put down v.1
1. to eat, to drink.
|Orig. Pontoon Songster 11: By Jove! this steak is awful tough, just like a side of leather. / A piece of it I couldn’t put down, it nearly stopped my breath.‘Fulton Market’ in|
|Eli Perkins 57: I preyed ’round 96 rumsellers and into 180 saloons – puttin’ down whiskey and beer.|
|Yale Yarns 9: He was a hummer, and put down in one evening [...] five whiskey cocktails, six beers, three Manhattans, and a bottle of fizz.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 29 Sept. 14/2: He gurgled out (unconsciously) the nasal and necessary curses [...] during intervals of ‘putting down’ his two long beers – then went out and found the wagon half-a-mile down the road.|
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
|Moleskin Joe 80: I’ve been a lag, a crook [...] a joint as can keep puttin’ down tipple in the four-ale when my butties are on the sawdust.|
|Of Love And Hunger 124: He put his down in two swallows, saying ‘First today.’.|
|Annotated Collection of Obscene Humor 6: They’re in a bar, putting them down.|
2. in senses implying aggression, hostility.
(a) to deride, to slander, to attack verbally, to tease.
|[||Bulletin (Sydney) 28 Mar. 10/1: Where’er you are, just ‘give it lip,’ / Smack Clootie on the crown, / And you will find, sir – take our tip – / They cannot put you down].|
|Robbery Under Arms (1922) 345: Mr. Knightley was a man that always had the first word in everything, and generally the best of an argument — putting down anybody who differed from him in a quiet, superior sort of way].|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 8 Nov. 35/2: You’re one of those toffy blankers as wants to put down us blokes who’s tryin’ to earn a’ ’onest livin’.|
|On The Road (1972) 13: All my New York friends were in the negative, nightmare position of putting down society.|
|Mad mag. Sept. 41: They can’t ever put down what these studs did here.|
|Howard Street 139: You tried to put me down in front of my friends.|
|Ladies’ Man (1985) 227: Embarrassment over putting down faggots.|
|London Embassy 64: Vic puts you down?|
|Llama Parlour 230: I hate the way you’re always puttin’ down ya old man.|
|A Steady Rain I i: ’Cause people, friend or foe, they do this all the time consistently. They put down what you got ’Cause they don’t got it.|
(b) to imprison.
|Tell Them Nothing (1956) 126: We know you shot someone. We’re going to put you down for a long time.‘Pretty Boy’ in|
(c) to attack physically, to kill.
|Web of the City (1983) 79: ‘And if they do [appear],’ he patted his jacket pocket, ‘we [...] put ’em down for good.’.|
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 245: Oh shit, I thought, you poor m.f. One way or another, some bastard puts us down.|
|Carlito’s Way 44: Then you got the faggots [...] Once a guy starts on that you got to put him down.|
|Alice in La-La Land (1999) 158: Marvin Shuffler, the man who took responsibility for his own safety, and put down those hoods who tried to hold up that diner in Torrance.|
3. (US) in lit. and fig. senses of SE put down, to set down.
(a) of an activity, to abandon.
|Sporting Times 5 May 2/1: Put it down twice, sir. Copping the brewer is bad enough, but what about the Brewer copping you?|
|Sporting Times 16 May 1/3: [He] asked, cheerily, ‘Can I get half of bitter anywhere?’ / And received the sour reply, ‘They’ve put down drink!’.‘When The Cranks Have Had Their Way’|
|Deadly Streets (1983) 159: I ain’t on it [i.e. heroin] any more. I put down months ago.‘Look Me in the Eye, Boy!’ in|
|On the Yard (2002) 161: If you got your ass torn up every time you shot craps, after a while you’d put craps down and maybe try low ball.|
|Underground Dict. (1972) 156: put down [...] Stop taking drugs.|
(b) (UK Und.) to successfully cash a forged cheque at a bank; to pass counterfeit money; thus putter-down n., one who passes counterfeit cheques.
|‘Und. and Its Vernacular’ in Clues mag. 158—62: putter-down Party who passes forged checks for the real forger.|
|(con. 1910) Crooks of the Und. 223: Why, ’e’s the one wot’s been making ’em all the time while me an’ my poor ole man ’as been putting ’em dahn.|
|(con. 1910–20s) Hell’s Kitchen 120: Putting them down ... distributing bad coins.|
|Banker Tells All 44: She would wait for the rush hour when the cashiers were busy, and plant a cheque here and a cheque there [...] She was Bonzo at putting down.|
|(con. c.1910) East End Und. 82: We were putting down 4s pieces.in Samuel|
(c) to act, to do, to say.
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 15: Ole man, whatcha putting down?|
|On The Road (1972) 72: Remi was trying to put a story down that he’d lost his wallet.|
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 84: What’s she tryin’ to put down? I wondered.|
|Of Minnie the Moocher and Me 182: You hep to what I’m puttin’ down?|
(d) of a person, to reject, to give up.
|Jives of Dr. Hepcat (1989) 2: I am no parts lame and I am strictly not putting on a ‘clown’ but I do believe it is time for cupid to put our love down.|
|‘Nine Below Zero’ [lyrics] It done got nine below zero and she done put me down for another man.|
|Howard Street 181: You think he’ll put me down for her if he can git her away from you?|
(e) of a place, to leave.
|Airtight Willie and Me 146: I’ve got the creepies, Can’t we please put this place down soon?|
4. in senses of SE put down for.
(a) to involve someone, i.e. in a crime.
|Crack War (1991) 35: I’m not getting involved with that bullshit [i.e. a murder]. Don’t put me down with that shit.|
(b) (US black) to enlist a candidate in a gang or similar group.
|Tuff 126: Spencer now understood why little boys ran to Tuff in the streets [...] begging to be ‘put down’ on some invisible ghetto roster of the terminally bad.|
to run fast.
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 119: Finally I got out and started putting down shoe leather. But the paddies were hot on doing me up real nice. One of them got so close to me I saw his face over my shoulder. I stopped short and he ran right into a slap with all my weight behind it.|
(US) a toast that precedes drinking.
|St Louis Globe-Democrat 19 Jan. n.p.: After all have ‘nominated,’ such remarks pass as ‘spiel,’ ‘put it down,’ ‘here’s looking at you,’ ‘tip,’ ‘here’s a go.’.|