1. stolen property.
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|Londinismen (2nd edn).|
2. (US) a wallet, a purse.
|[||Hye way to the Spyttel House Biiii: Mighty beggars with theyr pokes and croutches].|
|[||Introduction of Knowledge (1870) 181: I haue money in my pooke].|
|[||Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Poke a Bag, Sack, or Pocket. To buy a Pig in a Poke, or unsight or unseen. To carry your Passions in your Pocket, or smother your Passions].|
|Clockmaker I 44: What is it that ‘fetters’ the heels of a young country, and hangs like a ‘poke’ around its neck?|
|Liverpool Mercury 14 Jan. 38/2: ‘He could wire a man of his poke’.|
|Vocabulum 27: The badger got under the doss, and frisked the bloke’s pokes of two centuries and a half, and then bounced the flat till he mizzled.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 5/2: We had not ‘worked’ it long before the ‘fly-cops’ were out in quest of us, owing to the many ‘pokes nailed’.|
|Memphis Dly Appeal (TN) 12 Mar. 3/3: ‘I slung my hook’ and ‘collared his poke’.|
|Works (1901) 111: I [...] clapt it i’ my poke.‘The Cock and The Bull’|
|Dundee Courier 12 Feb. 7/5: Billy’s been home [...] after bringing three pokes, give stooks, and a roll of sweet (tobacco).|
|Jottings from Jail 24: Kit, from 7 dials, remanded innocent on 2 charges of pokes, only out 2 weeks for a Drag, expects to get fullied or else chucked.|
|Confessions of a Detective 202: I drew the honey from his poke, fifty quid it was.|
|Truth (Perth) 1 Oct. 4/7: When they talk about ‘the old / Pot-an’-pan,’ / You will tumble that they mean / The ‘old man,’ / Who’s perhaps a ‘bonser bloke,’ / Who can nimbly ‘prig a poke’ / Or ‘can stand in any joke’ / You may plan.|
|Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist (1926) 192: Dig down into your poke, kid.|
|Keys to Crookdom 42: One of these men, the most skilled, is called a ‘wire’ or ‘tool,’ and it is he who actually ‘lifts’ the ‘poke’ of the victim.|
|in By Himself (1974) 311: A thief had broken into my tent and tried to roll me for my poke.|
|Crack Detective Jan. [Internet] I saw she was in some kinda trouble and so I just slips over and puts some dough in her poke.‘Sing Sing Sweeney’ in|
|Look Long Upon a Monkey 76: He’d had a whale of a time [...] flashing money about, nigger-rich, and the wide boys had spotted him, coshed him and rolled him for his poke.|
|Pimp 36: A walking, living, round balloon with a fat ‘poke’.|
|Signs of Crime 197: Poke See Poggler [i.e. purse or wallet].|
|(con. 1940s–60s) Eve. Sun Turned Crimson (1998) 152: Searching for the wallet — or poke, as Phil referred to it.‘Bill Burroughs’ in|
|From Bondage 232: I got a fiver in my wallet. I got five bucks in my poke.|
|At End of Day (2001) 123: This would mean I’d go up about four pay grades, plus a lot more in the pension poke.|
3. a bag of food handed out to a beggar.
|Works (1862) I 242: I did not like that strange beggar man, / He look’d so up at the heavens. / Anon he shook out his empty poke; / ‘There’s the crumbs,’ saith he, ‘for the ravens!’.‘Last Man’|
|AS II:8 362: Put his lunch in a paper poke today.‘Dialect Words and Phrases from West-Central West Virginia’ in|
|Tramp-Royal on the Toby 69: I opened the big poke of tucker which I had been presented with.|
4. (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.
|DN III:i 81: ‘I want a poke of goobers.’ [Ibid.] 90: poke, n. Bag. ‘The sugar’s in that paper poke.’.‘Words from Northwest Arkansas’ in|
|DN III vii 539: poke, n. A paper bag.‘An Eastern Kentucky Dialect Word-List’ in|
|Travels of Tramp-Royal 243: The big poke of jujubes.|
|Come Day – Go Day n.p.: They emerged again onto the footpaths, carrying four penny, brown paper pokes of chips .|
|Cockney 115: Haricot beans, dried peas, rice, and such commodities, were weighed out and served in paper ‘pokes’.|
|Campus Sl. Oct.|
|Indep. 1 Nov. 7: His standard diet of a ‘poke’ of chips fits the stereotype of the working-class Glaswegian.|
5. a roll of banknotes, money in general.
