Green’s Dictionary of Slang

chuck v.2

1. to end an affair, to reject a lover.

M.E. Braddon Phantom Fortune II 153: Look how easily she chucked you up because she did not think you good enough.
[UK]Reynolds’s Newspaper 8 Jan. 2/7: Finally Snidey was chucked. The rest of the party soon joined him outside.
[Aus]H. Lawson ‘Andy Page’s Rival’ in Roderick (1972) 362: You just give it to her straight and chuck her.
[UK]D. Cotsford Society Snapshots 118: That’s Lady Di Vorcee . . . Now, what on earth did she want to go and chuck poor George Vorcee for?
[Aus]H. Lawson ‘Ridiculous Family’ in Roderick (1972) 721: When all was settled, she ‘chucked’ him for an animal of another kind, and married a brute.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 1 Aug. 16/2: She is somewhere about 16, and has married – Papuan fashion – and ‘chucked away’ many, many men; and many, many men await that same fate.
[Aus]T.E. Spencer ‘Philosophical Coal Lumper’ Budgeree Ballads 151: Maude was out to ’ave ’er little bit of fun [...] But a tart wot chucks a lumper / For a knock-kneed counter-jumper, / Well! She ain’t the sort of tart to fret abaht.
[US](con. 1900s) S. Lewis Elmer Gantry 123: I was in there listening about how she was in love with a fellow and he’s gone off to Chicago and chucked her.
[UK]E. Glyn Flirt and Flapper 76: Flapper: I didn’t really mean to chuck Bruce altogether.
[UK]Wodehouse Right Ho, Jeeves 221: It was she who started the whole imbroglio by chucking Gussie.
[UK]C. Harris Three-Ha’Pence to the Angel 193: ’As she chucked yer over? ’As she found another mug?
[Aus]D. Hewett Bobbin Up (1961) 17: When it come to a pinch Roy was ready to chuck me, But Jack won’t do that.
[UK]R. Rendell Best Man To Die (1981) 11: His steady had chucked him two weeks before.
[UK](con. 1940s) J.G. Farrell Singapore Grip 87: I’m thinking of chucking him.
[UK]T. Paulin ‘Waftage: An Irregular Ode’ in Fivemiletown 8: So, real cool, I growled / ‘Lady, no way you’ll walk / right over me’ / Dead on. I chucked her then.
[UK]D. Mitchell Black Swan Green 41: I was going to chuck you if you’d failed.

2. (US) to hit (with the fist).

[US]Wichita City Eagle 5 Aug. in Miller & Snell Why the West was Wild 142: It is claimed by him that he did not strike McGrath, yet he admits that he ‘chucked him about roughly’.
[US]Hope College ‘Dict. of New Terms’ [Internet] chuck trans.v. To hit somebody gently on the side of the arm with the thumb and index finger side of a fist as a way of saying goodbye, good job, or just kidding.

3. to eject.

[UK]Bird o’ Freedom 22 Jan. 2: So you were chucked from the Cheese last night [...] weren’t you mad?
[US]‘Hal Ellson’ Rock 99: He chucks Crazy [...] he chucks Thelma too.

4. to dismiss from employment; cit. 1895 refers to an election.

[UK] ‘’Arry on the Elections’ in Punch 27 July 39/1: I’m sorry they didn’t chuck Burns.
[UK]C. Rook Hooligan Nights 56: The servant was chucked her job.
[UK]J. Conrad Secret Agent (1994) 32: You should be chucked.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 14 Nov. 44/2: Australian writers who try to better their working conditions are familiar with the threat that ‘selected instead of original matter’ will be used, and that they will thereby be bumped, bashed, or chucked.

5. to give up, to abandon.

