1. (UK Und.) to pickpocket, to steal.
|Muses Delight 177: The darbies I dread not, death’s common to all / Those that rumble in rattlers or pad the Mall.‘A Cant Song’|
|Autobiog. 15: I was rumbling the cloys [...] the farmer rose lighter by L.23 and a pocket-book. [Ibid.] 66: I [...] got into his room, and rumbled his swag of all the dross that was in it.|
|‘Scene in a London Flash-Panny’ Vocabulum 100: Come, Bell, let us track the dancers and rumble the flats.|
|Cheltenham Chron. 4 Jan. 5/5: One of the ‘trial’ men [...] was ‘Jimmy the Rumbler’, whose ‘line’ was catching ‘green ’uns’.|
2. to handle roughly, to rule out without any discussion.
|Sporting Mag. XXXVII 128: Mr. Jekyll [...] was afraid that his client must consent to be rumbled out of Court .|
|Sporting Mag. XLVI 65: Croxey rumbled his antagonist in the first five rounds of the combat .|
3. (Aus.) to obtain through deception; to deceive.
|Digger Dialects 43: rumble — (1) Acquire by a trick; (2) effect a swindle.|
|(con. WWI) Gloss. Sl. [...] in the A.I.F. 1921–1924 (rev. t/s) n.p.: rumble. [...] To acquire by a trick, effect a swindle.|
4. (US prison) to create a disturbance to distract one’s accomplices.
|AS VIII:3 (1933) 31/1: RUMBLE. To create a disturbance in order to distract attention from confederates while they are doing a job.‘Prison Dict.’ in|
5. (UK army/US Und.) to spoil, to upset.
|Jackson Dly News (MS) 1 Apr. 7/2: Crook Chatter [...] ‘Rumbling?’ ‘Yes, blundering, slipping up, muffing it’.|
|N&Q 12 Ser. IX 385: Rumble. Disturb, annoy, upset.|
|Keys to Crookdom 71: Many a good job was ‘ranked’ or ‘rumbled’ (spoiled) because the gunpowder did not have sufficient explosive force.|
6. (US tramp) to betray a friend.
|‘Jargon of the Und.’ in DN V 461: Rumble, To betray a pal.|
7. to hit, to fight, esp. of teen gangs; thus rumbling n.
|Thrilling Detective Feb. [Internet] Silk says he’s goin’ to the Tallyho to rumble with Andy Best.‘Death with Music’ in|
|Tomboy (1952) 40: If we rumble with the Roaches we’ve got them on our hands too.|
|Big Rumble 108: If the Scratchers rumble on us, they go down on ’em. If the Scratchers rumble on them, we go down.|
|Grease 71: ‘Hey, whadda the Scorpions doin’ here? This ain’t their territory,’ I said [...] ‘Think they want to rumble?’ Kenick asked.|
|House of Slammers 176: The black nationalist leader was in a rumbling mood.|
|Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 55: The whole emphasis in the streets on being able to rumble was rooted in respect.|
|Indep. on Sun. Rev. 28 Jan. 15: Let’s get ready to rumble.|
|Gutted 209: Upwards of fifty jakeys [...] pished up and ready to rumble.|
8. (drugs) to be searched by the police.