Green’s Dictionary of Slang

pop v.1

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

(a) (US, also pop in) to seduce, to have sexual intercourse.

[UK]R. Brathwait Strappado 122: She mop’d, he pop’d: his popping could not get her.
[UK]‘The Character of a Mistris’ in Ebsworth Merry Drollery Compleat (1875) 60: My Mistris is a tennis-ball / Compos’d of cotton fine / [...] / But if you will her mind fulfill, / You must pop her in the hazard still.
[UK] ‘Peggy’s Triumph’ in Lummy Chaunter 88: But she, through their bungling performance much vex’d, / Declar’d, that all wives should cornute those men, / Who make such long rests, or pop in now and then.
[US] ‘Ball of the Freaks’ in D. Wepman et al. Life (1976) 110: Towel-Slinging Kelly, whose ass looked like jelly / From being popped so much in the past.
[US]C. Brown Manchild in the Promised Land (1969) 379: Well, did you pop her? You must have jugged her by now.
[US](con. 1970) S. Wright Meditations in Green (1985) 76: Who would have guessed [...] that you’d be the first to pop Missy Lee. How was she?
[US]UGK ‘Something Good’ 🎵 Brothers nowadays got a habit that they really need to stop / Gettin all shot over a girl that I done popped.

(b) (also pop away, pop off) to fire a gun; to shoot at.

[UK]N. Ward ‘Battel without Bloodshed’ in Writings (1704) 128: Such Firing and Popping, a Fight you may Swear, / Was ne’er better mimick’d in Barthol’mew-Fair.
[UK]New Canting Dict. n.p.: To pop, to fire a Pistol, &c.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. 1725].
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK] ‘Paddy’s Departure’ in Holloway & Black (1975) I 203: Cut and flash, Frenchmen hash, pop away gaily.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]‘Jon Bee’ Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc.
[UK]‘Alfred Crowquill’ Seymour’s Humourous Sketches (1866) 83: He popp’d at birds both great and small, / But nothing hit.
[UK]R. Barham ‘The Smuggler’s Leap’ in Ingoldsby Legends (1842 161: Shooting and popping, / And many a Custom-house bullet goes slap / Through many a three-gallon tub like a tap.
[Ind]Bellew Memoirs of a Griffin II 73: I commenced my popping operations [...] keeping up a sort of running fire.
[US]J.R. Lowell Biglow Papers 1st ser. (1866) 125: Past noontime they went trampin’ round An’ nary thing to pop at found.
[US]Matsell Vocabulum 69: ‘I popped the bloke,’ I shot the fellow.
[US]‘Ned Buntline’ Life in the Saddle 78: Reload your rifle as I am doing: we must pop off their leaders when they come within range.
[US]Bolivar Bull. (TN) 15 Apr. 1/4: You two kin take your revolvers an’ go to tother end of the room an’ pop away.
[UK]M.E. Braddon Dead Men’s Shoes II 99: Dick comes to Cheswold Grange, however [...] not to pop at partridges.
[US]Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 28 Jan. 3/3: [He] popped one with a charge of buckshot .
[Aus]H. Nisbet Bushranger’s Sweetheart 299: [She was] popping as hard as she could at the advancing figures.
[US]J.A. Riis Battle with the Slum 239: His job was to sit at the tail of the cart with a six-shooter and pop at any chance pursuer.
[US]Day Book (Chicago) 30 May 6/1: How we tried / To puncture each other in the hide / I’d pop at you an’ you at me.
[US](con. 1903) H. Asbury Gangs of N.Y. 280: A lot of guys was poppin’ at each other, so why shouldn’t we do a little poppin’ ourselves?
[UK](con. WW1) P. MacDonald Patrol 83: ‘What about those soors been pooping off at us? Why not have a slap at ’em?’.
[US]E. Anderson Thieves Like Us (1999) 40: I popped him while he was running across a field.
[US]M. Spillane Long Wait (1954) 129: The people in this section weren’t very curious when other people started popping away with a rod.
[US]Kerouac On The Road (1972) 138: An airgun which he occasionally raised to pop benzedrine tubes across the room.
[US](con. 1945) G. Forbes Goodbye to Some (1963) 103: Pop those bastards [...] Then pop the bastards in the water.
[US] in C. Browne Body Shop 149: We’d go thirty feet and pop frags.
[UK]F. Norman Too Many Crooks Spoil the Caper 2: The rotten bleeder didn’t say stick ’em up nor nuffink, just started poppin’ orf at me like in the bloody movies.
[US]W.T. Vollmann You Bright and Risen Angels (1988) 48: The sportsmen [...] popping them [i.e. buffalo] off through the open windows.
[Aus]M.B. ‘Chopper’ Read How to Shoot Friends 56: I [...] as about to pop a slug into the eyeball of the hoon we were dealing with.
[US]UGK ‘That’s Why I Carry’ 🎵 Stuntin’ pullin’ pistols endin’ up in the grave / When I pull I always pop that’s why I’m livin’ today.
[US]D. Winslow Winter of Frankie Machine (2007) 118: We get ourselves some fag tracksuits, we run up behind him, and we pop him in the head.
[US]W. Henderson City of Nightmares pt 2 v: When you pop your shots in the street it was fun, / got to use your hands now punk ain’t got no guns.
[UK]T. Thorne (ed.) ‘Drill Slang Glossary’ at Forensic Linguistic Databank 🌐 Pop - shoot.
[US]D. Winslow Border [ebook] They’d have drained him of all information first, hit him on the head and then popped him the fatal shot.
[US]S.A. Crosby Razorblade Tears 32: ‘He popped them full of holes’.

