1. in UK Und. uses.
(a) 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.
|Thieving Detected 21: The Jump [...] a great number of rogues then gets lurking about [...] every window they come near that has no light in, they open, if it happens not to be fastened; they then take what is most valuable out of that room, and very often go into others in the same house, acting in the same manner by them, and when they have got as much as they think can be conveniently carried off, they let themselves out at the street door, and go off uninterrupted with their booty.|
(b) 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.
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Jump, the Jump or Dining room Jump, a species of Robbery effected by ascending a Ladder placed by a Sham Lamplighter against the House intended to be robbed. It is so called because should the Lamplighter be put to flight, the Thief who ascended the Ladder has no means of Escape exceopt by Jumping down.|
|,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn).|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
(c) a ground-floor window.
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang.|
(d) a robbery that involves breaking in through a ground-floor back window; thus jump the glaze, to open the window.
|Discoveries (1774) 43: Undub the Jeger, or jump the Glaze; open the Door, or lift up the Window.|
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 247: jump: a game, or species of robbery effected by getting into a house through any of the lower windows. To jump a place, is to rob it upon the jump. A man convicted for this offence, is said to be done for a jump.|
|Night Side of N.Y. 60: Among the men you may not, perhaps, recognize ‘Roddy the Jump,’ but he is there.|
|Twenty-Five Years of Detective Life II 179: ‘Jumping a crib’ is entrance by a window.|
(e) an escape, while committing a burglary.
|Police! 316: In thieves’ parlance [...] a ‘long jump’ is to drop from an upper storey window; a ‘short’ jump is to slip out of one of the basement windows; a ‘side’ jump means retiring by the side door; and a ‘back’ jump, by the back door.|
(f) see jumper n.1 (1a)
2. in sexual contexts.
(a) an act of sexual intercourse.
|in Stories the Soldiers Wouldn’t Tell (1994) 35: There is four whorehouses here where a man can get a single jump for 3 dollars, five dollars for all night.|
|Girl Proposition 156: To look at the Bag in your Trousers one would think that you were getting ready to make a Jump.|
|Appointment in Samarra (1935) 212: Then you get cockeyed and take her out for a quick jump and ruin the whole works.|
|Trespass 157: It your ass you hustlin’ now, and I wants to be the one to tell you that ain’t worth no five dollars a jump.|
|All Night Stand 59: Two jumps . . . talk about channel tunnel . . . red kecks.|
|Boston Blitz (1974) 67: Just remember, I get first jump.|
|Spike Island (1981) 497: He can pay his fifteen pound, have a jump, and go back to Wales.|
|(con. 1920s) Legs 92: It’s only a deuce a jump.|
(b) (US) a sexually promiscuous woman.
|Und. Speaks n.p.: Jump, a woman of easy virtue.|
|Never Come Morning (1988) 42: You should see the jump I picked me up once there.|
|UNC-CH Campus Sl. 2011.(ed.)|
(c) (US gay/prison) gang-rape.
|Queens’ Vernacular 155: The act of rape is a [...] jump.|
3. in sense of movement.
(a) (US) usu. constr. with the, the beginning, the outset; thus at/from/off/on jump/the jump, from the start.
|Maysville Eagle 12 July n.p.: I’ll give you a history of Henry Clay, from the first jump of him [DA].|
|Andrew Jackson 228: They’d’ve kick’d up a rale bubbery, and’ve thrown the fat intu the fire in a jump.|
|N.-Y. Trib. 11 Nov. n.p.: Here is a whole string of Democrats, all of whom had been going the whole hog for Cass from the jump [F&H].|
|in Tarheel Talk (1956) 280: I will give time [credit], but Interest from the Jump [i.e. beginning immediately].|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 4 Sept. 3/1: Mary Ann went off from the jump in a rare bat.|
|Americanisms 612: From the jump is constantly used as a more energetic expression than the prosy, from the first.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 3 Apr. 9/3: We were aware from the ‘jump’ that The Bulletin would shape the future career of the Australian press.|
|Daily Inter-Ocean (Chicago) 3 Feb. n.p.: He can depend on a big crowd and fair play from the jump [F&H].|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 2 Aug. 11/4: A gentleman can’t be persuaded into becoming a Jew. [...] A Jew is a Jew ‘from the jump to the judge’s box.’.|
|(con. 1860s) Recollections of a Private 342: The battle must be fought on the jump! We’ve got to smash ’em before sundown!|
