Green’s Dictionary of Slang

send v.

1. [1930s+] (orig. US) to excite emotionally.

2. [1930s–50s] (US drugs) to get intoxicated by smoking marijuana, or heroin, i.e. the effect equates with sense 1.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

send across (v.)

[1920s–40s] (US) to send to prison.

send across the divide (v.)

[1900s] to kill.

send a-grazing (v.) (also send to grass) [farming imagery]

[early 18C] to dismiss.

send along (v.) [late 19C–1910s]

1. (Aus.) to have someone arrested, to send to prison.

2. (Aus.) to criticize severely.

3. (US) to cost, to charge.

send as I may live

[mid–late 19C] (UK Und.) a phr. of affirmation: on my honour; I swear.

send away (v.)

[20C+] to imprison, to have someone imprisoned.

send down (v.) [either var. on (US) send up the river or (UK) walking down the steps from the dock (orig. at the Old Bailey, London) to the cells beneath the court]

[mid-19C+] to imprison.

send down the road (v.) (also send down the track)

1. [1950s+] (N.Z.) to dismiss from employment; thus go down the road, to be dismissed; down the track, dismissal.

2. [1970s] (US Und.) to send to prison.

send for (v.)

[2010s] (UK black) to challenge.

send her down Hughie (also send it down Hughie, send her/it down David, ...Davie, ...Davy, ...Steve) [Hughie, the mythical deity of surfing invoked by surfers who want suitable waves; also used as synon. for God by US loggers of Pacific Northwest; the Bulletin (Sydney) 14/11/1912: ‘I believe the Queensland black’s word for cloud is ‘ugon,’ and the shearers and surf-bathers may have misapplied it to the man behind the gun. If that is not the explanation, what in fury is?’;Davey, ? St David, the patron saint of Wales, the land of ‘leeks’; Steve, generic use of proper name]

1. [20C+] (Aus./N.Z.) a general appeal to the gods for rain.

2. used as a toast.

send in (v.)

1. [1910s] (US) to place a bet.

2. [1930s] (Aus.) to imprison.

send it in (v.)

1. [early–mid-19C] to push in, to drive something home.

2. [1960s] (US gambling) to make big bets.

send off (v.)

[1950s+] (Aus.) to steal.

send on a humbug (v.) (also send on a merry-go-round, …trip)

[1950s+] (US black) to send on a wild goose chase, a fool’s errand.

send over (v.)

1. [mid-19C] (US Und.) to imprison.

2. [1990s+] (US Und.) to betray to the authorities.

3. see send up

send south (v.)

[1960s] (US) to get rid of a person; to terminate a relationship.

send to Birching Lane (v.) (also send to Birchen Lane, ...Birchin Lane) [SE birch + Birchin Lane, London EC3, once known for its ready-made clothes shops, although the name ? f. OE meaning ‘lane of the barbers’]

[19C] to administer a flogging.

send to grass (v.)

1. [late 19C–1900s] (orig. boxing) to knock down [boxing orig. took place on grass].

2. see send a-grazing

send to Long Beach (v.) [? the sewer outlets at Long Beach]

[1960s–70s] (US/L.A. drugs) to flush drugs down the lavatory before or during a drugs raid.

send to pot (v.)

[late 18C] to dispose of, to bring to an end.

send to the dogs (v.) [SE go to the dogs]

[1930s] to bring down in the world.

send to the pack (v.)

[1910s–20s] (Aus./N.Z.) to discard, to dismiss.

send up (v.) (also send over)

1. [mid-19C+] (US Und.) to imprison [abbr. SE send up for punishment, or SE send up the river under river n.].

2. [1910s] (Aus.) to cheat, to defraud.

send up the road (v.)

[2000s] to kill, to murder.