1. to outdo, to outwit, to deceive; thus potter, a trickster.
|Era (London) 17 Sept. 5/2: I was pleased as punch to see the Nobblers and Potters done.|
|Still Waters Run Deep II ii: A greater flat was never potted.|
|Punch Almanack Feb. n.p.: Crab your enemies, I’ve got a many, / You can pot ’em proper for a penny.‘Cad’s Calendar’|
2. to shoot, esp. food for eating; thus potting n.
|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].|
|Tom Brown at Oxford (1880) 451: That doesn’t include turning out to be potted at like a woodcock.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 19 June 1/2: There is hardly a man in North Queensland whose motto is not ‘See a nigger and “pot” him’.|
|On Blue Water 145: One of the boys [...] wanted to know if a soldier, after he was shot, wasn’t potted lobster.|
|Ally Sloper’s Half Holiday 8 May 7/2: He speared and potted each derned cuss / As he chanced to meet.|
|‘’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.|
|Oranges and Alligators 30: A third has ‘potted’ an alligator, about five feet long.|
|Bushranger’s Sweetheart 301: The dingo almost missed me, but it was my rifle which potted him.|
|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!|
|First Hundred Thousand (1918) 202: Their snipers go potting way all night, but they don’t often get anybody.|
|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.|
|Plough and the Stars Act II: Supposin’ I happened to be potted?|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 57: Do not think it will do you any good to pot me in the back when I turn around.‘Dream Street Rose’|
|Sudden Takes the Trail 90: He would ‘a’ tried to pot me.|
|I Like ’Em Tough (1958) 100: As far as Grafton knows, he potted the right pigeon.‘The Death of Me’|
|Felony Tank (1962) 98: They didn’t even see me. They were all too busy trying to pot you guys.|
|White Shoes 154: You can’t [...] take on half a dozen terrorists armed with machine-guns like you’re goin’ out pottin’ rabbits.|
|Birthday 130: He craved a three-o-three Short Lee Enfield service rifle to pot one of the tyres.|
3. to punish.
|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.
|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’.|
|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.‘When Love Began’|
5. to take from, to extort.
|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!’.|
|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.
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 162: pot [...] 2. To throw a stone, shortened version of pot-shot.|
7. (US) to hit, to strike.
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 15 June 1/6: [headline] Blackguards Both Two Parasites Potted.|
|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.
|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!’.|
|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.|
|Advertiser (Adelaide) 18 Feb. 8/5: I know who has potted on me.|
|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?’.|
|(con. 1930s) ‘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.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 162: pot [...] 3. To inform on.|
(c) (Aus.) to jail, to sentence.
|Truth (Melbourne) 21 Feb. 12/6: Soon they pots him for a sixer, / Doin of a burglary.|
9. to render drunk.
|Amboy Dukes 10: The zombie really had potted him.|
10. (S.Afr.) to drink.
|Theatre Two (1981) 51: jimmie: What you potting in there? bo-bo: Brandy. jimmie: Give you a terrible babalas, Bo-bo.Ducktails in Gray|
11. of a man, to seduce, to have sexual intercourse with.
|Happy Like Murderers 200: [Her father] potted two of his daughters.|
(US) to kill.
|Deadly Streets (1983) 86: They wouldn’t pot off the dummy.‘Johnny Slice’s Stoolie’|
see separate entry.