Green’s Dictionary of Slang

draw it mild! excl.

[public house imagery, i.e. the drawing of pints of beer]

a general excl. expressing incredulity or derision, i.e. don’t exaggerate!

[UK]Punch I 60/2: Draw it mild! as the boy with the decayed tooth said to the dentist.
[Aus]Satirist & Sporting Chron. (Sydney) 18 Feb. 3/3: Oh! Betty Martin [...] your son will be the death of us — what a boy he is! — James, James, draw it mild.
[UK]F.E. Smedley Frank Fairlegh (1878) 18: Draw it mild, old fellow!
[US]Anti-Slavery Bugle (New Lisbon, OH) 8 Apr. 4/4: Draw it mild, Charley [...] Don’t pile up all the agony today.
[Aus]Melbourne Punch 9 Aug. 7/1: ‘Slangiana’ [...] ‘Yes, draw it mild,’ he coaxing said.
Trollope Can You Forgive Her? 36: ‘Come, Bott, draw it mild,’ said Calder Jones, whose loyalty was shocked by the utter Manchesterialism of his political friend. [Ibid.] 192: ‘Come, Athenian, draw it mild,’ said Maxwell.
[UK]J. Greenwood Dick Temple I 255: ‘Draw it mild, Eggy, old boy,’ in murmured remonstrance from Mr. Muggeridge.
[US]Little Falls Transcript (MN) 28 Sept. 7/3: ‘Draw it mild, old lady,’ he said.
[US]Witchita Daily Eagle (KS) 9 July 11/3: ‘Draw it mild, Dick,’ I suggested .
[Aus]H. Lawson ‘“Dust Thou Art”’ in Roderick (1972) 316: Oh, Lord! Draw it mild, Jack.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 18 Oct. 15/2: Mills smiled derisively – ‘Oh! draw it mild.’ / Randall jumped up. ‘I’ll bet you five pound it’s true.’.
[UK]D. Stewart Shadows of the Night in Illus. Police News 3 Aug. 12/3: ‘I say, gal, draw it mild — this ere’s comin’ it a bit too thick’.
[UK]Magnet 10 Sept. 13: Here, draw it mild!
[Ire]K.F. Purdon Dinny on the Doorstep 239: Oh come, draw it mild, you know!
[US](con. 1918) L. Nason Top Kick 29: Draw it mild, draw it mild!
[Ire](con. 1890s) S. O’Casey Pictures in the Hallway 286: Eh, you, he said to the lissome lassie, draw it mild an’ let the woman have her say.
[UK]‘Frank Richards’ Billy Bunter at Butlins 119: ‘Oh, draw it mild,’ snapped Bunter.