1. the act of drinking [? one ‘wipes’ the glass with one’s lips].
|Letting of Humours Blood 76: We gaue the Brewers Diet-drinke a wipe.|
2. (UK Und.) a blow, also in fig. use, a reflection, a pause for thought.
|F&H].Letters (Hellowes) 235: Since you were the first that layde hand to weapon, the fault is not mine if I have happened to give you a wype [|
|Works (1883–4) I 232: The Welch-man had bestowed vpon us [...] a wipe ouer the shinnes.Pasquils Apologie in|
|Wil Bagnals Ghost 4: Brasier [...] in the stocks, / Repents with both leggs under locks, / But his foul’d friends with wipes and mockes / Do fit him.|
|Love for Love IV i: Gad, says I, an you play the fool and marry at these years [...] He was woundy angry when I gav’n that wipe.|
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Wipe c. a Blow, also a Reflection He tipt him a rum Wipe, c. he gave him a swinging Blow. I gave him a Wipe, I spoke something that cut him, or gaul’d him.|
|Confederacy V ii: So, thats a wipe for me now, because I did not give her a New-Years-Gift.|
|New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|Miscellanies V (1751) 249: To Statesmen would you give a Wipe, You print it in Italic Type.‘On Poetry’|
|Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 16: I shall make a shrift / To keep it from your Jewish gripe, / Or else your jaws may get a wipe.|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: wipe c. a Blow or reproach; I’ll give you a wipe on the chops; that story gave him a fine wipe.|
|Pettyfogger Dramatized I i: His damned ill natured and ungentleman like animadversions upon some of us practisers, gave me an infernal wipe.|
|(con. 18C) Guy Mannering (1999) 193: I gave her a wipe with my hanger in the heat of the matter, and cut her arm.|
|‘Widow Waddle, of Chickabiddy Lane’ in Merry Melodist 6: They’d words, and with a large cow-heel she gave him such a wipe.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Navy at Home II 293: ‘Look after it, and see as how she got the pay and prize money, and no gammoning a poor feller!’ [...] ‘if a feller should get a wipe’ .|
|Sam Slick in England II 168: He jist up with the flat of his hand, and gave me a wipe with it on the side of my face.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 2 Aug. 3/1: She catches me a wipe on my face and leaves the print of her nails.|
|,||Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 7 Mar. 14/3: Goaded to madness, the local George Robins at last called the editor a contemptible sanguinary alderman; upon which the latter […] made a round-arm wipe at the enemy’s head and knocked a parlour-screen half way across the road.|
|Complete Stalky & Co. (1987) 263: She gave me an awful wipe on the head last time — Mary.‘The Last Term’ in|
|Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man 211: One of the Crokes made a woeful wipe at him one time with his caman.|
|(con. 1914–18) Songs and Sl. of the British Soldier 134: I’ll give you a wipe (i.e. blow) right acrost yer kisser.|
|Three-Ha’Pence to the Angel 74: Now then, who wants a wipe round the chops?|
3. (also wipes) a handkerchief; thus the wipe lay, stealing handkerchiefs.
