Green’s Dictionary of Slang

trotter n.

[SE trot]

1. [late 17C+] a foot, usu. in pl.

2. [late 18C+] (also trotler) a fast horse or racehorse; usu. in pl. meaning horseracing in general.

3. (Aus.) a prostitute.

4. [late 19C] a boiled sheep’s foot sold as a street food.

5. [1920s] a dancing person.

6. [1960s+] (UK Und.) a deserter from the armed forces.

In compounds

trotter-box (n.) (also trotter-case)

[early–mid-19C] a shoe.

In phrases

jab trotters (v.)

[1900s] (Aus.) to travel with a pack.

shake one’s trotters (v.)

[early–mid-19C] to move, to dance; thus trotter-shaking n., dancing.

In exclamations

box your trotters!

[early 19C] go away!