1. [late 18C; 1940s+] a joker, a clown.
2. [mid-19C+] a character, a noticeable person, a likeable eccentric [? one who stands out from the ‘pack’].
3. [mid-19C+] an attraction, a ‘drawing card’.
4. [1940s] (US) an amusing thing or circumstance.
5. [1970s] a fool.
6. (US) in drug uses.
(a) [1900s–40s] pieces of opium weighed out onto a (playing) card; the usual ration of prepared opium used in a single smoking session.
(b) [1920s–30s] a means of selling opium in which pills of the drug are stuck to a playing card.
see under dead adj.
see draw caad/card under draw v.4
[late 19C–1940s] to allow someone else an advantage.
see hand in one’s checks under check n.1
[late 19C–1920s] (US) a provocative, lively person.
1. [1980s+] to attack, to beat up, to kill.
2. [2000s] (US prison) to find out information about another inmate [the image is of file cards; the records are now computerized].
[early 16C–mid-18C] a safe plan, a trustworthy person.