[UK]H. Smart Hard Lines III 57: But here, Cis, if you mean business, take my advice and chuck that corps.
[UK]H. Fludyer Letters 9: I’m seriously thinking of chucking my Tripos.
[UK]R. Marsh Beetle 264: I don’t care if you’ve got an engagement with the Queen, you’ll have to chuck it.
[UK]Boy’s Own Paper 29 Dec. 196: I thought the Brethren must have chucked me, or forgotten that I was a member.
Truth (Syney) 20 Mar. 8/3: Why, sir, even of the Kaffirs / They won't go and work for shice. / No. They’ve chucked it; left the rotten / Game.
[UK]H.G. Wells Hist. of Mr Polly (1946) 47: He took counsel with himself. Should he ‘chuck’ the outfitting?
[US]Eve. Star (Wash., DC) 7 June 8/2: He’d chucked that stiff-necked flunky pose and was coachin’ me like a big brother.
[UK]D.L. Sayers Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (1977) 5: It’s my belief most of us would only be too pleased to chuck these community hysterics if the beastly newspapers didn’t run it for all it’s worth.
[UK]H. Ashton Doctor Serocold (1936) 141: For two pins I’d chuck the whole wearisome business.
[UK]E. Glyn Flirt and Flapper 91: Flirt: Can young ladies break their appointments with impunity? [...] Flapper: [...] You chuck when you feel like it .
[UK]E.F. Benson Mapp and Lucia (1984) 73: I feel inclined to chuck the whole thing.
[UK]J. Maclaren-Ross Of Love And Hunger 136: Peter’s chucked, you see, and now we’ve no one to make up the party.
[US]‘Ed Lacy’ Men from the Boys (1967) 66: A nice setup, so about three weeks ago Lande chucks it all.
[UK]F. Norman Guntz 26: I chucked my job as a van driver and became a professional writer.
[UK]P. Theroux Picture Palace 107: I had been right to chuck photography.
[UK]Observer 13 June 32: Lord Lucan’s son [...] chucked in his job last week to write a book about his dad.

6. to spend extravagantly.

[UK]Besant & Rice Golden Butterfly II 77: Next to umlimited chucking of his own money, the youthful Englishman would like – what he never gets – the unlimited chucking of other people’s.
[UK]Sporting Times 22 Mar. 1/5: There are some folks so hard up for something to do with their brass that they have to chuck £100,000 a time at starting hospitals.
[US]A.H. Lewis Boss 262: W’en one of ’em nipped a super or a rock, an’ wanted d’ quick dough, he brought it to me fadder, who chucked down d’ stuff an’ no questions asked.
[US]D. Runyon ‘Snatching of Bookie Bob’ in Runyon on Broadway (1954) 118: Many a party who is [...] chucking quite a swell is nothing but the phonus bolonus and does not have any real scratch.

7. (UK Und.) to find not guilty.

[UK]Answers 9 Feb. n.p.: He was fortunate enough to get chucked, to escape, that is to say, as the evidence against him was not strong enough [F&H].
[UK]S. Scott Human Side of Crook and Convict Life 27: ‘Been chucked?’ ‘Yes, lads! Not guilty!’.
[UK]J. Curtis They Drive by Night 269: ‘Don’t take on so. You might get chucked.’ ‘What’s chucked.’ ‘Acquitted.’.
[UK]G.F. Newman You Flash Bastard 21: Then Sneed offered some hope [...] telling Manso that he personally would arrest him and some of the firm for murder, which subsequently Manso alone would get chucked, while the members of the firm went down.

8. to throw out, e.g. of a tavern.

[UK]J.K. Jerome Three Men in a Boat 78: Harris was chucked from here in December 1886.
[UK]Sporting Times 8 Mar. 2/1: After a few had been chucked, there would be a dearth of the snide division.
[UK]‘Doss Chiderdoss’ ‘Return of the Wanderer’ Sporting Times 14 Apr. 1/4: The old lodger’s chucked for a new paying guest.
[Aus]A.W. Upfield Cake in Hat Box 139: Get it after chuck-out time.
[UK]P. Bailey An Eng. Madam 137: I thought I’d get chucked off the coach at Seattle.