|AS VIII:3 (1933) 30/2: POKE. 1. Purse or wallet. 2. Jack.‘Prison Dict.’ in|
|You Can’t Win (2000) 156: My hand was on the big fat ‘poke’.|
|(con. 1910s) Behind The Green Lights 165: Oh, I’ve got a poke (a roll of money) here that I want to give to the lamister.|
|Duke 60: I was making my poke too.|
|Crazy Kill 79: After I grabbed that poke I was running so fast I didn’t have time to see nothing.|
|Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 30: poke – Bread, paper, another word for money.|
|‘Ebonics’ [lyrics] Your bankroll is your poke.|
|Awaydays 62: ‘I’ve got poke’ [...] He pulled out a thin fan of newish fivers, about sixty or seventy quid.|
6. (US Und.) a variety of confidence trick.
|Big Con 303: The poke. 1. A method of tying up the mark for the pay-off or the rag. The outsideman and the mark find a pocket-book containing a large amount of money, a code-cipher, newspaper clippings describing the owner’s phenomenal success in either gambling or races or in stock-market investment, and race tickets or stock receipts.|
(UK/US Und.) a pickpocket.
|Sporting Times (London) 15 Feb. 3/1: ‘I said a poke-getter as plain as I could patter’.|
|Confessions of a Detective 8: My ability to successfully cope with a fan-tan den in Doyer Street, or pinch a poke-getter at the Ferry.|
|Adventures of Jimmie Dale (1918) I vi: No one yet had ever questioned the Wowzer’s claim to [...] being the most dexterous and finished ‘poke getter’ in the United States!|
|White Moll 131: Crooks, pokegetters, shillabers and lags.|
(US und.) a wallet kept in the easily accessible hip pocket (rather than in the harder to pickpocket inner one).
|Jackson Dly News (MS) 1 Apr. 7/3: Crook Chatter [...] ‘When one considers the ridiculous ease with which a wallet in a man’s hip pocket can be stolen, it is quite appropriate to dub it a “sucker poke”’.|
(UK Und.) a pickpocket.
|Romany Life 247: The light-fingered gentry with the mackintoshes, over one arm, who gently taps your pocket and marks you with a chalk [...] to indicate to his friend the tea-leaf or poke-lifter, the true pickpocket, where the money lies.|
|Federal Agent Nov. [Internet] The mugg wasn’t in his class. [...] Probably a pokepicker or some small-time bumolo like that.‘Good Luck is No Good’ in|
1. food given to a tramp who begs at the door.
|Jack London Reports (1970) 311–21: When at a back door, eatables are given them wrapped in paper, they call it a ‘poke-out’ or ‘hand-out.’.‘The Road’ in|
|Road 1: I could ‘throw my feet’ with the next one when it came to ‘slamming the gate’ for a ‘poke-out’.|
|Snare of the Road 45: Did you think me capable of scoffing a poke-out you have bummed from someone else?|
|Adventures of a Scholar Tramp 14: Her parcel is known in Hoboland as [...] a ‘poke-out’.|
|(con. 1890) Hobo’s Hornbook 27: Now here I am in Omaha, / A hungry, ring-tailed bum, / Tooting ringers for poke outs, / When what I want is slum. [Ibid.] ‘The Sweet Potato Mountains’ 90: The Sweet Potato Mountains [...] Where poke-outs grow on bushes.‘A Convention Song’ in|
|(con. 1920s–40s) in Rebel Voices.|
2. (S.Afr. prison) a bag of tobacco or similar smuggled into prison.
|Cold Stone Jug (1981) II 48: This convict would again take half the tobacco for himself and pass on the remainder to some other convict, who would also help himself out of the ‘poke’.|
3. (US) food cooked outdoors; a gathering to eat such food; a long trek that involves eating outdoors.
|,||DAS 399/2: Poke-out, [...] 2 An outdoor dinner cooked over wood or charcoal; a gathering for the purpose of preparing and eating such a meal; any long hike or camping trip which includes such meals.|
1. the last pig in a litter.
2. the last child of a family.
SE in slang uses
(Scot.) to be dismissed from one’s job.
|UK Parliament Commons 28 Nov. [Internet] If there are any pig-in-a-poke policies, the recession policies of the Government are the pig and 768,000 people have got the poke.|