[mid-16C–early 19C] (UK Und.) a prostitute, esp. one who dispenses her favours for free; also as adj.
1. [mid-17C] (UK und.) an act of shoplifiting by a prostitute.
2. [mid-17C–late 19C] (UK und.) a prostitute who doubles as a pickpocket, usu. with the help of her man.
[17C–early 19C] a shrewish woman.
1. [late 17C–early 19C] a prostitute who does not double as a pickpocket.
2. [18C] a robbery executed by a prostitute who lures a customer, picked up in a tavern, into a dark alley where she picks his pocket and her male accomplice knocks down the victim so that both can escape.
see separate entry.
[mid-16C–mid-17C] working as a prostitute.
[late 17C–early 19C] a brothel-keeper.
see under dance v.
see under down adv.2
[19C] to have sexual intercourse.
SE in slang uses
[late 18C–early 19C] an Irish wager, a rump of beef and a dozen of claret.
[early 18C] a caning or thrashing at school.