1. (US Und.) to discover, to identify.
|Vocab. Criminal Sl. 75: shagged [...] Identified; recognized; discovered; exposed.|
|DAUL 189/2: Shag. [...] 2. (Rare) To discover in a criminal act; to call police attention to; to identify formally, as a complainant in a criminal proceeding; to follow or pursue.et al.|
2. (US, also shag up) to chase; lit. and fig.
|Keys to Crookdom 417: Shag. To follow.|
|(con. 1910s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 28: His old man came and shagged them away.Young Lonigan in|
|Man with the Golden Arm 253: You don’t look like you need to shag coffee [...] for him no more.|
|Augie March (1996) 35: I couldn’t run after people who short-changed me [...] you can’t leave the stand to shag them.|
|(con. 1958) Been Down So Long (1972) 171: Goddamned demons aren’t bad enough, the cops have to shag after my cat.|
|Stand On It (1979) 152: The cop shagged old Lee Roy all over northern Florida.|
|Rat on Fire (1982) 30: Every so often...I got to shag up a couple of guys who haven’t told a clean joke in years and give the guy free entertainment.|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 150: Breuning and Carlisle will be there to shag errands for you.|
3. (US) to wander around; to walk, esp. slowly, whether through laziness or exhaustion.
|Salvation of Jemmy Sl. I i: After all the shaggin’ I’ve done around this here town, I’ll be chased clean around the block if I ain’t got the swellest job I seen yet!|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 432: The Princess is getting too grown-up to be shagging around Broadway.‘Princess O’Hara’ in|
|Chosen Few (1966) 85: That’s it ... let’s shag outta here two at a time. Take off.|
|Pagan Game (1969) 164: Shagging about like an old moll at a christening.|
|Davey Darling 105: ‘No point in shagging around,’ said the Old Man.|
4. (US black) to dance; thus shag artist, dancer.
|Pittsburgh Press (PA) 5 Aug. 28/3: He was able to swing such a wicked foot that allother ‘shag artists’ on the lot looked tame in comparison.|
|L.A. Times 7 May 51/4: On Conrad Wiedell [...] Portrait of a jitterbug. ‘I’m not jitter. I’m a shag artist. Started shagging at 14’’.|
|Trespass 140: She had been shagging that night.|
5. to give someone a false impression.
|(con. 1937) Mad in Pursuit 161: Keep your left up, and stall away from Norris the first two. That’ll shag ’im. Then sock ’im in the body.|
6. to move fast.
|Rumble on the Docks (1955) 302: Run! Low! Kick it away [...] Shag!|
|(con. 1944) Dirty Dozen (2002) 293: Take a guard with you, Corporal, and shag after them!|
|Lead Dly Call (SD) 24 June 1/3: An emergency dike collapsed [...] ‘We just dropped everything and shagged out,’ said [...] a 17-year-old volunteer.|
7. (US gang) to deliver.
|Teen-Age Gangs 8: You shag word to the Acemen and the War Counselor to meet me at the pool hall.|
8. to deal with.
|Alice in La-La Land (1999) 96: I shagged cars more than once.|
|(con. 1964–8) Cold Six Thousand 148: Eldon Peavy shagged calls. Eldon Peavy popped pills.|
9. to throw.
|Brendan Behan’s Island (1984) 100: You get it ripped off and shag it down off the roof.|
|Love Machine 323: He [...] went out and shagged some golf balls.|
|Ship Inspector 6: When I catch one of them at it, I’ll shag him overboard.|
10. to obtain.
|Paco’s Story (1987) 209: After a while [he] shags a ride with a guy in a flannel shirt on his way to Griffin with a load of baled hay.|
|(con. 1964–8) Cold Six Thousand 606: He’s walking out. He’s got a briefcase. He shags a cab quick.|
|Hilliker Curse 20: They shagged us chow from Ollie Hammond’s Steak House.|
11. (US teen) to tease, to harass.
|Close Pursuit (1988) 52: You little bastard! You’ve been shagging me since I got in.|
(US black) lying.
|Mules and Men (1995) 166: ‘What Mack doin’?’ ‘Lyin’ up a breeze.’ ‘Awright, lemme git in dis shag-lag. Who lied last?’.|