1. the Devil (cf. old Ned under old adj.).
|Country-Wife Epilogue: Pox on her, Ned, she can’t be found!|
|Humours of Oxford V i: O Ned! such a Misfortune!|
|Essays on Irish Bulls 206: Just then Ned came ****, he lifted up his hands.|
|Stray Yankee in Texas 227: ‘By Ned,’ says he, ‘if it aint that owdacious critter of Miss Mash’s.|
|Crisis 17 Feb. 31/2: Let Shoddyites, contractors all, Fall down and worship Uncle Ned [DA].|
|in Rainbow in Morning 92: By Ned.|
2. (Aus.) a fool.
|Melbourne Punch 9 Aug. 7/1: ‘Slangiana’ [...] ‘O, deem me not a stupid Ned’.|
3. (Aus.) a term of address to a stranger.
|Benno and Some of the Push 116: ‘Get yer ear out, Ned, ’r he’ll bite it,’ said Benno sourly to the stranger.‘At a Boxing Bout’ in|
to cause a disturbance, to make trouble.
|[||Caledonian Mercury 18 Nov. 3/2: And merry Ned — who ‘set us in a Rear!’].|
|Whip & Satirist of NY & Brooklyn (NY) 4 June n.p.: Susan Shanon thinks she is raising Old Nick when she goes on horseback trhough a Church.|
|Biglow Papers (1880) 60: Your fact’ry gals [...] ’ll go to work raisin’ promiscuous Ned.|
|Broadway Belle (NY) 29 Jan. n.p.: ’Tis there I raise old Harry / And on peaniuts have a spree.|
|N.Y. Weekly Trib. 10 Sept. 7/4: The accounts in The Tribune raise Old Ned [DA].|
|in Four Brothers in Blue (1978) 18 Dec. 208: We bivouacked all day Monday on the wharves, eating flap-jacks and raising the ‘Old Nick’.|
|in Shields Dly Gaz. 3/1: We are real smart girls [...] and can raise ned and keep folks A laughing .|
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 3 Nov. 11/1: [headline] in a scrape again Another Victim of Edward Arnott, the Actor Turns up and Raises the Old Harry.|
|Forty Years a Gambler 259: Young Bill was mad because his father had secured a young step-mother for him, and was just raising ‘Ned’ about it.|
|More Fables in Sl. (1960) 97: When you’re Het Up you’re just as like as not to Raise Ned.|
|Double Trouble 223: You’ve been raising merry Ned, Florian, in your Brassfield capacity .|
|Bar-20 Days 210: He’s shore raising Ned to-night, the li’l monkey.|
|Main Street (1921) 308: You have a perfectly well-developed case of repression of sex instinct, and it raises the old Ned with your body.|
|Babbitt (1974) 114: Yuh, I bet you simply raised the old Ned.|
|Bottom Dogs 43: Seventh graders [...] weren’t crazy about airing their bare buttocks on january mornings at 5.45 a.m., and raised old harry when a monitor [...] came along, shooed off the blanket.|
|World I Never Made 87: I get a pair of shoes that raises all holy Harry with my tender dogs.|
|N.Y. Herald Trib. 28 Nov. 15/5: The ‘vampire baby’ was a wicked young woman who wore short skirts, though ankle-length hems were proper at the time, flirted with married men, and, in general, ‘raised Ned,’ as observers commented at the time.|
|DA].Dialect of Garrett County, Maryland 12: Raise old Ned, v.phr., to make a row (Slang) [|
|Down in the Holler 97: A small boy in southwest Missouri was severely punished because he used the expression ‘to raise Ned’.|
|What They are Doing to Your Children 131: When he found himself incarcerated in the classroom for reasons beyond his control, he would raise Ned.|