|Man from Snowy River (1902) 6: And the old man gave his orders, ‘Boys, go at them from the jump, / No use to try for fancy riding now’.‘The Man from Snowy River’ in|
|Barkeep Stories 82: ‘[H]e grabs me right off de jump an’ starts t’ tell me wot he knows’.|
|Wolfville 191: It’s cl’ar from the jump he ain’t meant by Providence for the cattle business.|
|Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 3 Apr. 1/6: Every one we backed for Senate / Was a trying from the jump.|
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 2: Here right off the jump, some one was ready to bust up a happy home.|
|Confessions of a Detective 13: Of course I wanted to be a detective from the jump. But you have to do a beat before you can become a Central Office bull.|
|Fact’ry ’Ands 100: He reckernized me from ther jump.|
|Dock Rats of N.Y. (2006) 65: ‘You disappoint me, Ballard.’ ‘How so?’ ‘I’ve given you a good chance, and I expected you would say all right at a jump.’.|
|Truth (Melbourne) 21 Feb. 12/6: From the jump he were a bad-un.|
|Score by Innings (2004) 361: Jones: he got in bad with me from the jump.‘The Bone Doctor’ in|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 686: Joel Duffle getting the jump at once on the celery and olives and nuts.‘A Piece of Pie’ in|
|Coll. Stories (1965) 175: Right from the jump he’d come hanging round me if the boss wasn’t about.‘That Summer’ in|
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 166: I thought it right good fo’ yuh to git used to the idea from the jumps.|
|Blind Man with a Pistol (1971) 156: He got out just one jump ahead of the feds.|
|Die Nigger Die! 45: From the jump, the leader of the delegation who is now one of the boys in charge of Washington, D.C., went into his act.|
|House of Slammers 91: I knew from the jump you had all the trumps.|
|(con. 1930s–60s) Guilty of Everything (1998) 67: I knew I wasn’t going to get out, had known it from the jump.|
|Corner (1998) 44: The two are planning an expedition to a county mall, and Ronnie likes to get an early jump whenever possible. [Ibid.] 189: That’s twenty, right from jump.|
|You Got Nothing Coming 13: ‘Yeah, dawg, caught a P.V. myself.’ ‘Parole in Nevada is a trick bag, bro! They violating motherfuckers from the jump.’.|
|Lush Life 215: They’d been guessing the Lemlichs from the jump .|
|The Force [ebook] ‘I told you from the jump [...] no cops’.|
(b) (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.
|Cincinnati Enquirer 7 Sept. 10/7: Jump – Distance to travel.|
|‘Sl. of the Circus Man’ in Boston Daily Globe 17 Dec. 35: The distance from one town to another is always known as a ‘jump,’ and traveling is ‘jumping.’.|
|N.Y. Globe 22 July in Unforgettable Season (1981) 132: Not all of the players making this jump.|
|Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm 75: Think of the night jumps and the traveling.‘Little Sunset’ in|
|Broadway Melody 83: What with frequent lay offs and occasional long and costly railway ‘jumps’, they didn’t save much.|
|Dly Mercury (Mackay, Qld) 22 June 11/4: Blow in to any swaggies’ camp in a railway town, ask the campers how the rattler is for a jump, and if they trust you, you will learn all about the movements of train.|
|They Drive by Night 69: I’d take a jump on a lorry.|
|Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 15 Oct. 11/1: Chick made the jump all the way from Harlem to play at the affair.|
|Garden of Sand (1981) 24: Coxe could never make a jump like that.|
|(con. 1930s) ‘Keep Moving’ 20: As the train pulled out we were joined by another non-paying traveller. [...] ‘Th’ only jump on th’ train, mates,’ he remarked.|
(c) a fig. start, a chance.
|Nam (1982) 217: They were doing it [i.e. robberies] because they couldn’t get a jump when they came back to civilian life. They couldn’t find a way back into society.|
4. in sense of physical effort.
(a) (US) liveliness, energy.
|in From Ocean to Ocean 5: The ‘City of Washington’ coming up astern put more jump into our too-careful engineer.|
|None But the Lonely Heart 40: It was a matter of seconds till He see her, and got that sort of hot jump in the guts.|
|Cast the First Stone 17: Coney [Island] is such a happy place full of swing and jump.|
(b) (also jump job) an ambush, an attack, a surprise, an advantage.
|implied in get a jump on|
|Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm 107: The Renegades took the ‘jump’ on their old rivals.‘Little Sunset’ in|
|Third Degree (1931) 227: The present-day amateur hold-up man or youth, may do fifty ‘jump’ jobs without realizing a thousand dollars.|
|Dead Ringer 57: ‘How about the murder?’ [...] ‘I saw your pal Cap Weiss this morning. He was talking to Maury about the jump.’.|
(c) (orig. US black) a party where the guests buy their refreshments to help pay the rent.
