hold v.1(US drugs)
1. to be in possession of money, usu. large sums; often as holding.
|Life and Adventures 59: As Stephens heard that ‘he held it’ (a slang phrase implying possession of money) and he would not ‘tip up,’ he resolved to take it out of him another way.|
|Dict. of Sl., Jargon and Cant.|
|Indoor Sports 16 Feb. [synd. cartoon] He [sic] so good at holding that he could swim across the Hudson with an armfull of eels and never lose one.|
|Dict. of Aus. Words And Terms [Internet] HOLDIN’—Possessing money.|
|Sl. Today and Yesterday 288: A. I’m stiff. C. How are you holding, D? D. All right.in Partridge|
|Lucky Palmer 150: Once before, when he was ‘holding well,’ as he expressed it, ‘Big Jim’ Shendon [...] had made the mistake of telling him what a big man he was.|
|DAUL 99/1: Holding. (Limited to ‘what are you holding?’ and the response, ‘I’m holding. . . .’) 1. To have money in one’s possession. [...] 2. (P) To have in one’s possession contraband cash, cigarettes, tobacco, or other medium of exchange.et al.|
|Housing Lark 135: ‘One hundred and twenty pounds, eight shillings and fivepence ha’penny.’ [...] Nobby whistle and dig Alfy. ‘We holding big, boy!’.|
|Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1969) 239: ‘How you holding?’ How you holding— ‘I mean, like, you know [...] I didn’t charge Kesey nothing to use this place, like free, you know?’.|
|Airtight Willie and Me 11: She was holding enough bread to burn up a herd of wet cattle.|
|(con. 1930s) The Avenue, Clayton City (1996) 8: Hey, Red, let me hold something. Lay a quarter on me.|
|Plainclothes Naked (2002) 59: How much you say she’s holding?|
2. for a supply of drugs to suffice an addict for a given period of time.
|Lang. Und. (1981).‘Lang. of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 2 in|
|Panic in Needle Park (1971) 34: Then a little while ago I had some GB’s, to hold me till I can do somethin’ to get more stuff.|
3. to be in possession of drugs, esp. for selling.
|Und. Speaks n.p.: Are you holding? Have you any dope to sell?|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Second Ending 266: Hey, are you holding? [...] You got any junk?|
|City of Night 113: I don really dig this stuff, man — too much of a hassle to hold any.|
|Erections, Ejaculations etc. 263: Arthur’s holding a lot of shit. Let’s go [...] and smoke some shit.|
|Fort Apache, The Bronx 184: Because when everything cools down, my man’s gonna be the only dude who’s holdin’.|
|Under A Hoodoo Moon 204: ‘Well, what are you holding?’ He broke out this bottle of stuff and fixed me up.|
|Source Oct. 168: Cookin’, packagin’, holdin’ or using any of the above.|
|Almost a Proverb 53: ‘You holding man?’ ‘Talk to me after chow.’.|
4. (US black) to borrow.
|Seize the Time 34: I could [...] say, man, loan me a dollar, and he’d let me hold a dollar.|
5. (UK black) to take, to steal.
|Central Sl. 28: hold, to [...] To thieve. To commit robbery. ‘Let me hold that radio.’.|
|(con. 1979–80) Brixton Rock (2004) 17: Brenton declined the offer of a lift, saying he preferred to ‘hol’ a bus’. [Ibid.] 100: I’m going to kuff the window, hol’ the goods and chip to a brethren’s house.|
6. (US Und.) to be armed.
|Bounty of Texas (1990) 206: hold, v. – to carry a gun: to hold a gun.‘Catheads [...] and Cho-Cho Sticks’ in Abernethy|
|Fort Apache, The Bronx 118: You know the prick’s holdin’.|
7. to be in possession of anything.
|Serial 62: I’m not holding, okay? No grapes.|
|Under A Hoodoo Moon 32: I told my parents the stuff wasn’t mine, that I was just holding for friends.|
(Aus.) a phr. indicating that it is someone’s turn to buy the drinks.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 11 Jul. 12/1: An Australian indulges in no such foolishness. If he meets an old friend, his greeting is either ‘Give it a name!’ or ‘Do you hold it?’ according to circumstances. There is no preliminary beating about the bush with him.|
to have a good deal of money .
|Und. and Prison Sl. 44: holding heavy. Having much money.|
|DAUL 99/1: Hold heavy. To be well supplied with ready cash.et al.|
|‘Pimp in a Clothing Store’ in Milner & Milner (1972) 287: I’m holding, heavy, freeze, just bring them on down.|
|Brown’s Requiem 21: I may not look like no millionaire, but I’m holding heavy.|
to have only a little money, to be out of pocket.
|Texas by the Tail (1994) 54: I’m holding light, Frank [...] I need to hit.|
SE in slang uses
the world of prostitution.
|Troilus and Cressida V x: Brethren and sisters of the hold-door trade.|
see also under relevant n.
(W.I.) to take a shower.
|Official Dancehall Dict. 25: Hol’ a fresh go take a shower: a. bwoy, go hol’ a fresh.|
(N.Z.) to analyse, to hold a ‘post mortem’, to have a feast or party.
|N.Z. 116: New Zealand colloquialisms which are of Maori origin include: [...] hold a tangi over: to hold a feast, party of meeting.|
see under street, the n.
(Ulster) to sustain, fig. to keep up with.
|Concise Ulster Dict.|
see under slack n.1
see separate entries.
(US) to have an advantage over someone.
|Innocents at Home 332: You ruther hold over me, pard. I reckon I can’t call that hand.|
|Golden Days of ’49 127: Do we hold over Bowers?|
see stand still for under stand v.2
see separate entry.
see separate entries.
see separate entry.
1. stop! don’t move!
|Oh Boy! No. 8 12: Hold tight!|
|Saved Scene ii: ’Old tight, darlin’.|
|‘Sl. of Watts’ in Current Sl. III:2.|
2. (W.I.) calm down!
|Chosen Few (1966) 65: Hold tight, Blue.|
|Official Dancehall Dict. 24: (H)ol’ tight be cool; stay cool: u. hol’ tight, mi brethren.|
be patient! remain calm!
|‘Road Test: 2000 BMW 328Ci’ Edmunds.com [Internet] When I bite into a York Peppermint Patty, I get the sensation of cool, frosty air tousling my hair as I race through the serpentine roadways of the Black Forests of Bavaria...hey, hold your kitties there, Jimmy; I don’t have a York Peppermint Patty! Will a BMW 328Ci suffice?|
see under mouth n.
see under whiz n.1