1. (UK Und.) a gamble, a bet.
2. [late 19C–1900s] (US) a drinking spree.
3. [late 19C–1920s] (US tramp) the commodity that a pedlar is selling.
4. [late 19C–1930s] (US) a dance, as found in New York dance-halls.
5. [late 19C+] patter, speech, esp. of a salesman or market stall-holder, fairground stall-holder or confidence trickster; cite 1905 refers to a printed text.
6. [late 19C+] a verbose, ‘wordy’ explanation.
7. [late 19C+] a conversation, a chat.
8. an idea, a plan.
9. [20C+] a situation.
10. [1900s] (US campus) an eloquent passage in an essay or oration.
11. [1900s] (US campus) a failure at recitation.
12. [1930s] lies, deceit.
13. [1930s+] (orig. Aus.) formal advice, a set of instructions.
14. [1940s] a letter.
15. [1990s+] a drinking club.
1. black slang, jive talk.
2. interesting, persuasive patter.