9. (Aus.) to donate money to a charitable collection.

[Aus] (?) H. Lawson ‘Triangles of Life’ in Roderick (1972) 627: One-Eyed Bogan borrowed Moonlight’s hat, ‘chucked’ ‘half-a-caser’ in it for a send-off, and passed it round.

10. to do or perform, usu. with a defining n. (often referring to a fit or similar convulsion).

[US]Van Loan ‘Mexican Marvel’ in Lucky Seventh (2004) 185: Mexicans [...] that can afford it always chuck a bluff that they’re Spaniards.
[US]D. Hammett ‘$106,000 Blood Money’ Story Omnibus (1966) 324: She’ll chuck a convulsion.
[US]D. Runyon ‘Hold ’Em, Yale!’ in Runyon on Broadway (1954) 150: The chances are she will start chucking faints.
[UK]G. Kersh Nine Lives Bill Nelson 43: You can be as tough as God Almighty, but you won’t chuck a scare into me.

11. to stop doing something.

[US]Omaha Dly Bee (NE) 7 Sept. 17/3: Just drop that; chuck that game.
[UK]Kipling ‘A Madonna of the Trenches’ in Debits and Credits (1926) 253: If a Runner starts noticin’ such things he’d better chuck.

12. (US) to throw a party.

[US]B. Appel Brain Guy (1937) 3: Since when did Paddy chuck parties?

13. (orig. US/Aus., also chuck up) to vomit.

[Aus]D. Niland Call Me When the Cross Turns Over (1958) 52: Don’t try the Barcoo spews [...] Get a feed into you, and then you want to chuck it up again.
[Aus] ‘Whisper All Aussie Dict.’ in Kings Cross Whisper (Sydney) xxxiii 4/3: chuck: Vomit, be ill.
[US](con. 1949) J.G. Dunne True Confessions (1979) 36: The first thing Bingo did when he saw the body was chuck his Wheaties.
[UK]A. Payne ‘Senior Citizen Caine’ in Minder [TV script] 60: I don’t want him chucking up over me overalls, boss.
[Aus]C. Bowles G’DAY 5: Even popular Bazzerisms like ‘driving the porcelain bus’, ‘shouting down the great white telephone’, or ‘having a Technicolour yawn’ are rare. Most good Australians just ‘chuck up’, and carry on drinking.
[NZ]McGill Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 28/1: chuck to vomit; often ‘have a chuck’.
[UK]K. Sampson Awaydays 142: I get out and over one of the dinky timber bridges before chucking up pure bile into the pond.
[UK]N. Griffiths Grits 277: Even someone like Roger ther, chuckin up noisily inter the sink.
[UK]H. Mantel Beyond Black 109: If you’re going to chuck up, go outside and do it.
[UK]K. Richards Life 490: Mick pukes behind the stage [...] ‘Where’s Mick gone?’ ‘He’s chucking up backstage’.

14. (W.I.) to act aggressively, thuggishly.

[WI]Francis-Jackson Official Dancehall Dict. 10: Chuck to behave as a toughie; to shove someone.

15. (drugs) to withdraw from heroin.

[UK]J.J. Connolly Layer Cake 85: They make us look like chucking junkies hoisting down Oxford Street or a team of crackhead muggers.

16. (UK juv.) to ejaculate.

OnLine Dict. of Playground Sl. [Internet] come (also chuck) v. to ejaculate.

In phrases

chuck a dummy (v.) [SE dummy, a fake]

1. to have a fit, esp. when only pretending; thus n. dummy-chucking, simulating an epileptic fit [orig. milit., to pretend to faint on parade in order to escape duties].

