Green’s Dictionary of Slang

pop v.2

[SE pop something in]

to pawn.

[UK]Fielding Letter Writers II ii: Damn him, he’ll make us pop our Unders for the Reckoning: We’ll not go with him.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[Ire] ‘De Night before Larry was Stretch’d’ Irish Songster 4: When a boy was condemned to the Squeezer, / Would pop all de duds dat he had, / To help his comrade to a Sneezer.
[UK]Sporting Mag. Aug. VIII 253/1: I pledge my word (which, in truth, is the only thing I have to pop, all the rest being in.).
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]F.F. Cooper Elbow-Shakers! I i: As to get a little drop, / I’ve scarce a rag to pop.
[UK]G. Kent Modern Flash Dict.
[UK]Punch I 77: The eight waistcoats wanted for dinner. Peter ordered to pop accordingly – proceeds 7s. 6d. Invested in a small leg of mutton and half and half.
[Ire] ‘Paddy’s Employment’ Irish Songster 48: If to-day, my shirt I pop.
[UK]W. Phillips Wild Tribes of London 29: She used to work slops for old Melchizdek, the Jew; but when her mother was ill she popped the duds.
[UK](con. 1840s–50s) H. Mayhew London Labour and London Poor I 124/2: I was hard up at last, and I popped my watch for a sovereign.
[UK]Hants. Advertiser 21 Oct.7/6: Who is particular about / All articles put 'up the spout' / [...] / Who'd lose by prey which thieves might pop? / My Unclde.
[Ire]C.J. Kickham Knocknagow 40: I was obliged to pop my watch last night.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 26 Mar. 9/3: Had to ‘pop’ my sealskin to pay board.
[UK]‘Walter’ My Secret Life (1966) I 146: She [...] examined the handkerchief very carefully. ‘It’s a rare good new one, it will pop for half-a-crown.’.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 19 Feb. 3/8: Went to their bankers, tried and true, / And popped the Crown and Sceptre.
[UK]Kipling ‘Slaves of the Lamp’ Pt I Complete Stalky & Co. (1987) 58: Confound you! You haven’t been popping my Sunday bags, then?
[Aus]Bulletin Reciter 1880–1901 181: Popped me watch, and made de missus / Go and pawn ’er weddin’ ring.
[UK]Murray & Hilbury [perf. Vesta Victoria] Oh Amelia 🎵 Make him pop the question, when popping your father’s pants.
[UK]E. Pugh City Of The World 172: I popped the old man’s trousers last night.
[Aus]Truth (Melbourne) 3 Jan. 10/6: For you see a interesting / Tidy little piece of skirt / Induce a sporting josser / For to go and pop his shirt.
[UK]Wodehouse Inimitable Jeeves 33: Made me feel like a pawnbroker. More than a touch of popping the watch about the whole business.
[UK]W. Holtby South Riding (1988) 333: Fact is, I popped the bike.
[UK]J. Cary Horse’s Mouth (1948) 16: Don’t you pop them or I’ll cut your liver out.
[Aus]K. Tennant Joyful Condemned 166: All the girls are popping their rings to get her bail.
[Aus] ‘Whisper All Aussie Dict.’ in Kings Cross Whisper (Sydney) xxxviii 10/2: pop: To pawn.
[UK]P. Wright Cockney Dialect and Sl. 92: Pop ‘to pawn’, by taking things to the pop-shop.

In compounds

pop shop (n.) [SE shop]

a pawnbroker’s shop.

[US]Town & Country Mag. Feb. 73/1: His father was a pawnbroker near St Giles’s [...] The pop shop was ready for the pledges, the gin shop was ready for the money lent upon them.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK] ‘Jonny Raw and Polly Clark’ in Batchelar’s Jovial Fellows Collection of Songs 4: He cried, you Pol I’ll break your pate, Ri tol de rol. / For everything that I have got, / You’ve hauled off to the pop shop.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK] ‘Job Halls And Mike Hunt’ in Lummy Chaunter 84: His friend kept a pop shop just at the house front.
[UK]Comic Almanack Dec. 298: So many dissecting cases were to be seen in the window of the pop-shop on the corner.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 25 July 1/3: He went with his daughter to the pop-shop and applied for the pledge.
[UK] ‘Drunkard’s Farewell to his Folly’ in C. Hindley Curiosities of Street Lit. (1871) 91: Farewell to the pop-shop races.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 20 Feb. 2/6: Me keepy pop shop Kent-street [...] gold chain for lady necklace ask seven pounds.
[UK] ‘Dunmow Flitch’ in C. Hindley Curiosities of Street Lit. (1871) 144: Some scores will to the pop-shop run.
[UK]Bristol Magpie 21 Sept. 3/2: [scene. A ‘Pop’ shop in Castle street.] Female Customer, (displaying old and faded pair of curtains):—‘I want’s half a soverin’ on they!’ Pawnbroker, (after inspection, flinging them down with a grin):— ‘Half-a-what?’.
[Aus]C. Crowe Aus. Sl. Dict. 60: Pop Shop, a pawnbroker’s shop.
[UK]F.W. Hume Hagar of the Pawn-shop 54: Rosa, to get rid of the necklace until the affair of the murder was blown over, might pawn it [...] so I sent a printed slip to all the pop-shops in London.
[NZ]Otago Witness (N.Z.) 11 Dec. 90/1: Take that thing away; this isn’t a Pop shop, mind thee.
[Aus]Truth (Melbourne) 7 Feb. 6/2: [headline] Gold Watch Traced to a ‘Pop Shop’.
[UK]B. Lubbock Bully Hayes 193: All the second-hand and pop shops in Sydney.
[UK]J. Cary Horse’s Mouth (1948) 244: Off I went to the pop shop with the Sevres teapot.
[Aus]D. Hewett Bobbin Up (1961) 83: Scabby-looking dresses picked up in the pop shops.
[Aus] ‘Whisper All Aussie Dict.’ in Kings Cross Whisper (Sydney) xliii 11/2: uncles: A pawnbroker’s place of business. Also popshop.
[UK]P. Wright Cockney Dialect and Sl. 92: Pop ‘to pawn’, by taking things to the pop-shop.
[UK]F. Wheen Karl Marx 222: One by one, the new pieces of furniture and the precious old linen found their way back to the pop-shop.

In phrases

pop one’s clogs (v.) [SE clogs]

to die.

Shipley Times and Express Mid-Week Supp. 13 May 7/2: [N]oab’dy could tak’ it [i.e. money] wi’ ’em when they popped ther clogs.
A. Christie Ten Little Niggers [play script] 11: I’m stretched to the limit keeping the estate ticking over since Pop popped his clogs.
A. Coren Lady from Stalingrad Mansions 17: Do you know, when he popped his clogs, it was still going like the clappers, after nearly eighty years.
[UK]A. Payne ‘Get Daley!’ Minder [TV script] 52: Soon as Joe popped his clogs, he did a runner.
[UK]Guardian Guide 5–12 June 71: Having popped his clogs 15 years previously.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 7 Jan. 8: Most people [...] would like it to be done to them when they pop their clogs.
[UK]H. Mantel Beyond Black 37: Happiest day of my life when that fucker popped his clogs.
[UK]J. Meades Empty Wigs (t/s) 161: [I]t’s too late now. The blighter popped his clogs in a coach crash outside Ghent.