1. [early 19C] a pocket book, a wallet.
2. in lit. use.
(a) [19C+] a magazine, a periodical; mainly illiterate use.
(b) [1950s+] (US black pimp) a supply of names and addresses of clients, e.g. of a prostitute.
3. in betting, i.e. the ‘book’ where wagers are entered.
(a) [mid-19C+] a bet.
(b) [mid-19C+] a bookmaker’s business; usu. in phr. make a book.
(c) attrib. use of sense b, pertaining to bookmaking.
(d) [late 19C+] (Aus./US) a bookmaker.
4. (orig. US prison) a fig. book of punishments and/or broken rules.
(a) [20C+] the maximum sentence for a given crime; usu. as the book.
(b) [1920s–60s] a one-year jail sentence.
(c) [1920s+] a life sentence, usu. as the book; thus bookman, one serving a life sentence.
(d) [1940s] in non-criminal contexts, any form of severe punishment.
5. the context of reading.
(a) [20C+] (Irish) a class in primary school.
(b) [1960s] (US campus) an assiduous, hard worker.
(c) [1970s] (US campus) a study period.
6. (drugs) the shape.
(a) [1950s] a small paper packet of a drug.
(b) [2000s] (US drugs) 100 doses of LSD.
7. [1990s+] (Irish) a single parent’s allowance [? from the book in which payments are registered].
[1930s–40s] (US Und.) of the police, to accuse a criminal, who may have been arrested on another charge, of various unsolved crimes.
[1920s+] (US Und.) to serve a life sentence.
[1920s+] (US Und.) to be imprisoned for the rest of one’s natural life.
1. [mid-19C+] to wager (on), to gamble (on); also fig.
2. [1930s] to conduct a surveillance on someone.
3. [1930s+] to run a bookmaking operation.
1. [20C+] on credit.
2. [2000s] involved.
3. [2000s] (UK prison) being a category A (high-risk) prisoner.
[20C+] (US) good for credit.
[1910s+] (orig. US) to discipline heavily, to reprimand severely.
[1940s+] (orig. US) to abandon the usual rules and regulations.
SE in slang uses
[1940s] (US teen) a hard worker (at school).
[late 18C–late 19C] the vagina.
[mid-19C] (US Und.) a form of swindling whereby one offers an expensive book to the buyer, but actually hands over a cheap one, which has been substituted during the packing process.
[late 18C–early 19C] one who fails to return borrowed books.
[late 17C–mid-18C] to plagiarize.
[late 19C] (US) an obsessive reader, a bookworm.
[1980s+] (Aus. prison) a prisoner who is allowed day release for study purposes.
see under sharp n.1
see under smart adj.
[1940s] (US Und.) a shoplifter who specializes in stealing rare books.
[mid-17C] the vagina.
[late 17C] utterly mistaken.
[1940s] (US black) a dictionary.
see history of the four kings, the n.
[1950s] (US) whatever is available, whatever is known.
[1940s+] (UK prison) to become religious.
[late 18C–early 19C] out of favour.
[1920s+] (Aus.) exceptional, well above average.
[mid-19C] (US) in good health or spirits.