Green’s Dictionary of Slang

abroad adj.

1. of convicts, transported to a penal colony.

[UK]Sporting Mag. Oct. XIII 52/1: A Gentleman under a rule of transportation, advertises that he is going to reside abroad.
[UK]Dickens Oliver Twist (1966) 390: To think of lummy Jack — the Dodger — the Artful Dodger — going abroad for a common two-penny-half-penny sneeze-box!

2. usu. ext. as all abroad: in boxing use, groggy, confused following a number of blows; .

[UK]Carlisle Patriot 9 Dec. 2: The finisher was applied, and Williams went down to all abroad. The swells looked blue.
[UK] ‘Battles’ in Fancy I 428: The poor fellow was all abroad and in great distress.
[UK]Egan Bk of Sports 300: Neal was so much abroad that he could not make any return.
[UK]Thackeray Vanity Fair I 60: At the twelfth round the latter champion was all abroad [...] and had lost all presence of mind, and power of attack or defence.
[UK]C. Hindley Life and Adventures of a Cheap Jack 190: Giving the man such a nose-ender that sent him all abroad.

3. drunk.

[UK]Egan Finish to the Adventures of Tom and Jerry (1889) 293: The ‘uncommonly big Gentleman’ was also quite abroad, roaring out, ‘Life’s a bumper,’ with a large goblet full of champagne in his hand.

4. general uses of sense 1: lit. or fig. confused, having lost one’s bearings; often as all abroad, extremely confused.

[UK]R. Barham ‘Lay of the Old Woman Clothed in Grey’ in Ingoldsby Legends (1842) 266: Bandied about thus from pillar to post, / To be ‘all abroad’ – to be ‘stump’d’ – not know where / To go.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 23 Oct. 2/4: The schoolmaster was all abroad, and the fair delinquent was dismissed with a caution.
[UK]H. Kingsley Recollections of G. Hamlyn (1891) 353: Can me and my master stay here to-night? We’re all abroad in this fog.
[UK]H. Kingsley Ravenshoe III 192: I am all abroad.
[UK]F.W. Carew Autobiog. of a Gipsey 13: At the crack of the pistol, I was all abroad ‘Like a dog at a fair, looking seven ways for Sunday’.
[UK]Boy’s Own Paper 15 July 660: No spik Spanish [...] All abroad with your lingo.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 14 Apr. 11/4: The same sapient organ informs young Victoria that ‘Mauser’ is pronounced ‘Maw-ser.’ The schoolmaster very much ‘abroad’!