Green’s Dictionary of Slang

team n.

1. a gang of criminals.

[UK]B. Hill Boss of Britain’s Underworld 34: He had a blag lined up but did not fancy the team he had put it up to.
[UK]F. Norman Fings II i: And a little team ter follow me – all wanted up the yard.
[UK](con. 1920s) J. Sparks Burglar to the Nobility 60: The Law was sent for [...] their eyes lit up at the sight of our little team.
[UK]T. Parker Frying-Pan 37: Amongst the firms, amongst the teams who work on a large scale and plan everything down to the last detail [...] it [i.e. loyalty and silence] does [matter].
[UK]J. McClure Spike Island (1981) 252: You either get the big teams and the real baddies [...] or the people who are a little bit ill, who need treatment.
[UK]I. Welsh ‘The Shooter’ in Acid House 6: Smash the cunt up and he’d possibly get a team together for revenge.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Layer Cake 15: A lot of the old team I’d palled about with [...] were either away doing time, way down in Goa or away with the fairies.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Viva La Madness 73: He goes off on his rounds, out to meet his team up and down the coast.

2. a squad of police.

[UK](con. 1920s) J. Sparks Burglar to the Nobility 48: Then the screws won’t be able to put anything else on to your team, who have been so decent to us.
[UK]D. Powis Signs of Crime 204: Team [...] a posse of police.

3. (Aus. prison) a group of inmates.

[Aus]Tupper & Wortley Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] Team. Group of inmates who keep company.

In compounds

SE in slang uses

In compounds

team cream (n.) [SE team + cream v. (1a)]

(orig. gay) an orgy.

[US]J.P. Stanley ‘Homosexual Sl.’ in AS XLV:1/2 58: team cream n Orgy.
[UK]K. Lette Mad Cows 119: You’re parallel parking [...] A team cream. You’re having a bloody affair!
team player (n.)

(S.Afr. gay) a homosexual male; he in turn is on the team.

[SA]K. Cage Gayle.

In phrases

double-team (v.) [farming jargon double-team, to employ two teams of animals to haul heavy weights through difficult terrain; subseq. adopted in football use] (US)

1. (also double teen) to gang up on, to use extra force against.

[US]Congressional Globe 12 Jan. 423: The Senator [...] has no right to say there is any disposition to ‘double teams’ on him.
[US]C.H. Smith Bill Arp 152: By double teamin on us they licked us, and we gin it up.
[US]T.E. Watson Bethany 197: On the next day we double-teamed on one section of his army [DA].
[US]J. Lait Put on the Spot 26: Maybe it’d be better to double-team the Kid downtown.
[US]Z.N. Hurston Mules and Men (1995) 157: Who y’all tryin tuh double teen?
[US]El Paso Herald (TX) 3 Oct. 17/5: A few examples of [...] ‘calo’ [...] ‘Runners,’ attempting to cross the Rio Grande [...] are often double-teamed (surrounded) by chilli chasers (border patrolmen).
[US]T.R. Houser Central Sl. 69: double team To have two individuals jump-on and beat up another lone individual.

2. to work as a pair.

[US](con. c.1840) ‘Mark Twain’ Huckleberry Finn 162: I reckon we might double-team it together; what do you think?
whole team (and a/the dog under the wagon) (also full team)

(US) a phr. used to indicate one’s own or another’s importance, energy etc; usu. as ain’t I/he/she/they the whole team.

[US]Political Examiner 17 Nov. 4/2: ‘Whoop!’ Aint I a horse?’ ‘A whole team, I should think,’ said Rainsford [DA].
[US]G.D. Brewerton War in Kansas 270: Avow yourself ready to declare that Mistress B—— and her fair companion are trumps; and a clear-grit Yankee woman quite equal, upon an emergency, to what, in vulgar parlance, is quaintly styled ‘a whole team, and a dog under the wagon’ to boot [DA].
[US]Harper’s Mag. Apr. 711/1: The accused sought the advice and counsel of your ‘humble servant,’ who at that time was considered a full team in the way of managing a criminal case [DA].
[US]Schele De Vere Americanisms 221: ‘I like the judge,’ said a man from St. Louis to Mr. Prescott [...] ‘He is none of your one-horse lawyers; he is a whole team:’ and the New York Herald, not long ago, declared: ‘[President] Grant is a whole team, a horse extra, and a dog under the wagon.’.
[US]N.Y. Mercury 2 Mar. in Ware (1909) 266/1: It is an Americanism. We cannot tell who invented it, but it means that a man is in possession of uncommon powers of mind. That he is a whole team when he is smart; when he is very smart he is a whole team and a horse to spare, and when the smartest, a whole team and a horse to spare and a pair of coach dogs under the waggon.
[US]L.W. Payne Jr ‘Word-List From East Alabama’ in DN III:v 388: whole team an(d) a little dog under the waggin, n. phr. Used facetiously to indicate one’s self-importance, energy, etc.
[US]J.C. Lincoln Cap’n Warren’s Wards 170: Mother’s the whole team and the dog under the wagon! [DA].