1. (US, also dock, juke) a hand, usu. in pl.; also in fig. use; thus dukefull, a handful; occas. an arm (see cit. 1885).
|Vocabulum 126: Dukes. The hands.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 5/1: Instantly he was beside them, the glass knocked out of her ‘duke’ and she knocked sprawling. [Ibid.] 68/2: On reaching the bottom, I began to ‘sling my hook,’ and had just got the ‘poke’ away from the ‘kick,’ when the ‘moll’ dropped her ‘juke’ suddenly on mine and the ‘skin’ in it. [Ibid.] 106/1: As each ‘dukefull’ was thrown into the ‘till’ an exclamation of complete surprise fell from them.|
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 19 Oct. n.p.: ‘When you go there [i.e. Hoboken] of a Sunday keep your “dukes” on your “dummy”’.|
|‘Autobiog. of a Thief’ Macmillan’s Mag. (London) XL 501: I said I would not go at all if he put his dukes (hands) on me.|
|Sporting Times (London) 15 Feb. 3/1: ‘Put up your docks, and slog it out’, roared the witness.|
|Leaves from a Prison Diary I 201: He has only one duke [i.e. arm].|
|Forty Years a Gambler 87: I ducked my head, and he hit that. I know it hurt him, for he did not use that duke any more.|
|Fifty Years (2nd edn) I 142: There were many officers [...] well known to be fairly clever with their ‘dukes’.|
|Powers That Prey 219: Put up your dukes while I put the cuffs on ’em.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 25 Nov. 1/1: His boast of being able to ‘use his dooks’ was quite equal to his best bellowing traditions.|
|Beef, Iron and Wine (1917) 153: I takes a rum wit’ a plug hat an’ a frock-coat what’s walkin’ wit’ a umbrella in his duke an’ a cigar in his face.‘Canada Kid’ in|
|Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 11 Aug. 15/2: Flash In dook, lugs cocked for the slightest alien sound, proceed to louse the joint.|
|Stealing Through Life 98: He was then working with a ‘mob’ of pickpockets – ‘putting his duke down’.|
|Me And Gus (1977) 93: Everything where I can put my duke on it at a second’s notice.‘Gus Tomlins’ in|
|Townsville Daily Bull. (Qld) 6 Nov. 2/5: Those who know anything about the art of ‘stoush’ and can use their ‘dukes’.|
|Harder They Fall (1971) 94: You don’t think I’d send one of my boys in with a bum duke, do ya?|
|Diamonds Are Forever (1958) 105: The dealer should have known better that get caught with his duke in the tambourine.|
|Long White Cloud 171: Felt as though you were being robbed before you could get your dukes up.|
|‘Whisper All Aussie Dict.’ in Kings Cross Whisper (Sydney) xxxiv 4/4: duke: Hand. The ‘Hot Duke’ is to pass out the glad hand to a proposed victim of a confidence trick.|
|Gonif 47: Charlie One shuffled off with a wave of his crippled duke.|
|(con. 1920s) Legs 66: Bigfoot had the winnings in his duke.|
2. in pl., the fists.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 7 Feb. 11/1: Bah! go to! pugilistic star, / You’re just fit for that ‘push’ you are; / They’ll feed you if you’ll only kneel – Your ‘dukes’ would never earn a meal.|
|Sporting Times 13 Feb. 5/5: A great patron of the P.R., and can put up his ‘dooks’ to some purpose.|
|Bulletin Reciter 1880–1901 79: It ain’t the chaps as flash their dukes that fight the willing goes!|
|‘Hello, Soldier!’ 31: He slugged a tubby Hun, Then choked a Fritzie with his dukes, ’n’ pinched the sooner’s gun!|
|Hand-made Fables 178: He had spikes in his Shoes and Rosen all over his Dukes and knew the Ropes.|
|Law Rides the Range 47: Bull’s no slouch with his dukes.|
|Tomboy (1952) 52: He’s supposed to be good with his dukes.|
|Pimp 118: I wonder if he was tanked up with enough rot-gut moxie to really fold ‘Sweet’s’ dukes for good across his chest.|
|Go-Boy! 55: We all had our dukes up by then, spoiling for a fight.|
|Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 93: I’ve seen you put your dukes through wooden shit-house doors for practice.West in|
|Source Nov. 116: The duo responded with the put-up-ya-dukes ‘Punks Jump Up’ from their return disc.|
|Outlaws (ms.) 175: Being a bit slow and not so handy with my dukes when we was growing up.|
|Cherry Pie [ebook] ‘Come on.’ She put up her dukes.|
|Pound for Pound 21: You gotta stand like this with your dukes up.|
|Split Decision [ebook] Whit put his dukes up and faked a few short jabs.|
3. (US Und.) a form of confidence game.
|Philosophy of Johnny the Gent 49: ‘I'm entitled to 45 per cent, anyhow, fer makin' the steer. That's what them bunk guys get when they guide fer the merry duke’.|
|(con. 1905–25) Professional Thief (1956) 68: Some years back the duke was called ‘the big mitt.’ It was played successfully on railway trains and in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred the conductor was ‘in’.|
|Big Con 295: The duke or huge duke. A form of the big mitt played on railroad trains without a store. A mob of three collects marks and fleeces them one at a time in a compartment or stateroom.|
4. a hand of cards.
