1. (also kid on) to persuade.
|Lex. Balatronicum n.p.: To Kid. To coax or wheedle. To inveigle.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue [as cit. 1811].|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 27 Nov. 2/6: He ought to be ashamed of himself for ‘kidding’ his servants to kick up a row.|
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. 55: kidding on, enticing, or inciting any person on.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 27/1: My ‘wedge super’ what I ‘slung’ her, to ‘kid’ her going with me to the ‘gaff’.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 2 May 11/4: prisoner: Yes; he got me tight and kidded me to leave the band and join this fake. major kyer: Fake! prisoner: Yes. Said all I would have to do was blow when I was told. And now look at it!|
|[perf. Marie Lloyd] G’arn Away [lyrics] ’e kidded me to lend ’im half a dollar.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 5 Oct. 26/1: I was just coming out of the bank with 20 quid that day, and I met a galoot from Come-by-Chance, that’s lost his luggage, and kids me to go to the station and help him find it.|
|Northern Whig 12 Sept. 8/6: My blowen kidded a bloke into a panel crib and shook him of his thimble to put up the coal, but it wouldn’t fadge and I got three stretches.|
|Tramping with Tramps 153: ‘Kidding’ is one of the oldest items in the tramp’s list of callings. In every town in the country there are self-styled tradesmen who will readily employ a ‘kidder’ to ‘buy’ their goods and thus stimulate others into buying.|
2. to tease, to pretend, to fool; used in phr. I’m not kidding, I’m absolutely serious; I kid you not, I’m telling (you) the truth; who are/who do you think you’re kidding, who do you think you’re fooling (because it certainly isn’t me)?
|Lex. Balatronicum n.p.: To Kid. [...] To amuse a man or divert his attention while another robs him. The sneaksman kidded the cove of the ken, while his pall frisked the panney; the thief amused the master of the house, while his companion robbed the house.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 12 July 1/3: Trainer tried the ‘kidding’ system, but on Thacker approaching he quickly jumped away.|
|‘Scene in a London Flash-Panny’ Vocabulum 99: I kidded a swell in a snoozing-ken, and shook him of his dummy and thimble.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 9 Nov. 3/5: [H]is consummate skill in gammoning boys that he is done with [...] which in slang language is termed ‘kidding’.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 26/2: Sold — as dead as Barney’s bulls — the little curse has ‘namased’ after ‘kidding’ me out of my ‘super’.|
|Macmillan’s Mag. (London) ‘Autobiog. of a Thief’ XL 505: I thought they was only kidding (deceiving) at first, so they said, ‘Let us get away from here, and you will see if we are kidding to you.’.|
|Police Sergeant C 21 249: You ain’t kidding a poor cove that’s down.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 23 Aug. 17/3: Perhaps Fitz was ‘kidding,’ but more probably the wealthy amateur is a good sort and takes newspaper puffs in exchange for champagne suppers and cigars.|
|Pink ’Un and Pelican 198: They kidded the poor young fool to go to Cox’s Rooms in Swallow Street.|
|Voice of the City (1915) 9: ‘Quit yer kiddin,’ said the boy.‘The Voice of the City’ in|
|Dubliners (1956) 51: ‘You know you can’t kid me, Corley,’ he said.‘Two Gallants’|
|(con. 1900s) Elmer Gantry 13: He’d [...] kid the juries along and hire some old coot to do the briefs.|
|‘Snowbound’ in Gangster Stories Oct. n.p.: ‘Listen, kid [...] I was just kidding aboiut that fifty grand limit’.|
|Capricornia (1939) 105: Strange there are fools who kid themselves they’ll live again. Who would want to who has really lived already? [Ibid.] 341: Course, like all Greeks with money, he kids poor.|
|Really the Blues 3: Music school? Are you kidding? I learned to play the sax in Pontiac Reformatory.|
|Popular Detective Sept. [Internet] ‘Anythin’ is possible.’ ‘You ain’t kiddin’,’ Willie snapped.‘When a Body Meets a Body’ in|
|(con. 1944) Naked and Dead 350: There’s no use kidding around.|
|Criminal (1993) 62: You could have [...] kidded around with the boys.|
|Look Long Upon a Monkey 26: The real wide man kidded to be soft till he was ready to have it off.|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 3: Are ya kiddin me Alex? You could retire on the money we spend in here.|
|(con. 1960s) Wanderers 84: She laughed. ‘I’m only kiddin’. Where you live?’.|
|Blow Your House Down 97: There they were in a circle on the table, I’m not kidding you.|
|Skin Tight 89: ‘That’s very funny,’ Stranahan looked at Luis Córdova, ‘Is he kidding?’.|
|Bad Debts (2012) [ebook] Don’t kid yourself. There was no negligence there.|
|Curvy Lovebox 35: Hey Nood man: kiddin’ orright?|
|Indep. Rev. 7 Jan. 8: Or was I just kidding myself?|
|Gutted 55: Debs, you can’t kid a kidder.|
|Disassembled Man [ebook] There were four guards with guns and billy clubs [...] I kid you not.|
|Running the Books 4: You kidding me, man?|
1. a handkerchief which is attached to the pocket from which it is protruding, so that a pickpocket, however careful, alerts the handkerchief’s owner when an attempt is made to remove it.
