1. to leave [SE from 15C–mid-18C].
|Hist. Two Orphans II 116: As I shall lay with a friend two miles off, ’tis high time to be moving .|
|From Here to Eternity (1998) 798: All right then, move it.|
|Saved Scene x: I said move!|
2. (Irish, also move in on) to pick up a member of the opposite sex [SE move, to stir, to excite].
|Commitments 64: You moved in on Joey, Nat’lie? he asked.|
|Bend for Home 197: Sheila doesn’t appear. So I moved Rose Reilly.|
3. (orig. US) to dance or play music energetically or with a strong rhythm.
|Vinnie Got Blown Away 112: You were black could get paid dancing start the evening, only white kids never got the offer, couldn’t move I reckon.|
4. (orig. US) to move fast, to be exciting or dynamic.
|Shake Him Till He Rattles (1964) 100: Looks like the place is going to move.|
5. (US drugs) to sell off or to dispose of merchandise, incl. contraband, drugs and stolen property [ext. of SE move, of merchandise, to sell or dispose of].
|Fast Man n.d. 1/3: [I]t ain’t the first time your old man’s been locked up [...] What is it then—has he been moving anything?|
|Cogan’s Trade (1975) 117: I can move it [i.e. cocaine] to two guys and get twenny-five.|
|Big Huey 16: He was moving a few sticks [of marijuana] on the side.|
|Pimp’s Rap 109: I’m moving coke, weed and a little heroin.|
|Eddie’s World 90: I need to move something [...] Something hot [Ibid.] 93: Some ignorant crackhead nigger moving H for the west side Dominicans.|
see sense 2 above.
to leave one’s rented premises without paying the rent, to do a moonlight flit n.
|Dict. of Sl., Jargon and Cant.|
|Mayor of Garrat in Works (1799) I 165: Whether from the fall or the fright, the Major mov’d off in a month.|
1. (US black/campus) to hit, to assault, usu. with a weapon.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 247: move on (one) See fire (on one).|
|Another Day in Paradise 182: Jewels won’t move on ya, Bobbie.|
|(con. 1975–6) Steel Toes 147: I want to move on him and Syd says you gotta OK it.|
2. (US black) to assault in a group.
|Black Short Story Anthol. (1972) 147: Y’all betta make it! Ain’t nobody gonna’ move on nobody today, yah dig? Nothin’!‘Love Song for Wing’ in King|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 106: Another strategy is to gang up on a person [...] jack up, jam, double punch, crowd, and move on someone carry this meaning.|
3. to approach sexually.
|Londonstani (2007) 146: Find out how he plannin on movin on desi sistas.|
(orig. US) to hurry up, to get a move on; often as imper.
|Semi-Tough 9: If there’s anybody around here who doesn’t want to do that, then he can move his ass down the road.|
|Spike Island (1981) 72: Hey, on yer bloody way! Move yer arse now!|
|Minder [TV script] 50: Move your butt.‘Minder on the Orient Express’|
|Déjàvu Act I: I wish he’d shift his comfortable big arse down to the cellar for me.|
|Llama Parlour 40: ‘Move ass,’ Tash hissed at me, heading for the car park.|
|(con. 1960s) Blood Brothers 52: ‘They must have heard that also, so let’s move ass,’ shouted Charlie.|
|Dreamcatcher 486: Move your humps.|
to get out of the way, usu. as imper., move!
|Marvel 15 May 7: Oh, don’t begin to shift your blooming carcass; I’m not going to shoot.|
|Bulletin (Sydney)‘31 Aug. 36/2: ‘The Law,’ who is out for the day, takes up a good position between the champion and the public, much to the rage of the short people, who shriek at him to ‘shift his carcase.’.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 12 Dec. Red Page/4: Fellers of Australier, / Blokes an’ coves an’ coots, / Shift yer — carcases, / Move yer — boots. / Gird yer — loins up, / Get yer — gun, / Set the — enermy / An’ watch the — run.|
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 100/2: shift/move your carcass get out of the way.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].|
(N.Z.) to expand, to bloom.
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].|
(US black) to leave.
|Straight Outta Compton 58: ‘Kep looking, baby,’ said Clive, ‘cause I’m moving the crowd’ [...] Then he disappeared between the trees.|
(US Und.) to smuggle illegal Chinese immigrants.
|Eve. Sun (Baltimore, MD) 9 Dec. 31/5: Moving the laundry — smuggling Chinamen.|
|DAUL 122/1: Laundry, the. Chinese aliens. Used only in the following idiom: To move the laundry — to smuggle alien Chinese into the country.et al.|
1. to bow to.
|Vocabulum 57: Moved bowed to. ‘The swell moved to the Moll as they crossed,’ the gentleman bowed to the girl as they passed each other.|
2. (UK black teen) to take notice of; to reprimand.
|Attack the Block [film script] 17: DENNIS Tia’s movin’ to you Moses. PEST She’s on your balls cuz!|
to associate with, to spend time with.
|Scholar 15: Your cousin should watch himself with dem brers he’s movin’ with, y’know.|
(UK black) leave me alone! go away!
|theculturetrip.com ‘Guide to London Slang 10 Jan. [Internet] Move out/from me – telling someone to get away from you and your personal space.|