high jump n.
1. the gallows, thus death.
|Gang War 165: She was cryin’ [...] as though she knew as ’er ’usband, or whatever ’e was to ’er, was booked for the ’igh jump.|
|Behind Bamboo 396/2: For the high jump, sentenced to death.|
|(con. 1890–1910) Hard Life (1962) 80: I needn’t tell you he and several others got the high jump. But Lord save us, Fawkes couldn’t climb up the ladder to the gallows.|
|(ref. to WWII) Dark Laughter 115: For most World War 2 soldiers the concept of death was masked by euphemisms like [...] gone for the high jump.|
2. serious problems.
|Girl Proposition 141: He began to count the Years and decided that he was due to take the High Jump.|
|Knocking the Neighbors 34: Somehow he felt that he never would save any Money until he took the High Jump and became a Family Man.|
|Long and the Short and the Tall Act I: You’ll just do as you’re told, or you’re for the high jump.|
|Mr Love and Justice (1964) 184: You’re for the high jump [...] The Detective-sergeant’s been chasing after you all morning.|
|All Bull 95: You’re for the high jump, sonny.|
3. (Aus.) the criminal court.
|Sun. Herald (Sydney) 8 June 9/3: Among crooks, Sydney Quarter Sessions is known as the ‘high jump’.in|
|He who Shoots Last 123: Did youse front da high jump?|
|Ridgey-Didge Oz Jack Lang 31: High Jump Criminal Court.|
|Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] High jump. Court. Thus ‘to face the high jump’ is to go to trial.|
in serious trouble.
|All Things Considered (2004) 11: If you are in for the high jump, either jump higher than any one else, or manage somehow to pretend that you have done so.|
|Athenaeum 1 Aug. 695/2: ‘He’s for the high jump’ is a favourite expression meaning that someone is to be charged before his company or commanding officer. [Ibid.] 8 Aug. 727/2: ‘For the jumps’ (up for trial) .|
|(con. WWI) Soldier and Sailor Words 119: High Jump, On The: A term used of a man entered on a ‘Crime sheet,’ and for trial for a military offence.|
|(con. 1916) Her Privates We (1986) 115: I suppose in a fortnight or so we’ll all be for the ’igh jump again.|
|Bang To Rights 65: The next one I hear talking will be in for the high jump.|
|Inside the Und. 162: He’s for the high jump.|
|Big Huey 45: When he suggested that I had masterminded the whole deal I knew I was in for the high jump.|
|(con. 1960s) London Blues 91: Don’t shoot it over the furnishings or you’ll be for the high jump.|
|Coke on the Rocks 66: If Terry thought he was in for the high jump he was right.|