1. the stomach.
|Jovial Crew II i: Here’s Pannam and Lap, and good Poplars of Yarrum, / To fill up the Crib, and to comfort the Quarron.|
2. provisions; also attrib.
|Writings (1704) 209: With as much indignation and Revenge, as a She-Mumper, when Bilk’d of her crib.‘A Frolic to Horn-Fair’ in|
|‘The Cly-Pecker’ Swell!!! or, Slap-Up Chaunter 38: The tipp’ry was ask’d for the crib, and agree’d.|
|Riverslake 21: ‘Where can I go to look for him?’ ‘In the crib-room,’ one of the men at the bench voluteered.|
3. (Aus./N.Z.) a snack, a light meal, a piece of bread, cake etc; thus cribtime.
|Old Hunks in Darkey Drama 5 53: harry: I’m witness that you promised to give Tommy something better than a crib. tommy: A good round dinner.|
|Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] 52: CRIB: miners term for a twenty-minute interval for food or smoke-ho, known as crib-time; and lunch carried to work is known as crib.|
|Fact’ry ’Ands 123: She [...] spoke a three minutes grace over a ‘crib’ of bread and jam that it took her two minutes to eat.‘A Saturday at Spat’s’ in|
|Working Bullocks 105: The bullockies and swampers threw themselves under trees near the landing for crib, at midday [...] they sat there drinking black tea and eating their dry bread and sandwiches.|
|‘Whisper All Aussie Dict.’ in Kings Cross Whisper (Sydney) xxxiii 4/4: crib: The food taken to work. Not so much a popular expression in the city.|
|(con. 1930s) ‘Keep Moving’ 49: Bring your cribs and be on time.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 55: crib/cribtime Mealtime or smoko in the South Island.|