1. in terms meaning a group or gang.
(a) [early 16C; mid-19C–1910s] a gang of beggars or thieves (usu. pickpockets) working as a team.
(b) [early 19C+] a group of gamblers gathered for a game.
(c) a gang of meths drinkers.
2. [early 19C+] prison [i.e. a school of crime].
3. [1990s+] any specific era in the history of hip-hop/rap music; usu. in phrs. old school and new school [the exact division between the two remains a source of much debate among fans].
1. [mid-19C] a criminal gambling party.
2. [late 19C] a term of confinement in a reformatory.
[early–mid-19C] a fellow member of a gang.
[1920s–60s] (US tramp) a state prison.
[1920s–40s] (US Und.) a juvenile reformatory.
[1990s+] in rap music use, of anything recent or new, not old school
1. used of anything typical of the fashions, music and general styles of a previous era; orig. of the 1960s–70s, now of the 1980s and even 1990s; also as n.
2. in rap music use, used of anything pertaining to the early days of the musical style, esp. the work of such performers as Grandmaster Flash (b.1958) or Afrika Bambaataa (b.1957); also as n.
SE in slang uses
1. [late 19C+] (Aus.) a schoolteacher.
2. [1970s+] a schoolgirl.
3. (Aus.) a trainee.
1. anyone who wishes to go to school and further their education.
2. a naïve, unsophisticated person, a conformist.
1. [1960s–80s] (drugs) codeine, cough syrup, even cocaine, anything seen (by heroin users) as a drug for ‘beginners’.
2. [1970s+] (US black) a neophyte in the street life, an apprentice criminal.
[17C–early 19C] a whipping.
[1980s+] (drugs) crack cocaine.
[1940s] (US black) to be educated (in ‘street’ terms).
[1920s] (W.I.) not to go to school at all and thus to become a rough, ignorant person.
[20C+] (W.I.) to be uneducated, to display one’s ignorance.
[1910s] (Aus.) a dramatic, challenging environment.
[1970s+] (US black) one who is academic, but not very sophisticated or worldly-wise.
[1970s+] (US black) cheap wine.
[1990s+] (US black) to educate (in ‘street’ terms).
[1970s+] (US gay) to initiate someone into the world of homosexuality.