1. (US) to hit.
|Mr Dooley’s Chicago (1977) 45: The worst he ever got was some friend of McElliott’s soaking him with a brick.in Schaaf|
|I Need The Money 55: Vy doan’d dem burgugulars make a cameing so I soak dem mit dis egg-slapper!|
|Lucky Seventh (2004) 243: He got into a jam in North Platte, and somebody soaked a constable.‘“Butterfly” Boggs: Pitcher’ in|
|‘Mutt and Jeff’ [comic strip] Gee, it’s great to be a six-footer. I feel like soaking every guy I meet!|
|Main Stem 94: I soaked him so damn’ hard he can’t walk.|
|Poor Fool 29: He got soaked the last two or three times.|
|Never Come Morning (1988) 109: Come on now! There! Soak him!|
2. (US) in fig. use, to give, to punish, to criticize.
|Stories of Chinatown 51: It was a clear case against me, and I got soaked for fourteen years and two months.|
|Road 165: I had just come out of jail [...] and I knew that if the police ‘pinched’ me again, I’d get good and ‘soaked.’.|
|Knocking the Neighbors 196: We have rounded up a tough bunch of Ginks. [...] I shall ask your Honor to Soak them good and proper.|
|(con. WWI) N&Q 12 Ser. IX 417: What of the man who had been ‘soaked’ for a fatigue, but who by ‘working his head’ had managed to ‘touch out’ for ‘a soft job’.|
|Hobo 211: I had no money to pay my fine, / No friends to go my bail, / So I got soaked for ninety days / In the Portland County Jail.‘The Portland County Jail’ in Anderson|
|(con. 1918) Mattock 248: We’ll soak you for fair.|
|We Who Are About to Die 137: They can’t soak you with a prison sentence for a county-jail offence.|
|DAUL 201/2: Soak, v. 1. (Rare) To sentence to prison or county jail. 2. To sentence to an excessive term in prison.et al.|
3. (orig. US) to overcharge or charge a high price, to tax heavily, to extort money from, to cheat; thus soaking n.; soak on v., to increase a price.
|N.Y. Dramatic News 23 Nov. 2/2: This little scheme sometimes [...] enables the photographer to ‘soak’ them [DA].|
|Wkly Messenger (St Martinsville, LA) 5 Aug. 1/3: It was a put-up job to soak me .|
|More Fables in Sl. (1960) 122: He soaked the Colonel for $32.75 in Fines and Costs.|
|Enemy to Society 38: They ain’t got any right to git any franchise that soaks the citizens of New York City five cents for every telephone call.|
|Shorty McCabe on the Job 97: Didn’t we soak the price on when that Moulin Rouge guy came after us, though?|
|[no title] 10 Aug. [synd. col.] On the Fourth of July the heirs of Jesse James soaked the poor two bills a throw.|
|Inimitable Jeeves 40: She would be jolly well advised [...] to soak you for substantial damages.|
|Prison Nurse (1964) 95: What are you soaking them for rye?|
|Crack Detective Jan. [Internet] Seven Sure Systems for Soaking Suckers.‘Sing Sing Sweeney’ in|
|Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit 67: A woman who fears she is going to be soaked for another couple of bob.|
|Crust on its Uppers 115: I had been dying to give them a good soaking for years.|
|Best Man To Die (1981) 161: No one would have been any the wiser if Hatton hadn’t been greedy and started soaking Jay.|
|A Pocketful of Years 37: With Lizzie and the girls soaking him dry for new outfits and things he hasn’t a cent to bless himself with.|
|It (1987) 238: Mrs Kaspbrak, Mr Keene knew, was one of those people who believed nothing cheap could do a person much good. He could really have soaked her for her son’s HydOx Mist.|
|Lowspeak 131: Soak – to obtain a quantity of money from a victim.|
4. (orig. US) to win money from; thus in passive, to be beaten, to lose.
|Checkers 45: We might get soaked in doubling up before we win.|
|Tales of the Ex-Tanks 236: I had soaked ’em for $5,200 up to that third day before the [race] meeting closed.|
|More Ex-Tank Tales 57: Senator Ed Wolcott had soaked one of the Long Branch faro banks to the tune of $25,000.|
|Look Long Upon a Monkey 43: Now we can go and soak the bookies for our money.|
5. to cheat in non-financial contexts.
|Chicago Journal 26 May in Unforgettable Season (1981) 77: The umpiring was hideous. Both teams were well soaked, umpirical errors being pretty evenly divided.|