1. (orig. US, also duss, dust along, ...it on, ...off, ...out) to rush off, to leave fast.
|Silex Scintillans I in Rules and Lessons (1858) 75: Seek not the same steps with the crowd; / Stick thou To thy sure trot [...] Let folly dust it on, or lag behind .|
|Rebel Yell and The Yankee Hurrah (1985) 118: After dinner we were ordered to ‘dust out of this’ and we moved down the road about four miles.|
|World on Wheels II vii 249: As you dust along the turnpike, you can see [the road].|
|Letters from the Southwest (1989) 266: He suddenly turned [...] and dusted back to Yucca.letter 28 Jan. in Byrkit|
|Robbery Under Arms (1922) 236: You’re a going to dust out right away, you say?|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 14 Apr. 3/2: He slipped the peelers diligent, / He laughed the ‘D’s’ to scorn, / He dusted off the continent / And left the bank to mourn.|
|Bar-20 viii: ‘Guess I’ll make ’em dust along,’ he added, shooting into the spot. A howl went up and two men ran away at top speed.|
|press cutting in Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 120/2: I quickly got inside, locked the door, and dusted out the back way.|
|letter 1 Dec. in Paige (1971) 67: Well, I must dust out of this. Keep on moving, remember that poetry is more important than verse free or otherwise.|
|Keys to Crookdom 403: Dust out – to flee.|
|Fight Stories May 🌐 It’s gettin’ about time for us to start dustin’ the trail for the Bueno Oro.‘Texas Fists’|
|World to Win 27: They dusted out when I was sent up t’ the pen.|
|We Are the Public Enemies 18: Dillinger, realizing that he was white hot, after only three jobs, dusted to Dayton.|
|Lover Man 46: He grabbed up the loot and dusted So fast Jesse Owens would be disgusted.‘A Sound of Screaming’ in|
|Burn, Killer, Burn! 95: ‘I’m going to be dusting,’ I said, getting to my feet.|
|Cunning Linguist (1973) 89: ‘Come on now, dust! Just in case the three beards change their plans and come back sooner than you expected them to’.|
|Campus Sl. Sept. 3: dust – leave abruptly with no explanation.|
|Twists, Slugs and Roscoes 🌐 Why get in a car when you can hop in a boiler? Why tell someone to shut up when you can tell them to close their head? Why threaten to discharge a firearm when you can say, ‘Dust, pal, or I pump lead!’.|
|Drop Dead, My Lovely (2005) 3: The gals dusted and I took stock.|
|BBC News ‘Report on Teenage Slang’ 11 Mar. [radio] She was proper vexed and dust out [...] She got really angry and stormed off.|
|What They Was 4: He’s [...] ready to duss back to the whip.|
2. (US) to overtake, to pass on the road.
|Eli Perkins 119: I’ve got a span of fast mares in New York that can ‘dust’ anything you see here.|
|Tattoo of a Naked Lady 97: I poured it on, dusting the pigfucker. Soon his headlights were only pinpoints in the rearview.|
|Way Home (2009) 21: ‘You dusted ’em’ [...] ‘They don’t live here, man. they don’t know these streets’.|
3. (US, also dust off) to get rid of, to jilt.
|Coll. Stories (1990) 162: When he fell for ‘Chicken’ Gorman [...] he had dusted little Mae like lightning dusting a church steeple.‘Prison Mass’ in|
|(con. 1945) Goodbye to Some (1963) 112: About three months ago he got dusted off.|
|Campus Sl. Mar. 2: dust – get rid of someone.|
4. to pursue.
|Thrilling Detective Winter 🌐 It had been getting monotonous, having the johns dust after us every time we pulled out of a town and there were a couple of busted sardine cans left behind.‘The Ice Man Came’ in|
(US black) to leave.
|🎵 Well, well, may be tomorrow, oh lord, I might dust my bed and go.‘Providence Help the Poor People’|
|[song title] I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom.|
|Laughing to Keep from Crying 62: ‘Let’s get on down this road, boy.’ [...] ‘Dust my broom, pal.’.|
|🎵 I’, gonn a get up in the mornin’ I believe I’ll dust my blues.‘Dust My Blues’|
|Book of Negro Folklore 483: dust your broom : To go away, to leave town. She dusted her broom on a Greyhound bus.|
(US) to act energetically; to run off quickly.
|Col.’s Diary (1922) 98: As it had been a long time since our boys had ‘been in town before’ they just made things ‘get up and dust.’ [DARE].|
|Americanisms 219: To get up and dust, To move about quickly. [Ibid.] 265: To git up and dust, i.e., to use the utmost expedition in departing.|
|Speech in Mississippi 32: Get up and dust [...] An expression, used mainly by negroes, meaning to leave in a great hurry, to go away swiftly. This expression occurs also in Kentucky and Tennessee.|
|DN IV 392: Get up and dust... Be energetic... ‘If you get a living here, you have to get up and dust.’.|