1. (orig. US) to leave, to move off.
|see below slope off|
|Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA) 8 June 2/3: He has left town — gone — decamped — evacuated — sloped — absquatulated — cut dirt — Swartiwouted.|
|Commercial Advertiser (N.Y.) 22 Aug. 2/4: The rascal dropped his prize and ‘sloped’.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 12 Feb. 2/6: The ‘other lady’ and the coloured gentlemen had sloped.|
|Nature and Human Nature I 273: So slope, if you please.|
|Manliness 17: He never goes away or withdraws, but he ‘bolts’ – he ‘slopes’.|
|Wild Boys of London I 7/2: I wasn’t there when the peelers come, cos I sloped before.|
|Ballarat Star (Vic.) 18 Mar. 1/5: Some persons seem to have regarded the occurrence of this calamity as a convenient opportunity for what, in the expressive language of slang, is called ‘sloping’.|
|Hamilton Spectator (Vic.) 7 Jan. 1/7: A young gentleman gets into ‘little difficulties,’ [...] He fears he will have to ‘absquatulate,’ ‘ missle,’ ‘ slope,’ ‘ cut’ ‘ dodge,’ ‘make tracks,’ ‘make himself scarce,’ unless the governor ‘shells out’.|
|Hoosier Mosaics 125: Made me pray. Heard train a coming. Took me to swamp. Tied me and sloped. Lord but I’m glad to see you all!|
|🎵 I sold the home, and her machine / Then with a blessing, and the quids, I sloped and left the thirteen kids.[perf. J. Read] ‘All for Her’|
|Picked Up in the Streets 231: Mother Brimstone sartinly did slope pretty quick when she caught sight o’ me.|
|Sydney Sl. Dict. (2 edn) 5: Slope - To get away.|
|Ally Sloper’s Half Holiday 21 June 58/3: A butcher [said] if he found any shoulders sloping off from his place, it would be bad for some people.|
|Signor Lippo 58: Well, my old pot switched with the cook, my old donah, and then she had to slope the kitchen and go to his carsey over the stables.|
|Man from Snowy River (1902) 30: He sloped across to the Queensland side.‘Conroy’s Gap’ in|
|Tramping with Tramps 353: Then he ‘sloped’ once more.|
|Marvel 12 Nov. 5: The papers is sellin’ orl right, but Spider’s sloped [...] ’e’s garn away.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 3 Apr. 4/7: There’s one goes down at night-time when the stoney-brokers slope.‘His Quest’ in|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 16 July 47/1: Aw! Fate me foot! Instid of slopin’ soon / As ’e was wed, off on ’is ‘oneymoon, / ‘Im an’ ’is cobber, called Mick Curio, / They ’ave to go / An’ mix it wiv that push o’ Capulets.‘The Play’ in|
|Gay-cat 122: Git there before the Twenty-fifth. Slope!|
|Good Companions 525: Remember Tommy, ’im an’ the tart? – ’e sloped agen.|
|Und. and Prison Sl.|
|None But the Lonely Heart 205: Jim gave Him half a wink to slope.|
|Riverslake 239: I’m sloping soon, but I won’t forget you.|
|Apples (2023) 62: [W]e sloped towards Henry Taylor Court and the scruffy bungalows.|
|Young Team 36: Me, Broonie n Addison sloped as soon as the [...] bell went.|
2. to cheat, e.g. a publican, a shopkeeper; to avoid payment.
