Green’s Dictionary of Slang

regulars n.

also regs

a share of criminal booty; thus go regulars, to share profits; cite 1845 refers to a bribe.

[UK]Lex. Balatronicum n.p.: Regulars. Share of the booty. The coves cracked the swell’s crib, fenced the swag, and each cracksman napped his regular; some fellows broke open a gentleman’s house, and after selling the property which they had stolen, they divided the money between them.
[UK]D. Haggart Autobiog. 36: If they did not ease him of all by the cards, I would come in for my regulars with my forks.
[UK]G. Smeeton Doings in London 40: The landlord and other men, who are privy to the robbery [...] always come in for the ‘regulars’ (their share of the plunder).
[UK] ‘Gallery of 140 Comicalities’ Bell’s Life in London 24 June 2/2: I know vots vot, and I’m snigger’d if I don’t come the ‘chirp’ – I harn’t had my ‘regglers’ for the last two ‘cracks,’ and hates vots dishonourable.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 27 Dec. 2/5: Jenkins [had] the temerity to offer Ward 4s, or, in other words, ‘his regulars,’ as ‘hush money’.
[UK]G.W.M. Reynolds Mysteries of London II (2nd series) 259: By declaring on to the swag, I may get my reglars from the two prigs.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 12 May 3/3: ‘Nab him! nab him!’ quoth Mr R.; ‘why, such slang is shocking! (sensation in court.) Out of the jug! oh horrible! Going snacks or regulars! monstrous! Working the pig! (here the learned gentleman fainted).
[UK]G.A. Sala Gaslight and Daylight 87: Noggins of Geneva without number [...] are discussed to bind bargains, or ‘wet’ bargains, or as portions of the ‘regulars,’ to which the agents or their assigns are entitled.
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 30/1: By heavens, what a ‘kick’ full of ‘sugar’ she must carry, eh? How much will you take for your ‘regs’ (share) before it’s turned out? [Ibid.] 31/1: Who do you think has ‘sunk your regulars?’.
[UK]R.S. Surtees Facey Romford’s Hounds 362: Coper then docked off his ‘regulars’; Hazey took his.
[UK]Morning Advertiser 11 May n.p.: He knew who had committed the robbery, and as they had not paid him £20 as his regulars he should round on them [F&H].
[Aus]Sydney Sl. Dict. 10/1: Jack buzzed a bloak and a shickster of a reader and a skin. A cross-cove, who had his regulars for stalling, cried ‘Cop bung,’ as a pig was marking. Jack speeled to the crib. Jack picked the pockets of a gentleman and a lady of a pocket-book and a purse. A fellow-thief, who had his share of the plunder for watching, cried ‘Hand over the property,’ as someone was observing. Jack ran away home.
[UK]F.W. Carew Autobiog. of a Gipsey 414: He ’cused me o’ playin’ Ananias and Sapphira – pinchin’ the reg’lars as we call it.
[UK]A. Morrison Hole in the Wall (1947) 31: I want my reg’lars out o’ that lot.
Journal (Denton MD) 7 Mar. 3/6: I knew enough of thieves’ slang to know [...] that ‘regulars’ was the term used for a payment to a brother thief who gave assistance in some small way.