1. [early 19C] (Uk Und.) a street robbery.
2. [1940s+] (orig. US Und.) a swindle, a hoax, a get-rich-quick scheme.
3. [late 19C+] (US) any means of survival, often providing little more than subsistence.
4. [1940s+] (US black) a job, a means of earning a living.
5. [1940s+] (US black) working as a pimp, prostitute or tramp.
6. [1970s+] (US) flattery, deception.
7. [1970s+] (US) a means of seduction, a pass.
8. [1970s+] (US) a criminal scheme or activity.
9. [2000s] toughness, aggression.
1. [late 19C–1930s] (US) to get moving, to get going, to get on with the job etc.
2. to sustain one’s existence by whatever means available.
[1950s+] (US) any form of complex and thus potentially highly lucrative confidence trick.
1. living as a confidence trickster, a swindler.
2. working as a prostitute.
3. working hard.