|Vocab. Criminal Sl. 29: duke [...] a hand in a card game.|
|DAUL 63/2: Duke [...] A hand, in a game of cards [...] ‘[I] gave everyone a duzey (wonder) of a duke with the sucker blowing his top (frantic) to hipe (up) the ante (stakes).’.et al.|
5. in boxing, a decision [the referee raises the winning boxer’s hand].
|Collier’s 24 Nov. 8: Ledoux gets the duke by unanimous vote of the officials .in|
|Never Come Morning (1988) 235: Lefty got the duke.|
|Neon Wilderness (1986) 158: He got the break on an occasional decision, and was occasionally robbed of a duke he’d earned.|
|N.Y. Times 25 Dec. SM10: Doofus lost every round from the third, but they gave him the duke!|
|(ref. to 1930s) In This Corner (1974) 177: I started to dance and he never got near me so they gave me the duke.in Heller|
6. (US black) in pl., knees.
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 43: Well, my queen, knock thyself a stoop on thy deuce of dukes.|
7. the bill, usu. in a restaurant.
|Park East Sept. 20: When it comes to pickin’ up the duke, he’s a fast man on the draw [HDAS].|
see fist city under fist n.
(US Und.) a gambler who cheats at cards.
|Sister of the Road (1975) 308: the gambler — crooked gambler. The most common is the ‘duke player,’ the person who cheats at cards or checkers.|
to make a complete mess of something.
|Hell’s Angels (1967) 43: The editors make no claims to infallibility, and now and then they will blow the whole duke.|
|Thief 191: If I’d figured you were going to be such a horse’s can about it, maybe I would have blown the duke for you last night.|
|Carlito’s Way 31: He says you done blown the whole duke.|
(US Und.) to read an opponent’s cards by some form of fraud.
|Vocab. Criminal Sl. 30: ‘Cropping his duke’ is reading an opponent’s hand by trickery in a card game.|
1. of a male homosexual, to have anal intercourse.
|Urban Black Argot 139: Get Some Duke / Duke Shoot to have anal intercourse, particularly with another male.|
2. to have sexual intercourse.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 240: get some duke [...] to engage in sexual intercourse.|
3. (US black/prison) of a man, to have sexual intercourse with a man who, at least while in prison, is posing (and poss. dressing) as a woman.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 163: Get some duke is to have intercourse with a female impersonator.|
1. to hand over money.
|‘Autobiog. of a Thief’ in Macmillan’s Mag. (London) XL 502: I went to him, and asked him if he was not going to grease my duke (put money into my hand).|
|Dly Globe (St Paul, MN) 11 June 3/6: The chap who struck oil must have greased his ‘right duke’.|
2. to give a bribe.
|‘Autobiog. of a Thief’ Macmillan’s Mag. (London) XL 504: Some of the mob knew him and had greased his duke.|
|Referee 12 Feb. n.p.: I ought to have greased to have kept out of stir / The dukes of the narks and the coppers.‘A Plank Bed Ballad ’ in|
(Aus.) to fool, to take advantage of by trickery.
|Ridgey-Didge Oz Jack Lang 31: hot duke, to con.|
to (prepare to) fight.
|Dublin U. Mag. 34 238/1: But I soon stopped the scrapping fake, for I put up my dukes, / And gave some toppers.|
|‘Autobiog. of a Thief’ Macmillan’s Mag. (London) XL 501: I first met a sparring bloke (pugilist), who [...] showed me the way to put my dukes up.|
|Autobiog. of a Gipsey 99: You’m fond enough of seein’ other chaps fight, but you’m afeard to put up your dukes yourself.|
|Hooligan Nights 128: ’E couldn’t ’ardly put up ’is dukes be that time.|
|Conversational Hints 186: The Proser put up his dukes, and let fly with both of them, one after another, at Dullard’s conk.|
|Bucky O’Connor (1910) 72: I’m going to teach you how to put up your dukes.|
|Essays in Rebellion 157: ‘Then put up your dukes or take that on your silly jaw,’ cried Albert, preparing to strike.|
|clancy: Put up your dukes!Here Come the Clowns [play script] CLANCY springs up.|
|Sexus (1969) 157: Put up your dukes! Give me a crack, why don’t you?|
|letter 16 Jan. in Charters I (1995) 542: Come on Whalen, put up yr. dukes and fight.|
|I Always Wanted to be Somebody 10: He would say, ‘Put up your dukes,’ and I had to get ready to defend myself or I would take an even worse beating. He would box with me for an hour at a time.|
|Pugilist at Rest 135: My father put up his dukes and threw a few punches in the air.|
|Drifting to Glory 93: Alex knew we were kidding, but acted like he didn’t, and said, ‘Oh yeah, well put up your dukes, and I’ll fight ya one at a time!’.|
(US Und.) to work as a palm-reader.
|Vocab. Criminal Sl. 29: ‘Reading the dukes’ is fortune-telling by palmistry.|
see duke v.1 (1)
(US Und.) to reveal one’s intentions.
|Vocab. Criminal Sl. 30: ‘Tipping your duke’ is betraying your intention.|
|Oakland Trib. (CA) 26 July 13/1: He tipped his duke yesterday when he announced that Jim Pinkerton [...] was lost to the team.|
|L.A. Times 22 Nov. part 2 6/2: So far, Coach Ewbank hasn’t tipped his duke, but the feeling here is that Shaw [...] will draw the starting call .|