(c) (orig. US) to hit, to punch.

[UK]Foote Cozeners in Works (1799) II 153: My Lord [...] give a little bit of chuck vid de elbow, and pop me plump into de ditch.
[US]Ely’s Hawk & Buzzard (NY) 26 June 3/3: [He] had better [...] not visit a certain lady up town who sells pop, or he may get pop’d.
[UK]Era (London) 21 Jan. 11/3: Watts popped in right and left mawleys in good style.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 18 Mar. 1/4: Terry [...] popped a sweetener on the ivories.
[UK]Derby Mercury 9 Jan. 8/3: Then big Tim popped it on Selby’s face, and they had a bit of a spar round like.
[US]H.C. Witwer Fighting Blood 346: I get away by popping him with two stiff right uppercuts.
[US]D. Runyon ‘It Comes Up Mud’ in Runyon on Broadway (1954) 538: I have to pop him with a pot of cold cream and render him half unconscious.
[US]W. Guthrie Bound for Glory (1969) 419: Den sombudy popped me with a quart wine bottle. Cracked my head.
[US]R. Prather Always Leave ’Em Dying 108: I couldn’t roam around, talk to people, ask questions, or even pop anybody on the head.
[UK](con. 1920s) J. Sparks Burglar to the Nobility 25: Gentlemen [...] must have ached to pop him on the beezer.
[US]J. Crumley One to Count Cadence (1987) 24: Lt. Hewitt popped me one this morning.
[US]C. McFadden Serial 64: Wives were wives, rather then women, and ‘affirmative action’ was popping them right in the orthodontia when they [...] started screwing around.
[US]S. King It (1987) 117: He would pop the Queen of England if she cracked smart to him.
[UK]Reeves & Mortimer Vic Reeves Big Night Out n.p.: I am a good fighter, I went and popped the teacher.
[US]J. Stahl I, Fatty 84: Harry pops me one in the beak and Mabel takes off in Harry’s balloon.
[US]A. Steinberg Running the Books 33: I was seized by the suspicion that it was he who had popped me.
[US](con. 1991-94) W. Boyle City of Margins 54: Donnie turns and pops him in the face.

(d) in weakened form of sense 1c, to abuse.

[UK]Pierce Egan’s Life in London 269/3: The late immortal Sheridan [...] enjoyed more pleasure in popping at his political opponents than a covey of partridges.
[UK]Egan Anecdotes of the Turf, the Chase etc. 15: [as previous].

(e) (also pop off, pop out, pop over) to murder someone, to kill someone.

[Scot]J. Hogg Justified Sinner 253: ‘Might we not rather pop him off in private and quietness, as we did the deistical divine?’ said I.
[Ire]Tipperary Free Press 25 Oct. 4/6: The letter went on to say, ‘If you do not refrain from exposing what you know about Fenianism we have taken oaths to pop you off’.
[US]Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 3 Dec. 12: [pic. caption] Popping The Priest / The Reprehensible Pistol Practise of a Maniac Miner Who Wanted to Kill Something.
[US]Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 27 Oct. 10/4: [headline] A ‘Cop’ Pops Off His Mistress.
[UK]Graphic 27 Sept. 315/2: So now, the malefactor does not murder, he ‘pops a man off’, or puts his lights out [F&H].
[UK]S. Wales Dly 16 Oct. 3/2: Dobell had stated to the police that since the murder they had arranged to pop off another man.
[Aus]Dead Bird (Sydney) 6 Sept. 1/3: ‘I say, boy, is there anything to shoot around here?’ [...] ‘Well [...] our school master is just over thoehill cutting birch rods; you might walk up and pop him over’.
[US]W.R. Burnett Little Caesar (1932) 153: In the second place you hire these two bums to pop me.
[US]J. Lait Put on the Spot 51: Polack Annie who’s sufferin’ enough since the Edgewater Kid was popped off.
[UK](con. WWI) F. Richards Old Soldiers Never Die (1964) 42: Miles [...] claimed to have popped a German over.
[US]‘F. Bonnamy’ A Rope of Sand (1947) 46: Popping him off don’t make the big apple mine.
[US]H. McCoy Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye in Four Novels (1983) 124: The club-footed nance son-of-a-bitch. If I’d had a gun, I’d’ve popped him sitting there in that squad car.
[US]H. McCoy Corruption City 67: Pop the guy off, they’ll throw the whole National Guard in here.
[US]H.S. Thompson letter 29 Jan. in Proud Highway (1997) 436: Bring a rifle along and we’ll pop a pig or two.
[US](con. 1960s) D. Goines Black Gangster (1991) 116: You goin’ pop the bastard?
[UK](con. 1950s–60s) G. Tremlett Little Legs 32: If I pop a rabbit, shoot it or snare it, then that’s for food.
[Aus]G. Disher Paydirt [ebook] ‘You can pop Wyatt when it’s done, not before’.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 19 July 9: He can still pop out seven streetlights with nine shots from his old Luger.
[UK]Observer Screen 1 Aug. 6: Whack: to murder; also clip, hit, pop, burn, put a contract on.
[US]K. Bruen ‘Fade To . . . Brooklyn’ in Brooklyn Noir 311: Clip. Whack. Pop. Burn. All the great terms Americans have for putting your lights out.
[US]S.M. Jones August Snow [ebook] ‘The not-so-merciful way is these guys pop August and me then decide to have some fun with you and your wife’.
[UK]Unknown T ‘Mad about Bars’ 🎵 Lurk on your block wid' the mop / Get anything opp, get popped (Bang it).
[UK]G. Krauze What They Was 130: I won’t even feel it if he pops me.
[US]S.A. Crosby Razorblade Tears 36: ‘She ain’t been to work since the reporter got popped’.

