Green’s Dictionary of Slang

bundle n.1

[SE bundle]

1. as a (large) quantity.

(a) [mid-17C+] a large amount.

(b) [late 19C+] a large amount of money.

(c) [20C+] loot, plunder.

(d) [late 19C-1910s] a wad of money.

(e) [1930s+] (US prison ) a long prison sentence.

2. [mid-18C–1950s] 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].

3. in drug uses.

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

(b) [1990s+] (US black/drugs) a quantity of a drug available for sale.

(c) [1990s+] (US drugs) ten bags of heroin; equiv. of one gram.

In compounds

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

[1990s+] (US drugs) a mid-level drug dealer, working between bulk wholesalers and street-level retailers.

In phrases

bundle that would trip a white wings (n.)

[1900s] (US) a very large amount of money.

go a bundle on (v.) (also go the bundle on)

[1930s+] to support whole-heartedly, to be very fond.

go the bundle (v.) [20C+] (orig. US)

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

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

SE in slang uses

In compounds

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

[1920s–30s] (US tramp) the lowest grade of tramp.

bundle-tail (n.) [tail n. (3)]

[late 17C–18C] a short, fat, squat woman.

In phrases

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

[19C–1900s] to leave, to send away in a hurry.

bundle of ten (n.)

[1910s] a packet of ten cigarettes.

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. [late 19C+] to panic, to lose (emotional or physical) control, to give up hope.

2. [1980s] to defecate.

3. [1980s] to give birth.

off one’s bundle (adj.)

[1960s] (Aus.) insane.