1. in senses of ‘pricking’.
(a) of a man, to have sexual intercourse; thus take the pin v., of a woman, to have sexual intercourse [note pin n. (1a)].
|Four P.P. in Farmer Dramatic Writings (1905) 37: But prick them and pin them as nice as ye will, And yet will they look for pinning still.|
|Harrad Experiment 48: ‘Why didn’t you pin her and get it over with?’ [...] ‘I’ve got principles. I’m not using my pin to seduce virgins.’.|
(b) (US teen) to stab.
|Deadly Streets (1983) 37: Pin him with your switchblade.‘I’ll Bet You a Death’ in|
2. in senses of pin down.
(a) to snatch, to steal.
|George Selwyn (1843) II 340: I am sure they intended to pin my money, but I disappointed them.in Jesse|
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(b) to seize, to catch, to arrest.
|‘Luke Caffrey’s Ghost’ in Chap Book Songs 2: You know, in Ram-alley, dey pin’d him.|
|Memoirs (1995) III 162: The unfortunate Misset was accordingly pinned and lodged in the Sheriffs Gaol.|
|Sixteen-String Jack 258: You are pinned at last.|
|Queen of the South 40: [of a dog] ‘Sh– I thought I heard a footstep.’ ‘Never mind,’ said Wilson, ‘Smasher’ll pin him.’.|
|Seven Curses of London 105: Bull hung his ears and pawed uncomfortably in a puddle [...] as though in his heart resenting being ‘pinned’ after this fashion.|
|Paisley Herald 21 May 2/6: One of the young men rushed out and pinned him, and a police constable [...] secured [him].|
|Liverpool Mail 5 Sept. 6/5: ’It’s getting hot as h—ll round here, I’ll have to cut or they’ll pin me’.|
|True Tilda 57: [of a dog] Dolph’ll wait by you an’ see you come to no ’arm. Understand, Dolph? I’m goin’ inside for a minute [...] but if anybody touches Arthur Miles you pin ’im!|
|Und. Speaks n.p.: Pin, to accuse; to implicate.|
|(con. 1930s–60s) Guilty of Everything (1998) 236: He just began to hand the package to her when they pinned him.|
(c) to obtain something from someone.
|‘The Wide Awake Club’ in Bentley’s Misc. Feb. 209: My eye! how precious drunk he made Snatch’em, the bum, and I, one night as we pinned him coming home in his cab from the Opera to give a champaign supper at The Clarendon.|
3. to pawn clothes [? SE pawn].
|Referee in (1909) 197/1: When Lantier was doing up his bundle to send to the pawnbroker’s, one intelligent pittite shouted out ‘Pin!’ Evidently that pittite knew something.|
4. in senses of ‘keeping one’s eyes pinned’.
(a) (Aus.) to target someone for one’s (often amatory) attentions.
|Chosen Few (1966) 41: I ain’t never seen her pin anybody th’ way she pinned you jus’ now.|
|Pimp 86: Out of the corner of my eye I saw him pinning me.|
(b) to mark down visually, to notice.
|Jive and Sl. n.p.: Pin ... To look.|
|Mad mag. May–June 20: So old Romeo, if they didn’t pin him Romeo, / Would still be the end.|
|Getting Straight 3: I pinned you for a head, man.|
|Airtight Willie and Me 36: That redhead white ’ho at the bar is pinning you.|
|Fort Apache, The Bronx 270: They pinned him as a cop right away.|
|Raiders 238: Chucky was pinned by Scotland Yard as having an outstanding Interpol warrant.|
(c) (US black) to stare at (aggressively).
|Jungle Kids (1967) 34: He [...] pinned me with his eyes again.‘Vicious Circle’|
|Essential Lenny Bruce 254: I can clock you, I can pin you.|
|Third Ear n.p.: pin v. 1. to stare.|
|House of Slammers 87: Honky Tonk pinned as the cat moved in / And measured him up for size.|
|Another Day in Paradise 109: He pauses [...] pinning me hard. Got a good psychotic mad dog.|
|(con. 1975–6) Steel Toes 165: I look over at Phil [...] pin Abe for a second, and say, ‘Twenty on delivery.’.|
(d) (US black) to draw someone else’s attention to, to point out.
