Green’s Dictionary of Slang

kid n.2

[kid v.]

1. (UK Und.) persuasive talk, aimed at effecting a confidence trick, interrogating a prisoner, etc.

[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 6/1: She was very good-looking, and would often ‘pick up’ a ‘flat’ who would not ‘stand’ the ‘kid’ of more experienced ‘molls’.
[UK]Sporting Times 7 Mar. 1/3: But the knight of the pencil was wide awake, / And was not to be had by ‘kid’.
[US]Ade Artie (1963) 7: The whole thing! That ain’t no kid.
[UK]Sporting Times 4 Feb. 1/2: It’s only a bit more of his ‘kid’. He wants to give them the idea that he’s in hot water.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 2 June 4/8: So I slung the bloke wot sent us ’ere some kid.

2. (also kid-on) teasing, mockery, chaff.

[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 114/2: Joe’s ‘kid’ produced a roaring laugh from those around the table.
[UK]C. Hindley Life and Adventures of a Cheap Jack 111: He was one of the rarest chaps at ‘kid,’ i.e., gammon, out.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 24 Jan. 7/2: And even when your speech – this is no ‘kid’ – / Did not go down, the champagne always did.
[UK]A. Morrison Tales of Mean Streets (1983) 136: The orator did not take kindly to the proposal at first, strongly suspecting something in the nature of ‘guy’ or ‘kid’.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 3 Feb. 3/6: No kid and no booze, Jemmy.
[US]Ade Artie (1963) 59: I made a speech, just for a kid, you know, but it started ’em.
[UK]Harrington & LeBrunn [perf. Marie Lloyd] Who are you getting at, eh? [lyrics] I said, ‘Chuck it, I want none of your kid’.
[US]H. Green Maison De Shine 54: Put the gun down, it’s only a kid!
[US]Van Loan ‘Out of His Class’ in Taking the Count 183: ‘Ah-h, quit kidin’!’ ‘You think it’s a kid?’.
[UK]T. Norman Penny Showman 49: I should have told them a tale, [...] given them a bit of kid.
[US]E. Torres Carlito’s Way 69: Rivas decided to aim the kid at us.
[US]Maledicta IV:2 (Winter) 228: ‘The best kids,’ wrote Edmund Wilson of camp comments, are ‘so darn close to insults.’.
[UK]A. Close Official and Doubtful 90: Cal doesn’t smile. ‘It’s obviously a kid-on.’.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 238: You’re as full of kid as a pregnant goat You are a great teaser.

3. (Aus.) excessive praise.

[Aus]Stephens & O’Brien Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] 160: TOKO slang praise, flattery, blarney, synonymous with slang ‘kid, ‘kokum,’ ‘taffy.’.

4. a teaser.

[Aus]E. Dyson Missing Link [Internet] Ch. i: His Christian name was Nicholas but his familiars called him Nickie the Kid. [...] Kid was short for ‘kidder’.

5. nonsense, rubbish; usu. as no kid, I am not telling a lie.

[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 28 Apr. 3/3: Mr Reid [...] blandly replied that he never read Truth (Cries of ‘Kid,’ ‘Dicken,’ ‘Guiver,’ etc).
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 11 Dec. 4/8: She was readin a penny novel but it was all kid as most of the time she had it up side down.
[US]H. Green Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 8: Baby, I love you Honest Injun, that’s no kid.
[Aus]C.J. Dennis ‘Jim’s Girl’ in Digger Smith 66: I knoo ’is question was jist kid.

6. (Aus.) the victim of a hoax or trick.

[Aus]Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 21 Nov. 1/3: It is unknown [...] how long Kelly’s kid remained on the form ‘waiting for the office’.

In phrases

have more kid in them than goat (v.) [pun on sense 2 above + SE kid, a baby goat]

(Aus.) to be an incurable joker or ‘kidder’.

[Aus]Baker Drum.
play kid (v.)

to tease, to joke.

[US]S. Ford Shorty McCabe 98: Pyramid Gordon, with seventeen different kinds of trouble bein’ warmed up for him behind his back, stood there and played kid.