Green’s Dictionary of Slang

do v.1

1. to attack, lit. or fig.

(a) [early 16C+] (also do with) of a man, to copulate with a woman; occas. vice versa.

(b) [late 18C+] to defeat.

(c) [late 18C+] to murder, to kill.

(d) [late 18C+] to prosecute; usu. do for burglary, rape etc.

(e) [mid-19C+] of people, to assault, to beat up; of things, places, to break up, to destroy.

(f) [late 19C-1900s] (Aus. und.) to subject to crime.

(g) [20C+] to arrest, to capture.

(h) [1900s] to make the butt of a joke.

(i) [1900s–40s] (US) to betray, to inform on.

(j) [1910s+] to search, to raid.

(k) [1930s+] to sue, to take to court, to charge with a crime; thus X was done for taking and driving away.

(l) [1940s+] of a man, to have homosexual intercourse.

(m) to mistreat.

(n) [1940s+] to attack in a non-physical sense.

(o) [1940s+] (US gay) to perform fellatio.

(p) [1970s+] to irritate, to mess around.

(q) [1990s+] to injure (other than through violence).

2. in criminal senses.

(a) [mid-17C+] (also do for) to cheat, to defraud, to swindle.

(b) [late 18C+] to rob.

(c) [early 19C] (UK Und.) to counterfeit, to forge; thus do a queer half-quid/screen, to counterfeit a half-guinea coin or banknote.

3. to offer or consume.

(a) [mid-19C+] to eat or drink, usu. with the relevant food or drink attached, e.g. do a couple of pints, do a burger .

(b) [late 19C] (Aus.) to smoke.

(c) [late 19C+] to serve, to make available, e.g. of accommodation, food and/or drink.

(d) [1940s] (US drugs) to affect.

(e) [1960s+] (drugs) to consume a given drug, e.g. do a line.

(f) [1970s+] of a sport or hobby, to engage in; thus ext. to any experience.

4. to spend time.

(a) [mid-19C+] to serve a sentence in prison; usu. in phrs., e.g. do life, do five years.

(b) [1920s+] to pass a period of time, other than in prison.

5. to spend, dispose of, waste.

(a) [mid-19C+] to dispose of, to squander, to waste, to destroy.

(b) [late 19C] to honour a promissory note.

(c) [late 19C+] to squander one’s money; usu. with’s cheque/dough.

(d) [1950s] to hand over, usu. money.

6. [1900s] to place a bet.

7. [1950s] (US) to defecate.

8. [1960s+] to conduct business, usu. as a drug dealer.

In compounds

do-room (n.)

[1970s] (US black/drugs) a room in which drug addicts gather to inject themselves.

In phrases

do... (v.)

see also under relevant n.

do bits (v.)

[2010s] (UK black) to do well, to succeed; also used of an event or situation.

do a bit (v.)

[1900s] (Aus. Und.) to rob, to break in.

do for (v.)

1. see sense 2a above .

2. see separate entry.

do in (v.)

see separate entry.

do in the eye (v.)

1. [20C+] (also do in the eyeball) to cheat.

2. [1910s] to beat squarely.

do oneself (v.)

1. [1970s+] (US) to make a fool of oneself, to embarrass oneself.

2. [1970s+] to commit suicide.

do oneself off (v.)

[1960s+] to masturbate.

do over (v.)

see separate entry.

do the lot (v.)

[20C+] to spend all one’s available money.

do under (v.) [play on do over v.]

[1960s+] (US black/P.R.) to defeat, to ruin, to kill.

do up (v.)

see separate entries.

do (up) like a kipper (v.) [1980s+]

to take advantage of, to manipulate for one’s own ends.

do with (v.)

see sense 1a above.

In exclamations

do me!

[late 19C] (Aus.) an excl. of surprise.

SE in slang uses

In compounds


see separate entries.

In phrases

do a — (v.)

[mid-19C+] to act in a given manner, as explained by a n., or by a proper name suggesting the manner; for combs. see also relevant n.

do a/an — act (v.)

see under act n.

do how?

[20C+] (US) what did you say? please repeat the question.

do it (v.)

see separate entries.

do something standing on one’s head (v.)

see under stand v.2

do something with one hand tied behind one’s back (v.)

see under hand n.1

do the — (v.)

[mid-19C+] to act in a given manner, qualified by a pertinent n. or adj.; for combs. see also relevant n. or adj.

do the — act (v.)

see under act n.

do well (v.)

[20C+] (W.I.) to be inconsiderate of others or thoughtless of oneself; usu. in ironic phr. you do well.

do what?

[1960s+] (US) what did you say? please repeat the question.

do which?

[20C+] what did you say?

what it do?

[2000s+] (US) a form of greeting.