Green’s Dictionary of Slang

bundle n.1

[SE bundle]

1. as a (large) quantity.

(a) a large amount.

[UK]Beaumont & Fletcher Wit Without Money V i: I will lie with thee, and get a whole bundle of babies.
[UK]J. Arbuthnot Hist. of John Bull 45: A bundle of monstrous lies.
[UK]C. Dibdin Britons Strike Home 21: Five Sylvias, nine Chloes, and fifteen Sophias, A bundle of Tabbies.
[UK]Westmorland Gaz. 23 Jan. 4/2: The united strength of the whole bundle of heresies.
[UK]Wilts. Indep. 20 Mar. 4/5: [headline] A Bundle of Inconsistencies.
[US] ‘Susan’s Sunday Out’ in My Young Wife and I Songster 24: And all the loose tobacco she finds in empty jars, / She gives me, and oftentimes a bundle of cigars.
[US]A.H. Lewis ‘Crime That Failed’ in Sandburrs 82: D’ old loidy lands wit’ bot’ her trilbys, though; d’ bank chunks her a bundle of fly-paper.
[US]J. Lait ‘Charlie the Wolf’ in Beef, Iron and Wine (1917) 48: Takin’ on a bundle of fuzzy lambs an’ audimadic alligators.
[UK]P. Cheyney Dames Don’t Care (1960) 33: This dame has got what it takes — an’ then a bundle!
[US]W. Winchell On Broadway 12 Nov. [synd. col.] [He] was cured of backing shows (when he lost a bundle on a Bea Lillie flop).
[US]L. Lariar Day I Died 130: ‘A big bundle of cabbage, Coyle,’ he said. ‘From what I see of Miami, this is chicken feed,’ Coyle said.
[UK]K. Amis letter 21 May in Leader (2000) 680: There was a party the other day for his new bundle of balls.
[US]J. Conaway Big Easy 205: I don’t have it [...] Your bundle’s gone.
[UK]J. Hoskison Inside 23: I’ve had bundles out of there, mate, bundles.
[UK](con. 1980s) N. ‘Razor’ Smith A Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun 282: We’ve got bundles of witnesses.

(b) a large amount of money.

[US]H.L. Williams Black-Eyed Beauty 46: ‘Another man pays,’ he used to say as he saw his roll of fives swept away, and planked down another bundle.
[US]A.H. Lewis Wolfville 197: S’pose I asks you-all to lend me money, quite a bundle, say, would you do it?
[UK]Sporting Times 1 Apr. 3/2: It was part of the rent bundle, but the ramrod’ll have to wait.
[US]S. Ford Shorty McCabe 84: I wouldn’t have met him in the ring about then for anything less ’n a bookie’s bundle.
[US]‘O. Henry’ ‘Innocents of Broadway’ in Gentle Grafter (1915) 117: He has nominated you custodian of his bundle in the sappy insouciance of his urban indiscrimination.
[US]J. Lait ‘The Gangster’s Elegy’ in Beef, Iron and Wine (1917) 248: They’s a game runnin’ to clean up a little bundle.
[US]J. Callahan Man’s Grim Justice 79: I had to get another bundle of dough to carry out my plans.
[US]J. Weidman What’s In It For Me? 321: I’m making myself a little bundle.
[US]Mezzrow & Wolfe Really the Blues 216: The head mixer laid a bundle his ways.
[US]R. Prather Scrambled Yeggs 8: Okay. So I’m out a bundle anyway. A twelve-grand bundle.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Pimp 65: A fast hustler [...] saw a chance to trim Pepper’s old man out of a bundle.
[UK]P. Theroux Family Arsenal 167: Where is it – Catford? We’ll win a bundle!
[US]C. Hiaasen Skin Tight 259: She’s already conned my boss out of a bundle.
[UK]S. Grafton O is for Outlaw (2000) 273: The cops took his bike and locked it in the impound lot. He said it’s going to cost a bundle to get it out.
[UK]Indep. on Sun. 30 Jan. 26: I earned a bundle.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Viva La Madness 13: Waiters [...] making bundles while I pay the rent.
[US]D. Winslow The Force [ebook] ‘How about when they go to Vegas, get comped? Lose a bundle and it gets written off, too?’.

(c) loot, plunder.

