1. to move or walk quickly; thus slapping adj., moving quickly.
|‘The Devil and Johnny Dixon’ in Bentley’s Misc. Mar. 255: Just then I heard a horse behind me, coming on in a slapping trot.|
|Devil In London II i: I have borrowed a chay-cart and the tallow chandler’s mare, that will slap along twelve miles an hour.|
|DSUE (1984) 1084/1: [...] from ca. 1825: coll. and (in C.20, nothing but) dial.|
|All Neat in Black Stockings 412: Ladders slapped off to the loo with a sullen expression growing on her mouth.|
2. (orig. Aus., also slap up) to beat up, to shoot.
|Old Tales of a Young Country 56: Howe roared, ‘Slap at the beggars!’ and a tearing volley from guns and pistols rattled among the branches. [Ibid.] 64 : I slapped at him, and I believe hit him, for he staggered.|
|Brown Bread in Wengen [ebook] Mickey Cousins was after slapping me up.|
|‘Hookahs’ [lyrics] Live corn in my gun, suttin got bun / Suttin got slapped / Suttin got k'd.|
3. (drugs) to adulterate, to ‘step on’.
|Viva La Madness 59: Coupla kilos, split into samples. Ain’t been slapped.|
SE in slang uses
see separate entries.
(US Und.) a policeman.
|AS II:6 282: Flat foot, slapman, gumfoot—Plain clothes man.‘Prison Lingo’ in|
|AS VII:2 85: Terms referring to representatives of the law: [...] Slapman.‘Volstead English’ in|
|DAUL 197/1: Slapman. (Penn., N. J., Maryland, and scattered areas) A plain-clothesman or detective.et al.|
see under five n.2
see under ham n.1
to commence, to start.
|Kendal Mercury 9 Mar. 4/2: You idle little rascal [...] You just slap into it and get through before I come with your supper.|
see knock into the middle of next week under knock into v.
see under skin n.1
(US black) to attack, physically or verbally.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 102: Applying muscle is seen, for example, in a number of sports-related terms – [...] to slap one’s shit away, to take one to the bridge or hoop.|
see beat tar under beat v.
see under monkey n.
see under pavement n.
see under salami n.