Boston Medical and Surgical Journal CIII 650: A criminal lawyer whom he engaged to defend him advised him to ‘chuck a dummy’ in the court.
New. Eng. Medical Gaz. 104 21: Landing in New York he recommenced dummy chucking, which, he says, was something new to the ‘crooked people’ of that city.
[UK]M. Davitt Leaves from a Prison Diary I 116: I never had a real fit in all my life! What you saw the other day was what we call ‘chucking a dummy,’ or, as you might name it [...] ‘counterfeiting a fit.’.
Hamilton & Godkin System of Legal Medicine 399: There is also a special class of criminals who feign epileptic attacks (‘chuck a dummy’) in public places to attract a crowd.
[US]Sun (NY) 10 July 29/4: Here is a genuine letter written in thieves’ slang, recently found by the English police [...] I chucked a dummy while they buzzed the clys out of owt old blokes with nailcans.
[UK]J. Ware Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.
[UK]Lichfield Mercury 4 May 5/2: When a man faints on parade he is said to have ‘chucked a dummy’ .
[UK](con. WWI) Fraser & Gibbons Soldier and Sailor Words 55: Chuck A Dummy, To: To faint on parade (with a suggestion of malingering).
[US]‘Dean Stiff’ Milk and Honey Route 202: Chuck a dummy – To pretend a fainting fit.
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 44/1: Chuck a dummy. To feign an injury or faint, either in an accident insurance racket, or in prison to shirk work or to obtain drugs.
[UK]J. Phelan Tramp at Anchor 160: ‘Shall I chuck a dummy?’ That meant — should he have an epileptic fit.
[UK]A. Burgess Right to an Answer (1978) 122: It’s dangerous to move ’em when they’ve chucked a dummy.
[US]Wentworth & Flexner DAS.

2. to absent oneself.

[UK]W. Muir Observations of Orderly 229: A few other slang words which I have come across in the hospital, and which seem to me to bear the mark of the old army as distinct from the new are: [...] ‘chucking a dummy,’ being absent.
chuck a jolly (v.) [orig. used by costermongers to describe their habit of boosting the dubious virtues of some otherwise unappealing item offered on a friend’s stall]

to praise enthusiastically, to ‘talk up’ inferior goods.

[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. 54: jolly a word of praise, or favourable notice; ‘chuck Harry a jolly, Bill,’ i.e., go and praise up his goods, or buy of him, and speak well of the article, that the crowd standing around his stall may think it a good opportunity to lay out their money. ‘Chuck a jolly,’ literally translated is to throw a shout or a good word.
[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict.
[UK]Barrère & Leland Dict. of Sl., Jargon and Cant.
chuck an Oliver (v.) (also do an Oliver) [Oliver Twist and his request ‘May I have some more?’]

(Aus.) to ask for a second helping of food.

[Aus]N. Keesing Lily on the Dustbin 120: Kids who ‘do (or chuck) an Oliver’ and ask for more when more is not available may be advised ‘little fish are sweet’.
chuck a seven (v.)

see separate entry.

chuck a shoulder (v.) [synon. with SE cold shoulder]

to ignore, to ‘cut’.

[UK]J. Ware Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 75/2: She chucked me a shoulder, an’ not the one want — an’ ’av been on hice ever the mortal since.
chuck a sixer (v.)

see separate entry.

chuck a spaz (v.)

see under spaz n.

chuck a tread (v.) [SE tread, of a cock, to have intercourse with a hen]

of a man, to have sexual intercourse.

[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
[UK]Farmer Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 162: Jaser (or jazer). To copulate; ‘to chuck a tread’.
chuck a turd (v.)

see under turd n.

chuck it

see separate entries.

chuck one’s ace (v.) [card-playing imagery]

(Aus.) to pass out.

[Aus]Gadfly (Adelaide) 28 Mar. 9/1: Gets me on me back an’ the two of ’em starts bumpin’ me ’ead on the toepath. ’Twas no blanky picnic – take it frum me! An’ ’m just about chuckin’ me ace, when a John comes along, and whispers the little bloke with the ’ammer. ‘Oh, you leave ’im to me,’ says ’is nibs, ‘an’ I’ll give the scoundril all ’e wants.’.
chuck one’s load (v.)

see under load n.

chuck over (v.)

to abandon, to dismiss, to throw over, to jilt.

