1. used as a vaguely indecent oath, e.g. as by jiggers! jigger it! be jiggering well careful! etc.
|Life in St George’s Fields 17: Why gigger me if my master didn’t give me an order for common Garden last week.|
|‘The Charity Boy’ Dublin Comic Songster 165: To cut avay ’tis then the time, / Oh, jigger me tight! it is so prime.|
|Dick and Sal 22: Jigger! I would buy har a ribbin.|
|Broad Arrow Jack 22: Oh, blow your weakness! dash your helplessness, and jigger your happetite!|
|Gal’s Gossip 27: I fancy I can hear you reply ‘Oh, jigger it!’ as a sweet girl friend of mine, who is too lady-like to swear [...] remarked.|
|(con. 1910s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 70: ‘Jiggers!’ yelled Johnny O’Brien.Young Lonigan in|
|Great Magoo 61: Jiggers, my manager!|
2. (US, also jigaroo! jigeroo!) a warning that someone hostile, e.g. the police, a teacher, one’s parents, is coming.
|DN III:vii 545: jigger, v. Look out; be careful. ‘Jigger, kids, the teacher’s coming.’.‘A Second Word-List From Nebraska’ in|
|Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist (1926) 179: Now, jigaroo, screw’s comin’.|
|‘Jargon of the Und.’ in DN V 452: Jigeroo, A warning that the police are coming.|
|AS II:6 280: An inmate will say in warning to another, ‘Jigger, a screw,’ meaning ‘Be careful. A guard is coming’.‘Prison Lingo’ in|
|Gang 267: ‘Jiggers!’ — ‘Run, the cops are coming!’.|
|AS VII:6 403: Jiggers, the stick’s coming.‘Argot of an Orphans’ Home’ in|
|Nevada State Journal (Reno) 21 Dec. 6/3: The almanac also tells us [...] that the word jiggers is a cry of alarm denoting the approach of the cops.in|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 132: jiggers A warning; warning of the approach of a policeman.|
|DAUL 110/2: Jigger. [...] an exclamation of warning. [...] Jiggers! A danger signal to stop what one is doing or make a getaway.et al.|
|Burn, Killer, Burn! 104: Jiggers! [...] Somebody has come in.|
(US) to be a lookout, to keep a lookout.
|Jack-Roller 16: I and two other guys waited close to the alley [...] We were going to give ‘jiggers’.|
|(con. 1910s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 130: Benny Taite suddenly gave jiggers.Young Lonigan in|
|AS XXXVI:3 228: jiggs, jiggers, give, v. phr. To give a warning.‘Miscellany’ in|
|Joint (1972) 228: Hey lefty, I’ll give ya jiggers. I’ll be lookout, okay, boy?letter 22 June in|
(orig. US) a mild oath, euph. for by Jesus!
|Leeds Times 3 Apr. n.p.: ‘Jolly Tosh’ [...] had finished his famous song, ‘Oh, by Jiggers! we are Niggars!’.|
|A Pink ’Un and a Pelican 209: By jig’s, here he is again!|
|Pitcher in Paradise 29: By jigs, never knew time slip by so quickly.|
|Watch Yourself Go By 351: By jiggurs, ef he ain’t wearin’ Mary’s [...] green silk stockin’s.|
|Rainbow in Morning 92: By jiggers.|
|Bone of Contention (1995) 978: By ziggity, dat ol’ mule been dead three years an’ still kickin’.|
|Last Rustler 31: But by jickers, I reckon I could try.|