1. [19C] (UK Und.) a form of fraud in which one pretends some form of distress in order to raise money from the credulous; thus go on a lurk, get money through false pretences.
2. [mid-19C+] a hideaway, a meeting place; thus servant lurk, a public house where duplicitous servants meet criminals to plan mutually beneficial robberies.
3. [mid-19C+] (Aus./N.Z.) a dodge, racket or scheme; thus up to all lurks, wide-awake, cunning.
4. [late 19C+] (Aus./N.Z.) a job.
5. [20C+] (Aus.) a hanger-on, an eavesdropper.
6. [1950s–60s] (Aus.) the best place to meet someone or find some product or whatever.
7. [2000s] (S.Afr.) cheap white wine, ‘rotgut’.
[1950s+] (Aus.) the practice (ostensibly illegal and generally denied by its practitioners) of bribing (with cash or kind) those with access to the public to tout a product.
[1970s+] (US campus) seedy, untrustworthy, weird.
[mid-19C+] (Aus.) a confidence trickster, a petty criminal.
[1970s] (Aus.) an untrustworthy individual, poss. criminal; one who dodges work.
[mid-19C] those who beg on the basis of having suffered a bad accident.
[late 19C] (UK Und.) the ensnaring of a prostitute’s client, who is then beaten and robbed by her accomplice.
[1970s] tricks and bonuses.
[mid-19C] to swap one confidence trick for another when the first is suspected.