|Hell Upon Earth 6: Wipe, a Handkerchief.|
|Regulator 20: A Wipe or Clout, alias Handkerchief.|
|Discoveries (1774) 42: In your Wipe; in your Handkerchief.|
|‘Come All You Buffers Gay’ in Musa Pedestris (1896) 53: But if you should slape his staunch wipe/ Then away to the fence you may go.|
|Life’s Painter 136: I was wipe-priging, we made a regular stall for a tick and reader, but the cull was up to us, and we couldn’t do him.|
|‘The Flash Man of St. Giles’ in Musa Pedestris (1896) 74: She pick’d up the flats as they pass’d by /And I mill’d their wipes from their side clye.|
|‘Drunk in the Night’ No. 26 Papers of Francis Place (1819) n.p.: The gallus young huzzey while I felt her tuzzy, was down with her gropers to maul my wipe.|
|Real Life in London I 131: That was the man that nibbled the Jontleman’s dive and must have ding’d away the wipe, or else what should he bolt for?|
|Finish to the Adventures of Tom and Jerry (1889) 309: I press upon Jerry Hawthorn, Esq., his acceptance of my fogle, my wipe [...] politely termed a silk handkerchief.|
|‘A Kivaurnten of Hodges’ Best’ in Rummy Cove’s Delight in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) III 96: A Heast Hingy [i.e. East Indies] wipe the cove display’d.|
|Oliver Twist (1966) 103: ‘Is Fagin up stairs?’ ‘Yes, he’s a sortin’ the wipes.’.|
|Musa Pedestris (1896) 130: Who, when she met a heavy swell, / Would ease him of his wipe so well.‘My Mother’ in Farmer|
|Satirist & Sporting Chron. (Sydney) 8 Apr. 3/1: He actually sneezed, pulled out his vipe, and said [etc].|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 14 Feb. 2/5: The waist of the former [fighter] was adorned with a bird's eye fogle, whilst the old un presented a spotted green wipe.|
|‘Leary Man’ Vulgar Tongue (1857) 43: And you must sport a blue billy, / Or a yellow wipe tied loosily / Round your scrag for bloaks to see / That you’re a Leary Man.|
|Prince of Wales’ Own Song Book 41: Bill Brown he sported a short pipe, / With round his neck a flashy ‘wipe.’.‘The Browns Ruralising’|
|Term of His Natural Life (1897) 58: I don’t see no wipe.|
|St Louis Globe-Democrat 19 Jan. n.p.: The thieves’ ‘fly cops,’ ‘pulled his leather,’ ‘got his boodle,’ ‘lifted his spark,’ ‘shoving the queer,’ ‘crossmen,’ ‘give him the flip,’ ‘wring his super,’ ‘collar his wipe,’ etc.|
|Musa Pedestris (1896) 177: It’s up-the-spout and Charley-Wag / With wipes and tickers and what not!‘Villon’s Straight Tip’ in Farmer|
|Truth (Sydney) 4 Nov. 5/5: And he handles ‘wipes’ and ‘tickers till a charge they ’gainst him prove.|
|Complete Stalky & Co. (1987) 126: Lend us your wipe.‘The Moral Reformers’|
|‘Their Mate’s Honour’ in Roderick (1972) 761: They say there were some dozens of blood-soaked handkerchiefs buried in a hole in the scrub [...] but Mitchell doesn’t believe it. He says there couldn’t have been more than half a dozen ‘wipes’ amongst them.|
|City Of The World 272: You [...] put down your portmanter while you mop your head wi’ your pantomime wipe.|
|Cincinnati Enquirer (OH) 12 May 12/2: ‘I [...] put the B.R. (bank roll) in me wipe’.|
|(con. 1835–40) Bold Bendigo 141: Oh, demn it all, Duke, you are going the pace. When you flash that with your gold tattler and silk wipe you’ll be a regular out-and-outer.|
|Und. and Prison Sl.|
|Cowboy Lingo 38: His neckerchief was often dubbed a ‘wipes.’.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
4. (US Und.) a form of confidence trick based on persuading the victim that money can be raised to higher denomination; it is first secreted in a handkerchief.
|(con. 1905–25) Professional Thief (1956) 74: The wipe is a racket which is generally used on foreigners by foreign-born thieves.|
|Big Con 311: The wipe. A short-con game worked largely with Negroes, Italians or Gypsies. The victim is induced to put a large sum of money into a handkerchief, which is tied up and put away. The switch is put in and the mark finds that his money has turned into newspaper cuttings. 2. See the switch.|
5. see ass-wipe n.
see wiper-drawer under wiper n.
(UK Und.) stealing handkerchiefs.
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Wipe-Prigging, Handkerchief stealing.|
|Life’s Painter 151: Wipe priging. Stealing of handkerchiefs.|
|Sporting Mag. Apr. 26/2: Attended at the office — three boys brought in for prigging of wipes.|
a silk handkerchief.
|Autobiog. 173: Sleek wipes, silk handkerchiefs.|