1. [16C] a trick, a dodge.
2. [18C–1920s] any item that will persuade purchasers to buy, albeit within certain price limits; thus a sixpence touch, a guinea touch.
3. [19C+] (also touch-off) an act of theft, esp. pickpocketing.
4. [mid-19C] (UK Und.) an arrest.
5. [late 19C+] (also the touch, touchdown) the act of cadging a loan, usu. small; thus the loan.
6. [20C+] (US Und.) the money gained illegally, e.g. that which is ‘stolen’ by a confidence trickster’s scheme; also in fig. use.
7. [1900s] (US Und.) the climax of a confidence trick, when the victim hands over their money.
8. [1930s] one from whom one obtains a loan or a monetary gift.
9. [1930s] the victim of a confidence trick.
10. [1930s+] a piece of good fortune; e.g. an acquittal.
11. [1950s+] a woman who can be easily picked up.
12. [1980s+] (N.Z.) one’s turn to buy a round of drinks; the round itself.
[1940s–60s] (US) a beggar, one who is always asking for a loan.
[mid-19C] (US Und.) synon. for Murphy (Game), the n. (1) in which a client, lured into a room by a prostitute, is beaten and robbed.
[1970s] (US) one who is constantly scrounging.
[mid-19C] (US Und.) any tavern or similar establishment where victims are robbed, beaten and even killed; they may also be subjected to the Murphy (Game), the n. (1)
[early 19C+] a petty thief.
see sense 3 above.
[1950s] (US) to reminisce.
(also cut up, cut up old dough) to reminisce over old successes, villainies etc.
(US Und.) to share out the spoils of criminal acts.
1. money, whether loaned or extorted, that is easily obtained.
2. [1930s+] one who can be easily solicited for money or favours.
3. [1970s] (UK Und.) a robbery that can be carried out without difficulty.
4. [1990s+] a situation which is easily exploitable.
see touch v.2
1. to borrow money, esp. when the donor is less than enthusiastic.
2. to pickpocket.
3. to make a winning bet.
[late 19C] begging.
[mid-19C+] to (attempt to) borrow or extort money.
1. [1920s] one who is easily beaten.
2. [1920s–70s] an easy job or sinecure; thus an easily achieved robbery or similar crime.
3. [1930s+] one who can easily be solicited for money, or goods or favours; thus as v., to solicit something from someone.
4. [1990s+] a sympathetic person, one who is easily persuaded.
SE in slang uses
[19C] a brothel.
[17C–19C] the penis.
[late 17C] the penis.
[1920s+] (Aus.) to infuriate.
[late 19C–1900s] (Aus.) delirium tremens.
[19C+] (orig. Irish, then US) sexual intercourse.
[1950s+] last minute hesitation.
see under tarbrush n.