Green’s Dictionary of Slang

move v.

1. [mid-18C+] to leave [SE from 15C–mid-18C].

2. [20C+] (Irish, also move in on) to pick up a member of the opposite sex [SE move, to stir, to excite].

3. [1950s+] (orig. US) to dance or play music energetically or with a strong rhythm.

4. [1950s+] (orig. US) to move fast, to be exciting or dynamic.

5. [mid-19C; 1970s+] (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].

In phrases

move in on (v.)

see sense 2 above.

move in the blind (v.) [? SE blind spot (of the landlord)]

[late 19C] to leave one’s rented premises without paying the rent, to do a moonlight flit n.

move off (v.)

[mid–late 18C] to die.

move on (v.) [1970s+]

1. (US black/campus) to hit, to assault, usu. with a weapon.

2. (US black) to assault in a group.

3. to approach sexually.

move (one’s) ass (v.) (also move one’s arse, shift..., move one’s butt, ...one’s hump)

[1970s+] (orig. US) to hurry up, to get a move on; often as imper.

move one’s carcase/carcass (v.) (also shift one’s carcase/carcass!)

[20C+] to get out of the way, usu. as imper., move!

move out (v.)

[1920s] (N.Z.) to expand, to bloom.

move the crowd (v.)

[1990s+] (US black) to leave.

move the laundry (v.) [stereotypical image of Chinese running laundries]

[1930s–50s] (US Und.) to smuggle illegal Chinese immigrants.

move to (v.)

1. [mid-19C] to bow to.

2. [2000s+] (UK black teen) to take notice of; to reprimand.

move with (v.)

[1950s+] to associate with, to spend time with.

In exclamations

move out!

[2010s] (UK black) leave me alone! go away!