[UK]A. Binstead Pitcher in Paradise 184: Charlie tips Bob the wink that the bundle’s about big enough.
[US]P. & T. Casey Gay-cat 301: Bundle—stolen goods; plunder from a ‘job’; pillage.
[US]Irwin Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 42: Bundle.– Loot or plunder, usually that which is bulky to carry. Seldom used save by older thieves or yeggs.
[US] ‘Toledo Slim’ in Irwin Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 230: We put the bundle in a sheet and started down the block.
[US]N. Algren Walk on the Wild Side 198: I don’t mean that real hard swindle where she took the rap and you went south with the bundle.
[US]Ragen & Finston World’s Toughest Prison 793: bundle – Loot or plunder.
[US]‘Red’ Rudensky Gonif 6: This promised to be a healthy bundle, since this was no ordinary ice mark.

(d) a wad of money.

[Aus]Dead Bird (Sydney) 24 Aug. 7/2: He headed the boys for the bundle and came out half a caser a head.
[US]St Paul Globe (MN) 1 Oct. 22/5: They took his winnings, and his own bundle off him.
[US]S. Ford Shorty McCabe 89: Every tinhorn sport has his bundle, you know; but it’s only your real gent that can flash a check book.
[US]Tacoma Times (WA) 22 Oct. 1/4: Ivanow had three Canadian $50 bills in the bundle stolen from him.
[US]Ade ‘The New Fable of the Aerial Performer’ in Ade’s Fables 195: When the final Kiflukus was put on the Ponies, he assembled the residue of his Bundle and began to work steady as a Guesser in a Broker’s Office.

(e) (US prison ) a long prison sentence.

[US]Charleston (WV) Daily Mail 21 July 6/8: If a Bowery bum declared that a cop hand [sic] handed him a bundle, would you know that he had dragged him before a judge.
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 37/1: Bundle. [...] 2. A long prison term. ‘Jake’s got a real big bundle to pack away (serve) on this one.’.
[US]Ragen & Finston World’s Toughest Prison 793: bundle of time – A long sentence, or a long Parole Board setting.
[US]Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 28: Long also Longtimer An inmate with many years to serve. Although a prison sentence of 10 years or more is generally considered to be long, it is more frequently associated with prison sentences of 25 years to life. (Archaic: bundle, chunk, package).

2. cognate with baggage n.: a woman, esp. a fat one; one’s wife; thus (US) a girlfriend, a female companion [early use is generally derog.; 20C use is neutral].

[UK]Laugh and Be Fat 25: Knowing that his Bundle of Rue would be highly provoked at his Transgression, he bethought himself of a Project that might cease her Clamours.
[UK] ‘Mrs. alias Lady, Agnew’ in Ranger’s Impartial List of the Ladies of Pleasure in Edinburgh n.p.: This drunken bundle of iniquity, is about 50 years of age, lusty and tall.
[UK]G.F. Northall Warwickshire Word-Book 38: Bundle. A large, fat woman.
[US]A.H. Lewis ‘Mollie Matches’ in Sandburrs 44: It was lonesome over me joint [...] wit’ me Bundle chased over to do her reg’lar anyooal confession to d’ priest.
[US]H. Hapgood Types From City Streets 34: Walk jest as if you was walking on the Lane (Bowery) wid your bundle (girl) on your arm.
[Ire]Joyce Ulysses 719: My old pair of drawers might have been hanging up to on the line on exhibition for all he’d ever care with the ironmould mark the stupid old bundle burned on them he might think was something else.
[UK]P. Cheyney Don’t Get Me Wrong (1956) 81: The air hostess, who is one little blonde bundle, and a nifty proposition that I could go for in a very big way indeed.
[US]D. Runyon Runyon à la Carte 79: Mrs. Bidkar is by no means a beautiful but is really nothing but a bundle.
[US]W. Styron Set This House on Fire 65: That great blond bundle of Mason’s.
[UK](con. 1930s) D. Wells Night People 66: Do you remember that shy little bundle that was standing by the stand?

3. in drug uses.

(a) (drugs) a package of 25 (occas. 24 or 12) bags of heroin; orig. 1960s retail value $5 per bag.

[US]J. Mills Panic in Needle Park (1971) 20: These come in ‘bundles’ similar to half loads, except that the package costs $75 and consists of twenty-five $5 bags.
[US]E. Droge Patrolman 139: The guy with the leather coat has at least two bundles (about twenty-five decks to a bundle).
[US]D.E. Miller Bk of Jargon 340: bundle: A tied bunch of twenty-five small bags of heroin, sold from dealer to pusher and then sold individually on the street.
[US]L. Pettiway Workin’ It 73: [heroin] Like they sold six-packs, half a bundle.
[US](con. 1975–6) E. Little Steel Toes 103: The man sells twenty-four bags to a bundle.

(b) (US black/drugs) a quantity of a drug available for sale.