(f) to set off, to set in motion.

[US]W.T. Porter Quarter Race in Kentucky and Other Sketches 95: He’d pop his whip, and stretch his chains, and holler.
[UK]G. du Maurier Trilby 162: They [...] watched the street-lamps popping into life.
[WI]L. Bennett ‘Labrish’ in Jam. Dialect Poems 14: An so de music pop sweet tune.
[US]G.V. Higgins Rat on Fire (1982) 142: I’m gonna pop the thing tomorrow morning.
[US]S. King It (1987) 467: He th’owed it into first, popped the clutch on that cocksucker, and here he come!
[US]T. Jones Pugilist at Rest 30: The major [...] popped Baggit a salute.
[UK]L. Kwesi Johnson ‘Double Scank’ in Mi Revalueshanary Fren 4: Soh when shame reach him, / him pap a smile, / scratch him chin.

(g) (US) to execute by a firing squad.

[US]D. Hammett ‘The Tenth Clew’ in Continental Op (1975) 37: I’m going to spend every minute of my time from now until they pop you off helping them pop you!

(h) to bring to a conclusion.

[US]D. Hammett Red Harvest (1965) 36: Give me the straight of it. I only need that to pop the job.

(i) (US) to hit with a bullet.

[US]D. Hammett ‘Fly Paper’ Story Omnibus (1966) 55: If I can’t pop your kneecaps with two shots at this distance, you’re welcome to me.
[UK]J. Mowry Way Past Cool 42: Don’t you come bitchin to me bout some snot-nose seventh-grader poppin your ass.

(j) to arrest, to catch.

[US](con. 1950s) H. Simmons Man Walking On Eggshells 181: Cat popped me while I was holding some rooney.
[US]D. Goines Street Players 114: I’m in jail, Earl; they popped me this morning.
[US]C. Hiaasen Skin Tight 37: Don’t tell me he’s finally going to pop somebody in this case.
[US](con. early 1950s) J. Ellroy L.A. Confidential 152: This clown was popped twice for statch rape.
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 260: You get popped boosting a case of Hiram Walker.
[US]J. Ellroy ‘Hollywood Fuck Pad’ in Destination: Morgue! (2004) 207: It was an ex-head shop. Some diesel dykes ran it. We popped them for paraphernalia.
[US]R. Price Lush Life 237: The other times you get popped, did any of the other officers converse with you .
[US]Codella and Bennett Alphaville (2011) 364: Davey was popped for gun possession.
[UK]‘Aidan Truhen’ Price You Pay 14: [T]hey get a sense of who you are and how you work and then when they get popped that information tends to become public.
[US]D. Winslow Border [ebook] ‘But, if you want, I pop you and then I put it out on the street you flipped. Not good’.

(k) in basketball, to make a successful shot.

[US]W.D. Myers Hoops 41: [H]e took the ball behind the line and popped a jumper from about sixteen feet.
[US]W.D. Myers All the Right Stuff 33: ‘[Y]ou kept pulling up and popping from the outside [...] I liked the way you looked’.
[US]D. Jenkins Stick a Fork In Me 149: He stood six nine and poured in 35 to 40 points a game. He could pop a 3 without looking at the rim.

(l) to identify.

[US](con. 1964–8) J. Ellroy Cold Six Thousand 110: He popped the trumpet for flim-flam. He popped the sax for stat rape.

(m) (N.Z. prison) to stab.

[NZ]D. Looser Boobslang [U. Canterbury D.Phil. thesis] 143/2: pop to stab.

(n) (US) to do, to perform an action.

[US]M. Sheridan ‘192 Over 110’ in ThugLit Mar. [ebook] I popped another Plavix [i.e. blood pressure check]. 135 over 85.

