Green’s Dictionary of Slang

screeve v.

[Ital. scrivere; ult. Lat. scribere, to write]

1. to draw on the pavement with chalk.

[UK]Kendal Mercury 23 July 1/2: Cadgers screeving [...] There are many cadgers who write short sentences with chalk on the flags .
[Ire]Freeman’s Jrnl 16 Feb. 4/5: I took to screeving (writing on the stone) [...] There is one man who draws Christ’s heads with a crown of thorns [...] in coloured chalks.
[UK](con. 1840s–50s) H. Mayhew London Labour and London Poor III 214/1: I’ve followed up ‘screeving,’ as it’s sometimes called, or drawing in coloured chalks on flag-stones.
[UK]J.H. Ewing Jan of Windmill 302: The crowd was gathered round a street-artist who was ‘screeving’, or drawing pictures on the pavement in coloured chalks .
[UK]‘George Orwell’ Down and Out in Complete Works I (1986) 166: Screeving, you mean?

2. to write, esp. to write fraudulent documents or letters.

[UK]H. Mayhew Great World of London I 42: Our inquiries among the London beggars, and especially the ‘screeving’ or beggar-letter writing class.
[UK](con. 1840s–50s) H. Mayhew London Labour and London Poor I 284/1: The newspapers ‘screeved’ about Rush. [Ibid.] 311/2: ‘Screeving’ – that is to say, writing false or exaggerated accounts of afflictions and privations.
[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict.
[UK]W.E. Henley ‘Villon’s Straight Tip’ in Farmer Musa Pedestris (1896) 176: Suppose you screeve, or go cheap-jack? / Or fake the broads? or fig a nag?
[UK]J. Curtis You’re in the Racket, Too 264: Does that look like my writing? I can’t screeve as classy as all that.
[UK]P. Baker Fabulosa 297/2: screeve 1. to write.
[UK]R. Milward Man-Eating Typewriter 4: I am screeving my memoirs.

In phrases

screeve a fakement (v.)

to concoct or write a begging letter or any other document aimed at extracting money by trickery.

[UK]A. Mayhew Paved with Gold 269: His false petitions were highly esteemed, and he enjoyed the reputation of being a first-rate fist at ‘screeving a fakement,’ though, owing to his forged signatures having been too often detected, he was declared to be ‘a duffer at coopering a monekur’.
[UK]Story of a Lancashire Thief 9: Brummagen Joe was [...] a patterer; and he could likewise screeve a fakement with any one.