1. [1900s–30s] (US Und.) constr. with the, ‘The racket of stealing by sneaking’ (Sutherland, The Professional Thief, 1937).
2. [20C+] (orig. US) a petty criminal.
3. [1910s+] (orig. US) a general derog., esp. a dishonest, untrustworthy person, esp. one who treats women badly.
4. [1920s+] (US Und.) an informer.
[early 17C] to be hanged.
see under drag v.1
1. working as a criminal.
[1910s+] (US) to act unpleasantly, to be mean or cruel.