[UK]G.R. Sims Dagonet Ballads 84: I felt when that grey chucked us over as Providence meant it, maybe.
[UK]A. Morrison Tales of Mean Streets (1983) 109: Everybody can make wot arrangements with ’is feller-men ’e likes for to carry on the business of life, but nothink can’t bind you. You chuck over the arrangement if it suits best.
[UK]G.M. Fenn Sappers and Miners 311: Why, because they’ve chucked me over, sir.
[US]Sun (NY) 14 Apr. 17/1: Hebe [...] chucks over her medical studies.
[UK]P. Bailey An Eng. Madam 77: Joss chucking me over for that French woman.
chuck the gab (v.) (also chuck a chest) [gab n.1 /SE chest]

to ‘tell the tale’ for the purposes of begging or confidence trickery; to talk eloquently and articulately.

[UK]F. Jennings Tramping with Tramps 111: No one who can ‘chuck the gab’ need work to-day if they don’t want to. [Ibid.] 118: If I could ‘chuck a chest’ (spin the tale) I ought to live in comfort.
chuck up

see separate entries.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

chuck-farthing (n.) [SE chuck-farthing, a precursor of 20C pitch and toss, in which coins are first pitched at a mark, and then tossed at a hole by the player who came nearest the mark, and who wins everything that landed in the hole; used as the proper name of a character in the Satire against Hypocrites, cited by B.E.]

a parish clerk.

[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Chuck farthing, a Parish-Clerk (in the Satyr against Hypocrites) also a Play among Boies.
[UK]New Canting Dict.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict.
[UK]Sterne Tristram Shandy (1949) 55: Labour stood still as he passed [...] even chuck-farthing and shuffle-cap themselves stood gaping till he had got out of sight.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]B.M. Carew Life and Adventures.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Duncombe New and Improved Flash Dict.
chuck-office (n.) (also chuck-hole) [SE chuck-farthing (see) prev. ety.); Priss Fotheringham, the apparent ‘champion’ had absorbed some 15 half-crowns (£1.87)]

the vagina, esp. in the context of the half-crown chuck-office, a prostitute’s trick whereby she would stand on her head, exhibiting her spread vulva and clients would throw coins into the vagina.

[UK]Mercurius Fumigosus 7 55: [Anyone] troubled with a standing Ague [...] to the Chuck-office at the six Wind-mills, and there he shall [...] be received into a Study of pleasure and exercise his Martiall Instruments at all prices, while his money lasts.
[UK]Wandring Whore I 6: Witness Priss Fotheringham’s Chuck-office, where upon sight thereof, French Dollars, Spanish pistols, English Half-crowns are as plentifully pour’d in, as the Rhenish wine was into the Dutch wenches two holes till she roar’d again, as she was showing tricks upon her head with naked buttocks and spread legges in a round ring, like those at wrestling neer the Half-crown-chuck-office, call’d Jack-a-newberries-six windmills.
[[UK]Hue and Cry after Mercurius Democritus 3: Every one taking a Meal sack in their mouths flew presently towards the six Wind-mills; where the mouths of the sack being open, and hanging downwards, there was such a shower of Wheaten flower [etc.]].
‘Peter Aretine’ Strange Newes 2: Moll. I am destitute of any thing but the P — and the praise [...] I want the half-Crowns, though neglect of a Chuck-Office. Bette. Would I had thought of that before, I might then have borow’d Jack-a-Newberry’s six Wind-mills, they being hung out at my dore would have brough custom enough.
[UK]C. Walker Authentick Memoirs of Sally Salisbury 68: With Eye intent, each Sportsman took his Aim; / The merry Chuck-Hole border’d on the Rump, [...] Within her tufted Chink, the Guineas shone.

