later. His pockets had been cleaned out, and his chest-of-drawers completely gutted.