1. talk, chatter.
|Diary and Letters (1904) I 118: Oh, if you have any mag in you, we’ll draw it out!|
|Sporting Mag. 19 199/1: You’re up to all the mag and the gossip.|
|Hamlet Travestie 81: Gab—i.e. Mag, or jaw.Annotations in|
|Musa Pedestris (1896) 98: Say, mugging Moll, why that red-rag [...] Why is it now so mute in mag.‘My Mugging Maid’ in Farmer|
|Patricia Kemball II 78: Don’t be a fool, woman, and hold your mag on things you don’t understand.|
|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.|
|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?’.‘A Genteel Occupation’|
|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.|
|Illus. Police News 31 Aug. 12/4: ‘Cheese your mag, Bob’.Shadows of the Night in|
|Spats’ Fact’ry (1922) 97: ’Ere’s Kittie Coudry [...] with a dilly mag about you marryin’ another bloke.|
|‘The Knight’s Return’ in Chisholm (1951) 86: But later on I wished ’e’d sling ’is mag.|
|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.in Partridge|
|Joyful Condemned 343: C’m over here. I want a bit of a mag with you.|
|(con. 1925) Back-Country Tales 256: An Irishman who soon became known as Jim the mag. artist. Jim was a great yarn spinner.|
|One Day of the Year (1977) I i: We had a bit of a mag.|
|You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 93: He always stopped and had a bit of a mag to everybiody.|
|White Shoes 137: Sort these white-shoe cunts out, and maybe have a drink or two and a mag after.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 15 Sept. 13/1: ‘She yusta gimmelip,’ eesiz, / ‘Anso we ata paht. / Ixceptin ferer mag,’ eesiz, / ‘Shewuza boshtataht.’.|
3. (Aus.) a lie.
|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.
|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.‘That Summer’ in|
|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)
(UK Und.) chatter.
|New and Improved Flash Dict.|
|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?‘Sl. Ditty’|
money obtained by verbal trickery or fraud.
|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].|
(UK Und.) to work as a confidence trickster.
|Musa Pedestris (1896) 176: Dead-lurk a crib, or do a crack; / Pad with a slang, or chuck a mag.‘Villon’s Straight Tip’ in Farmer|
to be quiet, to stop talking, esp. in imper. stow your mag!, shut up!
|Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 116: ‘Stow magging,’ cease talking.|
|Truth (Sydney) 23 Dec. 1/5: Drop magging [...] and get to biz.|
1. to talk duplicitously, to fool a gullible victim .
|‘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.
|‘’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.|