Green’s Dictionary of Slang

quid n.

[? Lat. quid, what (one needs) or quid pro quo, lit. ‘something for something’]

1. in pl., money; thus phr. not for quids, not for anything.

‘Peter Aretine’ Strange Newes 5: Bess. We two so smoakt him [...] that by drinking, sporting and kissing the fool lost his purse, but how he knew not [...] his Quids were vanisht.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Quidds c. Money. Tip the Quidds, c. can ye spend your Sixpence.
[UK]New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Quidds, cash, money; van you tip me any quidds, can you lend me some money.
[UK]‘T.B. Junr.’ Pettyfogger Dramatized I i: Bring any with you who has the quids.
[UK]G. Hangar Life, Adventures and Opinions II 60: Your flash-man, is following his occupation, [...] at some country fair mulking [sic.] the flatts of the quid.
[UK]‘One of the Fancy’ Tom Crib’s Memorial to Congress 23: Much alarm was now seen ’mong the Israelite Kids, / And B-R-G, – the devil’s own boy for the quids, – / Dispatch’d off a pigeon.
[US] ‘Scene in a London Flash-Panny’ Matsell Vocabulum 99: It was no great quids, Jim—only six flimseys and three beans.
[US]Letters by an Odd Boy 160: Beans, blunt, brass, bustle, coppers, chinkers, chips, dibbs, mopusses, needful, ochre, pewter, quids, rays, rowdy, shiners, stuff, tin, and stumpy!
[UK]Hazlewood & Williams Leave it to Me i: Sarah, I’m going to be rich, I shall have money – lots of money – quids, quids, quids! [F&H].
[UK] ‘’Arry on Marriage’ in Punch 29 Sept. 156/1: Seven mouths and six weeks out of work, mate! In Queer Street, and cleared of the quids!
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 10 Jan. 1/1: The one who lapped lemonade the longer was to claim the quids.
[UK]Sporting Times 4 Mar. 1/2: Proverbs an’ pheelosophy, an’ suchlike larning is all got up to amoose them coves that’s got the quids.
[UK]‘Doss Chiderdoss’ ‘A Picture-Book Christmas’ Sporting Times 24 Dec. 1/3: For the quids I am holding at present are ‘nix’.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 14 Sept. 4s/7: From Hancock a quid I might borrow [...] But how will I manage tomorrow.
[UK]C.G. Gordon Crooks of the Und. 175: I told ye so, Tom; he’s got quids.
[Aus]K. Tennant Battlers 271: I wouldn’t travel wiv you, Phippsy, no, not for quids. So you clear, see? Hoppit.
[UK]R. Llewellyn None But the Lonely Heart 21: You couldn’t have everybody trotting in and coming out with a few quidsworth on the sly.
[Ire]J.P. Donleavy Ginger Man (1958) 261: In the land of the big rich [...] Over there the quids.
[Aus]‘Nino Culotta’ Cop This Lot 14: Gotta watch the quids.
[UK]‘Frank Richards’ Billy Bunter at Butlins 85: When it comes to paying quids for a car we don’t want.
[Ire]J. Morrow Confessions of Proinsias O’Toole 120: Say no more [...] If there’s still quids to be quarried I’m your sober man.
[UK]S. Bell If... 23 Jan. in If Files (1997) 128: Tell Sid there’s quids in kids on the skids.

2. a guinea.

[UK]T. Shadwell Squire of Alsatia III i: Captain, captain, here! let me equip thee with a quid!
[UK] ‘Flash Lang.’ in Confessions of Thomas Mount 18: A guinea, a quid.
[UK]G. Andrewes Dict. Sl. and Cant.
[UK]Vaux Vocab. of the Flash Lang.
[UK]‘An Amateur’ Real Life in London I 175: He considers it a high privilege to meet a celebrated pugilist at an appointed place, to floor him for a quid, a fall.
[UK]Lytton Paul Clifford I 33: You forgits the two quids I giv’ you for the hold box of rags.
[UK](con. 1737–9) W.H. Ainsworth Rookwood (1857) 231: One quid, two coach-wheels, half a bull, three hogs, and a kick.
[UK]Swell’s Night Guide 61: The shiser thinks to bounce us by flashing a shofel quid.

3. (also quidsy) a pound sterling; thus half-a-quid, ten shillings (50p).

