Green’s Dictionary of Slang

old n.

1. (UK Und.) death.

[US]Matsell Vocabulum.


(a) constr. with the, money (usu. owed from gambling); esp. in the phr. a bit of the old.

[UK]Sporting Times 3 May 1/4: It was a deuce of a bother to find anyone who would cash a crossed stumer without deducting some of the old, old, very old.
[UK]A. Binstead Pitcher in Paradise 155: The slender off chance of falling across a stray defaulter and raking in ‘a bit of the old’.
[UK]R. Cook Crust on its Uppers 28: We had a good bit owing down to the old.