|Third Ear n.p.: pin v. [...] 2. to see. 3. to call someone’s attention to.|
(e) (US) to identify.
|Underground Dict. (1972) 150: pin [...] Catch someone doing something and blame him for it.|
|Ringolevio 43: Kenny [...] was curious about how Solly pinned him.|
|Fort Apache, The Bronx 8: A kid with tattoos like that. If he had any kind of rap sheet at all, and you knew he did, he could be pinned in a minute.|
(f) (US prison) of a female prisoner, to act as a lookout.
|Women’s Prison 100: The usual practice is for lovers to utilize a [...] a trusted inmate to act as a lookout, referred to as pinning.|
|Prison Sl. 40: Pin is also used as a verb. ‘Will you pin for us while we smoke this joint?’.|
5. (Aus./US) to cause trouble for, to ‘do down’.
|Seven Poor Men of Sydney 122: A poor man [...] never ’as anything but a poor, miserable, wretched, untidy, un’appy life. They don’t let ’im even be honest or ’ave a friend, if some one wants to pin ’im.|
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl. 54: To pin someone, to have someone ‘set’, to have a grudge against a person.|
|DAUL 157/2: Pin. To cause indictment and conviction, justly or unjustly; to stigmatize; to make a rap stick.et al.|
6. (US) to knock out [? wrestling imagery].
|Garden of Sand (1981) 284: He didn’t pin ’im.|
|(con. 1940s) Tattoo (1977) 142: I’ve seen him take on a professional twice his size at a carnival and not only stay in for the three minutes to win the twenty-five skins but pin him.|
7. (US) to come to terms with, to work out.
|Jives of Dr. Hepcat (1989) 3: Jackson if you ever pin it your knowledge box will bust wide open.|
|City of Night 185: You know what Im gonna do, man, when I really get to pinning this scene.|
|Ladies’ Man (1985) 98: I was the only pledge to pin that phony tribunal.|
8. (US campus) to state one’s commitment to a person of the opposite sex by giving them one’s fraternity pin.
|Gidget Goes Hawaiian 4: I’m pinned.|
|Affairs of Gidget 77: You have your Moondoggie and you’re pinned.|
SE in slang uses
(US short order) to put a slice of onion on a hamburger.
|Charleston (WV) Daily Mail 9 Oct. 8/8: This is the fantastic jargon of the soda jerkers: [...] ‘pin a rose’ is to place a slice of onion on a hamburger.|
see under ear n.1
see under lughole n.
to accuse, to lay the blame on someone.
|Und. Mag. May [Internet] You can’t pin this on me in court—you can’t prove it.‘Take ’Im Alive’|
|Anything For a Laugh 141: No dame has been able to pin anything on me since I was ten months old!|
|Savage Night (1991) 56: No one has ever pinned anything on him.|
|Scene (1996) 127: You finally got a chance to pin something on me, huh.|
|(con. 1960s) Black Gangster (1991) 88: The only thing we can pin on this kid right now.|
|‘Six in the Morning’ [lyrics] This shit was for real / This was no La-Di-Da-Di / Cause the boys had to pin the shit on somebody.|
|Point of Origin (1999) 86: Don’t even consider pinning this on me.|
|Sheepshagger 238: Whatever they think they might just be able to fuckin pin on yew they’ll fuckin do it.|
(US/Aus.) to have a drink.
|Somewhere in Red Gap 21: Right off I could tell they’d been pinning a few on.|
|They’re a Weird Mob (1958) 42: ‘What is this pin one on, Joe?’ ‘Knock one back. Gunna ’ave a drink?’.|
to bring things to a head.
|Harris’s List of Covent-Garden Ladies 139: Her greatest fault [...] is her violent attachment to drinking; she generally contrives to pin her basket completely by nine o’clock; then she swears most abominably.|
(US campus) an instruction to stop talking.
|Campus Sl. Oct. 4: pin ’em – be quiet: John, pin ’em!|