Green’s Dictionary of Slang

shop v.1

[presumably shop n.1 (2) although this verb appears to predate]

1. (UK Und., also shop up) to imprison; often as past participle, shopped, imprisoned, shopping, imprisonment.

[UK]T. Stocker Civ. Warres Lowe C. IV. 52b: [They] onely shopped vp some of the Catholikes within their owne house [OED].
A Scourge for Poor Robin 6: At last he is shopp’d in a Prison.
[UK]Four for a Penny 8: Confound us, why do we wait? let’s Shop him.
[UK]The tongue combatants 4: [I]f he Dances long after your Pipe hee’l be Shopt in a Prison.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Shopt c. imprison’d.
[UK]New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 304: Those true bred hounds would never drop ’em, / Till they had seen his worship shop ’em.
[UK]G. Parker View of Society II 188: Take care of yourself, or they will shop you.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]H.T. Potter New Dict. Cant (1795).
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (4th edn) II 51: [as cit. 1772].
[UK]Sporting Mag. Nov. XXI 103/2: We guess they got flung there, / And are shopp’d in a barn with Arthur O’Plunger.
[UK]G. Andrewes Dict. Sl. and Cant.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[Ire]Cork Constitution 12 July 1/4: The noble and learned lordf said he had better do so, or he would be ‘shopped,’ or sent to prison.
[UK]London Eve. Standard 12 Dec. 4/3: He had [...] been arested [...] and in his own language ‘shopped’ in Whitecross-street Prison; but since the ‘shopping,’ the creditor had become hostile.
[UK]G. Kent Modern Flash Dict.
[UK]R.S. Surtees Handley Cross (1854) 531: Consols were at ninety-two and a quarter when they shopped me.
[UK]Swell’s Night Guide 131/2: Shopped, imprisoned.
[US]Matsell Vocabulum.
[UK]Wild Boys of London I 7/1: ‘They collars Jack, and shops him.’ ‘Shops him?’ ‘Yes—in the station-house.’.
[Aus]‘Rolf Boldrewood’ Robbery Under Arms (1922) 145: I hope we shan’t, any of us, be shopped again for a while.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 28 Dec. 8/3: A fine young feller shopped like that, / ’Twas pityful to see.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 11 Dec. 29/4: We want the man who forged the superintendent’s name. Own up, and nothing can happen to you. Stand out, and we shop the three of you as sure as death.
[UK]G. Kersh Night and the City 176: If you gets lumbered it means a shopping.

2. to inform on and thus cause to be imprisoned, or in trouble; to denounce.

[UK]Dickens Oliver Twist (1966) 159: It was Bartlemy time when I was shopped.
[UK]J. Mills Old Eng. Gentleman (1847) 217: If you’re not off in a twinklin’, I’ll have you shopped, my painted tit.
[UK]J. Greenwood Little Ragamuffin 343: Never take up with a fresh hand till you’ve shopped your scarecrow.
[Aus]‘Rolf Boldrewood’ Robbery Under Arms (1922) 267: Why shouldn’t they shop them when they’re going shearing?
[Aus]K. Mackay Out Back 136: ‘Fool,’ laughed the bushranger scornfully, ‘if I’m found here, you’ve shopped yourself.’.
[UK]Proc. Old Bailey 7 Dec. 242: I said, ‘I am a police officer, and am going to arrest you for [...] possessing a quantity of counterfeit coins.’ He said, ‘All right, I have been shopped’.
[UK]Marvel 1 Mar. 2: He didn’t shop us [...] by blowing the whole gaff.
[UK]Kipling ‘A Madonna of the Trenches’ in Debits and Credits (1926) 256: You can shop me for a lunatic to-morrow, but I saw it.
[Ire]Eve. Herald (Dublin) 9 Dec. 4/6: The grasshopper’s facility for ‘shopping’.
[UK]V. Davis Gentlemen of the Broad Arrows 86: None of us will ‘shop’ the screw.
[Ire]B. Behan Scarperer (1966) 62: I know who gave yous the bend, but if he shopped me I can double-shop him.
[UK]C. MacInnes ‘The Other Man’ in England, Half Eng. 141: If the prostitute were to ‘shop’ her ponce he might very well carve her up.
[UK]P. Fordham Inside the Und. 86: He is not above ‘shopping’ pals on occasion.
[UK]T. Blacker Fixx 68: So Collin it was he shopped, and was told to pack his bags.
[UK]Guardian G2 16 July 7: She’s bloody shopped me! Shopped me to the Inland Revenue!!
[UK]M. Rowson Stuff 39: Collaborators and creeps who’d shop their parents for thought crimes.