Green’s Dictionary of Slang

move v.

1. to leave [SE from 15C–mid-18C].

W. Toldervy Hist. Two Orphans II 116: As I shall lay with a friend two miles off, ’tis high time to be moving .
[US]J. Jones From Here to Eternity (1998) 798: All right then, move it.
[UK]E. Bond 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].

[Ire]R. Doyle Commitments 64: You moved in on Joey, Nat’lie? he asked.
[Ire]D. Healy 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.

[UK]J. Cameron 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.

[US]M. Braly 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].

[UK]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?
[US]G.V. Higgins Cogan’s Trade (1975) 117: I can move it [i.e. cocaine] to two guys and get twenny-five.
[NZ]G. Newbold Big Huey 16: He was moving a few sticks [of marijuana] on the side.
[US]‘Master Pimp’ Pimp’s Rap 109: I’m moving coke, weed and a little heroin.
[US]C. Stella Eddie’s World 90: I need to move something [...] Something hot [Ibid.] 93: Some ignorant crackhead nigger moving H for the west side Dominicans.

In phrases

move in on (v.)

see sense 2 above.

move on (v.)

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

[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 247: move on (one) See fire (on one).
[US]E. Little Another Day in Paradise 182: Jewels won’t move on ya, Bobbie.
[US](con. 1975–6) E. Little Steel Toes 147: I want to move on him and Syd says you gotta OK it.

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

[US]C. Fuller Jr ‘Love Song for Wing’ in King Black Short Story Anthol. (1972) 147: Y’all betta make it! Ain’t nobody gonna’ move on nobody today, yah dig? Nothin’!
[US]E. Folb 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.

[UK]G. Malkani Londonstani (2007) 146: Find out how he plannin on movin on desi sistas.
move (one’s) ass (v.) (also move one’s arse, shift..., move one’s butt,’s hump)

(orig. US) to hurry up, to get a move on; often as imper.

[US]D. Jenkins 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.
[UK]J. McClure Spike Island (1981) 72: Hey, on yer bloody way! Move yer arse now!
[UK]A. Payne ‘Minder on the Orient Express’ Minder [TV script] 50: Move your butt.
[UK]J. Osborne Déjàvu Act I: I wish he’d shift his comfortable big arse down to the cellar for me.
[UK]K. Lette Llama Parlour 40: ‘Move ass,’ Tash hissed at me, heading for the car park.
[US](con. 1960s) G. Washington Blood Brothers 52: ‘They must have heard that also, so let’s move ass,’ shouted Charlie.
[US]S. King Dreamcatcher 486: Move your humps.
move one’s carcase/carcass (v.) (also shift one’s carcase/carcass!)

to get out of the way, usu. as imper., move!

[UK]Marvel 15 May 7: Oh, don’t begin to shift your blooming carcass; I’m not going to shoot.
[Aus]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.’.
[Aus]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.
[NZ]McGill Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 100/2: shift/move your carcass get out of the way.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].
move the crowd (v.)

(US black) to leave.

[US]R.C. Cruz Straight Outta Compton 58: ‘Kep looking, baby,’ said Clive, ‘cause I’m moving the crowd’ [...] Then he disappeared between the trees.
move the laundry (v.) [stereotypical image of Chinese running laundries]

(US Und.) to smuggle illegal Chinese immigrants.

Eve. Sun (Baltimore, MD) 9 Dec. 31/5: Moving the laundry — smuggling Chinamen.
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 122/1: Laundry, the. Chinese aliens. Used only in the following idiom: To move the laundry — to smuggle alien Chinese into the country.
move to (v.)

1. to bow to.

[US]Matsell 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.

[UK]J. Cornish Attack the Block [film script] 17: DENNIS Tia’s movin’ to you Moses. PEST She’s on your balls cuz!
move with (v.)

to associate with, to spend time with.

[UK]C. Newland Scholar 15: Your cousin should watch himself with dem brers he’s movin’ with, y’know.

In exclamations

move out!

(UK black) leave me alone! go away! ‘Guide to London Slang 10 Jan. [Internet] Move out/from me – telling someone to get away from you and your personal space.