[UK]W. Talsman Gaudy Image (1966) 155: He had to find a safe place to stash his bundle [of marijuana].
[US]L. Block Diet of Treacle (2008) 64: The guy figured Shank had a heavier bundle [i.e. of marijuana] at his pad .
[US]V.E. Smith Jones Men 161: You said you could handle a regular bundle.
[US]E. Richards Cocaine True 23: [of cocaine] I would come to work and pick up a five-hundred dollar bundle.
[US](con. 1985–90) P. Bourjois In Search of Respect 343: In New York City, a ‘bundle’ refers to an established quantity of prepackaged drugs ready for individual retail sale. The number of packets in a bundle changes depending on the drug and its cost, i.e., a bundle of heroin is ten $10 glassine envelopes, whereas a bundle of crack is twenty-five vials when they cost $5 each and fifty-five vials when they are worth $3 each.
Luniz ‘Dict.’ at [Internet] Bundle: Stash Of Crack Or Weed, Any Kind Of Drug For Sale.

(c) (US drugs) ten bags of heroin; equiv. of one gram.

[US] ‘The Damage Down’ in Portland Phoenix 12–19 Oct. [Internet] I first started using heroin in ’92, it cost $40 a bag, which is a tenth of a gram [...] Ten bags equal a bundle, and five bundles equal a brick. In the larger cities, a bag costs around $10, less if you buy in quantity.
[US]Codella and Bennett Alphaville (2011) 223: Ten bags [of heroin] makes a hundred-dollar bundle held together with a rubber band.

In compounds

bundle connection (n.) [connection n. (2)]

(US drugs) a mid-level drug dealer, working between bulk wholesalers and street-level retailers.

[US]G. Cuomo Couple of Cops 161: So this guy [i.e. a small time drug dealer] said, Hey, give me a break, all right, and I’ll take you to a bundle connection who’s handling cocaine in a really big way. A bundle connection was a mid-level guy who people working the streets would buy from.

In phrases

bundle that would trip a white wings (n.)

(US) a very large amount of money.

[US]C.L. Cullen More Ex-Tank Tales 38: He had in every kick a bundle that’ud trip a white wings.
go a bundle on (v.) (also go the bundle on)

to support whole-heartedly, to be very fond.

[UK]K. Williams Diaries 1 Feb. 21: I must say I don’t particularly go a bundle on the journey to North Acton every day!
[Ire](con. 1940s) B. Behan Borstal Boy 372: My family never went a bundle on St. Patrick’s Day.
[UK]W. Hall Long and the Short and the Tall Act I: I’ve told you – I don’t go a bundle on this death and glory stuff.
[UK]T. Keyes All Night Stand 185: I’ve never gone a bundle much on [...] big-lovin’ mammas.
[UK]‘P.B. Yuill’ Hazell Plays Solomon (1976) 59: I thought you went a bundle on this stuff [i.e. alcohol].
[UK]M. Amis London Fields 272: There’s nothing – I wouldn’t do – when I go a bundle on a bloke.
[Ire](con. 1945) S. McAughtry Touch and Go 154: She likes him [...] Goes the bundle on him.
[UK]K. Waterhouse Soho 194: Alex couldn’t say he went a bundle on Berwick Street Market, it wasn’t a patch on the great glass-covered market up in Leeds.
go the bundle (v.) (orig. US)

1. to bet heavily, to bet one’s entire funds.

[UK]Sporting Times 26 May 1/5: When a young man sits ten feet away from a girl and tells her that she is his first and only love she can safely ‘go the bundle’ on his veracity.
[UK]A. Binstead Mop Fair 138: I seemed to get whacked every time as I went the bundle.
[UK]J. Franklyn This Gutter Life 49: Gah! Blimey! [...] I’ll go the whole bloody bundle in this place one of these nights, I know I will.
D. Runyon Take it Easy 45: So he goes for his entire bundle on Apparition.

2. to commit oneself completely; fig. use of sense 1.

H.C. Bailey Great Game 173: Talking of meals, Sally, I go the bundle on my tea. Where is it?
[UK]W. Hall Long and the Short and the Tall Act II: Haven’t any of you got the guts to go the bundle?

SE in slang uses

In compounds

bundle-bum (n.) [bum n.3 (1)]

(US tramp) the lowest grade of tramp.

[US] ‘Jargon of the Und.’ in DN V 441: Bundle-bum, A bindle stiff of the lowest order.
[US]Irwin Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 42: Bundle Bum. – A low grade ‘bindle stiff,’ especially when food, clothing or other articles are carried. Also applied to the vagrant who creeps about the streets, pulling discarded food or clothing from refuse cans, bundling his acquisitions together until he returns to his ‘hang-out’ or lodging, where he is able to sort over his finds.

