Green’s Dictionary of Slang

cloy v.

also cloye
[cly v.]
(UK Und.)

1. to arrest.

[UK]Greene Disputation Betweene a Hee and a Shee Conny-Catcher (1923) 10: Truth if fortune so fauour thy husband, that hee be neither smoakt nor cloyed, for I am sure all they brauery comes by his Nipping, Foysting, and lifting.
[UK]J. Taylor Crabtree Lectures 193: Cove. But sto Mort: what if I should bee Cloyed in the milling of Cacklers, Quacklers, or Duds, or nipping a Bung, and so be cloyed, & budged to the Naskin.

2. to rob, to steal.

[UK]Dekker Canting Song O per se O O1: Bingd out bien Morts and toure, bing out of the Rome-vile: And towre the coue, that cloyde your duds vpon the chates to trine.
[UK]J. Taylor Crabtree Lectures 193: Mort. [...] And if thou want lower, budge to the next Vile, and there nip a Bung, or cloy a Culley; then budge to the bowsing Ken, and boose rumsie and beanely.
[UK]Dekker Canters Dict. Eng. Villainies (9th edn).
[UK]Catterpillers of this Nation Anatomized 4: When there’s a great company gathered of gaping spectators, then they take the opportuinity to fibb and cloy.
[Ire]Head Eng. Rogue I 46: [as cit. 1612].
[Ire] ‘Canting Song’ Head Canting Academy (1674) 22: [as cit. 1637].
[UK]W. Nevison in Newgate Calendar I (1926) 291: ‘Now,’ saith he, ‘that thou art entered into our fraternity, thou must not scruple to act any villainies which thou shalt be able to perform, whether it be to nip a bung, bite the Peter Cloy, [...] or to cloy a mish from the crack man’s.’.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Cloy c. to Steal. Cloy the Clout, c. to Steal the Hankerchief [sic]. Cloy the Lour, c. to Steal the Money.
[UK]J. Shirley Triumph of Wit 196: [as cit. 1637].
[UK]A. Smith Lives of Most Notorious Highway-men, etc. (1926) 204: Cloy, to steal, Cloy the clout, i.e., to steal the handkerchief.
[UK]New Canting Dict. n.p.: cloying c. Stealing, Thieving, Robbing.
[UK]C. Johnson Hist. of Highwaymen &c. 105: [as cit. 1684].
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. 1725].
[UK]Poor Robin n.p.: Money is now a hard commodity to get, insomuch that some will venture their necks for it, by padding, cloying, milling, filching, nabbing, etc., all of which in plain English is only stealing [F&H].
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Cloy, to steal, (cant) To cloy the clout; to steal the handkerchief. To cloy the lour; to steal money.
[UK]G. Andrewes Dict. Sl. and Cant.
[Scot](con. 18C) W. Scott Guy Mannering (1999) 148: There was not one, from Johnnie Faa the upright man, of the gang to little Christie that was in the panniers, would cloyed a dud from them.
[UK]Flash Dict.
[UK]G. Kent Modern Flash Dict.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.
[UK]Duncombe New and Improved Flash Dict.