1. (UK Und./police) an action considered audacious or daring; sometimes criminal activity.
|Winter in London III 162: What a great general your grace is! Two new carriages for the birth-day, and not a creature to know the fact till the very moment of their launch! That was a profound stroke.|
|What I Heard, Saw, and Did 14: He told me he was doing a rattling stroke.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 41/2: Well, I ain’t going to ‘work’ another stroke with this ‘stuff’ about us.|
|Grand Babylon Hotel 48: ‘Ah! I see,’ said the Prince; ‘this is one of your American “strokes”. You have bought to sell again.’.|
|Night and the City 28: We’ve all done some funny strokes in our time, but may I be paralysed I draws the line at poncing.|
|Caught (2001) 64: It ended in a smashing stroke, he’d had both girls in the same bed.|
|Look Long Upon a Monkey 28: A nice, well-planned, little surprise job, that’s a different stroke altogether.|
|Confessions 177: We knew that this deep cogitation meant that uncle Ritchie was thinking up a stroke.|
|Hazell and the Three-card Trick (1977) 60: We were all meant to wonder how anybody could be mug enough to fall for such a clumsy stroke.|
|Minder [TV script] 53: What a stroke, eh Dave, and it’s legit.‘Willesden Suite’|
|BS].Wild One (in Magill) Apr. n.p.: He loved the stroke. He loved going into the local school unannounced and asking for a day off for the students [|
|Hooky Gear 288: You think some squeegee refugees gonna mess up my big stroke?|
|Life 128: I don’t think Andrew or any of us were geniuses, it [i.e. the Rolling Stones’ ‘bad boy’ image] was just a stroke that hit the mark.|
2. (US) a monopoly; rights to do something.
|(con. 1920s) South of Heaven (1994) 6: So you’ve got the stroke on the gambling.|
(Irish) a criminal, a trickster.
|The Joy (2015) [ebook] ‘I’m a fucking stroker, man. A villain. When I need money, I just hatch a little scheme’.|
to attempt and/or get away with anything outrageous or daring.
|Tod Sloan by Himself 28: For fifteen years he was always plunging, and in his time he pulled off the biggest strokes in the country, betting as much sometimes as fifty thousand dollars on a race.|
|Scarperer (1966) 37: He doesn’t pull these strokes from the goodness of his heart.|
|Awopbop. (1970) 90: Hustled the biggest deals and pulled the biggest strokes.|
|Frying-Pan 42: The powerful and educated will pull every stroke they can to get you round to their way of thinking.|
|‘Plaistow Patricia’ [lyrics] Pulling strokes and taking liberties.|
|Minder [TV script] 52: You’re pulling strokes with my bleeding home, Arthur!‘All Mod Cons’|
|Grass Arena (1990) 90: Everybody laughing and telling each other fucking lies about the clever strokes they pulled last night, last week, last year.|
|Boys from Binjiwunyawunya 305: You pull more strokes than a GPS Regatta.|
|Salesman 325: I knew he was a psycho all right but I didn’t know he’d pull a stroke like that.|
|www.asstr.org [Internet] The stories I could tell about the strokes my customers have tried to pull on me would turn your hair white, straight up.‘Dead Beard’ at|
|Viva La Madness 407: If you ever pull a stroke on me like you and Dougie did on Sonny, I will kill you.|