|Golden Age (Queenbeyan, NSW) 14 Aug. 3/3: [W]ould he hear anything about molasses the storekeeper, being victimized, owing to sloper ‘levanting’?|
|Barman & Barmaid 12 July 4/2: Who once heard of us fighting? No one — we slope, and good business too!|
|Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] 143: SLOPE slang to clear out without paying one’s debts; mostly applied in boarding houses.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 27 Aug. 16/4: Chow storekeeper wasn’t a bad sort; he let us have tucker and paid for our licences. Two or three had tried to slope him – they were unsuccessful – and we were on the same lay. [...] 27 Aug. 17/1: We slunk away in silence – we were too full up to speak; / For though we ‘sloped’ the butcher and the grocer-man, we found / We had earned – for all our toiling – only half-a-quid a week.|
|Stone Mad (1966) 188: Sure Danny Melt there will tell you how we sloped a publican in Claremorris.|
|(con. 1930s) Shawlies, Echo Boys, the Marsh and the Lanes 61: There’s great sport in trying to slope the publican, cheat him out of a drink or two.|
3. (US Und.) to escape from prison.
|World of Graft 167: My advice to you is to slope and forfeit your bail, unless you want to enter into negotiations with the district attorney’s office.|
|Keys to Crookdom 405: Flight. Escape – ditch out, blow, bolt, give police the raspberry, scoot, spring a man, hot foot, slope, flagged.|
|AS IV:5 344: Slope—To [...] break jail.‘Vocab. of Bums’ in|
4. to leave one’s lodgings without paying.
|Stone Mad (1966) 190: What beats me [...] is why ye had to shave off ye’re moustaches in order to slope in the middle of the night?|
5. (Scots teen) to abandon, to desert, to ‘leave in the lurch’.
|Young Team 63: Yi cannae slope yir troops at times like these.|
(US) anything seen as easy to perform.
|‘Tralala’ in Provincetown Rev. 3 74: It would be a slopeout. Just be sure to pick a live one.|
|Current Sl. III:3.|
to leave, to escape.
|Sun. Times (Perth) 15 Oct. 4/7: Frank Fogerty, who escaped from Fremantle Gaol [...] has done a slope.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 25 Aug. 4/4: Another culled [i.e. coloured] person from the steamer Charon did a slope at Fremantle the other day.|
|Arthur’s 47: You do a slope, cully.|
to wander around.
|Wagga Wagga Advertiser 23 Oct. 4/2: The old girl is always sloping about sketching.|
|🌐 Our clearing of the wounded still has to be done mostly at night, so there is a good deal of slack time to slope about in.diary 26 Nov.|
|‘Mae West in “The Hip Flipper”’ [comic strip] in Tijuana Bibles (1997) 92: She moped and sloped around the casting offices.|
(orig. US) to leave, esp. surreptitiously.
|National Banner (Nashville, TN) 20 Jan. 4/4: I jist sloped off towards the waggon [...] and give old Ball a cut.|
|Sam Slick in England II 16: He slopes off with his head down.|
|Hillingdon Hall I 276: [note] Sloping off, was a new term to us for the old trick of bolting without paying the rent; and perhaps it may be so to the reader.|
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 19 Oct. 1/2: Another city man has [...] folded up his blankets and done the Pacific slope.|
|Mord Em’ly 263: Don’t try any sloping off to Australia, my gel.|
|Arthur’s 5: Arthur will then quietly remove the offender’s cup and half-consumed sardine, and order him to ‘slope off’.|
|Marvel 17 Apr. 17: Shot at sight and sloped off, like a mad skunk.|
|Ulysses 323: Then sloping off with his five quid without putting up a pint of stuff like a man.|
|Buckaroo’s Code (1948) 28: Now will you slope out of here?|
|Hancock’s Half-Hour [radio script] Hiya doll, how about you and me sloping off down the pub?‘The Poetry Society’|
|Cockade (1965) I iii: Go on – slope off.‘Prisoner and Escort’ in|
|Inside the Und. 168: She reckons [...] he’ll slope off last thing.|
|London Fields 336: With a shudder, he’d rear up, fling on a mack and, Keith assumed, slope off down the drinker.|
|Trainspotting 272: Renton and Kelly stay for one drink, then slope off together.|
|Crumple Zone 65: Then they’re sloping off down Golborne.|
|Glue 89: We’re oaf, Billy, Carl n me headin one way n the rest slopin oaf thir ain weys.|