(UK Und.) a share (of the booty); thus tip someone their earnest, to hand out a share.
|Eng. Villainies (9th edn) n.p.: Earnest a part, Tip me my Earnest, give me my share.Canters Dict.|
|Eng. Rogue I 49: [as cit. 1648].|
|Canting Academy (2nd edn).|
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Earnest c. Part or Share. Tip me my earnest, c. give me my Snack or Dividend.|
|Lives of Most Noted Highway-men, etc. I 209: Tip me my Earnest, that’s give me my Part or Share.|
|Street Robberies Considered 31: Earnest, Share.|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|