1. a glance, a look (at).
|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 .|
|DSUE (8th edn) 888/2: from ca. 1880.|
2. an identification.
|Fast One (1936) 71: That’s a pipe - it was one of the Barrymores.|
3. a dream.
|in Sweet Daddy 21: Remember this here chick – used to believe her pipes meant something. Pipes – dreams.|
(Aus. und.) keep a lookout.
|Truth (Perth) 13 Aug. 4/6: He will do a pipe for coppers, / Put the sister on her guard.|
to glance at.
|More Ex-Tank Tales 38: I hadn’t more than got a good pipe at him before I began to wonder [etc.].|
|in Sun. Times 31 Aug. (Mag. section) n.p.: Have a pipe at her [...] I might just give her a pull.|
to survey, to reconnoitre.
|Torchy 136: Clifford wa’n’t a Western crook who was layin’ pipes for a little jimmy work.|
|The Force [ebook] The motherfucker was wired, laying pipe the whole time [...] digging an escape tunnel in case he needed it.|
(UK Und.) keeping a lookout; conducting a surveillance.
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 102/2: As we entered the railway station, I noticed several ‘fly-cops’ on the ‘pipe’ for ‘cross coves’.|