1. [mid-18C+] to steal; to rob.
2. [mid-18C+] to apprehend and arrest.
3. [mid-18C+] (orig. UK Und.) to get hold of, to secure; lit. and fig.
4. [mid-18C+] to catch someone out, to take advantage of, to get the better of, to cheat.
5. [late 18C+] to punch, to hit hard or squarely; thus nailing, a beating.
6. [late 18C+] to shoot someone, to kill someone (occas. an animal or bird).
7. [late 19C+] to corner or defeat, esp. an opponent.
8. [late 19C+] (US) to seduce, to secure someone’s affections, to have sexual intercourse with.
9. [20C+] (US) to identify, to recognize.
10. [1910s+] to put an end to.
11. [1910s+] to approach, to address.
12. [1960s+] to charge with a debt.
13. [1960s+] (US) to reprimand.
14. [1970s+] to do something well, to master something, to deal with successfully.
15. [1980s+] to link someone with a person or thing.
16. to put out of order, to render ineffective.
[1950s] (US campus) emotionally disturbed.
[late 19C] exceptional.
[late 19C–1960s] (US tramp) to steal a ride on a moving train.
[late 19C–1900s] (UK Und.) to steal a watch.
[2010s] under the influence of a drug.
[mid-19C] (US) drunk.
[1970s+] (US black) the police.
[1980s+] (US campus) to do the impossible.
1. to punish severely.
2. to beat up comprehensively, to kill.
[late 19C+] (orig. US) to punish, to defeat in a decisive act, to castigate.
[18C–19C] to have sexual intercourse.