1. (UK Und., also nap on) to cheat at dice.
|Eng. Villainies (9th edn) n.p.: Nap, Nip, to Cheat.Canters Dict.|
|Sir Patient Fancy V i: Pray, how long is’t since you left Toping and Napping, for Quacking, good Brother Cater-tray?|
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Nap c. by Cheating with the Dice to secure one Chance.|
|Amusements Serious and Comical in Works (1744) III 60: [They] practise the old trade of cross-biting cullies, assisting the frail square dye with high and low fullams, and other napping tricks.|
|New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
2. to steal.
|New Academy of Complements 204: The twelth a Trapan, if a Cull he doth meet, / He naps all his Cole, and turns him i’th street.|
|Eng. Rogue IV 152: Which Arts are divided into that of High-Padding, Low-Padding, Cloy-Filing, Bung-Nipping, Prancers Prigging, Duds-Lifting, Rhum-Napping, Cove-Cuffing, Mort-Trapping, Stamp-Flashing, Ken-Milling, Jerk the Naskin.|
|Discoveries (1774) 17: A great deal of it will be in Halfpence, and it is easy to be napt, that is, taken. [Ibid.] 29: They will open a Piece of Stuff and hold it up between the Owner and their Partner that sits down with her Petticoats half up ready for the Word nap it; then she puts it between her Carriers [...] and so walks off.|
|‘On Newgate Steps Jack Chance was Found’ [song] His daddle clean he’d slip between, / In a crowd he’d nap a clout unseen.|
|Life’s Painter 136: I only napt a couple of bird’s eye wipes, which I have just fenc’d to the Cove at that there Ken.|
|‘A Song, How a Flat became a Prigg’ in Confessions of Thomas Mount 21: His daddles clean, he’ll slip between / A croud, a clout he’ll nap unseen.|
|‘Jolly Butcher’ No. 26 Papers of Francis Place (1819) n.p.: Three Bailiffs took him napping. [Ibid.] ‘Tom the Drover’ No. 30 n.p.: Sal Squiney ’tother night nap’d a tatler.|
|Dict. Sl. and Cant.|
|Autobiog. 27: I see a cove with a rum lil, I’ll nap it.|
|Letter-bag of the Great Western (1873) 106: I ope to nap many a reader yet.|
|Musa Pedestris (1896) 141: Jack long was on the town, a teazer; / A spicy blade for wedge or sneezer; / Could turn his fives to anything / Nap a reader, or filch a ring.‘Jack Flashman’ in Farmer|
|Melbourne Courier 2 July 3/4: The prisoner pressed them to drink, but he refused to serve them with any, and conceiving all was not right, he took Watson’s money amounting, to 18s 9d from him, the moment he did so the prisoner said to another man, (his mate,) ‘that the bloke had napped it; it is a shiser’ .|
|,||Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.|
|, ,||Sl. Dict.|
|Sharping London 35: Nap the swag, to divide the plunder.|
|Und. Nights 42: Napping a friend’s tame field-mouse.|
|Crongton Knights 75: Venetia should step to the feds and report that this Sergio bruv napped her phone .|
3. to take into custody.
|‘Of the Budge’ Canting Academy (1674) 11: But if the cully nap us, / An the lurries from us take, / O then they rub us to the Whitt / And it is hardly worth a make.|
|Dict. Canting Crew.|
|Triumph of Wit 187: Nor are they wanting if the Cove nap ’em; that is, if they are taxed with it, to make horrid Imprecations that they are innocent; yet the Whipping-post has such a powerful Spell attending it, that it many times obliges them to recant their Cant, in making Restitution. [Ibid.] 195: The Napping Cove is hoodwink’d [The Hue and Cry is belated].|
|in Pills to Purge Melancholy IV 320: When Tally-men had no Faith, / With Strumpets and Whores; / But nap’d them in the Streets, / By Dozens and Scores.|
|The Quaker’s Opera II i: The Bum who has the Writ against you, swears he’ll nap you.|
|Scoundrel’s Dict. 30: The Eighth is a Bulk that can bulk any hick, / If the Master be napp’d, then the Bulk he is sick.|
|Truth (Sydney) 17 Aug. 11/4: As he’s living somewhere handy / Where he can be easy snapped / On some other faked-up charge / Then in chokey he are napped.|
4. to consume.
|View of Society II 107: He had put a whole bottle of rum into the tea-kettle; from which she poured out a quantity [...] and continued pouring and tasting alternately, until she had completely napt the suck.|
|‘Rolling Blossom’ in Festival of Anacreon in Wardroper Lovers, Rakers and Rogues (1995) 178: At the New Drop I napped my bub.|
5. to suffer punishment; to receive a blow.
