1. to end an affair, to reject a lover.
|Phantom Fortune II 153: Look how easily she chucked you up because she did not think you good enough.|
|Reynolds’s Newspaper 8 Jan. 2/7: Finally Snidey was chucked. The rest of the party soon joined him outside.|
|‘Andy Page’s Rival’ in Roderick (1972) 362: You just give it to her straight and chuck her.|
|Society Snapshots 118: That’s Lady Di Vorcee . . . Now, what on earth did she want to go and chuck poor George Vorcee for?|
|‘Ridiculous Family’ in Roderick (1972) 721: When all was settled, she ‘chucked’ him for an animal of another kind, and married a brute.|
|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.|
|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.‘Philosophical Coal Lumper’|
|(con. 1900s) 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.|
|Flirt and Flapper 76: Flapper: I didn’t really mean to chuck Bruce altogether.|
|Redheap (1965) 172: ‘Any more of it and I chuck going with Jerry Arnold’ .|
|Right Ho, Jeeves 221: It was she who started the whole imbroglio by chucking Gussie.|
|Three-Ha’Pence to the Angel 193: ’As she chucked yer over? ’As she found another mug?|
|Bobbin Up (1961) 17: When it come to a pinch Roy was ready to chuck me, But Jack won’t do that.|
|Best Man To Die (1981) 11: His steady had chucked him two weeks before.|
|(con. 1940s) Singapore Grip 87: I’m thinking of chucking him.|
|Fivemiletown 8: So, real cool, I growled / ‘Lady, no way you’ll walk / right over me’ / Dead on. I chucked her then.‘Waftage: An Irregular Ode’ in|
|Black Swan Green 41: I was going to chuck you if you’d failed.|
2. (US) to hit (with the fist).
|Wichita City Eagle 5 Aug. in 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’.|
|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.
|Bird o’ Freedom 22 Jan. 2: So you were chucked from the Cheese last night [...] weren’t you mad?|
|Rock 99: He chucks Crazy [...] he chucks Thelma too.|
4. to dismiss from employment; cit. 1895 refers to an election.
|‘’Arry on the Elections’ in Punch 27 July 39/1: I’m sorry they didn’t chuck Burns.|
|Hooligan Nights 56: The servant was chucked her job.|
|Secret Agent (1994) 32: You should be chucked.|
|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.
|Hard Lines III 57: But here, Cis, if you mean business, take my advice and chuck that corps.|
|Letters 9: I’m seriously thinking of chucking my Tripos.|
|Beetle 264: I don’t care if you’ve got an engagement with the Queen, you’ll have to chuck it.|
|Boy’s Own Paper 29 Dec. 196: I thought the Brethren must have chucked me, or forgotten that I was a member.|
|Truth (Sydney) 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.|
|Hist. of Mr Polly (1946) 47: He took counsel with himself. Should he ‘chuck’ the outfitting?|
|Eve. Star (Wash., DC) 7 June 8/2: He’d chucked that stiff-necked flunky pose and was coachin’ me like a big brother.|
|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.|
|Doctor Serocold (1936) 141: For two pins I’d chuck the whole wearisome business.|
|Flirt and Flapper 91: Flirt: Can young ladies break their appointments with impunity? [...] Flapper: [...] You chuck when you feel like it .|
|Mapp and Lucia (1984) 73: I feel inclined to chuck the whole thing.|
|Of Love And Hunger 136: Peter’s chucked, you see, and now we’ve no one to make up the party.|
|Men from the Boys (1967) 66: A nice setup, so about three weeks ago Lande chucks it all.|
|Guntz 26: I chucked my job as a van driver and became a professional writer.|
|Picture Palace 107: I had been right to chuck photography.|
|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.
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.‘Snatching of Bookie Bob’ in|
7. (UK Und.) to find not guilty.
|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].|
|Human Side of Crook and Convict Life 27: ‘Been chucked?’ ‘Yes, lads! Not guilty!’.|
|They Drive by Night 269: ‘Don’t take on so. You might get chucked.’ ‘What’s chucked.’ ‘Acquitted.’.|
|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.
|Three Men in a Boat 78: Harris was chucked from here in December 1886.|
|Sporting Times 8 Mar. 2/1: After a few had been chucked, there would be a dearth of the snide division.|
|Sporting Times 14 Apr. 1/4: The old lodger’s chucked for a new paying guest.‘Return of the Wanderer’|
|Cake in Hat Box 139: Get it after chuck-out time.|
|An Eng. Madam 137: I thought I’d get chucked off the coach at Seattle.|
9. (Aus.) to donate money to a charitable collection.
|(?)‘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).
|Lucky Seventh (2004) 185: Mexicans [...] that can afford it always chuck a bluff that they’re Spaniards.‘Mexican Marvel’ in|
|Story Omnibus (1966) 324: She’ll chuck a convulsion.‘$106,000 Blood Money’|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 150: The chances are she will start chucking faints.‘Hold ’Em, Yale!’ in|
|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.
|Omaha Dly Bee (NE) 7 Sept. 17/3: Just drop that; chuck that game.|
|Debits and Credits (1926) 253: If a Runner starts noticin’ such things he’d better chuck.‘A Madonna of the Trenches’ in|
12. (US) to throw a party.
|Brain Guy (1937) 3: Since when did Paddy chuck parties?|
13. (orig. US/Aus., also chuck up) to vomit.
