Green’s Dictionary of Slang

pad v.1

[pad n.1 (1)]

1. [early 17C–1930s] to travel as a tramp, thief or vagrant.

2. [mid-17C–mid-18C] to work as a highway robber on foot or on horseback.

3. [mid-17C–1910s] to walk, to wander.

In compounds

padding crib (n.) [crib n.1 (1)]

1. [mid-19C] (Aus./UK Und., also padden crib, padding box) a lodging house.

2. [1980s] (US Und.) a place to hide or to rest.

padding ken (n.) (also pad, padden-can) [ken n.1 (1)]

[mid-19C–1930s] (Aus./UK Und.) a lodging house frequented primarily by vagrants or thieves; thus padding-ken keeper, padding-ken ranger.

In phrases

pad it (v.) (also pad one’s beaters) [beaters n.]

[early 17C+] to travel on foot, to walk, esp. as a vagrant or person seeking work, or a prostitute.

pad the hoof (v.) [hoof n. (1)]

1. [late 18C+] to walk, to travel on foot; thus hoof-padder n., a pedestrian.

2. [mid-19C] to leave in a hurry.