Green’s Dictionary of Slang

lob v.

[16C–18C SE]

1. to droop, to allow to hang heavily.

[UK]‘An Amateur’ Real Life in London I 187: The dancing party was knock’d up, and were lobbing their lollys, half asleep and half awake, on the table, bowing as it were to the magnanimous influence of Old Tom.

2. (Aus.) to fail.

[Aus]Tweed Dly (Murwillumbah, NSW) 17 May 7/4: But I’ve come a regimental; I have lobbed; I’m down and out .

3. see lob in

In phrases

lob in (v.) (also lob, lob along, lob up) [SE lob, to move heavily or clumsily]

1. (Aus.) to arrive, to turn up, (of a race horse) to win; thus lobber, one who turns up; lob around, wait around.

[Aus]Eastern Districts Chron. (York, WA) 25 Nov. 2/1: Last year, when Glenloth lobbed, home in the mud and slush, backers of the routed favourites laid their defeat at the door of the weather.
[Aus]Sydney Sportsman 8 Nov. 1/2: In last week’s ‘Sportsman’ we stated that the New Zealand mare, Levant, was either dead off or has been raced cunningly. Judging by the way she lobbed in [...] at Canterbury Park, it savored very much as though the latter was the correct version.
[Aus]E. Dyson Fact’ry ’Ands 99: The trees trembled when he lobbed.
[Aus]All Abaht It Nov. 13: We have our Doc from Corio Bay [...] He lobbed here months afore us, / Did Robert George —.
[Aus]Aussie (France) 12 Mar. 4/2: A Digger who had just lobbed in France.
[Aus]C.J. Dennis ‘The Crusaders’ in Chisholm (1951) 83: Snowy’s a game ’un! I lob in the shop, / The parson paddin’ after on the floor.
[Aus]‘Banjo’ Paterson Shearer’s Colt 58: The only cheerful member of the luncheon party was Red Fred who had been down to worship at the shrine of Nancy Bell [a race horse] and to receive the usual assurance that she would lob in.
[UK]F. Anthony ‘Gus Tomlins’ in Me And Gus (1977) 126: If you are sure she won’t mind me lobbing along, I’m willing.
[Aus]Baker Popular Dict. Aus. Sl.
[Aus](con. 1936–46) K.S. Prichard Winged Seeds (1984) 24: You never knew who’d lob into the camp.
[Aus]D. Stivens Jimmy Brockett 251: He usually turned on an act for me when I lobbed home but tonight he was too excited.
[US](con. 1948) G. Mandel Flee the Angry Strangers 21: Mostly I lob around the street looking at nothing.
[Aus]‘Charles Barrett’ Address: Kings Cross 53: ‘Where’s your mate? The girl who used to be with you when you first lobbed here?’.
[Aus]A. Chipper Aussie Swearers Guide 31: Bodgied Up [...] This is a handy malicious adjective, especially useful in deflating the egos of people wearing new clothes. As in: In he lobs, bodgied up and smelling like dead horse gully.
[Aus]D. Ireland Glass Canoe (1982) 16: He lobbed at the Oriental for a Chinese feed one weeknight.
Edwards & Reed Bullsh n.p.: ‘Tell me when Johnno lobs up, okay?’.
[Aus]R. Aven-Bray Ridgey-Didge Oz Jack Lang 11: He would rather pen and ink on his ace until some of his Chinas lobbed. [Ibid.] 35: Lobber Someone who turns up anyway.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Real Thing 13: He’ll be unrecognisable when he lobs here on Saturday.
[Aus]C. Bowles G’DAY 70: I dint know ewas lobbin sarvo.
[Aus]Tupper & Wortley Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] Lob. To arrive. As in ‘to lob at a gaol’.
[Aus]M.B. ‘Chopper’ Read How to Shoot Friends 50: It seems he lobbed on her door step, sporting a big bunch of flowers.
[Aus]T. Peacock More You Bet 55: He’d lobbed at Harold Park trots probably for the first time.

2. (Aus.) to hit, to assault.

[Aus]Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 19 Dec. 3/1: He’s always at yer elbow promptin’ the fist wot biffs a copper, the foot wot lobs in the old girl's tummy.

3. to commence having sexual intercourse.

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lob off (v.) [SE lob, to move heavily or clumsily]

(Aus.) to go away.

[Aus]L. Esson Woman Tamer in Ballades of Old Bohemia (1980) 72: katie: [...] I ain’t going to keep a fat lazy loafer like you. / chopsey: Blast you, my luck’s turned, I tell you. / katie: Lob off now. / chopsey: Don’t sling off, Katie.
lob onto (v.) [? SE lob, to throw, usu. clumsily] (Aus.)

1. to get hold of or find out through a stroke of luck.

[NZ]Truth (Perth0 5 Apr. 4/7: When we lob onto that loan / We will sniff it like ozone. / We will buy up Frank Rea’s mincemeat, / And then eat all Pink Top's fruit.
[Aus]Baker Popular Dict. Aus. Sl. (2nd edn).

2. to associate oneself with.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 19 Dec. 15/3: David came from the Flying Angel Push in Melbourne, and lobbed on to the rabbit-proof fence when it was going through Lake Nabbaroo (W.A.). They made him off-sider to a camel-puncher named Jim. He had had no experience with smellers; but he took to the job like beer.
lob out (v.) [SE lob, to throw, usu. clumsily]

to hand out.

[UK]R. Llewellyn None But the Lonely Heart 242: Cosh [...] stopped while Jim was lobbing out the fags.
[UK]G.W. Target Teachers (1962) 200: Kathie was lobbing out the char like a champion.