1. to steal.
|Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc.|
2. (also bring down) to get or be given a prison sentence.
|Ballades of Old Bohemia (1980) 68: Constable: You’re qualifying for a stiff for the crust. / Smithy: (innocently) What have I done, Mr. Jones? / Constable: Nothing that I know of. That’s why you’ll get it. You’re likely to bring a sixer. I’m warning you.Woman Tamer in|
|Men of the Und. 320: Bring, To draw a prison sentence.|
|In For Life 68: Whatcha bring down, Shorty?|
3. (also bring around) to break a prisoner’s rebellious nature through punishment.
|Bounty of Texas (1990) 199: bring or bring around, v. – to break a convict’s spirit by hard work, harrassment, or punishment.‘Catheads [...] and Cho-Cho Sticks’ in Abernethy|
SE in slang uses
see also under relevant n.
see sense 3 above.
see separate entries.
see bring off by hand under bring off v.
(US campus) to be very serious.
|Da Bomb [Internet] 4: Bringing drama: To be serious about the subject at hand.|
1. to be included in a proposition or plan.
|Scholar 18: An’ you’re jus’ bringin’ me in?|
2. to receive a share of the profits.
|Scholar 20: [He] only asked to be ‘brought in neatly’ when they exchanged their stolen goods for money, or drugs.|
(US campus) to go out and have a good time.
|[album title] Bringing It All Back Home.|
|Campus Sl. Mar. 2: This is going to be a great party. We’re going to bring it all back home tonight.|
to effect an abortion.
|DSUE (8th edn).|
(UK Und.) to steal; to pickpocket.
|Account of Robberies 12: After having seen the Master of a Norway Ship lodge a bag of 100 l. in our Landlady’s Hands [...] [we] brought it off every Penny by Night from the Till wherein it was placed.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 49/1: We found him [...] examining a couple of ‘ridge-supers’ that had been ‘brought off’ that night by a clever ‘picking-up-moll’.|
see separate entries.
to excite sexually.
|Buttons 70: An Angel found an appropriately shaped rock [...] and brought one of the women on using it.|
see separate entry.
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.
|Look About You xiii: My fa-fa-father has brought his ho-ho-hogs to a fa-fa-fair m-m-market.|
|Bonduca V ii: You have brought your hogs to a fine market: you are wise, Sir, Your honourable brain-pan full of crotchets.|
|Ordinary IV iii: ’Tis one that brought his pigs to the wrong market.|
|Paraemiologia 7: You bring your hogs to a wrong market.|
|Hey for Honesty II v: Ergo, you have brought your hogs to a fair market!|
|Virgil Travestie (1765) Bk IV 126: Thou hast of Hope not one Spark left, / Th’ast brought thy Hogs to a fair Market.|
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: He has brought his Hoggs to a fair Market, or he has Spun a fair Thread.|
|Hist. of Highwaymen &c 350: I must needs own that I have brought my Hogs to a fair Market.|
|Roderick Random (1979) 72: Strap with a hideous groan observed that we had brought our pigs to a fine market.|
|Upholsterer I ii: Yes, you carried your Pigs to a fine Market.|
|Bloody Register II 300: A house on the Common that sold liquors, with this inscription on the sign, I have brought my hogs to a fair market?|
|Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 65: The Greeks, to market bring their hogs.|
|Covent Garden Jester 41: Damn it, said he as he entered, I have brought my hogs to a fine market!|
|Dominie Deposed 11: Faith you hae ca’d Your hogs unto a bonny market Indeed, my lad.|
|Burlesque Homer (4th edn) I 90: And is it thus, she says, my king, / The Greeks their hogs to market bring.|
|‘The Exciseman’ inII (1979) 95: Your hogs to a fine market you’ve brought [...] seeing you’ve paid no excise.|
|Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1785].|
|Yankey in England 19: Oh Doolittle! Doolittle! (striking hisforehead) you’ve brought your pigs to a fine market.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: He has brought his hogs to a fine market; a saying of any one who has been remarkably successful in his affairs, and is spoken ironically to signify the contrary.|
|Paul Clifford I 156: Mrs. Lobkins, [...] burst weepingly into the pathetic reproach, – ‘O Paul, thou hast brought thy pigs to a fine market!’.|
|Clockmaker I 176: Poor devil, you’ve brought your pigs to a pretty market, that’s a fact.|
|Our Mutual Friend (1994) 594: I’ll work ’em both at the same time, and I’ll bring my pigs to market somewhere.|
|In Sheep’s Clothing 201: He felt that he had sold his pigs in a bad market. If he had waited, perhaps he might have met the right woman with even a larger dower.|
to bring to orgasm.