|(con. 1930s) City in Sl. (1995) 75: Some Harlemites called these rent parties jumps, shouts, or struts. The frenetic dancing at rent parties was why they were also called house hops and jump joints.|
(d) (US gang/black) a dance party.
|Duke 50: It was a lousy jump.|
|Beckley Post-Herald (WV) 1 Dec. 7/4: Jump — A dance or other social event.|
|(con. 1953–7) Violent Gang (1967) 69: Baseball and throwing a ‘jump’ (dance) at Columbia were major preferences.|
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 58: You meet your boys and make it to a jump, where you can break night dancing.|
|(con. 1940s) Tattoo (1977) 73: It was Count Basie’s ‘One O’Clock Jump’.|
(e) (US) a gang fight.
|Third Ear n.p.: jump n. [...] 2. a fight.|
5. (US gay) one’s home [jump v. (10a)].
|Queens’ Vernacular 119: jump (rare, fr jazz sl, ’40s; cf the joint is jumpin’) one’s home, living quarters.|
6. a public house bar.
|Sun. Times (Perth) 9 Sept. 4/8: Every chump / Lines in daily to canoodle / Jezebel behind the jump.|
|N.Z. Truth 30 Nov. 2/3: All the time we was havin’ a wet, he was starin’ at the piece behind the jump as if he’d never seen a skirt before.|
|Hazell and the Three-card Trick (1977) 146: After leaning over the jump and coughing and whatnot I got one of the barmen from the busy bars to come round.|
|You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 185: The girl behind the jump knew who Les was and [...] he had a fresh beer in front of him in about ten seconds.|
|Layer Cake 15: The old boy came round from behind the jump to tell me I had a phonecall.|
|Hooky Gear 125: Aint like youre gonna be workin over the jump in the Old Pratt an Tosser.|
|Viva La Madness 181: CCTV cameras above the door, banks of monitors over the jump.|
7. (Aus.) a barmaid.
|Ridgey-Didge Oz Jack Lang 9: ‘I’ll have a fine and dandy with a spot of squatters daughter, please,’ he said to the female jump.|
8. a shop counter.
|Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] Jump. 1. The counter at which an armed robbery occurs.|
|Layer Cake 146: Trevor dropped me at a petrol station [...] and the fuckwits behind the jump thought I was asking for a fuckin spaceship to take me home rather than a fuckin taxi.|
|Raiders 4: [of a bank] When he looked behind the jump it was as deserted as the Marie Celeste.|
9. (US prison) homemade alcohol.
|Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July [Internet] Jump: Homemade alcohol or pruno. (MD).|
(US) the start; esp. in phr. from jump city, from the very beginning.
|Bonfire of the Vanities 289: ‘Then where you from, Jack?’ ‘Jump City, Agnes,’ said Martin.|
|Complete idiot’s Guide to Writing a Novel [ebook] These are the concerns for readers when they first meet your characters, so you have to make them care from jump city—in other words, right away.|
see sense 4b above.
(US) a pimp.
|Burn, Killer, Burn! 111: You’re a jump jobber [...] Three hundred bucks from a broad.|
1. (orig. US black) a party where the guests buy their refreshments to help pay the rent.
|(con. 1930s) City in Sl. (1995) 75: Some Harlemites called these rent parties jumps, shouts, or struts. The frenetic dancing at rent parties was why they were also called house hops and jump joints.|
2. (US) a cheap roadhouse or brothel, esp. an establishment providing food, drink and music for dancing.
|in First-Person America (1980) 242: Jump joints: that means where they dance and drink and smoke the marijuana weed.|
|Naked Lunch (1968) 181: This Finnish skipper die inna local jump joint and leave this cargo to the madame.|
|(con. 1925–9) Negro in N.Y. 247: Ed Small’s now-forgotten Sugar Cane Club at 135th Street and Fifth Avenue. It was Harlem’s main ‘jump joint’.|
|Iced 176: The cocained glitterati that shook multi-plumed colored tail feathers in jump-joints across the Manhattan continent.|
(US) the start; esp. in phr. from jump street, from the very beginning.
|Southern Reporter 2nd ser. 472/2: The co-defendant, James Smith, answered, ‘I guess it ( — the mop) was there from Jump Street, I don't know’.|
|After Hours 223: You know my record [...] You know it from jump street.|
|Central Sl. 7: jump street [...] ‘When this shit started man, I was with you from jump street.’.|
|Honey, Honey, Miss Thang 30: Courage! You have to have it from the jump street. The courage to come out.|
|You Got Nothing Coming 48: Any of the woods out there takes one look at your bare, skinny-ass arms, he fuckin’ knows from jump street that you’re a fish.|
see on the jump
(orig. US) to gain a lead on, get an advantage over (someone); to hurry.