In phrases

chuck in

see separate entries.

chuck off (at) (v.)

(Aus./N.Z.) to sneer at, to speak sarcastically; the addition of at implies bantering, teasing.

letter in Mount Barker Courier 7 Apr. 4/3: You take it from me, Mr. Editor, that cove’s been putting a bit on his fancy and he's fell in, and he wants to chuck off at us blokes ’cos he's narked.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 23 June 32/2: Aggie ‘chucked-off’ in a particularly nasty way at the porter at Cheltenham, and a stand-up fight between him and Chuck was narrowly averted in consequence.
[Aus]C.E.W. Bean Anzac Book 31/2: Of course, sometimes one of ’em gets ’is back up and calls us sons of convicts in return for us chuckin’ off at ’im, and then he’s told a lot of things [...]; but Australia’s all right, mate. You need not be ashamed to be called a ‘Pommy’ out there.
Queensland Times (Ipswich) 8 Mar. 11/3: I reckon it’s over the fence to chuck off at members like that.
[UK]J. Curtis Gilt Kid 277: They were just the sort of people who got the boys a bad name and started people chucking off hot air about the ‘lower criminal classes’.
[Aus]Baker Popular Dict. Aus. Sl. 18: Chuck off at, to sneer at, chaff.
[NZ]G. Slatter Gun in My Hand 45: ‘I’m only chuckin off,’ he says. ‘Ya not a bad sorta joker.’.
[Aus]S. Gore Holy Smoke 65: Like chuckin’ off at Jesus, y’see?
[NZ](con. 1934) A. Campbell Island To Island (1984) 87: We’d gang up on the kids who chucked off at us.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 47: chuck off at To tease or abuse. Early C20 ANZ.
chuck one’s fat around (v.)

to talk loudly and stupidly.

[UK]E. Pugh Street in Suburbia 67: Wot d’ you know abart the ’Ouse o’ Lords? [...] A-chuckin’ yer fat abart ez if you wuz the G.O.M.
chuck one’s weight around (v.) (also chuck one’s weight about) [Ware suggests orig. milit.: of ‘one of the household brigades’]

to act in an arrogant, aggressive manner.

[UK]J. Ware Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 75/2: So ’e turned up, and chucked ’is weight about all over the blooming place.
[UK]A.G. Empey Over the Top 28: Another piece of advice—don’t chuck your weight about until you’ve been up the line and learnt something.
[UK](con. WWI) Fraser & Gibbons Soldier and Sailor Words 55: Chuck One’s Weight About, To: To appear unduly important.
[US]L. Ron Hubbard letter 20 Oct. n.p.: Never seen one of these test pilots yet that didn’t have to chuck his weight around in print . . .
[UK]D. Bolster Roll On My Twelve 26: So long as you pulls yer weight in the Mess an’ takes yer turn at dishin’ up an’ don’t chuck yer bleedin’ weight about the place.
[UK]Wodehouse Mating Season 73: A Thing [...] starting to chuck its weight about.
[UK]Wodehouse Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit 138: One of the baser sort who has been chucking his weight about.
FidoNews 1 Aug. [Internet] Maybe the fact that he doesn’t come into the net and chuck his weight around should indicate that maybe FIDO is supposed to be a place to get away from the ‘real world’ problems.
The Talk Zone at www.thejuice.com.au 29 May [Internet] He has a certain swagger, and he can chuck his weight around if he has to.
chuck out

see separate entries.

chuck up at (v.) [fig. use of sense 1 above]

(Aus.) to tease aggressively.

[Aus]Gadfly (Adelaide) 28 Mar. 9/1: Ain’t nothin’ doing’ [sic] ’cep’ in a little tin shanty they calls the Central Auction Mart, where a skinny little bloke is standin’ in a box sellin’ furnicher an’ things. I starts chuckin’ it up at ’im fer devilment, an’ ’e gets ropeable.