[UK]B. Bradshaw Hist. of Billy Bradshaw 11: Tip me ten quids, and I shall directly put you upon the spirit of the affair.
[UK]B. Gregson ‘Ya-Hip, My Hearties!’ in Moore Tom Crib’s Memorial to Congress 80: Which pleas’d the Master of The Crown / So much, he had me up to town, / And gave me lots of quids a year.
[UK]W.T. Moncrieff Tom and Jerry III v: What! hard up! – wife and children starving! – that shan’t be while Bob Logic has a quid left.
[UK] in Egan Bk of Sports 53: I’ll flash a quid with any cull, / And fly a pigeon blue.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.
[UK]Dickens All Year Round n.p.: Take yer two quid to one.
[UK]R. Nicholson Rogue’s Progress (1966) 111: [He] gave me another violent thrust under the third rib, accompanying it with a stern demand for a quid.
[UK]Story of a Lancashire Thief 9: He made many a quid by screeving fakements to order. [Ibid.] 15: (quid) Sovereign.
[UK]Five Years’ Penal Servitude 238: Several men had received change for quids and half-quids from the potman.
[US]‘Erro’ Squattermania 35: I’ll bet a quid he’s never been properly broken in.
[UK] ‘’Arry at a Political Pic-Nic’ in Punch 11 Oct. 180/1: The Fireworks [...] Which finished that day’s Demonstration, an’ must ’ave cost many a quid.
[UK] in Punch 8 Oct. 157: Hyp. (to JIM).[...] What have you got in your pocket? Jim (chuckling with satisfaction). Quids—golden sovereigns!
[UK]Marvel XIV:343 June 16: Nothing would satisfy the yokels now but half-a-quid each.
[Aus]Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 23 Jan. 1/6: Then I’m orf before a ’arf hour, / Down to uncle Monty Pete / There I gets another quidsy.
[UK]A. Binstead Pitcher in Paradise 32: Five-and-twenty quid, straight?
[UK]Marvel 15 Oct. 16: The other two were content with a quid each, I wanted more.
[Aus]Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 7 June 9/6: Slang of Money [...] A sovereign is a ‘glistener,’ ‘mousetrap,’ ‘new hat,’ ‘quid,’ ‘remedy,’ ‘stranger,’ ‘thick ’un’.
[UK]‘Sapper’ Bulldog Drummond 97: Fifty quid, sir [...] why — it’s too much, sir.
[Aus]Townsville Daily Bulletin 18 Nov. 7/8: Steve [...] found a soiled ten-bob note [...] ‘Now when did I put that half-quid there’.
[UK]E. Garnett Family from One End Street 138: Two quid! Two quid! Why, it ’ud pay for the lot and leave summat over for Bird.
[UK]S. Jackson Indiscreet Guide to Soho 30: Made 14 quid last week and no income tax!
[UK]Wodehouse Mating Season 122: I empowered Jeeves [...] to offer a fee of five quid in the event of any hesitation.
[Aus]D. Niland Big Smoke 12: I’m putting a few quid in this silly man’s lap, Rollo, and he won’t look at it.
[UK]T. Keyes All Night Stand 11: Your booking fee has gone up to six quid.
[UK]P. Theroux Family Arsenal 27: See this watch? Fifty quid anywhere you name [...] I got it for ten in Deptford.
[UK]Dandy Comic Library Special No. 11 13: That’ll be two quid, Guv.
[UK]N. Cohn Yes We have No 278: He can save up a good few thousand quid.
[UK]Guardian G2 6 Jan. 5: Fifteen quid and I’ll buy any spare.

4. (US Und.) $5.

[US]Matsell Vocabulum.

5. the vagina.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (1984) 950/1: C.19–early 20.

6. (US black) a dollar bill.

[UK]J. Colebrook Cross of Lassitude 169: ‘Baby, let me hold the quid!’ ‘Okay.’ Opaline searches in her musky pocketbook, flipping out a dollar bill with a careless air.

In compounds

big quid (v.)

(Aus.) a large amount of money .

[Aus]P. Temple Black Tide (2012) [ebook] All the customers were people making a big quid out of London real estate.

In phrases

for quids

(N.Z.) for anything in the world, e.g. I wouldn’t miss your birthday for quids.