(o) (UK black/und.) to strip a watch from it's wearer’s wrist.

[UK]G. Krauze What They Was 116: He knows exactly how to pop kettles coz he’s done this shit before.

(p) to deflate an inflated ego.

[US]J. Ellroy Widespread Panic 4: We stung the studios. We popped the pooh-bahs. We hurled the hurt.

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

(a) to take offence.

[UK]‘Jon Bee’ Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 138: Some persons are easily offended at trifles; they are then said to be ‘popp’d’ or to take tiff.

(b) of things, to come to a head, to suddenly start happening, to be energized.

[US]H.C. Lewis Swamp Doctor’s Adventures in Hudson Humor of the Old Deep South (1936) 81–6: I ’spected it would make all things pop, by hoecake.
[US]C.L. Cullen More Ex-Tank Tales 34: None of my schemes seemed to pop.
[US]H.V. O’Brien diary 4 Apr. in Wine, Women and War (1926) 56: Things beginning to pop.
[US]C.B. Booth ‘Mr Clacksworthy Within the Law’Detective Story 13 Aug. 🌐 ‘Somethin’s about t’ pop,’ he said with satisfaction.
[US]S.J. Perelman in Marschall That Old Gang o’ Mine (1984) 79: She goes peering through portieres to see what’s popping in the parlour.
[US]W.M. Raine Cool Customer 185: You drove here, knowing hell was likely to be popping.
[US]W. Brown Run, Chico, Run (1959) 35: Go back and keep your eyes skinned. If anything pops in the block you find Lucy and tell her about it.
[US]K. Marlowe Mr Madam (1967) 154: Well, things began to really pop in the old cathouse.
[US]R. Price Ladies’ Man (1985) 223: The narrow commercial street was popping, jammed with an army of lanky dudes in crew cuts.
[US]N. Heard House of Slammers 62: He’d keep looking for work until something popped for him.
[UK]Indep. on Sun. Culture 22 Aug. 3: Then things do start to pop.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Apr. 5: pop – come alive, reach maximum aesthetic potential: That pillow will make this room pop.
[US]G. Hayward Corruption Officer [ebk] cap. 33: So the visiting floor is going to be popping because, as I’ve stated before, there are no visits Monday and Tuesday.
hubpages.com ‘Roadman Slang 4 Jun. 🌐 Pop off - when a party is a great success, e.g. ‘last night popped off!’.
[UK]G. Krauze What They Was 323: Business isn’t popping like it used to.

(c) (orig. US black) to live well.

[US]T. Thursday ‘Missed in Missouri’ in Top-Notch 15 May 🌐 The population had ceased to pop since Barnum went to school.
[US]H. Simmons Corner Boy 42: We’re going to live. We’re going to really pop.

(d) (orig. US black) of an individual. to feel elated, extremely pleased, enthusiastic; of a place, to be positively energized.

[US]Ted Yates This Is New York 4 Oct. [synd.col.] Tillie’s [...] which opened a fortnight ago is ‘popping’.
[US]D. Goines Street Players 158: Then we can come on home and pop some more.
[US]R. Price Blood Brothers 144: It’as fuckin’ incredible, man [...] Butler, I’m poppin’!
[US]Source Aug. 107: He blessed Beanie Sigel with a poppin’ record.
[US]C. Eble (ed.) UNC-CH Campus Sl. Spring 2016 7: POPPING — exciting: ‘Dude, that party was popping’.

(e) (US black) to live a full social life.

[US] ‘Sl. of Watts’ in Current Sl. III:2 38: Popping, v. Going to parties.

3. in speech.

(a) to make a proposal of marriage [abbr. SE pop the question].

[US]Wkly Rake (NY) 9 July n.p.: [poss. double entendre and thus see sense 1a] What a place, too, so eligible for ‘popping!’ That same promenade could tell many a hidden tale [...] Why, half the matches in the city are first concocted in that delightful place.
[Ind]Hills & Plains 2 56: On the day after cavalry ball, he went boldly to Beauclerc Cottage, and ‘popped‘ [ibid] 102: The common acceptation of the word ‘popping’ is a direct proffer of heart plus hand to the loved one.
[UK]‘Old Calabar’ Won in a Canter I 167: [H]e seems much smitten with Nellie. What a good thing it would be for her if he would pop!

(b) (US black/W.I.) to tell, to reveal, to gossip.

H. Ellson Duke 113: I got another idea and popped it.
[WI]L. Bennett ‘Dry Foot Bwoy’ in Jamaica Labrish 206: Wha happen to dem sweet Jamaica / Joke yuh use fe pop?

(c) (US black) to lie, to cheat, to manipulate.

[US]D. Goines Street Players 74: I been home takin’ care of Connie’s tricks while she was down here poppin’.

(d) to extol, to promote.

[US]D. Jenkins Life Its Ownself (1985) 318: Can’t plug another network [...] You don’t pop the opposition, Teddy.

(e) (US drugs) to sell drugs.

