1. (US, also heel it, heel out) to run away, to escape, to walk quickly.
|North-Carolinan (Fayetteville, NC) 18 Nov. 1/6: To leave [...] heel it.|
|Courier (Natchez, MS) 23 Aug. col. 3 in Humor of the Old Deep South (1936) n.p.: Several of the foot ‘cuffs’ being ‘dead-blowed’ with heeling it ‘fer corner’.|
|(con. c.1840) Huckleberry Finn 191: Buck Harkness he heeled it after them, looking tolerable cheap.|
|AS VIII:3 (1933) 27/2: HEEL. To run away.‘Prison Dict.’ in|
|Grimhaven 180: I’m heelin’ down to the Sidney Harbour’s for an ocean wave and a work-out on the bonny fair.|
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 97: Heel. – To walk.|
|Plunder (2005) 269: Maybe the wise thing would be to heel out.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 803: heel – To walk.|
2. (US Und.) to walk stealthily, to stalk, to follow.
|Dly Press (Newport News, VA) 19 Apr. 12/4: When the clerk’s attention is engaged the other [thief] ‘heels in,’ sneaks behind the counter [...] and snatches a tray of diamonds.|
|Vocab. Criminal Sl. 43: heel [...] to stalk.|
|Prison Community (1940) 332/2: heel, vt. [...] to shadow, to follow.|
3. (US Und.) to leave without paying one’s bill.
|Hey, Sucker 99: heel the joint ... to walk out without paying.|
|DAUL 94/1: Heel, v. [...] 4. To leave one’s hotel or boarding house without paying one’s bill. 5. To run away; to flee; to escape; to take to one’s heels.et al.|
|AS XXVIII:2) 116: heel (a joint), v. To leave without paying one’s bill.‘Carnie Talk’ (in|
|AS XLI:4 281: We managed to heel that money before they could give us the bill.‘More Carnie Talk’ in|
|(con. 1940s–60s) Straight from the Fridge Dad 86: Heel the joint Leave without paying.|
1. (US Und.) to run off, to escape; thus cop and heel n. (see cit. 1960).
|AS II:6 280: They ‘hot-foots’ (hurry) it down the alley and ‘shakes the gum-foot’ (get away from the officer), goes over and ‘crashes the joint’ (break in) and ‘cops a heel’ (make a getaway).‘Prison Lingo’ in|
|Big Con 293: To COP A HEEL. To run away. Also to light a rag, to take a powder.|
|Scrambled Yeggs 81: Then I’d cop a heel and Joe and me would meet and I’d split with him.|
|,||DAS 123: cop and heel 1 An escape from prison or a policeman; a getaway. 2 A narrow escape; a close call.|
|Airtight Willie and Me 37: The loser copped a heel in terror.|
|Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].|
|Prison Sl. 107: Cop a Heel [...] To escape from prison.|
|Jericho Flower 87: Only this time something musta gone really sour before he could cop a heel.|
2. (US prison) to attack from behind.
|San Quentin Bulletin in L.A. Times 6 May 7: COP A HEEL, assault someone from behind.|
|DAUL 49/2: Cop a heel. [...] 6. To assault without warning. ‘Four of the Greek’s mob with rods (guns) and saps (blackjacks) copped a heel on me and Luke.’.et al.|
see sense 1 above.
see separate entry.
see sense 1 above.