Green’s Dictionary of Slang

make n.1

also mec
[Midlands/northern dial.; 20C+ use mainly Dublin]

(UK Und.) a halfpenny.

[UK]R. Copland Hye way to the Spyttel House Eiii: Toure the patryng coue in the darkman cace / Docked the dell for a coper meke.
[UK]Harman Caveat for Common Cursetours in Viles & Furnivall (1907) 83: a make a halfpeny.
[UK]Groundworke of Conny-catching n.p.: [as cit. c.1566].
[UK]Dekker Belman of London (3rd edn) A2: upr.: Why? Hast thou any lowre in thy bung to bowse? rog.: But a flag, a win, and a make.
[UK]Rowlands Martin Mark-all 5: Will you wapp for a wyn, or tranie for a make.
[UK]J. Taylor Crabtree Lectures 189: Cove. Mort, what lower hast thou in thy Bung? Cove. I have a boord, two flagges, a Make, and one jon, and a rum stocke too.
[UK]Dekker Canters Dict. Eng. Villainies (9th edn).
[Ire]Head Eng. Rogue I 50: Make, An half-penny.
[UK]A Newgate ex-prisoner A Warning for House-Keepers 5: But if the cully naps us / and the Lurres from us take / O then they rub us to the Whitt / And it is hardly worth a Make.
[UK]R. Holme Academy of Armory Ch. iii item 68c: Canting Terms used by Beggars, Vagabonds, Cheaters, Cripples and Bedlams. [...] A Make, an half-penny.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Wap, Let her trine for a Make, ...let her hang for a Half-penny.
[UK]Hell Upon Earth 5: Make, a Half-penny.
[UK]A. Smith Lives of Most Noted Highwaymen, etc. I 209: He taught his Pupil a deal of canting Words, telling him [...] Make, a Half-penny.
[UK]Defoe Street Robberies Considered 33: Make, Halfpenny.
[UK]Canting Academy, or the Pedlar’s-French Dict. 113: A Half-penny A Make.
[UK]Scoundrel’s Dict. 17: A Half-penny – Make.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[Ire] ‘Larry’s Stiff’ Luke Caffrey’s Gost 7: If he hadn’t a make, his neck-cloth he’d pop for a facer.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Standard 13 Dec. n.p.: We do not find the word make (a halfpenny) used by boys in Ireland and extensively among the Irish labouring people settled in London [F&H].
[Aus]Morn. Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld) 18 July 2/6: A half-penny [...] may find the following; ‘bawbees,’ ‘browns,’ ‘camden town,’ ‘coppers,’ ‘ flatch,’ ‘gray,’ ‘madge.’ ‘make,’ ‘mag or maga,’ ‘posh,’ and ‘rap’.
[Ire]Joyce Ulysses 403: A make, mister. The Denzille lane boys. Hell, blast ye!
[Ire](con. 1890s) S. O’Casey Pictures in the Hallway 216: Have you got your tram fare home? – No, said Johnny, I haven’t a make.
[Ire]B. Behan Scarperer (1966) 68: It’s just a few makes I had, you know.
[Ire]J. Healy Death of an Irish Town 21: A rager blone – four horses and two sprassies. Wide with the makes. Still. (In translation: ‘A country woman – four half crowns and two sixpences ... she’s careful with her money’).
[Ire]E. Mac Thomáis Janey Mack, Me Shirt is Black 64: We never found a make (ha’penny).

In phrases

edge the makes (v.)

to pitch coppers at a stone, the winner came nearest.

[Ire]Spirit of Irish Wit 102: Edging de makes, at a motty, meant pitching halfpence at a particular stone, and he that pitched nearest was the winner.