1. (UK Und.) a (silver) spoon.
|Regulator 19: Feeders, alias Spoons.|
|Discoveries (1774) 42: I’m a Sneak for Chinks and Feeders; I’m a Thief for Tankards or Spoons.|
|(con. 1710–25) Tyburn Chronicle II in (1999) xxix: Feeders Spoons.|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Feeder. To nab the feeder; to steal a spoon.|
|,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn) n.p.:|
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang.|
|Autobiog. 98: The articles consisted of feeders, and other trifles.|
|Dict. of the Flash or Cant Lang. 163/1: Feeder – a spoon.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 144/1: Now the clatter commenced, all hands enjoyed in scraping the tinnyest speck from their tins, and when spoons had done all that spoons could do, a piece of bread was used to sponge away any semblance of ‘skilly’ [...] ’Twas during the noise occasioned by the dextrous use of their ‘feeders’ that we kept up a talk.|
|Sl. Dict. (1890) 14: Feeders. Silver spoons or forks.|
2. (UK und.) a portion (of food).
|Flash Mirror 4: The Bug Walk [...] This house is a pannum supply [...] if any gemman of an high order thinks fit to put his beak in, he can get a feeder of slap up peck for a kick.|
3. (US) the mouth or throat.
|TAD Lex. (1993) 103: (Doesn’t It Seem Strange) That a big burly football player will roll around in the mud and have his ‘feeder’ wiped out with a dirty sponge.in Zwilling|
|,||cited in TAD Lex. (1993).|
|Bastard (1963) 75: He [...] stuffed ’em down his feeder.|
4. (US drugs) a hypodermic syringe.
|Narcotics Lingo and Lore.|
|Drug Lang. and Lore.|
(UK Und.) a thief specializing in silver spoons.
|Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc.|