|Dict. of the Flash or Cant Lang. 163/2: Kidment – a pocket handkerchief, pinned to the pocket with a corner hanging out to entrap thieves.|
|Mag. Assistant (3rd edn) 445: A pocket handkerchief pinned to the pocket for a trap – kidment.|
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2. any inducement to dishonesty or crime.
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 5 Aug. 3/1: The majority of these had been led into the committal of the offence by tho artful ‘kidment’ of disguised policemen.|
|‘Leary Man’ in Vulgar Tongue (1857) 43: And always try to be right in, / And every kidment scan.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 38/1: I was anxious to hear how Joe had got [a]long with his ‘kidment’ with Mrs. Rann.|
|Australiasian (Melbourne) 17 July 8/5: A kidment is a device to entrap .|
|Daily Tel. 8 Aug. 3/2: Employing them for kidment, of course, [...] That’s what talents is give a man for, hain’t it? [F&H].|
3. a fictitious story or any form of statement written with the intent of deception.
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|Newcastle Courant 25 Nov. 6/5: Stash yer kidment, Bill, my bloke.|
4. a begging letter.
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5. ‘coarse chaff or jocularity’ (Hotten, 1873).
the art of teasing or fooling a victim, esp. with the intent of obtaining something from them.
|Times 22 Nov. 17: In Britain where the indiscriminate use of the word Château is a popular piece of kidology.|
(UK und.) to kidnap.
|Proc. Old Bailey 8 Dec. 4/1: [He] said, that he was desired by the said Matthews, to shew him the City, and that he had no hand in his being kidded away.|
you can’t be serious, surely you’re joking.
|World of Paul Slickey Act I: Are you kidding?|
|Mersey Beat 5–19 Oct. n.p.: Are you kidding? I’m not all that crazy!|
|Breaks 315: His voice was clean and rich [...] eyebrows arched in expressive sincerity, but you have to be kidding.|
|Indep. Rev. 13 Jan. 1: Are you kidding? Here ...|
(orig. US) a phr. implying that the speaker is being absolutely serious.
|Second Ending 267: ‘Oh, come on, man, you’re dusting me’ ‘I kid you not.’.|
|Gidget Goes Hawaiian 25: I kid you not.|
|Traveller’s Tool 58: You puke purple. I kid you not.|
|Trainspotting 123: A dead peachy scene that would be, ah kid you not catboy!|
|Indep. Rev. 16 Aug. 9: I kid you not.|
|posting at www.phrases.org.uk 28 Jan. [Internet] I KID YOU NOT – Catchphrase used by Jack Paar. Paar, host of the Tonight Show from 1957 to 1962 [...] Even youngsters sent to bed before Mr. Paar came on parroted his jaunty catchphrase, ’I kid you not.’.|
1. to tease, esp. with a long and apparently feasible story.
|Gullible’s Travels 29: I thought I’d kid them along.‘Carmen’ in|
|Coast to Coast 207: Lofty was only kidding them along.‘Short Shift Saturday’ in Mann|
|Good As Gold (1979) 114: I sure get a kick [...] out of the way you guys kid each other along.|
2. (also kid up) to deceive, to hoax.
|Aussie (France) XIII Apr. 4/1: She used to always leave me about dark, but this night she stopped half an hour longer, and kidded me up a treat. She loved me because I was an homme honnête.|
|Salvation of Jemmy Sl. I ii: Why don’t ya try and make up to ’em. Kid ’em along an’ get the coin.|
|‘Bird in the Hand’ in Goulart (1967) 272: He’s just got that canary to kid us along. He wants to sidetrack us.|
|High Sierra in Four Novels (1984) 332: You couldn’t get a pound off of them with sandpaper, but we kid ’em along.|
|Und. Nights 97: Rex kidded Silver along.|
|Jeeves in the Offing 102: Girls of high and haughty spirits need kidding along.|
1. to encourage someone else to do something.