[US]Simon & Burns ‘Hot Shots’ Wire ser. 2 ep. 3 [TV script] I ain’t standin’ on no corner [...] so’s I can pop for pocket change.

4. to give birth; to be born.

[US]A. Halper Foundry 169: The kid is due to pop any day now.
[US]J. Thompson Alcoholics (1993) 52: Any old time now, Miz’ Kenfield would be poppin’ that baby.
[US]G. Swarthout Skeletons 110: She’s pregnant, about to pop.
[US]R. Campbell Sweet La-La Land (1999) 24: What would rapists be doing going after a woman ready to pop?
[Scot]I. Welsh Trainspotting 219: A think aboot how close she is tae poppin.
[UK]Guardian G2 19 May 4: She looked as if she was about to pop, but did that stop her?
[US]C. Hiaasen Skinny Dip 74: One of my ewes [is] trying to pop triplets.
[Aus]L. Redhead Thrill City [ebook] I don’t want you running around doing anything crazy, you’re about to pop.
[Scot]I. Welsh Dead Man’s Trousers [25]: Defo worth another bang after she pops.
[US]J. Ellroy Widespread Panic 56: She popped his out-of-wedlock whelp.

5. (US black) of a performer, to become popular/successful.

Young M.A. ‘Eat’ 🎵 [C]ontroversy made me hot / [...] / They forgot that Dr. Watkins post made me pop / I love this shit, this the shit that really made me guap.
Central Cee ‘Hate It or Luv It’ 🎵 The music ting just popped, just in time ’cause the spot got hot.

6. in drug uses.

(a) (also pop off) to inject a drug; thus skinpop v.

[US]B. Dai Opium Addiction in Chicago 202: Pop. To use drugs.
[US](con. 1948) G. Mandel Flee the Angry Strangers 407: He popped fifty caps at least!
[US]E. Hunter ‘. . . Or Leave It Alone’ in Jungle Kids (1967) 58: Believe me, I popped off on H because I liked the stuff.
[UK]‘Raymond Thorp’ Viper 49: Instead of injecting it, or ‘popping’ it, he’s taking it up his nostrils [Ibid.] 92: Everyone there seemed to be popping. There were so many needles working you might have thought it was a tailor’s shop.
[US]W. Burroughs Naked Lunch (1968) 43: Ever pop coke in the mainline?
[US] in T.I. Rubin Sweet Daddy 2: Never popped, sniffed, nothing.
[US]A. Hoffman Property Of (1978) 184: He had already popped heroin.
[US]D.E. Miller Bk of Jargon 343: pop: [...] 2. To shoot heroin under the skin, rather than in a vein; a practice that gives a milder rush and high and does not leave as obvious tracks. Also called skin-pop.
[US]G. Sikes 8 Ball Chicks (1998) 162: Everyone who started selling [heroin] was convinced they wouldn’t succumb, but eventually they all did. ‘He’ll be popping,’ she said.
M.E. Dassad ‘Chickenhawk’ at www.cultdeadcow.com 🌐 I popped her a hit in the butt, through her nice tight jeans, pretending to stumble in the dark, as she yelped and started to get scared.
[US]T. Robinson Rough Trade [ebook] He didn’t seem ashamed that everybody knew he was popping.

(b) to swallow a pill; also trans. to have someone else swallow a pill (see cite 2012).

[[US]A. Greene Life and Adventures of Dr Dodimus Duckworth II 100: Ply the knife, brandish the saw, shoot the bolus, pop the pill].
[US]H. Selby Jr Last Exit to Brooklyn 53: She passed around the bennie again and they all popped bennie and sipped hot coffee.
[US]W.C. Anderson Adam M-1 137: I’m going to pop one of your solenoids.
[US](con. 1940s) E. Thompson Tattoo (1977) 71: Avis took an aspirin box out of her purse and popped a couple of tiny pills.
[Can]R. Caron Go-Boy! 256: The pills they were popping helped to reinforce the macho images they had of themselves.
[US]C. Hiaasen Skin Tight 284: Popping a codeine Tylenol, Chemo said, ‘Who the fuck is Sandy Duncan?’.
[US]T. Jones Pugilist at Rest 37: I popped two of the capsules.
[UK]Guardian 24 Feb. 3: Like it’s not just Stuart who’s popping pills (did I mention that?).
[Aus]Bug (Aus.) Apr. 🌐 If filthy rich, very fit young men can’t pop a few Es or snort a line or two, who the fuck can?
[UK]G. Iles Turning Angel 284: Our prom queen popped a few Lorcet herself to ease the pain.
[US]D.R. Pollock ‘Schott’s Bridge’ in Knockemstiff 77: They would smoke and drink and pop whatever they’d been able to scrounge that day.
[Aus] L. Jose ‘Underhooks’ in Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] One of the cut men [...] popped Sammy with some more uppers.
[UK]J. Fagan Panopticon (2013) 205: Now they’re giving her Valis and she’s stashing them up and popping them en masse.
Chief Keef ‘Hate Bein’ Sober’ 🎵 She a hot tamale when she pop a molly, it’s time to party, we party hard.
[US]D. Winslow The Force [ebook] Malone pops two ‘go-pills’—Dexedrine.
[US]S.A. Crosby Blacktop Wasteland 74: ‘We all straight. Don’t get high. Don’t pop no Oxy. Don’t smoke a blunt’.