|[||Harper’s Wkly 43:2 1170/2: Harvard’s forwards too are playing lower than Yale’s, and the latter must improve materially, else the crimson will get the ‘jump’ on them. as they did last year].|
|Wyoming (1908) 46: Get a jump on you, then.|
|Knocking the Neighbors 123: His Family had drilled into him the low-down Habit of getting the Jump on the Other Fellow.|
|Over the Top 65: The early bird, in this instance, catches the worm, — sort of gets the jump on the other fellow, catching him unawares.|
|Pulps (1970) 41/1: That was a dumb trick letting him get the jump on me.‘The Yellow Twin’ in Goodstone|
|Battle Cry (1964) 244: At least we had the jump on the fungus.|
|AS XXXIII:1 78: get the jump on, v. To get ahead of.‘Miscellany’ in|
|Blind Man with a Pistol (1971) 177: Mother-rapers just waiting to get the jump on him.|
|Carlito’s Way 124: If a good driver gets the jump on them he can get away.|
|Cutter and Bone (2001) 107: You can drive, all right? Martinis, you know — I kind of got a jump on the evening.|
|Homeboy 56: I cant afford him gettin too big a jump on me.|
|Rivethead (1992) 47: Friday was an unspoken Sabbath for many of the workers [...] To get a jump on the weekend was often a temptation too difficult to resist. [Ibid.] 80: The only jump they had on him was that they were complete selfish assholes who didn’t give a shit about anything.|
|White Shoes 133: It was still six against two and they’d need to get the jump on them.|
|Rough Riders 149: And what if he decks you? [...] If he gets the jump on you.|
of a man, to have sexual intercourse.
|Right As Rain 6: Pulled over to give her a jump, huh.|
(UK Und.) to enter a house by a window.
|Dict. of the Flash or Cant Lang. 167/1: To go the jump – to steal into a room through the window.|
|‘Dict. Flash or Cant Lang.’ in Vulgar Tongue (1857).|
|Mysteries of London III 71: Go the jump, steal into a room through a window.|
|,||Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.|
|Life and Death at the Old Bailey 63: The following crook’s words and phrases date from the days of the old Old Bailey: [...] to steal into a room through the window – to go the jump.|
an act of casual sexual intercourse.
|Get Shorty [film script] I think the romance angle in your story is critically important, that isn’t simply a jump in the sack for either of them. These two become deeply in love.|
|Illusive Innocence [ebook] Henry assured her You need to know that you mean much more to me than just a jump in the sack. Are you saying that our lovemaking is just a jump in the sack?” She teased.|
(Irish) crazy, insane.
|Ginger Man (1958) 238: Why Kenneth, are you off your jump completely?|
1. restless, unsettled, nervous, busy.
|Biglow Papers 2nd series (1880) 70: France an’ England on the jump to interfere.|
|(con. c.1840) Huckleberry Finn 144: My nigger had a monstrous easy time [...] but Buck’s was on the jump most of the time.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 14 Dec. Red Page/3: Americans use the expressions ‘on the jump’ or ‘on the go’; the Australian says he is ‘on the wallaby.’.|
|Psmith in the City (1993) 65: Within ten minutes of his arrival the entire office was on the jump.|
|Treat ’Em Rough 140: A corporal has got to keep going and try to keep his men going and when you got a bunch of sap heads like mine it keeps a man on the jump to tend to them.|
|Gay-cat 188: The hull train-crew bein’ on the jump ter ditch us off.|
|Sucker’s Progress 106: The Policy men [...] were kept on the jump by the reform administration which had been elected in New York.|
|in Mass-Observation War Factory: Report 7: I don’t like her. You feel all on the jump when she’s around.|
|From Here to Eternity (1998) 759: It would mean years of living too close together, always on the jump. I’m not good at living close to people.|
|At Wanda’s Insistence [Internet] Honestly, for an intelligent man, he is thick sometimes. Video’d on one of our own security cameras he was. There’s enough on that tape to keep him on the jump for months.|
2. (also at a jump, on a jump, on the keen jump) promptly, immediately, very quickly.