[Aus]R. Beckett Dinkum Aussie Dict. 59: You wouldn’t be dead for quids: Something amazing and amusing (normally involving another’s misfortune) has just occurred thus making thoughts of suicide, for the time being at least, unnecessary.
[Aus]Penguin Book of All-New Aus. Jokes 208: Man playing by himself on a gorgeous clear morning, thinking he wouldn’t be dead for quids.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 166: [...] for quids is something desired above dollars, eg, ‘I wouldn’t miss that new production of Carmen for quids.’ ANZ 1920s.
half-a-quid (n.) (also half-quid)

half a guinea; then ten shillings; latterly 50p.

[UK]Vaux Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 245: half a bean, half a quid half-a-guinea.
[UK]‘An Amateur’ Real Life in London I 634: Shell out the nonsense; half a quid ¶ / Will speak more truth than all your whid. [¶ Half a quid—Half a guinea].
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 152/2: So saying, Joe threw a half ‘quid’ on the table.
[UK]Five Years’ Penal Servitude 238: First they went to the bar and had a drain, tendering a half-sovereign. ‘Half a quid,’ he called it.
[UK]J. Runciman Chequers 129: Tell him to put me on half-a-quid Sunshine, and half-a-quid Dartmoor a shop – s.p. both.
[Aus]H. Lawson ‘Across the Straits’ in Roderick (1972) 199: Seven-and-six of that half-quid should have gone to the landlord of the hotel where we stayed last.
[UK]M. Williams Round London 24: Seeing it’s you, you shall have him for half a quid.
[UK]Sporting Times 25 Mar. 12/4: He asked me whether he could have half a ‘quid’ each way on something, so we had a bet on the nod.
[UK]‘R. Andom’ Neighbours of Mine 216: I’m going to buy some cricket things with my half-quid.
[UK]E. Pugh Cockney At Home 183: A old gent took us into his house and give us [...] some filthy German drink, and half a quid each.
[UK]‘Sapper’ Final Count 801: ’E promised me ’arf a quid if I did wot ’e told me.
[UK]J. Curtis You’re in the Racket, Too 29: He had managed to ponce a whole packet of twenty, besides the half-quid that he had had on account.
[UK]G. Kersh Night and the City 27: If you could do with half a quid —.
[UK]F. Durbridge A Time of Day (1989) 157: Ah well, no business of mine and half a quid’s half a quid ...
[UK]N. Dunn Up the Junction 31: Half a bleedin’ quid – that’s not money!
quick quid (n.)

(Aus./N.Z.) money that is earned quickly and, poss., illicitly.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 949/2: Aus. [...] since ca. 1925.
[Aus]Hansard (Aus.) 25 Aug. 1231: Mr Kaine: To make a quick quid? Ms Carnell: Well, that could be right. A quick quid indicates, Mr Kaine, that there must be buyers out there, does it not?
World Today 24 May [ABC-radio] Sydney has always had the reputation for being Australia’s favourite location for making a quick quid.
quids in (also quids, quids up) [the image of making a successful bet and the money thus gained]

doing well, financially or otherwise.

[UK]N&Q 12 Ser. IX 347: Quids In. Said when everything appears to be to one’s advantage.
[UK]J. Phelan Tramp at Anchor 33: The tin-shop was quids.
[NZ]B. Crump ‘One of Us’ in Best of Barry Crump (1974) 142: He didn’t even tell them he was a detective, he just let them tell each other and we were quids in.
[UK]P. Terson Night to Make the Angels Weep (1967) II xiv: Turkeys for Christmas and hens for laying and you’ll be quids up within a year.
[UK]A. Sillitoe Start in Life (1979) 297: If it crashed, his wife would be quids in.
[UK]Barr & York Sloane Ranger Hbk 159: Quids in adj. At an advantage.
[Aus]C. Bowles G’DAY 76: You arsey bastard. Yer gunna be quids in.
[UK]I. Rankin Let It Bleed 211: You think you’re quids-in with the DCC, don’t you?
[UK]Indep. Rev. 3 Nov. 4: If I were to live for another 60 years, I’d be laughing, wouldn’t I? I’d be quids in.
[US]Sun (London) 23 Mar. 42: Shareholders quids in as gas giant splits up.
[UK]D. Flusfeder Gift 111: Quids in. Everyone’s a winner.
[UK]D. O’Donnell Locked Ward (2013) 199: Oh well, you’re quids in, son.
smoke a quid (v.) [image of ‘burning money’ + smoke v.2 (7) with implications of ‘killing’ or ‘beating’, i.e. getting rid of the money]

(UK Und.) to spend money hedonistically.

[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 18/1: She was a very generous hearted creature and cared very little about ‘smoking a quid’ or two with those who liked her well.