1. (UK Und.) persuasive talk, aimed at effecting a confidence trick, interrogating a prisoner, etc.
|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’.|
|Sporting Times 7 Mar. 1/3: But the knight of the pencil was wide awake, / And was not to be had by ‘kid’.|
|Artie (1963) 7: The whole thing! That ain’t no kid.|
|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.|
|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.
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 114/2: Joe’s ‘kid’ produced a roaring laugh from those around the table.|
|Life and Adventures of a Cheap Jack 111: He was one of the rarest chaps at ‘kid,’ i.e., gammon, out.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 24 Jan. 7/2: And even when your speech – this is no ‘kid’ – / Did not go down, the champagne always did.|
|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’.|
|Truth (Sydney) 3 Feb. 3/6: No kid and no booze, Jemmy.|
|Artie (1963) 59: I made a speech, just for a kid, you know, but it started ’em.|
|[perf. Marie Lloyd] Who are you getting at, eh? [lyrics] I said, ‘Chuck it, I want none of your kid’.|
|Maison De Shine 54: Put the gun down, it’s only a kid!|
|Taking the Count 183: ‘Ah-h, quit kidin’!’ ‘You think it’s a kid?’.‘Out of His Class’ in|
|Penny Showman 49: I should have told them a tale, [...] given them a bit of kid.|
|Carlito’s Way 69: Rivas decided to aim the kid at us.|
|Maledicta IV:2 (Winter) 228: ‘The best kids,’ wrote Edmund Wilson of camp comments, are ‘so darn close to insults.’.|
|Official and Doubtful 90: Cal doesn’t smile. ‘It’s obviously a kid-on.’.|
|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.
|Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] 160: TOKO slang praise, flattery, blarney, synonymous with slang ‘kid, ‘kokum,’ ‘taffy.’.|
4. a teaser.
|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.
|Truth (Sydney) 28 Apr. 3/3: Mr Reid [...] blandly replied that he never read Truth (Cries of ‘Kid,’ ‘Dicken,’ ‘Guiver,’ etc).|
|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.|
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 8: Baby, I love you Honest Injun, that’s no kid.|
|Digger Smith 66: I knoo ’is question was jist kid.‘Jim’s Girl’ in|
6. (Aus.) the victim of a hoax or trick.
|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’.|
as a joke .
|Small Time Crooks 93: I buy meself a cheap cigar sometimes, an’ put a ritz band on it for kid.|
(Aus.) to be an incurable joker or ‘kidder’.
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 113/1: I noticed that Joe was more on the ‘kid’ than he was on the ‘booze’.|
to tease, to joke.
|Shorty McCabe 98: Pyramid Gordon, with seventeen different kinds of trouble bein’ warmed up for him behind his back, stood there and played kid.|