Green’s Dictionary of Slang

jump n.

1. in UK Und. uses.

(a) [late 16C–early 17C] a robbery carried out around dusk by a number of rogues, who mill about, walking slowly along a street and opening every accessible window they can, grabbing whatever they can reach and moving on.

(b) [late 18C] a robbery that uses a man posing as a lamp-lighter, who can lean his ladder against a house without suspicion, climb it and enter through any window he can open.

(c) [19C] a ground-floor window.

(d) [19C] a robbery that involves breaking in through a ground-floor back window; thus jump the glaze, to open the window.

(e) [late 19C] an escape, while committing a burglary.

(f) see jumper n.1 (1a)

2. in sexual contexts.

(a) [mid-19C+] an act of sexual intercourse.

(b) [1930s–40s] (US) a sexually promiscuous woman.

(c) [1970s+] (US gay/prison) gang-rape.

3. in sense of movement.

(a) [mid-19C+] (US) usu. constr. with the, the beginning, the outset; thus at/from/off/on jump/the jump, from the start.

(b) [late 19C+] (orig. US, a journey, esp. from coast to coast or city to city; thus US tramp) a free trip on a train or a boat.

(c) [1980s] a fig. start, a chance.

4. in sense of physical effort.

(a) [late 19C–1940s] (US) liveliness, energy.

(b) [20C+] (also jump job) an ambush, an attack, a surprise, an advantage.

(c) [1930s+] (orig. US black) a party where the guests buy their refreshments to help pay the rent.

(d) [1940s–80s] (US gang/black) a dance party.

(e) [1950s+] (US) a gang fight.

5. [1970s] (US gay) one’s home [jump v. (10a)].

6. [20C+] a public house bar.

7. [1980s+] (Aus.) a barmaid.

8. [1990s+] a shop counter.

9. [2000s] (US prison) homemade alcohol.

In compounds

jump city (n.) [-city sfx]

[1980s+] (US) the start; esp. in phr. from jump city, from the very beginning.

jump job (n.)

see sense 4b above.

jump jobber (n.) [SE jobber, ‘one who does jobs or odd pieces of work; one employed to do a job’ (OED)]

[1940s–60s] (US) a pimp.

jump joint (n.) [1930s+]

1. (orig. US black) a party where the guests buy their refreshments to help pay the rent.

2. (US) a cheap roadhouse or brothel, esp. an establishment providing food, drink and music for dancing.

jump street (n.)

[1970s+] (US) the start; esp. in phr. from jump street, from the very beginning.

In phrases

get a jump on (v.) (also get the jump on, have a/the jump on)

[20C+] (orig. US) to gain a lead on, get an advantage over (someone); to hurry.

give someone a jump (v.)

[20C+] of a man, to have sexual intercourse.

go the jump (v.)

[mid-19C] (UK Und.) to enter a house by a window.

jump in the sack (n.) [sack n. (4)]

[1990s+] an act of casual sexual intercourse.

off one’s jump

[1950s] (Irish) crazy, insane.

on the jump

1. [mid-19C+] restless, unsettled, nervous, busy.

2. [mid-19C+] (also at a jump, on a jump, on the keen jump) promptly, immediately, very quickly.

3. [1900s–1930s] (US Und.) on the run.

4. [1910s] (US) at the very start.

put on the jump (v.)

[1900s] (US) to alert, to get someone moving, to ‘ginger up’.

SE in slang uses

In exclamations

take a running jump at yourself! (also take a jump at yourself! take a run and a jump! take a running! take a running jump!)

[20C+] a general excl. of dismissal and distaste; often as go (and)....