(c) (US campus) to take amphetamines spec. for staying up and working all night.

[US]R.R. Lingeman Drugs from A to Z (1970).

(d) to take a drink.

[US]J. Wambaugh Glitter Dome (1982) 85: The Weasel decided to pop a can of beer and take it laid-back.
[UK]Guerilla Black ‘Compton’ 🎵 I pop Cristal or drink Miller.

(e) to smoke a drug.

[US]L. Heinemann Paco’s Story (1987) 11: The younger, ‘hipper’ ones popped opium on the sly or sprinkled it on their jays.

(f) (US campus) to initiate someone into drug use.

[US] P. Munro Sl. U.

(g) to inhale cocaine.

[US]L. Bing Do or Die (1992) 32: I mostly sell crack cocaine. You can make some good money that way – it all depends where you go. Some places pop more than others.
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 17: Pop — To inhale cocaine.
[US]S.A. Crosby Razorblade Tears 168: ‘When y’all was popping bottles and making it rain, I was shanking motherfuckers’.

(h) in fig. use.

[US]T. Fontana ‘Straight Life’ Oz ser. 1 ep. 5 [TV script] Drugs aren’t the only thing to get addicted to [...] Some people needle-pop gambling.

7. in senses of entering, opening.

(a) to break.

[US]J. Thompson Savage Night (1991) 113: I’ll [...] pop his neck and drop him off on his head.
[US]R. Price Ladies’ Man (1985) 13: The handshake was of course a bone-popper.
[UK]J. Morton Lowspeak 115: Pop a window – smash and grab.
[US]W. Ellis Crooked Little Vein 259: I almost popped a rib dragging the bastard around the corner.

(b) (orig. US black) to steal, to rob; thus pop a car v., to steal an automobile.

[US](con. 1979) G.W. Clemente Cops are Robbers 26: There’s this TV supply store in Medford [...] I figured it’d be an easy place to pop.
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 136: A pro like her never popped a nut until she’d popped the swag.
[US]D. Winslow ‘Crime 101’ in Broken 79: [H]e stops at a hotel [...] to meet a call girl and gets popped on the way out.

(c) to take, to extract from.

[Aus]L. Davies Candy 33: Every day for four weeks, we’d popped five hundred from an automatic teller.

(d) to open (usu. by force).

[US]L. Shecter On the Pad 154: He walks in the vestibule of a building, takes out a screwdriver, pops the door, walks into the building.
[US]J. Ellroy Brown’s Requiem 28: I [...] popped a can of ginger ale for myself, and arranged the three shortdogs symmetrically on the old metal table .
[US]C. Hiaasen Native Tongue 8: He popped one of the cans for his partner.
[US]T. Dorsey Hurricane Punch 55: Coleman’s hands shook as he popped a beer.
[UK]N. ‘Razor’ Smith Raiders 138: Billy [...] said he would have no trouble popping the box.
[US]T. Robinson Hard Bounce [ebook] [I] found luck in the form of an already popped lock.
[US]D.B. Flowers Bangs 269: Tommy tossed the keys to Roberts and nodded for him to open the trunk. Al promptly popped the trunk.
[US]T. Swerdlow Straight Dope [ebook] He pops the top, takes a swig, and sits down.
[US]T. Pluck Boy from County Hell 95: He wedged his peepaw’s cane knife [...] between the door and the frame and popped the cheap lock.

(e) to free from prison.

[US]W.T. Vollmann Royal Family 248: How could Dom get popped out of jail so quick?

8. in sexual senses.

(a) (also pop off) to ejaculate; to reach orgasm.

[US]R. Gover One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding 20: She likes them jittery tricks cause they pop fast. [Ibid.] 76: Boff us pop like the forff of July!
[US]T.I. Rubin In the Life 70: It’s a standing up trick, without putting it in. The poor jerks have to pay before they pop. [Ibid.] 112: Under the table, guy pops off and that’s it.
E. Wilson Show Business Laid Bare 128: [of a woman] ‘I can pop twenty times to a guy once. I said to a doctor, ’I pop so quick, anything wrong with me, Doctor?’.
[US]R. Price Ladies’ Man (1985) 72: I popped like Vesuvius.
Danielle’s Delight [comic bk] 16: Honey pie, I’m gonna pop.

(b) to bring someone to orgasm.

[US] in T.I. Rubin Sweet Daddy 35: No John could pop her.
[US]Current Sl. III:4 8: Pop the socks off . . . v. To cause a girl to have an orgasm.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Pimp 163: Ain’t a bitch living can pop me off unless I want her to.
[UK]Coren & Skelton Once More With Feeling (2003) 41: Pop on them [i.e. breasts], rub it in and leave it overnight.

(c) (US) to make pregnant.

