1. (Irish) a blow.
|‘Larry’s Stiff’ Luke Caffrey’s Gost 6: As de Pole-lice was coming among us; / Dey taught for to kick up a dusty, / And to take poor Larry from us; / But one got chalk on de phiz, / anoder a hook’em snivy on de back, and den dey set to dir pumps, as if dey were pursued by de gost of de brave Tomy Fox.|
2. a trick or deceit, spec. a contrivance for undoing the bolt of a door from the outside; a device to help with putting on boots.
|Essays on Irish Bulls 129: With that I ranged them fair and even with my hook-em-snivey – up they go.|
|Pic-nic Sketches 25: I want a pair of them ’are hook-em-sniveys, vot they uses in the shops [...] I must get my boots on somehow.|
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. (2nd edn) 156: HOOK-UM SNIVEY [...] a piece of thick iron wire crooked at one end, and fastened into a wooden handle, for the purpose of undoing from the outside the wooden bolt of a door.|
|Sl. Dict. 194: Hook um snivey [...] Sometimes used as an irrelevant answer by street boys. As, ‘who did that?’ ― ‘hook um snivey’ ― actually no one.|
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 154/1: Hookum snivey (Street). Nobody.|
4. used as a derog. nickname.
|London Standard 1 Dec. 4/5: He knew the defendant Jolit by the name of ‘Hook’em Snivey’.|
|Paul Pry 29 Jan. 4/3: Hook’em Snivey, to employ his time better than in writing slang verses. Ability prostituted is more deplorable than being born an idiot.|
|Derbys. Times 26 Oct. 4/1: I think I shut up ‘Show No Favours’ and his friend, ‘Hookem Snivey’.|
to deceive, to trick.
|Pitcher in Paradise 155: He lives that Truth may die; but let me tell you ’bout how he’s played hookum-snivvy with me!|
|Miser’s Money 120: No man plays hookem-snivey with me twice.|