Green’s Dictionary of Slang

dump v.

[SE dump, to throw down in a lump or mass]

1. (orig. US, also dump off, dump out) to get rid of, to dispose of.

[UK]J. Hiltzheimer Diary 16 Mar. in Parsons (1893) 62: The Street Commissioners selected sites to dump the dirt from the streets.
[US]Knickerbocker (N.Y.) XII 463: The ships [...] may ‘dump’ their stores at the very doors of the numerous mills [DA].
[UK]E.W. Hornung Amateur Cracksman (1992) 129: Have you dumped it overboard?
[UK]T.W.H. Crosland ‘Hospital’ in Five Notions 35: It reely ain’t no good, my boys, it reely ain’t no good: / They dump you into London – an’ London ain’t no good.
[US]‘O. Henry’ ‘The Fifth Wheel’ in Strictly Business (1915) 60: Guess he’ll dump me out when he gets to some joint.
[UK]Boys’ Realm 16 Jan. 265: Dump him in the street, where a policeman can find him.
[US]E. Anderson Thieves Like Us (1999) 89: I’m going to dump you at Dee’s.
[UK]Observer 11 June 7: Unregulated camping and caravanning and dumping of old buses, tram-cars, etc.
[US]Hal Ellson Tomboy (1952) 84: Let’s dump the carriage [...] We don’t need it any more.
[UK]P. Willmott Adolescent Boys of East London (1969) 153: We was pulling up those ‘House to Let’ boards, and we used to dump them in the canal.
[US]G.V. Higgins Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) 106: The first thing he thinks is whether the people in the bus dumped him.
Dly Press (Newport News, VA) 12 July 7/4: ‘I’ve heard [...] about people trying to dump it off on me, as an example’.
[US]C. Hiaasen Skin Tight 134: You keep trying to dump me off on some other surgeon.
[US]C. Hiaasen Stormy Weather 242: Dumping bodies is like buying real estate — location, location, location.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 9 Dec. 4: Headlines such as ‘Dump the Dome, Tony’.
[US]G. Pelecanos Shame the Devil 23: Dump your guns in the trunk, too, and we’ll split.

2. (US) to injure or kill by gunfire.

[UK]J. Horrocks letter in My Dear Parents 21 May 82: An Irishman who was standing near said, ‘If I was one of the men carrying him I would dump him,’ meaning jolt him.
[US]E. Torres Q&A 56: Somebody gets dumped, I grab a stool. ‘Who did it?’.

3. to beat up; to knock down; cit. 1958 refers to sexual sadism; thus dumping n., a beating.

[US]Van Loan ‘The Bush League Demon’ in Big League (2004) 42: Did you see me dump the big farmer?
[US]‘Goat’ Laven Rough Stuff 2: I gave this kid a good dumping with my fists.
[US]R.O. Boyer Dark Ship 153: When they speak of being assaulted, they say they were ‘dumped’.
[US]Murtagh & Harris Cast the First Stone 155: We girls call beatings dumpings. [...] Tricks pay a hundred dollars to dump girls.
[US]H. Selby Jr Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 16: A couplea creeps wouldnt gives the packages they got from home so we dumpedem.
[US]C. Bukowski Erections, Ejaculations etc. 271: We saw [Joe] Louis get dumped by the Dutchman [i.e. Max Schmeling].
[US](con. 1964–8) J. Ellroy Cold Six Thousand 164: The storm passed through. It dumped power lines. Stoplights were down.

4. (also take a dump) to lose a game, esp. on purpose.

Lincoln Star (NE) 23 July 8/1: With bad luck [...] another game was dumped to Sioux City vy the score of 6 to 5.
[US]Associated Press 21 Mar. n.p.: Players accepting bribes to ‘dump’ games [W&F].
[US]R. Graziano Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) 222: Hey, kid, there’s ten grand in it for you if you take a dump tomorrow night.
[US]N. Pileggi Wiseguy (2001) 161: The players loved it, because they were not dumping games. They could keep their honor.

5. (US) to confess, to betray.

[US]C. Himes ‘Strictly Business’ in Coll. Stories (1990) 141: Get out there and take that rat before he dumps.

6. to murder.

[US]Berrey & Van den Bark Amer. Thes. Sl.