[US] P. Munro Sl. U.
Chief Keef ‘I Don’t Like’ 🎵 A popped bitch, that’s that shit I don’t like.

In compounds

pop-off (n.)

see separate entries.

pop-out (n.)

see separate entry.

pop shot (n.)

in a pornographic film, the shot in which a male actor ejaculates.

[UK]Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 87 Dec. n.p.: pop shot n. A scene in a pornographic movie in which a male actor is required to splash his population paste (qv) on camera, after being suitably prepared by the fluffer (qv).
www.avninsider.com 🌐 All four guys constantly fucking her ass and going straight into her mouth like an ATM assembly line! All four pop-shots, right into her ass and spoonfed into her mouth.
[US]NSFWCorp 5 June 🌐 nd again, he fucks a girl on camera [...] while steadfastly [...] making sure the timing of the foreplay, each position, all instructional points and the popshot is perfect.

In phrases

how are you popping (up)?

(Aus.) a general phr. of greeting, how are you doing? how are you feeling? (cf. what’s popping? ).

[Aus]H. Lawson ‘In a Wet Season’ in Roderick (1972) 161: ’Ello, Tom! ’Ow are yer poppin’ up?
[Aus]H. Lawson ‘In Hospital’ in Roderick (1972) 620: ’Ullo, Bill! how are yer poppin’ up?
[Aus]J. Furphy Rigby’s Romance (1921) Ch. xxxviii: 🌐 How you poppin’ up, Collins?
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 3 Nov. 39/1: ‘Evenin’, Ikey, [...] ’Ow’s thin’s poppin’?’ / ‘That you, Sam?’ replied Mr. Solomon, who was rather near-sighted. [Ibid.] 10 Nov. 43/2: What-o, Sin Kum. How yer popping?
[Aus]N. Lindsay Saturdee 10: What-oh, Stinker, how you poppin’ up? [Ibid.] 212: Whato, Doll, how yer poppin’?
pop a... (v.)

see under relevant nouns.

pop around (with) (v.)

(US) to associate (with).

[US]Laurents & Sondheim West Side Story I vi: What’re we poppin’ around with dumb broads?
pop away (v.)

see sense 1b above.

pop bottles (v.)

(US black) to drink (in a club), the inference is champagne.

Young Jeezy ‘Ballin’’ 🎵 I'm poppin' bottles in the club, that's what winners do.
pop for (v.) (also pop to)

1. (US) to pay (for), to treat someone (to).

[US]Billboard 31 May 50/3: Nat (Skeeter) Lorow was in such excellent humor he popped for a 15-cent cigar.
[US]R. Russell Sound 188: You pop for all this.
[US]P. Crump Burn, Killer, Burn! 48: I’ll pop you to a cherry Coke.
[US]J. Thompson ‘Sunrise at Midnight’ in Fireworks (1988) 178: He knows he’d better pop for ten [dollars] if he wants a real workout.
[US]Texas Monthly July 5/3: They had popped for a limo on their big dates and didn’t get to walk in with the girls on their arms.
E. Bombeck Four of a Kind 353: I popped for a sixty- five-dollar pink velour warm-up suit.
J.D. Holmquist They Chose Minnesota 482: The next customer popped for a $10000 bond.

2. to provide without payment, or for reduced payment.

[US]J. Wambaugh New Centurions 48: ‘You don‘t have anything against paying half price, do you? We have a place in our area that pops for half.’.
[US]J. Wambaugh Choirboys (1976) 92: Easy often popped for two extra packs.
pop in (v.)

see sense 1a above.

pop it (v.)

to ask a question.

[US]H. Ellison ‘Johnny Slice’s Stoolie’ in Deadly Streets (1983) 77: Fish popped it to me. ‘You been talkin’ to that lousy cop, Fairchild?’.
pop it in (v.)

to enter a woman or in gay use a man, to have sexual intercourse.

[UK] ‘Petticoat Lane’ in Flash Chaunter 35: ’Tis true I’ve a wife to comfort my life, / And now she is called Mrs. Moses; / She brought me some pelf / And she gave me herself, / With a house where we pop in our noses.
[UK] ‘The Hoars Of Fleet Street’ in Flash Chaunter 38: And I got her in too, sirs, / Popp’d Brother in, then popp’d in me.
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 88: anal intercourse [...] pop it in [-to the toaster] (’20s).
[US]D. Jenkins Semi-Tough 235: She got to have it popped in her by a famous recording artist and a famous cornerback.
pop it in the toaster (v.) [the toaster makes white bread ‘brown’]

(US gay) to have anal intercourse.

[US]R.O. Scott Gay Sl. Dict. 🌐 anal intercourse: [...] Syn: pop it in the toaster.
pop it on (v.) [SE pop on, to place on]

1. to ask for more, esp. when raising a commodity’s price.

[UK]C. Hindley Life and Adventures of a Cheap Jack 312: Commercial travellers well know how they must put the price when doing business with Cheap John now that he is keeping a shop. It’s no use for them to ‘pop it on’ to him.
[Aus]‘The Tariff’ in Sun. Times (Perth) 18 Aug. 4/8: They’re popping it on to pianos, / On medcines, meters and milks, / On groceries, grapes and guanos, / On sugar, on satin and silk / [...] / They’ve dumped a big duty on most things.