|DSUE (8th edn) 136/2: earlier C.20.|
1. (UK Und.) for a senior criminal to initiate a young beginner.
|Leaves from a Prison Diary I 118: Their [i.e. ‘snatchers’] one great ambition is to be thought clever enough to have performed some daring or successful theft after having been ‘brought out’ by some renowned hook.|
2. (US black) to introduce a hitherto ignorant or naïve person to a faster, more sophisticated lifestyle.
|Juba to Jive.|
3. (US gay) to introduce someone to the gay lifestyle; to recruit a male prostitute.
|Gay Girl’s Guide 4: bring out To introduce to the mysteries of homosexuality.et al.|
|City of Night 197: I hadnt been strictly gay then, but Lance is a charmer — he was bringing me out fast.|
|AS XLV:1/2 56: bring out v Introduce someone to homosexual activity.‘Homosexual Sl.’ in|
|Gayspeak 39: Terms in gay slang [...] come out, bring out.in|
|Maledicta VI:1+2 (Summer/Winter) 147: From them she might pick up and more to startle than identify with her sisters use words and expressions such as [...] bring out.|
to bring to grief, to cause to be ruined, to bring something to nothing.
|n.p.: Brynge somethynge to nothynge, as the vulgare speache is, to brynge pynnock to pannock [F&H].|
1. to criticize, to tell off.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 231: bring (one) down front; bring (one) up [...] 2. Chide.|
2. to explain.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 231: bring (one) down front; bring (one) up See break it down.|
to delight, to gain overall approval.
|World 13 June No. 76 (1819) 126: He doubts if your pictures are originals, and expresses his apprehension that your statues will bring the house down .|
|Adventures of Mr Verdant Green (1982) II 158: What, it would surpass the British sailor’s broadsword combat for six, and bring down the house.|
|Life of Charles Dickens IV 252: ‘And give us your applause, for that is always just!’ which brought down the house with rapture .|
|Dundee Courier (Scot.) 30 June 7/5: When my wife was introduced to sing [...] she fairly ‘brought down the house’.|
|Bird o’ Freedom 7 Aug. 3: But Samson’s crowning feat of all was to break with his fist two steel chains, suspended from a couple of posts. This fairly brought down the house [F&H].|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 5 July 6/2: To be a success as a woman of to-day you must be little short of a genius – you can’t bring down the house with an Italian fist and the consumption like our grandmothers did.|
|Toothsome Tales Told in Sl. 105: This was her regular stunt, and invariably brought the house down.|
|Sexus (1969) 470: Any moth-eaten cunt could walk out front [...] and by singing a wheezy tune bring the house down.|
|Show Biz from Vaude to Video 47: ‘Drunken dog’ acts brought the house down.|
|Ladies’ Man (1985) 98: That brought the house down.|
|Life and Times of Little Richard 64: He and his band had put on a great performance and brought the house down.|
|Indep. 26 July 5: The squealing gaggle of eunuchs who bring the house down with their every reappearance.|
|Robbers (2001) 155: Sit in with the boys on a Saturday night and play that Cajun twostep [...] bringing down the house.|
(Aus. prison) to wreck someone’s plans.
|Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] Bring undone. To discover or frustrate someone’s plans. To have been ‘brought undone’ is every prisoner’s lament.|
see separate entries.