SE in slang uses
to take a drink, to empty a glass (or bottle) by drinking its contents.
|‘’Arry on the Elections’ in Punch 27 July 39/1: And when we pulled up at the ‘Crown,’ if you’d jest seen me lower the beer!|
|W.A. Sun. Times (Perth) 13 Feb. 4/3: ‘Don’t you find gin as a drink very lowering?’ ‘Yes [...] I lower a great deal of it every day’.|
|Pitcher in Paradise 3: Condemning his friends to sherry-and-seltzer while lowering only the best whisky himself.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 4 Aug. 13/2: The first glass made me just mellow; but when I had lowered the second glass I couldn’t stand – my legs seemed as if they had broken their moorings.|
|True Drunkard’s Delight 227: Perhaps the invitation was to [...] lower.|
|Confessions of Proinsias O’Toole 21: He had developed a method of breathing through his nose [...] which enabled him to lower half-a-gallon plus in one go.|
see under belt n.
see under bomb n.
1. to hit hard; to knock out.
|Leatherneck XII n.p.: he curtain raiser brought together Corporal Perine (142) [...] and Louie Lee (142), Shanghai's Chinese entry. Perine lowered the boom on Lee in the third round.|
|Phila. Eve. Ledger 20 July n.p.: ‘Lower the boom’ – to strike another person.|
|Speed Detective Nov. [Internet] Maybe I shouldn’t have lowered the boom on a bozo of Moon’s miniature dimensions.‘Half-Size Homicide’ in|
|You Chirped a Chinful!! n.p.: Lower the Boom: Sock somebody.|
|Hiparama of the Classics 23: A little bit later this here big Cat that got criss-crossed [...] found this little OO-Bop-A-Lap in the corner, where he couldn’t get away, and the big Cat wanted to lower the boom on him.|
2. to give up on.
|‘Hotel Sl.’ in AS XIV:3 Oct. 239/2: to drop the boom To refuse further credit.|
3. to take decisive action against.
|AS XIX:2 108: You drop the boom on somebody for a right or for a favor (‘Who’s going to drop the boom on the old man for that bottle of whiskey he’s got stashed up in the safe?’).‘Vocabulary for Lakes, [etc.]’|
|Battle Cry (1964) 147: I didn’t want to lower the boom on him.|
|Cotton Comes to Harlem (1967) 183: The paper said you lowered the boom on Deke.|
|Crooked Little Vein 243: If it helps, they’re in no position to drop the boom on you. You’re cool.|
4. to reprimand severely, to put an end to someone’s misbehaviour.
|Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 8 Feb. 7/1: The law [...] lowered the boom on him [...] in the domicile of many slammers until he gummed.|
|AS XIX:2 108: ‘I really dropped the boom on him’ meaning, I let him have it, I told him off.‘Vocabulary for Lakes, [etc.]’|
|Rally Round the Flag, Boys! (1959) 181: This time it had been Maggie Larkin [...] who lowered the boom.|
|Crazy Kill 84: If I hadn’t just felt that mother-raper lowering the boom on me.|
|in Hellhole 218: My father [...] lowered the boom and told me this was it – move out of the house completely.|
|Don’t Point That Thing at Me (1991) 43: Then I lowered the boom. ‘You were going to tell me how you knew [etc.].’.|
|Brown’s Requiem 58: Now it was time to make amends and win back his confidence before lowering the boom.|
5. to murder, to kill.
|Coll. Stories (1990) 403: Somebody had lowered the boom on one Harold Rivers [...] somebody walked up behind him and played I’ll Walk Alone in his back with a .32.‘The Something in a Colored Man’ in|
|Web of the City (1983) 10: He couldn’t cut out, or the boom would lower on him.|
6. (Aus.) of a man, to have sexual intercourse.
|Rooted III iii: Well, actiually, I’m thinking of lowering the boom on a young lady I’m taking out tonight.|