|Southern Literary Messenger XXVIII 143: I run down stream, an I meets Bill on the jump [DA].|
|Atlantic Monthly Sept. 293/1: De tar-kittle’s a-bilin’ on de keen jump [DA].|
|‘’Arry on Fashion’ Punch 10 Sept. 110/1: Not up to the nines, not O.K., with last Season’s tile on my chump! / Why where would my form be, old man? I should drop to a cad at a jump.|
|Wichita County Herald 24 Feb. in Why the West was Wild 442: The result of his sudden appearance was [...] all of them who were able starting for the Territory on a jump.|
|Artie (1963) 91: I don’t want to get too gay on the jump.|
|Shorty McCabe 28: Then come along on the jump [...] If there’s any trouble lying around loose he’ll get into it. [Ibid.] 67: We quit the chowder club on the jump. [Ibid.] 234: Next thing I sees is a wedge-faced, long-legged guy comin’ across the lawn on the jump.|
|Bucky O’Connor (1910) 20: So burn the wind, and go through the car on the jump.|
|Valley of the Moon (1914) 205: Of course the squarehead comes back at ’m on the jump, an’ it’s good night for Bill.|
|That Old Hat 18 Sept. [synd. col.] Depreciation starts in on the jump.|
|Story Omnibus (1966) 329: ‘On the jump,’ I grunted and lit out for the dark cottage.‘$106,000 Blood Money’|
|World So Wide 186: They’ll want their orders obeyed on the jump.|
|In For Life 187: His rasping voice brought me to the office window on the jump.|
3. (US Und.) on the run.
|Life In Sing Sing 264: They’d have nailed me easy, but the stiffs tipped me to the lay and I’ve been on the jump since.|
|Und. and Prison Sl.|
4. (US) at the very start.
|Omaha Dly Bee (NE) 14 Sept. 36/1: He said on the jump that he did not wish to think of us in town after town, papering the house, and even at that we couldn’t fill ’em.|
(US) to alert, to get someone moving, to ‘ginger up’.
|More Fables in Sl. (1960) 163: He [...] put the whole Shop on the Jump to find Mr. Byrd.|
SE in slang uses
a general excl. of dismissal and distaste; often as go (and)...; note extrapolation in cit. 1920.
|[||Bulletin (Sydney) 1 Dec. 14/2: ‘Alces’ takes a running jump at a strongly-held and almost universal bush belief].|
|[perf. Marie Lloyd] Should the Sexes Bathe Together [lyrics] When they tell you it’s wrong, / Tell ’em to take a run.|
|Love Sonnets of a Hoodlum XII n.p.: O Life! you give Yours Truly quite a pain [...] Avaunt, false Life, with all your pride and pelf: Go take a running jump and chase yourself!|
|Fact’ry ’Ands 57: ‘Oh, take a jump at yerself!’ cried Martha, petulantly.|
|Hand-made Fables 69: When Mr. Foster ordered them to close up their little Side Rooms [...], they told him to loosen his Surcingle and go and take a long breezy Gallop for himself.|
|Ultramarine ii 76: You go and take a running jump at yourself .|
|(con. 1920s) No Mean City 9: Away and take a runnin’ jump at yoursel’!|
|Narromine News NSW) 24 Dec. 2/5: ‘He told me to bag my head, to go and have a jump at myself and to go and have a roll,’ witness said. ‘I told him I wouldn't stand that at my table’.|
|Ball of Fire [film script] Suppose you tell the DA to take a nice running jump for himself?|
|inEdge of the Abyss 94: We follow not Christ but Horst Wessel; His Church can go take a running jump.|
|(con. 1940s) Borstal Boy 26: Take a running jump at yourself.|
|Lore and Lang. of Schoolchildren (1977) 198: ‘Go and take a running jump at yourself’, ‘Take a long run off a short pier’.|
|Hang On a Minute, Mate (1963) 41: Might be an idea if you take a runnin’ jump at yourself.|
|(con. 1940s) Andy 21: Listen, Andy [...] Why don’t you take a running jump at yourself?|
|Late Emancipation of Jerry Stover (1982) 40: Why don’t you take a running jump, Mr Saint?|
|Hazell and the Three-card Trick (1977) 100: He’s got dough to invest and I told him to take a running.|
|‘Houses of the Oireachtas’ Ireland Parliament Debate 19 Apr. [Internet] The builders or the proposed lessors can tell these people to go and take a run and jump for themselves, that if they do not want to take a void lease they have no intention of giving them the fee simple except on their terms or maybe not at all.|
|Breaking Out 267: You can take a running jump at your arts and crafts as well!|
|Dandy Comic Library No. 205 42: Go take a running jump!|
|Guardian G2 24 Aug. 22: ‘Running jump’ and ‘cold day in hell’ hung unspoken in the air.|
|Book of Iris 660: If they try to make you recite too much, do it when you want, but otherwise tell them to go take a running jump ...|