1. in pl., money; thus phr. not for quids, not for anything.
|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.|
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Quidds c. Money. Tip the Quidds, c. can ye spend your Sixpence.|
|New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Quidds, cash, money; van you tip me any quidds, can you lend me some money.|
|Pettyfogger Dramatized I i: Bring any with you who has the quids.|
|Life, Adventures and Opinions II 60: Your flash-man, is following his occupation, [...] at some country fair mulking [sic.] the flatts of the quid.|
|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.|
|‘Scene in a London Flash-Panny’ Vocabulum 99: It was no great quids, Jim—only six flimseys and three beans.|
|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!|
|F&H].Leave it to Me i: Sarah, I’m going to be rich, I shall have money – lots of money – quids, quids, quids! [|
|‘’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!|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 10 Jan. 1/1: The one who lapped lemonade the longer was to claim the quids.|
|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.|
|Sporting Times 24 Dec. 1/3: For the quids I am holding at present are ‘nix’.‘A Picture-Book Christmas’|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 14 Sept. 4s/7: From Hancock a quid I might borrow [...] But how will I manage tomorrow.|
|Crooks of the Und. 175: I told ye so, Tom; he’s got quids.|
|Battlers 271: I wouldn’t travel wiv you, Phippsy, no, not for quids. So you clear, see? Hoppit.|
|None But the Lonely Heart 21: You couldn’t have everybody trotting in and coming out with a few quidsworth on the sly.|
|Ginger Man (1958) 261: In the land of the big rich [...] Over there the quids.|
|Cop This Lot 14: Gotta watch the quids.|
|Billy Bunter at Butlins 85: When it comes to paying quids for a car we don’t want.|
|Confessions of Proinsias O’Toole 120: Say no more [...] If there’s still quids to be quarried I’m your sober man.|
|If... 23 Jan. in If Files (1997) 128: Tell Sid there’s quids in kids on the skids.|
2. a guinea.
|Squire of Alsatia III i: Captain, captain, here! let me equip thee with a quid!|
|‘Flash Lang.’ in Confessions of Thomas Mount 18: A guinea, a quid.|
|Dict. Sl. and Cant.|
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang.|
|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.|
|Paul Clifford I 33: You forgits the two quids I giv’ you for the hold box of rags.|
|(con. 1737–9) Rookwood (1857) 231: One quid, two coach-wheels, half a bull, three hogs, and a kick.|
|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).
|Hist. of Billy Bradshaw 11: Tip me ten quids, and I shall directly put you upon the spirit of the affair.|
|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.‘Ya-Hip, My Hearties!’ in Moore|
|Tom and Jerry III v: What! hard up! – wife and children starving! – that shan’t be while Bob Logic has a quid left.|
|in Bk of Sports 53: I’ll flash a quid with any cull, / And fly a pigeon blue.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.|
|All Year Round n.p.: Take yer two quid to one.|
|Rogue’s Progress (1966) 111: [He] gave me another violent thrust under the third rib, accompanying it with a stern demand for a quid.|
|Story of a Lancashire Thief 9: He made many a quid by screeving fakements to order. [Ibid.] 15: (quid) Sovereign.|
|Five Years’ Penal Servitude 238: Several men had received change for quids and half-quids from the potman.|
|Squattermania 35: I’ll bet a quid he’s never been properly broken in.|
|‘’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.|
|in Punch 8 Oct. 157: Hyp. (to JIM).[...] What have you got in your pocket? Jim (chuckling with satisfaction). Quids—golden sovereigns!|
|Marvel XIV:343 June 16: Nothing would satisfy the yokels now but half-a-quid each.|
|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.|
|Pitcher in Paradise 32: Five-and-twenty quid, straight?|
|Marvel 15 Oct. 16: The other two were content with a quid each, I wanted more.|
|Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 7 June 9/6: Slang of Money [...] A sovereign is a ‘glistener,’ ‘mousetrap,’ ‘new hat,’ ‘quid,’ ‘remedy,’ ‘stranger,’ ‘thick ’un’.|
|Bulldog Drummond 97: Fifty quid, sir [...] why — it’s too much, sir.|
|Townsville Daily Bulletin 18 Nov. 7/8: Steve [...] found a soiled ten-bob note [...] ‘Now when did I put that half-quid there’.|
|Family from One End Street 138: Two quid! Two quid! Why, it ’ud pay for the lot and leave summat over for Bird.|
|Indiscreet Guide to Soho 30: Made 14 quid last week and no income tax!|
|Mating Season 122: I empowered Jeeves [...] to offer a fee of five quid in the event of any hesitation.|
|Big Smoke 12: I’m putting a few quid in this silly man’s lap, Rollo, and he won’t look at it.|
|All Night Stand 11: Your booking fee has gone up to six quid.|
|Family Arsenal 27: See this watch? Fifty quid anywhere you name [...] I got it for ten in Deptford.|
|Dandy Comic Library Special No. 11 13: That’ll be two quid, Guv.|
|Yes We have No 278: He can save up a good few thousand quid.|
|Guardian G2 6 Jan. 5: Fifteen quid and I’ll buy any spare.|
4. (US Und.) $5.
5. the vagina.
|DSUE (1984) 950/1: C.19–early 20.|
6. (US black) a dollar bill.
|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.|
(Aus.) a large amount of money .
|Black Tide (2012) [ebook] All the customers were people making a big quid out of London real estate.|
(UK Und.) first-class, expert thieving.
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
(N.Z.) for anything in the world, e.g. I wouldn’t miss your birthday for quids.
|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.|
|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.|
|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 guinea; then ten shillings; latterly 50p.
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 245: half a bean, half a quid half-a-guinea.|
|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].|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 152/2: So saying, Joe threw a half ‘quid’ on the table.|
|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.|
|Chequers 129: Tell him to put me on half-a-quid Sunshine, and half-a-quid Dartmoor a shop – s.p. both.|
|‘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.|
|Round London 24: Seeing it’s you, you shall have him for half a quid.|
|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.|
|Neighbours of Mine 216: I’m going to buy some cricket things with my half-quid.|
|Cockney At Home 183: A old gent took us into his house and give us [...] some filthy German drink, and half a quid each.|
|Final Count 801: ’E promised me ’arf a quid if I did wot ’e told me.|
|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.|
|Night and the City 27: If you could do with half a quid —.|
|A Time of Day (1989) 157: Ah well, no business of mine and half a quid’s half a quid ...|
|Up the Junction 31: Half a bleedin’ quid – that’s not money!|
(Aus./N.Z.) money that is earned quickly and, poss., illicitly.
|DSUE (8th edn) 949/2: Aus. [...] since ca. 1925.|
|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.|
doing well, financially or otherwise.
|N&Q 12 Ser. IX 347: Quids In. Said when everything appears to be to one’s advantage.|
|Tramp at Anchor 33: The tin-shop was quids.|
|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.‘One of Us’ in|
|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.|
|Start in Life (1979) 297: If it crashed, his wife would be quids in.|
|Sloane Ranger Hbk 159: Quids in adj. At an advantage.|
|G’DAY 76: You arsey bastard. Yer gunna be quids in.|
|Let It Bleed 211: You think you’re quids-in with the DCC, don’t you?|
|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.|
|Sun (London) 23 Mar. 42: Shareholders quids in as gas giant splits up.|
|Gift 111: Quids in. Everyone’s a winner.|
|Locked Ward (2013) 199: Oh well, you’re quids in, son.|
a certain bet; esp. in phr. it’s a quid to a bloater.
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
(UK Und.) to spend money hedonistically.
|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.|