Green’s Dictionary of Slang

poke n.2

[SE poke, a bag; ult. Fr. poche, pocket]

1. [mid-19C–1900s] stolen property.

2. [mid-19C+] (US) a wallet, a purse.

3. [mid-19C+] a bag of food handed out to a beggar.

4. [20C+] (Irish/US) a cone-shaped bag, esp. for sweets or chips, or an ice-cream cornet; thus poke man, an ice-cream seller; poke van, an ice-cream van.

5. [1910s+] a roll of banknotes, money in general.

6. [1940s] (US Und.) a variety of confidence trick.

In compounds

poke-getter (n.)

[1900s–20s] (US Und.) a pickpocket.

sucker poke (n.)

[1910s] (US und.) a wallet kept in the easily accessible hip pocket (rather than in the harder to pickpocket inner one).

poke-lifter (n.) (also poke-picker)

[1930s] (UK Und.) a pickpocket.

poke-out (n.)

1. [late 19C–1930s] food given to a tramp who begs at the door.

2. [1940s] (S.Afr. prison) a bag of tobacco or similar smuggled into prison.

3. [1950s–60s] (US) food cooked outdoors; a gathering to eat such food; a long trek that involves eating outdoors.

poke-shakings (n.) [SE shaking, i.e. the image of turning out one’s wallet] [20C+] (Irish)

1. the last pig in a litter.

2. the last child of a family.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

get the poke (v.) [SE poke, a small bag or sack]

[late 19C+] (Scot.) to be dismissed from one’s job.