Green’s Dictionary of Slang

bring v.


1. [early 19C] to steal.

2. [20C+] (also bring down) to get or be given a prison sentence.

3. [1970s] (also bring around) to break a prisoner’s rebellious nature through punishment.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

bring... (v.)

see also under relevant n.

bring around (v.)

see sense 3 above.

bringdown/bring down

see separate entries.

bring drama (v.)

[1990s+] (US campus) to be very serious.

bring in (v.) [1990s+]

1. to be included in a proposition or plan.

2. to receive a share of the profits.

bring it all back home (v.)

[1980s+] (US campus) to go out and have a good time.

bring it away (v.) [‘it’ being the foetus]

[20C+] to effect an abortion.

bring (it) off (v.)

[early 18C–mid-19C] (UK Und.) to steal; to pickpocket.

bring off (by hand) (v.)

see separate entries.

bring on (v.) [see comment at bring off v.]

[20C+] to excite sexually.

bring oneself off (v.)

see separate entry.

bring one’s hogs to a fair market (v.) (also bring one’s hogs to a fine market, bring one’s pigs to a fine market, …to a pretty market, carry one’s pigs to a fine market)

[17C–19C] to be particularly successful in one’s business; also fig. and ironic; thus opposite bring one’s pigs to the wrong market, sell one’s pigs in a bad market, to do badly.

bring on the china (v.) [bring on + ? rhy. sl. but with what or ? pun on SE China root, a once-popular medicinal plant]

[1900s–30s] to bring to orgasm.

bring out (v.)

1. [late 19C] (UK Und.) for a senior criminal to initiate a young beginner.

2. [1940s–50s] (US black) to introduce a hitherto ignorant or naïve person to a faster, more sophisticated lifestyle.

3. [1940s+] (US gay) to introduce someone to the gay lifestyle; to recruit a male prostitute.

bring pinnock to pannock (v.) [? dial. but none of the extant dial. meanings of pinnock – a small bridge or a drain or culvert, the hedge-sparrow or the blue titmouse, a sticky red clay, mixed with small stones – is relevant (pannock seems to be redup.); the change from ‘i’ to ‘a’ could be said to ‘ruin’ the word, but seems insufficient]

[mid-16C–early 17C] to bring to grief, to cause to be ruined, to bring something to nothing.

bring someone up (v.) (also bring someone down front) [SE bring up short + mid-19C SE bring up, to bring into the presence of authority or for examination] [1970s+] (US black)

1. to criticize, to tell off.

2. to explain.

bring the house down (v.) (also bring down the house) [theatrical imagery]

[mid-18C+] to delight, to gain overall approval.

bring undone (v.)

[1980s+] (Aus. prison) to wreck someone’s plans.

bring up (by hand) (v.)

see separate entries.