SE in slang uses
1. (also peddle one’s arse, ...butt, ...gash, ...hips, ...hump, ...peter, ...shape, ...stuff) to work as a prostitute, of either gender; to be very promiscuous; thus peddle ass v., as a generic [ass n. (2)/arse n. (1)/butt n.1 (1a)/gash n.1 (1)/hump n.1 (3a)/peter n.4 /stuff n. (8a)].
|(ref. to late 19C) Amer. Madam (1981) 101: You’d find nigrah gals peddling gash and joint copping in the alleys.|
|Call It Sleep (1977) 413: G-go p-peddle yer h-hump, h-he says.|
|Bessie Cotter 68: Well, owe it some more. You can peddle your hips for it. [Ibid.] 207: I’d rather peddle my shape in Shanghai Blum’s China cathouse.|
|(con. 1944) Gallery (1948) 140: Go on Via Roma and peddle your stuff and stop trying to act like trade.|
|Gates of Hell (1966) 25: She certainly has peddled her ass all over town.‘Love on Toast’ in|
|in Sweet Daddy 90: My chicks aren’t peddling ass for her.|
|America’s Homosexual Underground 71: There had been rumors [...] about the vice ring that entrapped youths and taught them the tricks of peddling their asses to perverts.|
|San Diego Sailor 75: But all that’s left for the others is to go on peddling their peters.|
|(con. 1960s) Black Gangster (1991) 51: I’d rather peddle ass for a quarter a throw.|
|Last Toke 30: The honkies [...] were, it seemed plain, about to be taken by the two sharp sisters peddling their ass.|
|Union Dues (1978) 184: You gettin all siddity on me, think you too good to be out peddlin your butt on the street.|
|Rat on Fire (1982) 47: Why the hell should she [...] peddle her ass to a lot of sleazes.|
|(con. 1940s) Hold Tight (1990) 70: Hank was nothing but a dick and a smile. How else could anybody think there was easy money in peddling your ass?|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 105: She carhops, maybe peddles it on the side.|
|Kill Your Darlings 234: Kids who peddle their arse down the Dilly.|
|Gospel of the Game 3: You had better be peddling your ass and you had better be selling it fast.|
2. in fig. use, to prostitute oneself.
|Llama Parlour 41: Everybody’s pedlin’ their ass in this town [...] We’re all gettin’ screwed.|
see under paper n.
(US) to sell one’s possessions, esp. to a second-hand store.
|AS I:12 652: Peddle-out—selling old clothing or shoes to second hand store.‘Hobo Lingo’ in|
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 142: Peddling Out.–Selling or trading the old clothes which have been begged from housewives, and which are not needed by the tramp, who obtains from his fellows food, drink or tobacco in exchange for his goods.|
to work as a prostitute; thus pussy-peddling n.
|Here Goes Kitten 126: It’s a lot easier for a girl t’peddle her pussy than it is for a man t’peddle his mind.|
|Blind Man with a Pistol (1971) 49: Give her some [medicine] too, so she be young as me, and can peddle her pussy.|
|Workin’ It 192: Pushing drugs, selling pussy, and shit like that.|
|(con. 1970s) King Suckerman (1998) 71: She peddled her pussy like that, bloodied and chip-toothed.|
|Rumble Tumble 65: They take their money, their drug pushin’, their pussy peddlin’, and their murderin’ seriously.|
|Royal Family 274: She went out and peddled pussy on Capp Street.|
to send a prostitute out to work.
|Pimp 55: He couldn’t understand how a boy with a score of one-hundred and seventy-five could do a stupid thing like peddling a girl’s ass.|
(US) an excl. of disdainful dismissal.
|AS VII:5 335: peddle your fish – mind your own business.‘Johns Hopkins Jargon’ in|
|Set This House on Fire 317: ‘Go peel a grape!’ Slam!|