1. a watch, occas. clock (see cite 1983).
|‘Battle’ in Fancy I XVII 404: The President of the Daffy Club held the ticker.|
|‘The Bawdy-House Row’ Black Joke 7: She had drawn a Gentleman’s cly, / Of his gold ticker and seals so sly.|
|Flash Mirror 6: Starring the Glaze. — Thrusting your mawley through a jeweller’s shop front, and paddling with a ticker, a fawney, or any other article.|
|Whip & Satirist of NY & Brooklyn (NY) 22 Jan. n.p.: The better to ease you of your ticker and appendages.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 8 Aug. 3/3: Wright admitted that they had no means of disposing of his ticker .|
|Young Tom Hall (1926) 358: Dicky, too, had looked at his ticker, thinking he had done enough.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 22 Jan. 3/2: I bounced her till she turned up three sovs and the ticker.|
|Our Miscellany 23: Smiling Sammy, a ‘queer cuffin,’ who had taken more vipes, fogies, tickers, sneezing-traps, and readers, than any man of his day.in Yates & Brough (eds)|
|,||Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.|
|Story of a Lancashire Thief 9: I was looking out for tickers then.|
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 16 Nov. 3/1: [He] went into a watch and jewelry store [...] and asked to see a ‘ticker,’ a gold one of course.|
|Five Years’ Penal Servitude 243: What! try it on to sling my hook after a few foulchers and tickers when I knowed I’d 300 quid safe? — not I.|
|Sporting Times 10 Apr. 3/3: The next day they fined me a fiver, / Which I maskined my ticker to pay.|
|Forty Years a Gambler 43: He put up his handsome watch and chain [...] and, as he was playing in hard luck, I soon had the ‘ticker.’.|
|Fifty Years (2nd edn) II 270: I [...] never gave a thought to the safety of my ticker.|
|Truth (Sydney) 4 Nov. 5/5: And he handles ‘wipes’ and ‘tickers till a charge they ’gainst him prove.|
|[perf. Vesta Tilley] The New Policeman [lyrics] I thought I’d have his watch, but just my luck, he’d got no ticker.|
|Marvel XIV 12 June 344: Yer might erblige a bloke by a-tellin’ ’im ther correct time be yer ticker, sir.|
|‘It’s Only a Way He’s Got’ in Old Bush Songs 85: He drew my ticker from my fob, / And bolted like a shot.|
|Sporting Times 29 Oct. 1/3: Neither lady, nor gent, nor his ticker were there.‘At the Cross Roads’|
|Truth (Melbourne) 31 Jan. 12/2: [of a clock] The the ticker only showed three minutes past 8.|
|Ulysses 404: Winding of his ticker.|
|Federal Agent Nov. [Internet] I wind my watch [and] I put the ticker under my pillow.‘Good Luck is No Good’ in|
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 60: I’ll see that you knock a scoff, ace-deuce around the ticker.|
|Tramp at Anchor 109: The boys gets his ticker, wallet an small keys!|
|‘The Pool-Shooting Monkey’ in Life (1976) 31: A Elgin ticker with a solid gold band.et al.|
|Start in Life (1979) 57: This bobbin-ticker makes more noise than Big Ben.|
|Up the Cross 13: He took a dekko at the cop shop’s ticker. ‘It’s only ten to seven’.(con. 1959)|
|Indep. Rev. 25 Aug. 1: The favourite tough-guy ticker is the Rolex Daytona.|
2. (US campus) one who recites by rote, but with no knowledge of the text.
|Harvardiana III 123: If any ‘Ticker’ dare to look / A stealthy moment on his book.|
|College Words (rev. edn) 460: ticker. One who recites without knowing what he is talking about.|
3. the human (or animal) heart.
|[||Annals of Sporting 1 Feb. 133: He pretended to drop his head, as though his ticking-machine had ceased to beat].|
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 188: Ticker.– [...] The heart.|
|Eve. Post (Wellington) 19 Dec. 19/6: They sent me ole ticker a racin’ and buzzin’ under me braces.|
|(ref. to 1920s) Over the Wall 151: My ticker turned a double-somersault, and my worst hunches came true.|
|Man with the Golden Arm 150: You think maybe it was just his ticker give out?|
|Absolute Beginners 199: I usually surprise myself by staying calm — however much my ticker’s pounding there inside.|
|Pimp 158: His ticker ain’t icy enough to pimp on this track.|
|(con. 1949) True Confessions (1979) 339: Open and shut. Bang bang. Two in the ticker.|
|(con. 1950s–60s) in Little Legs 188: It’ll be the kidneys or liver that kill me, if the ticker doesn’t go first.|
|Lairs, Urgers & Coat-Tuggers 190: [of a racehorse] [H]e soon showed ’em the size of his ticker. He romped in at his come-back event, then won six out of 12 starts.|
|Curvy Lovebox 17: Bustin’ their dodgey fuckin’ tickers for nothin’.|
|Snitch Jacket 31: Arthritis, gout, a gimpy spine, and bad ticker.|
|Pulp Ink [ebook] I came in to comfort my distraight friend and he was so upset, his ticker gave out.‘Slicers’ Serenade of Steel’ in|
|Guardian Weekend 23 jan. 21/2: He never looked that well — he said he had a ‘dodgy ticker’.|
4. (Aus./US) courage.
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 61: He has plenty of ticker.‘The Old Doll’s House’ in|
|DAUL 223/1: Ticker. 1. Heart; nerve; boldness.et al.|
|Boys from Binjiwunyawunya 226: Come on [...] Show a bit of ticker.|
|Fatty 89: People said there were a whole lot of stars but no ticker.|
|Guardian Sport 25 Aug. [Internet] Justin Langer waits by the boundary, applauding Stokes before shaking his hand. The Aussies know class and ticker when they see it.|
5. (US Black) in pl. hours, minutes; unspecified time.
|Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 10 Feb. 7/1: Having a few full tickers on my lead before I picked up on my slave [etc].|
to take one’s watch out frequently.
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
(UK Und.) a piece of worthless jewellery or a fake Swiss watch.
|Signs of Crime 194: Mug’s ticker See Patacca.|
(UK Und.) to steal a watch.
|Attic Misc. 116: To nail the ticker, or to mill the cly.‘Education’ in|
|‘Sonnets for the Fancy’ in Boxiana III 622: [as 1791].|