Green’s Dictionary of Slang

pot v.

[all other senses are fig. use of sense 2, where the food goes in the SE pot]

1. to outdo, to outwit, to deceive; thus potter, a trickster.

[UK]Era (London) 17 Sept. 5/2: I was pleased as punch to see the Nobblers and Potters done.
[UK]T. Taylor Still Waters Run Deep II ii: A greater flat was never potted.
[UK]E.J. Milliken ‘Cad’s Calendar’ Punch Almanack Feb. n.p.: Crab your enemies, I’ve got a many, / You can pot ’em proper for a penny.

2. to shoot, esp. food for eating; thus potting n.

[UK]Chambers’s Journal xiii 90: A few... amuse themselves by potting at us, but they are in too great a state of fear to make good practice [F&H].
[UK]T. Hughes Tom Brown at Oxford (1880) 451: That doesn’t include turning out to be potted at like a woodcock.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 19 June 1/2: There is hardly a man in North Queensland whose motto is not ‘See a nigger and “pot” him’.
[UK]J. Keane On Blue Water 145: One of the boys [...] wanted to know if a soldier, after he was shot, wasn’t potted lobster.
[UK]Ally Sloper’s Half Holiday 8 May 7/2: He speared and potted each derned cuss / As he chanced to meet.
[UK] ‘’Arry on the Merry Month of May’ Punch 16 May 229/1: Day’s rabbittin’s not a bad barney, and gull-potting’s lummy, no doubt.
[UK]I.D. Hardy Oranges and Alligators 30: A third has ‘potted’ an alligator, about five feet long.
[UK]H. Nisbet Bushranger’s Sweetheart 301: The dingo almost missed me, but it was my rifle which potted him.
[UK]Marvel XV:390 Apr. 10: I warn you and your men to sheer off, and if you are not on the return journey in three seconds, we’ll pot you!
[UK]‘Ian Hay’ First Hundred Thousand (1918) 202: Their snipers go potting way all night, but they don’t often get anybody.
[Aus]L.D. Richards diary 9 May [Internet] It’s a wonder we weren’t potted off, as most of the time we could be seen by the enemy.
[Ire]S. O’Casey Plough and the Stars Act II: Supposin’ I happened to be potted?
[US]D. Runyon ‘Dream Street Rose’ Runyon on Broadway (1954) 57: Do not think it will do you any good to pot me in the back when I turn around.
[US]O. Strange Sudden Takes the Trail 90: He would ‘a’ tried to pot me.
[US]‘Curt Cannon’ ‘The Death of Me’ I Like ’Em Tough (1958) 100: As far as Grafton knows, he potted the right pigeon.
[US]M. Braly Felony Tank (1962) 98: They didn’t even see me. They were all too busy trying to pot you guys.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett White Shoes 154: You can’t [...] take on half a dozen terrorists armed with machine-guns like you’re goin’ out pottin’ rabbits.
[UK]A. Sillitoe Birthday 130: He craved a three-o-three Short Lee Enfield service rifle to pot one of the tyres.

3. to punish.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 23 May 6/2: In the libel suit of Dove v. the London Referee is perhaps the choicest example of what juries will do when they lose their heads or there’s a newspaper to be ‘slated.’ […] Dove bought an action and ‘potted’ the paper for £300.

4. to appropriate.

[UK]Ally Sloper’s Half Holiday 24 May 25: [caption] Iky Mo’s last words to Ally were — ‘Give anything to one, as long as you pot the stake’.
[UK]‘Doss Chiderdoss’ ‘When Love Began’ Sporting Times 8 Feb. 1/3: He’d no claim to be the only bird she’d potted; / It transpired that other love-birds had been victims of her sport, / And they all had been successfully small shotted.

5. to take from, to extort.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 1 Aug. 4/4: And the ‘Queen gave the bride away.’ There was magnanimity for you! To give her child away to a poor young man and pot the nation for the ‘dot!’.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 2 Sept. 26/1: What gave me the rift in the gizzard was that one of the mob booted the carpet off me arf-a-quid lid, and another potted a new stook and four jim that I was goin’ to weigh out for me new clobber.

6. (Aus./N.Z.) to throw a stone.

[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 162: pot [...] 2. To throw a stone, shortened version of pot-shot.

7. (US) to hit, to strike.

[UK]Gem 23 Jan. 18: He meant to pot your hat, but he might easily have potted your brain-box by mistake!

8. (Aus./N.Z.) in Und. uses.

(a) to arrest; to charge.

Independent (Footscray. Vic.) 17 July 3/3: I am going to be potted for this, if people didn’t give me drink I wouldn’t do such things.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 12 Oct. 13/3: A well-known desperado [...] was said to be mixed up in various cowardly garotting episodes, but all the police could pot him for was insulting behavior, or something of that kind.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 17 Oct. 12/2: A Melbourne carpenter, who pleaded guilty and was committed for trial, had the bad luck to be ‘potted’ last week on the charge of falsely representing himself as a victim of the recent railway accident, whereas he had escaped a nervous shock by missing the train.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 15 June 1/6: [headline] Blackguards Both Two Parasites Potted.
[Aus]Frankston & Somerville Standard (Vic.) 7 Dec. 4/4: He heard Roogerson demand to be taken to the police station, and heard Constable Kofoed tell him to go home. He had no desire to see Rogerson ‘potted’.

(b) to inform against, to hand over for trial.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 19 May 11/1: ‘Thank God that chap was potted,’ said the gaoler as the pious embezzler was found guilty. ‘We badly want an organist down at the prison!’.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 27 Sept. 29/2: An’, roundin’ the kips, / Yer kin pump ’em, an’ then / Yer off ter the demons / To sell what yer got, / When yer through / Wif a few / Ter squeal on an’ pot.
[Aus]Advertiser (Adelaide) 18 Feb. 8/5: I know who has potted on me.
[Aus]Advocate (Burnie, Tas.) 27 Oct. 6/5: Witness seized the liquor and emopty bottles Horton said, ‘You have been laid on to this,’ and Stokes said, ‘Yes, who potted us?’.
[Aus](con. 1930s) F. Huelin ‘Keep Moving’ 22: ‘If you hadn’t put on that damn fool act we wouldn’t be here,’ I snapped at darky. ‘Ther kid would have potted us anyway,’ he retorted defensively.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 162: pot [...] 3. To inform on.

(c) (Aus.) to jail, to sentence.

[Aus]Truth (Melbourne) 21 Feb. 12/6: Soon they pots him for a sixer, / Doin of a burglary.

9. to render drunk.

[US]I. Shulman Amboy Dukes 10: The zombie really had potted him.

10. (S.Afr.) to drink.

[SA]C. Hope Ducktails in Gray Theatre Two (1981) 51: jimmie: What you potting in there? bo-bo: Brandy. jimmie: Give you a terrible babalas, Bo-bo.

11. of a man, to seduce, to have sexual intercourse with.

[UK]G. Burn Happy Like Murderers 200: [Her father] potted two of his daughters.

In phrases

pot off (v.)

(US) to kill.

[US]H. Ellison ‘Johnny Slice’s Stoolie’ Deadly Streets (1983) 86: They wouldn’t pot off the dummy.
pot pork for (v.)

see separate entry.