Green’s Dictionary of Slang

draw v.1

[abbr. SE withdraw]

1. to pick a pocket; thus drawing n.

[UK]Greene Notable Discovery of Coosnage in Grosart (1881–3) X 38: In Figging law. The picke pocket, a Foin He that faceth the man, the Stale Taking the purse, Drawing Spying of him, Smoaking The purse, the Bong The monie, the Shels The Act doing, striking.
[UK]Dekker Belman of London H1: He that pickes the Pocket is called a Foyst. The taking of the purse is called Drawing.
[UK] ‘Cant Lang. of Thieves’ Monthly Mag. 7 Jan. n.p.: Drawing a Reader with Bank Screens Stealing a Pocket-book with Bank-notes.
[Aus]Vaux Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 237: draw: to draw a person, is to pick his pocket, and the act of so stealing a pocket-book, or handkerchief; is called drawing a reader, or clout. To obtain money or goods of a person by a false or plausible story, is called drawing him of so and so. To draw a kid, is to obtain his swag from him.
[UK] ‘The Song of the Young Prig’ in C. Hindley James Catnach (1878) 171: Frisk the Cly and fork the rag, / Draw the fogles plummy.
Vidocq Memoirs (trans. McGinn) III 10: Nothing came amiss to him, from cutting a weasand, to drawing a wipe (assassination to pocket-picking). [Ibid.] ‘On the Prigging Lay’ trans. of ‘Un jour à la Croix Rouge’ in IV 263: I stops a bit: then toddles quicker, / For I’d prigged his reader, drawn his ticker.
[UK] ‘The Slap-Up Cracksman’ Swell!!! or, Slap-Up Chaunter 43: So flick the suck — or draw the clicks, / The lil, the jam, or bung from kicks.
[UK]Swell’s Night Guide 58: I drew a swell of a skin coming down – twenty cooter.
[US]Matsell Vocabulum 27: draw / drawing Picking pockets. ‘I say, my kinchin, what’s your lay?’ ‘Vy, yer see, as how I am learning to draw.’.
[UK]Wild Boys of London I 314: Vich vill you learn first — to nail a vipe or ticker, or draw the damper?
[US]Trumble Sl. Dict. (1890).
[Aus]Crowe Aus. Sl. Dict. 25: Drawing, pocket-picking.

2. to obtain money from.

[UK]High Life in London 30 Dec. 2/1: The defendants [...] said it was a ‘plant’ on the part of Levy and Money Moses, to ‘draw’ them of 100l.
[UK]‘A Flat Enlightened’ Life in the West I 47: [T]hey ‘bleed’ their victims to death, or as long as they can ‘draw’ them of a pound.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Victoria (Melbourne) 1 Aug. 2/5: Ned ‘drew’ the governor again and again, until that kindly treasurer began to intimate some reluctence.

3. (UK black) to pick up.

[UK]G. Krauze What They Was 139: One peng Somali ting I drew at the bus stop.

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