1. of convicts, transported to a penal colony.
|Sporting Mag. Oct. XIII 52/1: A Gentleman under a rule of transportation, advertises that he is going to reside abroad.|
|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; .
|Carlisle Patriot 9 Dec. 2: The finisher was applied, and Williams went down to all abroad. The swells looked blue.|
|‘Battles’ in Fancy I 428: The poor fellow was all abroad and in great distress.|
|Bk of Sports 300: Neal was so much abroad that he could not make any return.|
|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.|
|Life and Adventures of a Cheap Jack 190: Giving the man such a nose-ender that sent him all abroad.|
|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.
|Ingoldsby Legends (1842) 266: Bandied about thus from pillar to post, / To be ‘all abroad’ – to be ‘stump’d’ – not know where / To go.‘Lay of the Old Woman Clothed in Grey’ in|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 23 Oct. 2/4: The schoolmaster was all abroad, and the fair delinquent was dismissed with a caution.|
|Recollections of G. Hamlyn (1891) 353: Can me and my master stay here to-night? We’re all abroad in this fog.|
|Ravenshoe III 192: I am all abroad.|
|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’.|
|Boy’s Own Paper 15 July 660: No spik Spanish [...] All abroad with your lingo.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 14 Apr. 11/4: The same sapient organ informs young Victoria that ‘Mauser’ is pronounced ‘Maw-ser.’ The schoolmaster very much ‘abroad’!|