|Discoveries (1774) 42: I napt the Flog at the Tumbler; I was whipt at the Cart’s Tail.|
|Tom and Jerry II iv: I’ve nobb’d him on the canister; he napp’d it under the lug, too.|
|Bk of Sports 25: The left Peeper of Perkins napt it, and the claret followed.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 20 Sept. 3/1: Billy napped it with the right on the listener very heavy.|
|Era 10 Aug. 4/2: He, ther downey bird, waz won ov ther victims, and I thout how he’d nap it wen he got home. O, crikey!|
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. 66: ‘You’ll nap it,’ you will catch a beating!|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 11 Feb. 4/1: A man gets ‘his claret tapped’ and ‘his peepres bunged’ and ‘naps it on the conk’.|
|(con. 1852)Tom Sayers 17: Grant went in to mill, but napped it on the left ear and nose with severity.|
|‘’Arry on the River’ in Punch 9 Aug. 57/1: It ain’t nice when a feller naps one in the eye.|
6. (also nap on) to seize, to catch, to lay hold of (a person or thing).
|New Canting Dict. n.p.: To Nap, signifies also to seize, apprehend, lay hold or, or arrest.|
|Sporting Mag. June IV 180/1: Those downish means to thrive, by which you nap’d the quids.|
|Life in London (1869) 313: You are a pretty Cove, — , an’t you?To nap a prime stake and then to ding it.|
|, ,||Sl. Dict.|
1. (also knap a winder, nap the winding post) to be transported for life.
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 279: A man transported for his natural life is said to be lag’d for his wind, or to have knap’d a winder, or a bellowser.|
|Jack Randall’s Diary 26: A fellow, who was fit at most, To scrag, or nap the winding post.|
|Metropolitan Mag. 14 330: Damn a hulker, especially if he’s knap’d a winder.|
|‘Hundred Stretches Hence’ in Vocabulum 124: Some rubbed to whit had napped a winder, / And some were scragged and took a blinder.|
2. to be hanged.
|DSUE (1984) 778/1: —1859.|
3. to receive an unpleasant shock.
|DSUE (1984) 778/1: ca.1860–1935.|
to receive severe punishment, esp. in a boxing-match.
|‘Battle’ in Fancy I XVII 406: Poor John Bull has napt it.|
|Emerald (N.Y.) 16 Oct. 109/1–2: Round 23. – Facers of some weight on both sides. Hammond napped it on the right ogle.|
|Alive and Merry II iii: And here comes my missus; if she catches me with you, I shall nap it.|
|Sixteen-String Jack 88: I bobbed and the landlord got a bob in the eye, for pon my soul he just exactly napped it.|
|, ,||Sl. Dict. 186: Nap, or NAB ‘you’ll NAP it,’ i.e., you will catch a beating!|
|Sl. Dict. 209: Knap to receive, to take. Generally applied to the receipt of punishments; ‘oh, my! wont he just knap it when he gets home!’.|
|Dick Temple I 71: Is that what you call fair play [...] You’ll nap it for that.|
|Bell’s Life in London 3 Jan. 8, 4: Johnny led off with his left, but napped it in return from Bungaree’s left on the temple, which raised a bump [F&H].|
to receive a judicial flogging at Bridewell.
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Nask, He Napt it at the Nask, he was Lasht at Bridewell.|
to weep, esp. for effect, i.e. to get one’s way, to put across one’s point.
|Life’s Painter 138: The melting pot receiver, proved his selling the clink to him (naps the bib) and that’s what did him over.|
|‘Flash Lang.’ in Confessions of Thomas Mount 19: I’m napping my bib, I’m crying.|
|Autobiog. (1930) 293: Napping his bib signifies crying.|
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang.|
|Life in London (1869) 264: Dirty Suke [...] began now to nap her bib, but the tears could not roll down her cheeks for the dirt.|
|Comic Almanack Apr. 132: Don’t nab the bib, my Bet, this chance must happen soon or later.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open 116: Nob the bib, to cry and wipe the eyes.|
|Kendal Mercury 3 Apr. 6/2: Tell mother that we can’t do with Ned tomorrow, cause he’s a regular squeaker (cross child) and willent nab the bib (cry).|
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. 67: NAPPING ONE’S BIB, to cry, shed tears, or carry one’s point.|
|, ,||Sl. Dict.|
(UK Und.) to go to bed.
|Life and Character of Moll King 12: As Oliver wheedles, I’ll not touch this Darkee, I’ll nap the Pad.|
see nab the regulars under nab v.1
see knap the stoop under knap v.
see nab the teize under nab v.1