1. (UK Und.) to cheat, to deceive; thus bobbed, cheated; bobber, a cheat.
|Witty and Witless in Farmer Dramatic Writings (1905) 194: Some beat him, some bob him.|
|Erasmus’ Apophthegms (1564) Bk I 6: Those persones, he pronounced worthie to be accoumpted deceiptfull, bobbers of men.(trans.)|
|Art of Flattery 6th dialogue 29: A mad mery knaue, he taketh all floutes and bobs in good part, by meanes whereof he bobbeth manie others.|
|Death and Buriall of Martin Mar-Prelate in Works I (1883–4) 202: When you knowe not who bobd you, you strike him that first comes in your foolish head.|
|Look About You xxxi: Ye bobb’d me first.|
|Ram-Alley IV i: Throarte, thou art bobd.|
|Spanish Curate V ii: I were angry yesterday with ye all [...] for methought ye bob’d me.|
|City Wit III iv: Ha, ha, ha: I would laugh ifaith, if you could bob me off with such payment.|
|’Tis Pity She’s a Whore III i: Ay, let him not bob you off like an ape with an apple.|
|Widdow V i: I’m bob’d among the rest too.|
|Play-House to be Let Act V: He [...] came not here for rescue, but to rob us; Yet we at last bobb’d him who meant to bob us.|
|Woman Turn’d Bully III ii: If you had lost so many Suters as I have [...] and so often Bob’d as I have been, you’d hate a put-off.|
|Merry Maid of Islington 16: She has had her fling, and still she bobs me with it, only devises to try me.|
|Love for Love V i: Ouns! Cullied, bubbled, jilted, woman-bobbed at last – I have not patience.|
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Bob’d, c. Cheated, Trick’d, Disappointed, or Baulk’d.|
|Hudibras Redivivus II:2 19: They would bob their Ladies of a merry job.|
|Rival Fools I i: Hah! he has bobbed me twice now.|
|Wonder! III iii: So, they are all for the ring, but I shall bob them.|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|New General Eng. Dict. (5th edn) n.p.: Bob (v.), to jog, touch, or give notice by some such like sign; also a cant word for to trick or cheat.|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Bobbed, cheated, tricked, disappointed.|
|Burlesque Homer (4th edn) II 199: [He] now sends you, my friends, to bob me.|
|Dict. Sl. and Cant n.p.: bobb’d cheated.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue [as cit. 1785].|
2. to thrash, to beat; thus bob(bed), beaten.
|‘Dutch Damnified or the Butter-Boxes Bob’d’ in Broadside Ballads No. 60: [title].|
|Refusal 9: They had me all Bob as a Robin: In short, being out of my Money, I was forced to come the Castor, and tumbled for Five Hundred dead.|
|Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 384: Poor goody phoenix gulph’d and sobb’d / To find ’em all so finely bobb’d.|
3. (UK) to adulterate milk with water.
|Morn. Post (London) 19 Sept. 7/4: Witness— The prisoner then said ‘I have regularly bobbed it’ [...] Mr Broderip— What did he mean by that? Witness— Bobbing means putting water to the milk.|
4. to wound or kill.
|‘Lady Kate, the Dashing Female Detective’ inet al. Old Sleuths Freaky Female Detectives (1990) 33/2: ‘Tell me, has Cummings “bobbed”?’ [...] ‘I’m afeared he crawled off like a wounded crow, and “died on the branch”.’.|