|Dict. of the Flash or Cant Lang. 163/2: Kidding on – to entice one on.|
|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor I 416/2: There they met with beggars who kiddied them on to the lurk.|
|Newcastle Courant 25 Nov. 6/5: I’ve knowed those as were good-uns need a little kidding on at times .|
|Sydney Sl. Dict. 9/2: Kino, the macing cove, kidded on a dollymop where the bloak’s got a swag of sheen. Kino’s cocum, and he’s stagging to crack the crib. Kino, the housebreaker, enticed a servant-girl (to keep his company) where the master has a quantity of plate. Kino’s wary, and he is watching to break into the house.|
2. to tease, to deceive.
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. (2nd edn).|
|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor I 425/1: He kids them on by promising three times more than the things are worth. This is a grand racket.|
|F&H].Chequers 186: I was kiddin’ him on [|
|Look Long Upon a Monkey 172: What a cracker and didn’t she like it and all? Wasn’t one of them to kid on she didn’t.|
|Scotland on Sunday Mag. 7 Nov. 19: I kid on this doesn’t bother me but it kills me.|
|Urban Grimshaw 68: The government tried to kid on that we lived in a harmonious multi-cultural society.|
3. see sense 1 above.
to delude oneself.
|Sporting Times 3 May 1/3: He utilised his winnings as groundbait for flats who were fly enough to kid themselves that they could clean him out and leave him granite-rocked at banker, shove-halfpenny, and penny nap.|
|Songs of a Sentimental Bloke 19: Yes, me, that kids meself I know their ways, / An’ ’as a name for smoogin’ in our click!‘The Intro’ in|
|White Moll 19: Don’t kid yerself dat youse’re kiddin’ me into givin’ it to youse because youse have got a pretty smile an’ a sweet voice!|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 24: She either is not as smart as she looks or is kidding herself.‘Breach of Promise’ in|
|High Window 90: ‘Must take a good man to run them fast babies.’ ‘Don’t kid yourself, dad.’.|
|Proud Highway (1997) 405: We no longer even kid ourselves about being the bearers of a great and decent dream.letter 14 Oct. in|
|(con. 1930s) ‘Keep Moving’ 2: My self-appointed mentor brushed this aside derisively. ‘Don’t kid yourself about that, mate.’.|
to tease mercilessly.
|Low Company 9: B’gee, if a dame said that to me, I’d kid the pants off her.|
|Iceman Cometh Act I: We’ll kid the pants off him.|
|Kingsblood Royal (2001) 236: I meant to kid the pants off you, Cap, but you’re all right.|
|Catcher in the Rye (1958) 82–3: I really like it best when you can kid the pants off a girl when the opportunity arises.|
(US) used interrog. or emphatically, i.e. ‘Are you serious?’ or ‘I’m absolutely serious’.
|Derby Day 48: Something’s upset you, Littl’un [...] what’s the fakement. Let’s have it straightforward, and no kid.|
|Cruel London III 167: Honour bright, no kid, as we say in London.|
|Sporting Times 30 Jan. 6/1: ‘Your ’Umble is cheap to-day, and no kid, all owing to a little party which I gave last night’.|
|Tales of Mean Streets (1983) 34: ‘Straight,’ said Billy, ‘I’ll sport ye one. . . . No kid, I will.’.|
|City Of The World 269: I’ve known fair topping daddies at the plant – no kid!|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 21 Jan. 13/3: he was a fair dinkum John and no kid.|
|Ulysses 404: Fine! Got a prime pair of mincepies, no kid.|
|Babbitt (1974) 34: Honest! No kidding!|
|Call It Sleep (1977) 430: ‘He’s awright! He’s awright!’ ‘Yeah?’ ‘Yeah! No kiddin! No kiddin!’.|
|Dead End Act III: No kid!|
|They Die with Their Boots Clean 122: No kiddin’, Sarnt? Don’t yer know?|
|Catcher in the Rye (1958) 34: Give her to me, boy. No kidding. She’s my type.|
|in Sweet Daddy 130: But what the hell, forty isn’t old. No kid.|
|Howard Street 64: ‘No goddam kiddin!’ Jimmy snapped at him.|
|Inside the Und. 29: I could have done ’er and no kidding.|
|London Embassy 84: Hey, I had a good time [...] No kidding.|
|Lucky You 120: ‘No kidding?’ ‘Don’t look so shocked.’.|
|Robbers (2001) 11: Yeah? Brake fluid? No kidding. Beth says ice.|
see are you kidding?