7. to jilt, to terminate a relationship.

[Aus]D. Stivens Courtship of Uncle Henry 29: I dunno what’s got into you tonight. You’ve never been like this before. You’ve dumped plenty of fellows before.
[Aus](con. 1936–46) K.S. Prichard Winged Seeds (1984) 54: Wally’s dumped me.
[US] in T.I. Rubin Sweet Daddy 29: Dumped her [...] Hauled ass out fast.
[Aus]‘Charles Barrett’ Address: Kings Cross 77: I had been dumped and I was mad. It was the first time a guy had ever dumped Claudine Hamilton.
[US]Baker et al. CUSS 110: Dump Turned down when asking for a date.
[UK]M. Amis London Fields 172: If Keith dumped her, which he intended to do, and do soon, like today at the latest, Trish wouldn’t have many options.
[US]R. Price Clockers 59: He got dumped by a girl.
[US]C. Hiaasen Nature Girl 48: I’m not going anywhere till you tell me the real reason you’re dumpin’ me.
[Aus]L. Redhead Cherry Pie [ebook] ‘The guy that dumped her in highschool. What was his name?’.
[US](con. 1973) C. Stella Johnny Porno 195: The girl you might’ve been in love with dumped you for some smooth-talking college prick.
[Aus]L. Redhead Thrill City [ebook] ‘What?’ He hadn’t dumped me.
[SA]IOL News (Western Cape) 27 May [Internet] She blamed it all on her boyfriend, whom she said she had dumped.
[UK](con. 1980s) I. Welsh Skagboys 181: Tonight, in this hotel bar, ah’m gaunny dump the best girlfriend I’ve ever had.

8. (orig. US campus, also dump it out) to defecate.

[US]T. Berger Crazy in Berlin 187: I was dumping in my pants for fear.
[US]Baker et al. CUSS 111: Dump Defecate.
[US]C. Shafer ‘Catheads [...] and Cho-Cho Sticks’ in Abernethy Bounty of Texas (1990) 203: dump it out, v. – defecate.
[US]G. Underwood ‘Razorback Sl.’ in AS L:1/2 58: dump vi Defecate.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Apr.
[UK]J. Cameron Vinnie Got Blown Away 32: As I went in the stairwell someone came out of the shadow and I nearly dumped one there and then.
OnLine Dict. of Playground Sl. [Internet] dump n. defecate.

9. (drugs) to vomit through drug withdrawal sickness, or on first taking a drug; thus n. dumping.

[US] ‘Sl. of Watts’ in Current Sl. III:2.
[US]E.E. Landy Underground Dict. (1972).
[US]Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 77: Dump also Lunch Gut When ‘shooting’ or injecting the drug Dilaudid or a good quality heroin, most people become nauseated and vomit within the first few minutes. This does not last long and it is called dumping or spilling your lunch guts.
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 8: Dump — To vomit after taking drugs.

10. to dismiss from a job.

[US]H. Ellison ‘May We Also Speak’ in Gentleman Junkie (1961) 29: He was going to get dumped when Gogroth informed the boss young Spence was not thinking pro-Gogroth.

11. (US prison) to reject a parole application.

[US]M. Braly On the Yard (2002) 342: ‘I hear the board dumped you.’ ‘They shot me down a year.’.

12. (US) to leave.

[UK]B. Beckham My Main Mother 120: We dump this place for the Apple.

13. to defeat, to ruin.

[US]V.B. Miller A Very Deadly Game 11: That was the only way we were going to dump the joy-boys who were dealing the big dope [HDAS].

14. (US black) to attack verbally.

[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 95: Terms like to blow away, to scream, to dump [...] all connote loud or energetic action.

In phrases

dump it out (v.)

see sense 8 above.

dump off (v.)

see sense 1 above.

dump one’s change (v.)

(US black/drugs) to excrete bags of drugs after swallowing them when facing a police search.

[US]Ebonics Primer at [Internet] dump one’s change Definition: What one does after he’s swallowed his weed to hide it from the police.
dump out (v.)

see sense 1 above.

take a dump (v.)

see sense 7 above.

dump one’s load (v.)

see under load n.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

dump on (v.)

see separate entries.