In phrases

bundle off (v.) [fig. use of SE; subseq. use is SE]

to leave, to send away in a hurry.

[UK]G. Colman Yngr Poor Gentleman V ii: Is your ladyship’s honour bundling off, then?
[UK]‘An Amateur’ Real Life in London I 231–2: [They] bundled him off to St. Giles’s watch-house, because he was bolting with a bag of togs.
[UK]Westmorland Gaz. 12 June 1/6: All this gave great offence [...] to all the gossips of the neighbourhood, and they insisted upon his bundling himself off and he would not. They then attempted to bundle himself off themselves.
[UK] ‘The Devil and Johnny Dixon’ in Bentley’s Misc. Mar. 252: Brideen dhu (Black Biddy) has bundled off with a peeler.
[UK]Westmorland Gaz. 27 Jan. 13/3: The ebundling off of the express Ambassador, with his unopened bag and baggage, and his suite of Court dummies, were an incident [...] of the broadest pantomime.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. (2nd edn).
[UK]Sl. Dict.
[UK]Sporting Times 6 May 1/5: Head barmaid threatened—bullied—box-packed—bundled off.
bundle of ten (n.)

a packet of ten cigarettes.

[UK](con. WWI) Fraser & Gibbons Soldier and Sailor Words 40: Bundle Of Ten: A packet of ten cigarettes. The tens of various suits in a pack of cards.
drop one’s bundle (v.) (also do one’s bundle) [note Stephens & O’Brien, Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Slang (ms.; 1900–10): ‘It has a vulgar derivation from the fact of cowards being said to perform a natural function through fright.’] (Aus./N.Z.)

1. to panic, to lose (emotional or physical) control, to give up hope.

Antipodean 1-3 91: A man who loses his nerve at a critical part of a game is said to ‘drop his bundle’.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 14 Aug. 4/8: Bob Trewartha at the distance post had Donovan in hand, / But he promptly dropped his bundle as he galloped to the stand.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 4 Aug. 13/1: But I nearly dropped my bundle as I looked at Dad McGee.
[Aus]C.J. Dennis ‘The Intro’ in Songs of a Sentimental Bloke 23: I’ve dropped me bundle – an’ I’m glad it’s so.
[Aus]Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 20 Aug. 11/1: Slanguage [...] Parse and analyse the following: [...] ‘Yer shoulda seen ’im do a bunk; dropped ’is bundcle like the big dope ’e is’.
[UK](con. WWI) A.E. Strong in Partridge Sl. Today and Yesterday 287: Joe. Fritz landed a daisy-cutter and the transport driver [...] absolutely dropped his bundle.
[US]A.J. Pollock Und. Speaks 34/2: Drop the bundle, to lose nerve; afraid to participate.
[Aus]West. Mail (Perth) 27 May 43/1: I does me block and drops me bundle — and a busted, bleeding heart.
[Aus]G. Casey ‘Short Shift Saturday’ in Mann Coast to Coast 209: If they drop their bundles they’re gone a million.
[Aus]Mirror (Perth) 7 Feb. 8/3: Some people’s psychological make-up causes them to drop their bundle and they won’t attempt to help themselves.
[Aus]G. Casey Snowball 233: We can eat ’em alive. Yer not goin’ t’ drop yer bundle jist because the fat cop’s there?
[Aus]J. Wynnum I’m a Jack, All Right 30: Straight into a flat panic. When in doubt — do your bundle — that’s his motto.
[Aus]S. Gore Holy Smoke 54: It started to rain too. And at that, he really drops his bundle.
[Aus]B. Oakley Salute to the Great McCarthy 31: What’s this I hear [...] about that there Mister Universe dropping his bundle.
[Aus]C. Bowles G’DAY 53: Les. Hoggie’s really takin some stick. DAVO. Yeah — dropped is bundle after Richards it that last bandry.
[NZ]McGill Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 40/1: drop one’s bundle to despair.
[Aus]M.B. ‘Chopper’ Read How to Shoot Friends 20: Most professionals who hit a legal hurdle drop their bundles and do their time hard.
[Aus]S. Maloney Something Fishy (2006) 218: Drop my bundle now and I’d be no use to anyone.
[Aus]M.B. ‘Chopper’ Read Chopper 3 28: [as cit. 1993].

2. to defecate.

[Aus]B. Humphries Traveller’s Tool 7: Mum drops her bundle whenever she feels like it these days.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.

3. to give birth.

[NZ]McGill Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 40/1: drop one’s bundle to [...] give birth.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].