Green’s Dictionary of Slang

pop v.1

1. in transitive senses, implying lit. or fig. aggression.

(a) [17C; mid-19C; 1950s+] (US, also pop in) to seduce, to have sexual intercourse.

(b) [18C+] (also pop away, poop off) to fire a gun; to shoot at.

(c) [late 18C+] (orig. US) to hit, to punch.

(d) [early 19C] in weakened form of sense 1c, to abuse.

(e) [mid-19C+] to set off, to set in motion.

(f) [mid-19C+] (also pop off, pop out, pop over) to murder someone, to kill someone.

(g) [1920s] (US) to execute by a firing squad.

(h) [1920s] to bring to a conclusion.

(i) [1920s+] (US) to hit with a bullet.

(j) [1950s+] to arrest, to catch.

(k) [1960s] to identify.

2. in intransitive fig. senses, of someone who or something that ‘explodes’.

(a) to take offence.

(b) [mid-19C+] of things, to come to a head, to suddenly start happening, to be energized.

(c) [1950s+] (orig. US black) to live well.

(d) [1960s] (US black) to live a full social life.

(e) [1970s+] to feel elated, extremely pleased, enthusiastic.

3. [1930s+] to give birth; to be born.

4. in drug uses.

(a) [1930s+] to inject a drug; thus skinpop v.

(b) [1950s] to inject oneself with a narcotic.

(c) [1960s+] to swallow a pill; also trans. to have someone else swallow a pill (see cite 2012).

(d) [1960s+] (US campus) to take amphetamines spec. for staying up and working all night.

(e) [1960s+] to take a drink.

(f) [1980s] to smoke a drug.

(g) [1980s+] (US campus) to initiate someone into drug use.

(h) [1990s+] to inhale cocaine.

(i) in fig. use.

5. in speech.

(a) [1940s+] (US black/W.I.) to tell, to reveal, to gossip.

(b) [1950s+] (US black) to lie, to cheat, to manipulate.

(c) [1980s] to extol, to promote.

(d) (US drugs) to sell drugs.

6. in senses of entering, opening.

(a) [1950s+] (orig. US black) to steal; thus pop a car v., to steal an automobile.

(b) [1950s+] to break.

(c) [1990s+] to take, to extract from.

(d) [1990s+] to open.

(e) [2000s] to free from prison.

7. in sexual senses.

(a) [1960s+] (also pop off) to ejaculate; to reach orgasm.

(b) [1960s+] to bring someone to orgasm.

(c) [1980s+] (US) to make pregnant.

In compounds

pop-off (n.)

see separate entries.

pop-out (n.)

see separate entry.

pop shot (n.)

[1990s+] in a pornographic film, the shot in which a male actor ejaculates.

In phrases

how are you popping (up)?

[late 19C–1940s] (Aus.) a general phr. of greeting, how are you doing? how are you feeling? (cf. what’s popping? ).

pop a... (v.)

see under relevant nouns.

pop around (with) (v.)

[1950s] (US) to associate (with).

pop away (v.)

see sense 1b above.

pop bottles (v.)

[200s+] (US black) to drink (in a club), the inference is champagne.

pop for (v.) (also pop to)

1. [1940s+] (US) to pay (for), to treat someone (to).

2. [1970s] to provide without payment.

pop in (v.)

see sense 1a above.

pop it (v.)

[1950s] to ask a question.

pop it in (v.)

[mid-19C+] to enter a woman or in gay use a man, to have sexual intercourse.

pop it in the toaster (v.) [the toaster makes white bread ‘brown’]

[1980s+] (US gay) to have anal intercourse.

pop it on (v.) [SE pop on, to place on]

1. [late 19C+] to ask for more, esp. when raising a commodity’s price.

2. [1900s] to make a bet.

pop off (v.)

1. see sense 1f above.

2. see sense 7a above.

3. see separate entries.

pop off (at the mouth) (v.)

see separate entry.

pop one’s... (v.)

see also under relevant nouns.

pop one’s bubble (v.)

[1920s–30s] (US) to go mad.

pop one’s collar (v.)

[2000s] (US black) to have a conversation.

pop one’s cork (v.)

1. [1950s+] to lose one’s temper, to lose patience.

2. [1960s+] to surrender sexually, to come to orgasm.

pop one’s drawers (v.)

[1970s] to have an orgasm, lit. or fig., i.e. to get very excited.

pop out/over (v.)

see sense 1f above.

pop someone’s cork (v.)

1. [1970s+] (US gay) to deflower anally.

2. [] to excite sexually.

pop style (v.)

[1950s+] (W.I.) of a woman, to walk in a provocative manner or to act stylishly.

pop the bud (v.)

[1920s] to administer a judicial whipping.

pop tops (v.) [SE pop open + top (of a beer can)]

[1980s+] (US campus) to drink beer.

pop up (v.)

[1930s] to create, to make happen, to cause.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

pop-nine (n.)

[1990s+] a 9mm pistol.

pop quiz (n.) (also pop test, shotgun quiz) [it ‘pops up’ or ‘explodes’]

[1960s+] (US campus) a surprise test; also as v.