1. to inform, usu. to the police but occas. against them.
|Melody of Death 114: ‘I don’t want to hear any more about your conscience,’ said the officer wearily. ‘Do you scream or don’t you?’ ‘I don’t scream,’ said Mr. Wallis emphatically.|
|Jimmy Brockett 165: ‘I’ll scream!’ she said. ‘I will. I’ll tell everyone.’.|
|Boss of Britain’s Underworld 3: Not one crooked person [...] can say I’ve doubled on anyone, or that I’ve screamed or grassed to the law.|
|Involved 114: He never got paid [...] and my information is he’s ready to scream [OED].|
|Sir, You Bastard 62: I’m gonna scream like a pig in court.|
|Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].|
|How to Shoot Friends 95: Taylor screamed Longley’s name long and loud when he was arrested and questioned.|
2. to complain.
|Boss of Britain’s Underworld 177: Maybe the thieves thought the owner would not put up a scream. But he did. He screamed his head off.|
|Norman’s London (1969) 44: But out it [i.e. a marriage] came my daughter, who is a very fine kid, so I haven’t really got much to scream about.in Bristol Eve. Post 27 Nov. in|
3. (US black) to engage in verbal confrontation.
|CUSS 190: Scream Go wild.et al.|
|in Kochman Rappin’ & Stylin’ Out 274: ‘Woofing’ is common in Philadelphia and elsewhere, ‘joning’ in Washington, ‘signifying’ in Chicago, ‘screaming’ in Harrisburg, and, on the West Coast, such general terms as ‘cutting,’ ‘capping,’ or ‘chopping’.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 95: Terms like to blow away, to scream, to dump, [...] all connote loud or energetic action.|
4. (US gay) to be ostentatiously homosexual.
|Queens’ Vernacular 177: scream 1. to be obviously homosexual.|
(US black) to use language that is likely to cause a fight.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 95: So verbal confrontation runs the gamut from the more or less playful capping sessions to [...] hard-core confrontation where you scream cold, hard, foul or stomp on someone.|
1. to impress with one’s smart talk.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 253: scream (down) some heavy lines 1. Impress or outdo with conversation.|
2. to debate or argue intensely and emotionally.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 27: Do your own thang. Scream some heavy lines down to d’ Man.|
1. (US black) to betray a confidence, to inform against, to gossip about.
|cited in Juba to Jive (1994).|
2. (mainly US black) to attack verbally.
|Diet of Treacle (2008) 137: There’s lots of studs I can live without. But I don’t go screaming on ’em all the time.|
|Street Players 24: Those niggers screamed on me first, honey.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 253: scream, scream on, scream cold on See holler.|
|Source Nov. 206: Joined by his protege, Short Khop, [...] the duo scream on fake gangstas and hustlers.|
|Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] scream on Definition: to yell at someone, usually your peeps, mom and pops, or your girl. Example: Yo, when I got home last night, pop dukes screamed on me.|
3. to embarrass.
|Third Ear n.p.: screaming on v. [...] 2. embarrassing someone publicly.|
4. (US gay) to be very keen on (something).
|Queens’ Vernacular 177: scream on [...] 3. to enthusiastically like an item.|
to criticize, to tell off, to reprimand.
|Curvy Lovebox 176: Too tired to scream me out.|
SE in slang uses
(US campus) to have sexual intercourse with someone.
|‘University Euphemisms in Calif. Today’ [Internet] A great number of expressions are used instead of the expression ‘to have sex’, which has probably lost its power to shock, for example ‘to ride the hobby horse’, ‘to make someone scream’, ‘to do the wild thing’, ‘to boost’, ‘to boink’, ‘to ball’ or ‘to bump’ to name a few.|
desperate for sex, usu. but not invariably of a woman.
|Barry McKenzie [comic strip] in Complete Barry McKenzie (1988) 66: Must be screamin’ for it to be hanging around the station.|
to become hysterical.
|DSUE (8th edn) 1025/1: from ca. 1840.|
(orig. UK Und.) to report a burglary.
|DSUE (8th edn) 1025/1: To go to Scotland Yard to report one’s loss: c.: from ca. 1900. Esp, to report a burglary, a sense that >, ca. 1935, gen. urban s.|