1. (US tramp) drugged or adulterated liquor, derived from nitroglycerine; a ‘knockout’ drug; thus peterman, peter-thrower, a thief who uses ‘knockout drops’; pete job, any form of criminality that involves the administration of knock-out drops.
|Omaha Dly Bee (NE) 15 Nov. 5/3: A ‘Pete’ job means a job where knockout drops are used. Criminals using drugs are known as ‘Petermen’.|
|Tramping with Tramps 396: ‘Knock-out drops’ are also ‘peter’.|
|Powers That Prey 92–3: The next morning John Bladen was unable to present himself at the offices of the A. A. & B., and he stated later that he must have been given ‘peter-drops’.|
|Salt Lake Herald (UT) 25 Aug. 4/2: ‘You know what is a peter player?’ [...] ‘When comes in with money, too much money, he gets a little something in his drink. Like t’is.’ He showed the boy a small vial [...] ‘T’at is peter’.|
|Vocab. Criminal Sl. 64: Amongst gamblers and badgers a ‘peter’ is a sleeping potion, a ‘knockout,’ such as hydrate of chloral.|
|Journal of Murder in Gaddis & Long (2002) 116: Peter-man [...] Sometimes used to describe a man who slips a peter or knock out drops in another’s drink (a Keeley).|
|AS VIII:2 27: Among the addicts dope in general is known as gow, junk, or peter (any kind of knockout drops).‘Junker Lingo’ in|
|Narcotics Lingo and Lore.|
|Pagan Game (1969) 153: Every small town has its characters: Stainless Steel who had seen the light [...] Joey who was only eighteen shillings.|
|Drugs from A to Z (1970) 205: peter chloral hydrate, a sedative.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 17: Peter — Depressants.|
2. (UK Und.) nitroglycerine.
|Human Side of Crook and Convict Life 19: Pretty near blowed the windows out we did — used such a lot of gelignite and peter.|
|Und. and Prison Sl.|
one who uses knockout drops to facilitate a robbery.
|Our Rival 289: The rogue’s name for the professional users of ‘knockout drops’ is Peter-men or Peter-players [DU].|
|Life in Sing Sing 256/2: Peter man, [...] person who administers a drug for the purpose of robbery.|
|Sun (N.Y.) 2 Mar. 2/2: A peterman is one who uses knockout drops as an aid to robbery.|
|Journal of Murder in Gaddis & Long (2002) 116: My kind have their names for each other: [...] peter-man [...] Sometimes used to describe a man who slips a peter or knock out drops in another’s drink (a Keeley).|
|Cop Remembers 289: ‘Peter men’ (persons who use knockout drops for purposes of robbery, a great Polish and Russian game, by the way).|
(US) one who uses knockout drops to facilitate a robbery.
|(con. 1860s) Gangs of N.Y. 199: Later he, and other peter players came to depend principally on hydrate of chloral.|
|Keys to Crookdom 413: Peter-thrower – thief who uses knock-out drops.|