Green’s Dictionary of Slang

mag n.5

[SE magpie, post-19C use mainly Aus.]

1. talk, chatter.

[UK]Mme D’Arblay Diary and Letters (1904) I 118: Oh, if you have any mag in you, we’ll draw it out!
[UK]Sporting Mag. 19 199/1: You’re up to all the mag and the gossip.
[UK]J. Poole Annotations in Hamlet Travestie 81: Gab—i.e. Mag, or jaw.
[UK]J. Bruton ‘My Mugging Maid’ in Farmer Musa Pedestris (1896) 98: Say, mugging Moll, why that red-rag [...] Why is it now so mute in mag.
[UK]E.L. Linton Patricia Kemball II 78: Don’t be a fool, woman, and hold your mag on things you don’t understand.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 11 July 18/2: Before you come around here with your ’mag’ about profanity, know that the few feeble words with which I adorn my observations are but imitations of sounds which reach my ear from every back window along the terrace.
[UK]‘Doss Chiderdoss’ ‘A Genteel Occupation’ Sporting Times 22 Feb. 1/2: She talked, and still talked—’twas a party of the plant— / And where is the woman deficient in ‘mag?’.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 7 Dec. 19/1: The landlord dropped into the bar-parlour and said if there wasn’t more drinking and less ‘mag’ they could all clear.
[UK]D. Stewart Shadows of the Night in Illus. Police News 31 Aug. 12/4: ‘Cheese your mag, Bob’.
[Aus]E. Dyson Spats’ Fact’ry (1922) 97: ’Ere’s Kittie Coudry [...] with a dilly mag about you marryin’ another bloke.
[Aus]C.J. Dennis ‘The Knight’s Return’ in Chisholm (1951) 86: But later on I wished ’e’d sling ’is mag.
[UK]A.E. Strong in Partridge Sl. Today and Yesterday 287: It’s time I struck a sweet job. In London, for preference; there I can have a mag to a tabby.
[Aus]K. Tennant Joyful Condemned 343: C’m over here. I want a bit of a mag with you.
[NZ](con. 1925) L. Masters Back-Country Tales 256: An Irishman who soon became known as Jim the mag. artist. Jim was a great yarn spinner.
[Aus]A. Seymour One Day of the Year (1977) I i: We had a bit of a mag.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 93: He always stopped and had a bit of a mag to everybiody.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett White Shoes 137: Sort these white-shoe cunts out, and maybe have a drink or two and a mag after.

2. nagging.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 15 Sept. 13/1: ‘She yusta gimmelip,’ eesiz, / ‘Anso we ata paht. / Ixceptin ferer mag,’ eesiz, / ‘Shewuza boshtataht.’.

3. (Aus.) a lie.

[Aus]E. Dyson Spats’ Fact’ry (1922) 39: Another lay that’s popular with lads what don’t want their girls t’ cherish mad idears is the mag about marriage bein’ barred by the great hinistitution what pays ’em [...] for their valuable services.

4. a chatterer.

[NZ]F. Sargeson ‘That Summer’ in Coll. Stories (1965) 156: She was a mag, and all the way along until we got to our beach she talked about how nice the water looked.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 26 Apr. 45: He’s got the front and he can rave – a top mag – but just can’t pull a head.

5. see magsman n. (1b)

In derivatives

In compounds

mag-pie (n.)

speech, conversation.

[UK]H. Baumann ‘Sl. Ditty’ Londinismen (2nd edn) vii: Now then there is yer sumptuous / Tuck-in of most scrumptious / And dainty mag-pie! / Will ye jes’ come and try?
mag-stake (n.)

money obtained by verbal trickery or fraud.

[UK]Town ‘The Swell Mob’ 27 Jan. n.p.: A magsman must, of necessity be a great actor, and a most studious observer of human nature... Without [these attributes] a man might as well attempt to fly as to go out for a ‘mag-stake’ [F&H].

In phrases

chuck a mag (v.)

(UK Und.) to work as a confidence trickster.

[UK]W.E. Henley ‘Villon’s Straight Tip’ in Farmer Musa Pedestris (1896) 176: Dead-lurk a crib, or do a crack; / Pad with a slang, or chuck a mag.
tip the mag (v.)

1. to talk duplicitously, to fool a gullible victim .

[UK] ‘The Cly-Pecker’ in Swell!!! or, Slap-Up Chaunter 38: When their peepers were open, she tip’d them her mag; / The charleys were call’d, ’cause the traps were not fly, / So they misle’d her off with a limber ken drag. / Then I heard not a sound – but the slang of her rag, / And the next day the beaks made her grind at the mill.

2. to talk, to orate.

[UK] ‘’Arry on Woman Rights’ in Punch 2 Apr. 156/1: Old Ringlets [...] Tipped the mag with as much bellows-blowing as though he’d two tongues in his cheeks.