|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.|
|‘Whisper All Aussie Dict.’ in Kings Cross Whisper (Sydney) xxxiii 4/3: chuck: Vomit, be ill.|
|(con. 1949) True Confessions (1979) 36: The first thing Bingo did when he saw the body was chuck his Wheaties.|
|Minder [TV script] 60: I don’t want him chucking up over me overalls, boss.‘Senior Citizen Caine’ in|
|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.|
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 28/1: chuck to vomit; often ‘have a chuck’.|
|Awaydays 142: I get out and over one of the dinky timber bridges before chucking up pure bile into the pond.|
|Grits 277: Even someone like Roger ther, chuckin up noisily inter the sink.|
|Beyond Black 109: If you’re going to chuck up, go outside and do it.|
|Life 490: Mick pukes behind the stage [...] ‘Where’s Mick gone?’ ‘He’s chucking up backstage’.|
14. (W.I.) to act aggressively, thuggishly.
|Official Dancehall Dict. 10: Chuck to behave as a toughie; to shove someone.|
15. (drugs) to withdraw from heroin.
|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.|
see under charlie (britt) n.
see under cheese n.3
see chuck the gab
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.|
|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.’.|
|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.|
|Argus (Melbourne) 20 Sept. 6/4: The woman who does a sham faint in public and so attracts a crowd is chucking a dummy.|
|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.|
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
|Lichfield Mercury 4 May 5/2: When a man faints on parade he is said to have ‘chucked a dummy’ .|
|(con. WWI) Soldier and Sailor Words 55: Chuck A Dummy, To: To faint on parade (with a suggestion of malingering).|
|Milk and Honey Route 202: Chuck a dummy – To pretend a fainting fit.|
|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.et al.|
|Tramp at Anchor 160: ‘Shall I chuck a dummy?’ That meant — should he have an epileptic fit.|
|Right to an Answer (1978) 122: It’s dangerous to move ’em when they’ve chucked a dummy.|
2. to absent oneself.
|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.|
1. to fake a fit.
|Dict. of Sl., Jargon & Cant.|
2. to have a fig. fit; to lose emotional control.
|Story Omnibus (1966) 94: The trust company told Mrs. Grantham about it. She chucked a fit.‘This King Business’|
|Men Without Wives I i: He’d chuck a fit if he saw me now.|
to praise enthusiastically, to ‘talk up’ inferior goods.
|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.|
|, ,||Sl. Dict.|
|Courier Jrnl (Louisville, KY) 24 Aug. 2/4: In London costermonger language, chuck a jolly is to buck up, or praise.|
|Dict. of Sl., Jargon and Cant.|
see under mag n.5
(Aus.) to ask for a second helping of food.
|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’.|
see separate entry.
to ignore, to ‘cut’.
|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.|
see separate entry.
see under slobber n.
see under slug n.1
see under spaz n.
see under stall n.1
see under swell n.1
of a man, to have sexual intercourse.
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 162: Jaser (or jazer). To copulate; ‘to chuck a tread’.|
see under turd n.
see under willie n.4
see under wobbly n.2
see throw (it) into v. (2)
see separate entries.
(Aus.) to pass out.
|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.’.|
see under biscuit n.1
see under load n.
see under muck n.1
to abandon, to dismiss, to throw over, to jilt.
|Dagonet Ballads 84: I felt when that grey chucked us over as Providence meant it, maybe.|
|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.|
|Sappers and Miners 311: Why, because they’ve chucked me over, sir.|
|Sun (NY) 14 Apr. 17/1: Hebe [...] chucks over her medical studies.|
|An Eng. Madam 77: Joss chucking me over for that French woman.|
to ‘tell the tale’ for the purposes of begging or confidence trickery; to talk eloquently and articulately.
|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.|
see separate entries.
SE in slang uses
a lucifer or non-safety match.
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
(UK tramp) waste bread that would be thrown away were it not offered to tramps.
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
a parish clerk.
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Chuck farthing, a Parish-Clerk (in the Satyr against Hypocrites) also a Play among Boies.|
|New Canting Dict.|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict.|
|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.|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Life and Adventures.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|New and Improved Flash Dict.|
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.
|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.|
|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.|
|[||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.]].|
|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.|
|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.|
|Harlot’s Progress 27: Moll would propose, / Each there should strip off all their Clothes, / [...] / And if the Cole did higher rise, / A Game at Chuck, a burning Shame!|
see separate entries.
(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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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’.|
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl. 18: Chuck off at, to sneer at, chaff.|
|Gun in My Hand 45: ‘I’m only chuckin off,’ he says. ‘Ya not a bad sorta joker.’.|
|Holy Smoke 65: Like chuckin’ off at Jesus, y’see?|
|(con. 1934) Island To Island (1984) 87: We’d gang up on the kids who chucked off at us.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 47: chuck off at To tease or abuse. Early C20 ANZ.|
to talk loudly and stupidly.
|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.|
see toss one’s lollies under toss v.
to act in an arrogant, aggressive manner.
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 75/2: So ’e turned up, and chucked ’is weight about all over the blooming place.|
|Over the Top 28: Another piece of advice—don’t chuck your weight about until you’ve been up the line and learnt something.|
|(con. WWI) Soldier and Sailor Words 55: Chuck One’s Weight About, To: To appear unduly important.|
|letter 20 Oct. n.p.: Never seen one of these test pilots yet that didn’t have to chuck his weight around in print . . .|
|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.|
|Mating Season 73: A Thing [...] starting to chuck its weight about.|
|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.|
see separate entries.
(Aus.) to tease aggressively.
|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.|