2. to make a bet.

[UK]Anstey Man from Blankley’s in DSUE (1984).
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.)

(US) to go mad.

[UK] (ref. to 1920s) L. Duncan Over the Wall 343: You’re nuts. You’ve popped your bubble. What the hell’s the matter with you?
pop one’s collar (v.)

(US black) to have a conversation.

[US]Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com 🌐 pop someone’s collar Definition: to hold conversation with other(s); informal conversation Example: I hadn’t seen Bootney Lee in years, so we justed popped our collars to see what was happenin.
pop one’s cork (v.)

1. to lose one’s temper, to lose patience.

[US]B. Spicer Blues for the Prince (1989) 223: Magee is alibied tight and the D.A. is popping his cork.
[US](con. 1950) R. Leckie March to Glory (1962) 34: You popped yer cork or somethin’, Sarge?
[Aus]N. Keesing Lily on the Dustbin 184: Family members [...] will long remember that day mum ‘blew her top’, ‘snapped her twig’, ‘popped her cork’, ‘did her block’ and ‘chucked a willy’.

2. to surrender sexually, to come to orgasm.

[US]Dorothy Fields ‘Big Spender’ 🎵 So, let me get right to the point, / I don’t pop my cork for ev’ry guy I see.
[US]S. King Gerald’s Game (1993) 257: You would have done me a big favor, Gerald, if you’d popped your cork right then and there.
pop one’s drawers (v.)

to have an orgasm, lit. or fig., i.e. to get very excited.

[US]E. Torres After Hours 40: The Fräuleins popped their drawers.
pop out/over (v.)

see sense 1f above.

pop style (v.)

(W.I.) of a woman, to walk in a provocative manner or to act stylishly.

[WI]Althea & Donna ‘Uptown Top Ranking’ 🎵 Nah pop no style, a strictly roots.
[WI]Francis-Jackson Official Dancehall Dict. 41: Pop-style to affect airs: u. what a way she ah pop-style.
pop the bud (v.)

to administer a judicial whipping.

[US]C. Panzram Journal of Murder in Gaddis & Long (2002) 55: The whipping boss [...] starts popping the bud to the poor sucker that is being reformed.
pop tops (v.) [SE pop open + top (of a beer can)]

(US campus) to drink beer.

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Fall 5: pop tops – drink beer.
[US]Eble Sl. and Sociability 42: Examples of rhyme from college slang are [...] pop tops ‘drink beer’.
pop up (v.)

to create, to make happen, to cause.

[US]C. Mathewson Pitching in a Pitch 11: ‘Here comes a “spitter,” Hans.’ [...] Raymond would warn Wagner [...] then he would pop up a wet one.
[US]J. Lait Put on the Spot 7: That would pop up a lot of hell.
what’s popping? (also who’s popping?)

(US teen) a phr. of greeting, enquiry (cf. how are you popping (up)? ).

[US]T. Thursday ‘Case of the Honest Thieves’ in Famous Detective Story 🌐 ‘Who’s popping?’ asked Hank.
[UK]E.S. Maggin Superman 38: Hey Clarkie, what’s popping?
[US]Ice-T ‘Lifestyles of The Rich & Infamous’ 🎵 Yo, Ice, what’s popping, G?
[US]Teen Lingo: The Source for Youth Ministry 🌐 What’s poppin? See wassup?
Mos Def ‘Ghetto Rock’ 🎵 What’s good, what’s poppin’, what’s cracking.
[US]G. Hayward Corruption Officer [ebk] cap. 16: Yooooooooo! What’s poppn? What’s poppn?

SE in slang uses

In compounds

pop-nine (n.)

a 9mm pistol.

[US]S. Frank Get Shorty [film script] Whatta you got there . . . some kinda pop nine, the fuckin’ Fiat of guns, always jammin’ at the wrong time.
pop quiz (n.) (also pop test, shotgun quiz) [it ‘pops up’ or ‘explodes’]

(US campus) a surprise test; also as v.

[US]J-TAC (Stephenville, TX) 24 Feb. 2/3: ‘What did you make on that pop quiz this morning?’.
[US]McMurry War Whoop (Abilene, TX) 20 Oct. 2/3: Pop quizzes just don’t cheer me up much. I wish the tables could turn and we could pop quiz the profs once in a while. Maybe that would larn ’em.
[US]Dundes & Schonhorn ‘Kansas University Sl.: A New Generation’ in AS XXXVIII:3 167: An unexpected examination: shotgun (86). pop quiz (45).
[UK]J. Mowry Way Past Cool 7: Like we gonna be pop-quizzed on gun fixin in school or somethin!
[UK]J. Mowry Six Out Seven (1994) 151: Y’all writin this down, Sabby? Cause there gonna be a popquiz, man. I guaran-fuckin-tee y’all that right now.