Green’s Dictionary of Slang

stick up v.2

[the sum is stuck on a running account]

1. to place on account; thus stick it up, to leave a bill unpaid; stick it up to, to charge to someone.

[UK]H.T. Potter New Dict. Cant (1795) n.p.: stick it up to leave a reckoning unpaid, to run a score.
[UK]W.T. Moncrieff Tom and Jerry III iii: Verry vell, two pound, vith a pickled cowcumber, and a pen’orth o’ketchup, to make some gravy of; and stick it up to the bell! – d’ye hear?
[UK]R. Nicholson Cockney Adventures 23 Dec. 58: Give me a quartern of gin [...] and stick it up to that ’ere rascally old brother er mine.
[UK]Sam Sly 10 Mar. 1/2: Old Grogg says you must send the tin, / He von’t ‘stick up’.
[UK](con. 1840s–50s) H. Mayhew London Labour and London Poor III 283/2: Suppose two foremen were to meet and have a drop of rum or brandy together [...] that’s charged to us poor fellows – it’s stuck up to us – but we mustn’t say nothing.
[UK]B. Hemyng Eton School Days 162: Mind you don’t steal anything, as they will most likely stick it up to me.
[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict. 246: stick up, to place in an account; ‘stick it up to me,’ i.e., give me credit for it.
[UK]Sl. Dict.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 24 Jan. 7/2: Six months! O, Harry! ’tis too long, we swear! / How will the hungry ‘push’ thine absence bear? […] / Those gorging elves, Hal, who till you came near? / Would ‘stick up’ rum, ‘suspend’ colonial beer, / Content to hide ‘baths’ of their native ale; / Aught else to them was but a fairly tale.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 28 Apr. 32/2: Only the Saturday night before, when he wanted to stick up a few drinks, the landlord had ordered him out.
[Aus]Stephens & O’Brien Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] 150: ‘To stick up a few beers or stores’ to get them on credit.
[Aus]N. Lindsay Age Of Consent 99: I stuck up some clothes at his tailor’s. Only three suits; came to a miserable twenty-one quid.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 199: stick up 1. To credit goods to your account, from mid C19 hotel habit of chalking drinks ordered on a slate you have to pay later.

2. (UK Und.) to leave a companion with an undue share of a tavern bill.

[UK]Sl. Dict. 310: Stick up To leave a friend or acquaintance to pay the whole or an undue share of a tavern bill.