Green’s Dictionary of Slang

stab v.

also stob
[the image of the penis as a weapon]

to have sexual intercourse; thus stabbing n., sexual intercourse.

[UK]Shakespeare Henry IV Pt 2 II i: He stabbed me in mine own house, and that most beastly [...] if his weapon be out: he will foin like any devil.
[UK] ‘Tom Tinker’ in Farmer Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) I 173: I gave him as good as he brought I suppose; / My Words they were ready and wonderful blunt, / Quoth I, I had rather been stobb’d in my ---.
[UK] ‘Prodigals Resolution’ in Playford Pills to Purge Melancholy I 59: I’ll drink Drink and Drab, I’ll Dice and Stab, / No Hector shall out-Rore me.
[US] in G. Legman Limerick (1953) 191: My wife Myrtle’s womb has a habit / Of expanding whenever I stab it.
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 207/1: Stab, v. To copulate.
[UK]Indep. 10 Sept. 22/1: Terms for sex [in Australia] were ‘rooting’, ‘tooling’, ‘poking’, ‘stabbing’ or ‘meat injection’.

In phrases

SE in slang uses

In phrases

stabbed with a Bridport dagger (adj.) [the best variety of British hemp (used for the noose) was grown near Bridport, Dorset]


[UK]Fuller Worthies (1840) I 453: ‘Stabb’d with a Brydport dagger.’ That is, hanged, or executed at the Gallowes; the best, if not the most hemp (for the quantity of ground) growing about Brydport.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: A man who was hanged is said [...] in Dorsetshire, to have been stabbed with a Bridport dagger; Bridport being a place famous for manufacturing hemp into cords.
Southey Letters from England (1836) 235: The neighbourhood is so proverbially productive of hemp, that when a man is hanged, they have a vulgar saying, that he has been stabbed with a Bridport dagger.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Manchester Times 17 Aug. 2/4: ‘Stabbed with a Bridport dagger’ means hanged.
[UK]Dundee, Perth & Cupar Advertiser (Scot.) 11 Jan. 2/5: ‘He was stabbed with a Bridport dagger,’ an intricate, but polite form of epxressing a hempen neck-tie.
[UK]Dundee Courier (Scot.) 23 July 2/5: All the ropes and cables [...] had been made at Bridport [...] it was proverbial in England to say of a man who was hanged that he ‘was stabbed with a Bridport dagger’.
[UK]Western Dly Press 18 Feb. 3/5: Bridport made ropes then as it does now, and the old local phrazse for a man being hanged is ‘He was stabbed with a Bridport dagger’.
[UK]Burnley Exp. 8 Aug. 4/8: Another way was to speak of being ‘stabbed with a Bridport dagger’.
[UK]Exeter & Plymouth Gaz. 2 Mar. 9/7: Having heard in his day of a man being ‘stabbed with a Bridport dagger’.
[UK]Western Gaz. 8 June 11/4: Hangmen’s ropes had been made at Bridport from very early times, which gave rise to the expression, ‘May he be stabbed with a Bridport dagger’.
stab oneself and pass the dagger (v.)

to take a glassful then circulate the bottle.

[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict.
stab out (v.)

(US black) to leave.

D.O.C. ‘From Ruthless To Death Row’ [lyrics] Maybe I shoulda stabbed out like Ice Cube.
E-40 ‘It’s Pimpin’ [lyrics] Then I stab out with my ham sandwich.
Ghostface Killah ‘Black Out’ [lyrics] If you don’t know what that’s bout, pack up and stab out.