Green’s Dictionary of Slang

bob v.1

[OF bober, to deceive. SE to late 17C and found as such in Shakespeare]

1. (UK Und.) to cheat, to deceive; thus bobbed, cheated; bobber, a cheat.

[UK]J. Heywood Witty and Witless in Farmer Dramatic Writings (1905) 194: Some beat him, some bob him.
[UK]Udall (trans.) Erasmus’ Apophthegms (1564) Bk I 6: Those persones, he pronounced worthie to be accoumpted deceiptfull, bobbers of men.
[UK]U. Fulwell 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.
[UK]Nashe 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.
[UK]Look About You xxxi: Ye bobb’d me first.
[UK]L. Barry Ram-Alley IV i: Throarte, thou art bobd.
[UK]Fletcher Spanish Curate V ii: I were angry yesterday with ye all [...] for methought ye bob’d me.
[UK]R. Brome City Wit III iv: Ha, ha, ha: I would laugh ifaith, if you could bob me off with such payment.
[UK]Ford ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore III i: Ay, let him not bob you off like an ape with an apple.
[UK]Jonson, Fletcher & Middleton Widdow V i: I’m bob’d among the rest too.
[UK]W. Davenant 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.
[UK]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.
[UK]Merry Maid of Islington 16: She has had her fling, and still she bobs me with it, only devises to try me.
[UK]Congreve Love for Love V i: Ouns! Cullied, bubbled, jilted, woman-bobbed at last – I have not patience.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Bob’d, c. Cheated, Trick’d, Disappointed, or Baulk’d.
[UK]N. Ward Hudibras Redivivus II:2 19: They would bob their Ladies of a merry job.
[UK]Cibber Rival Fools I i: Hah! he has bobbed me twice now.
[UK]S. Centlivre Wonder! III iii: So, they are all for the ring, but I shall bob them.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Dyche & Pardon 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.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Bobbed, cheated, tricked, disappointed.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (4th edn) II 199: [He] now sends you, my friends, to bob me.
[UK]G. Andrewes Dict. Sl. and Cant n.p.: bobb’d cheated.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue [as cit. 1785].

2. to thrash, to beat; thus bob(bed), beaten.

[UK] ‘Dutch Damnified or the Butter-Boxes Bob’d’ in Euing Broadside Ballads No. 60: [title].
[UK]Cibber 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.
[UK]Bridges 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.

[UK]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’ in Roberts et 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”.’.