Green’s Dictionary of Slang

mizzle v.

also misle, missle
[? Shelta misli, to go, note naut. jargon mizzle one’s dick, to miss one’s passage]

1. to leave, to go quickly, to escape; thus excl. mizzle! go away! be off!

[UK]G. Parker View of Society II 231: He preferred mizzling off to France.
[UK]H.T. Potter New Dict. Cant (1795) n.p.: mizzle to sneak, or run away.
[UK] ‘Song No. 12’ Papers of Francis Place (1819) n.p.: The Doxy gone and left me naked, / Mizzled off with all my clothes.
[UK] ‘A Leary Mot’ in Farmer Musa Pedestris (1896) 77: A blue bird’s-eye o’er dairies fine – as she mizzled through Temple Bar.
[UK] ‘On the Prigging Lay’ trans. of ‘Un jour à la Croix Rouge’ in Vidocq (1829) IV 263: Then he calls – ‘Stop thief!’ Thinks I, my master; / That’s a hint to me to mizzle faster.
[Aus]Sydney Herald 18 June 4/2: [U]p comes landlord and anither little-un, who cries out, who stole spoons. My eyes how you did missle, but the little-un grabbed you.
[UK]R. Nicholson Cockney Adventures 16 Dec. 53: He left the widow to secure her retreat as best she could, and mizzled into the street.
[UK]R. Barham ‘Lay of St. Cuthbert’ Ingoldsby Legends (1842) 229: Cut your stick, sir – come, mizzle! – be off with you! – go!
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 4 July 3/2: Soon after he mizzled, and Hickey, having occasion to go [to] his box, found that his money hail changed hands.
[UK]Swell’s Night Guide 59: Right as a jemmy! – mizzle’s the word.
[US]‘Ned Buntline’ Mysteries and Miseries of N.Y. V 19: I think I better mizzle now.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 23 Feb. 3/2: [He] told him Mr B was satisfied and he could mizzle.
[UK]C. Reade It Is Never Too Late to Mend III 214: Then mizzle! That is the road.
[UK]T. Taylor Ticket-Of-Leave Man Act II: I ain’t a-going to be inspected — I’ll mizzle.
[UK] ‘Dover Volunteer Rev.’ Songs for the Army 58: Our General fears you’re catching cold, so bids you homeward mizzle.
[Aus]Hamilton Spectator (Vic.) 7 Jan. 1/7: A young gentleman gets into ‘little difficulties,’ [...] He fears he will have to ‘absquatulate,’ ‘ missle,’ ‘ slope,’ ‘ cut’ ‘ dodge,’ ‘make tracks,’ ‘make himself scarce,’ unless the governor ‘shells out’.
[US]R.C. Hartranft Journal of Solomon Sidesplitter 177: Pat mizzled.
[UK]M. Davitt Leaves from a Prison Diary I 153: ‘Islema! Ogda the opperca!’ which in slang is ‘Misle! Dog the copper!’ otherwise — ‘Vanish! See the policeman!’.
[UK]F.W. Carew Autobiog. of a Gipsey 434: We ’ad ought ’er jump the crib, cop the cherpin, and misle in an ’our and a ’arf. [Ibid.] 442: Well hall’s well as hends well, and now my deal’s a-goin’ to misle (*Now I’m off).
[Aus]W.A. Sun. Times (Perth) 20 Feb. 7/1: Nowadays we generally travel gently down to Albany and quietly mizzle hence before a ‘fiery faced’ unit can get into working order.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 21 Dec. 35/2: Where’s Tommy? [...] I want a warrant for Dick Danty. He’s mizzled with my grey mare, and the ---- must be well off to Mimosa by now.
[Aus]J. Furphy Buln-Buln and the Brolga (1948) [Internet] You chaps kin take that ezzinc for makin’ dumps [...] Now, mizzle!
[UK]D. Stewart Vultures of the City in Illus. Police News 8 Dec. 12/1: ‘[H]is pals is a-waiting to collar and mizzle with the barrownight’s plate and wallybles’.
[UK]D. Stewart Devil of Dartmoor in Illus. Police News 22 Oct. 12/1: ‘Off you go [...] mizzle!’.
[Aus]C.J. Dennis ‘The Call of Stoush’ Moods of Ginger Mick 33: So Ginger Mick ’e’s mizzled to the war.
[US]Cayton’s Wkly (Seattle, WA) 10 Jan. 3/2: It was ours to blithely mizzle to the anvil and the loom.
[Aus]H. Drake-Brockman Dampier’s Ghost Act I: I’m afraid I must mizzle off and get packed.
[UK]J.G. Brandon Gang War 110: Where was it you say Wayne mizzled into after he’d left Schurtz car?
[Aus]D. Stivens Scholarly Mouse and other Tales 16: [He] fell over on his back with funk, mizzled out the door, out of the house and kept on going.
[UK]R. McGregor-Hastie Compleat Migrant 107: Mizzle, to: to disappear.

2. to die.

[UK]W. Clarke Every Night Book 84: When one of the fancy dies, the survivors say, that he has [...] ‘mizzled’ — ‘morrised’ or ‘muffed it’!
[UK]T. Hood ‘Confessions of a Phoenix’ Works (1862) VI 233: What, hopped the twig? – kicked the bucket? – bowled out? – gone to pot? – mizzled?

In phrases

on the mizzle

leaving, en route.

[UK] ‘’Arry in ’Arrygate’ Second Letter in Punch 15 Oct. 169/1: Though I said in my last — wot wos true — I was jest on the mizzle for town.