Green’s Dictionary of Slang

pipe n.2

[pipe v.3 (1)]

1. a glance, a look (at).

[US]Sun (NY) 12 Oct. 18/2: I’d tied the bundle of ones up with a piece o’ rope — and gave her a pipe at it .
[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 888/2: from ca. 1880.

2. an identification.

[US]‘Paul Cain’ Fast One (1936) 71: That’s a pipe - it was one of the Barrymores.

3. a dream.

[US] in T.I. Rubin Sweet Daddy 21: Remember this here chick – used to believe her pipes meant something. Pipes – dreams.

In phrases

do a pipe (v.)

(Aus. und.) keep a lookout.

[Aus]Truth (Perth) 13 Aug. 4/6: He will do a pipe for coppers, / Put the sister on her guard.
have a pipe (v.)

to glance at.

[US]C.L. Cullen More Ex-Tank Tales 38: I hadn’t more than got a good pipe at him before I began to wonder [etc.].
J. McVicar in Sun. Times 31 Aug. (Mag. section) n.p.: Have a pipe at her [...] I might just give her a pull.
lay pipes (v.)

to survey, to reconnoitre.

[US]S. Ford Torchy 136: Clifford wa’n’t a Western crook who was layin’ pipes for a little jimmy work.
[US]D. Winslow The Force [ebook] The motherfucker was wired, laying pipe the whole time [...] digging an escape tunnel in case he needed it.