Green’s Dictionary of Slang

spiv v.

[spiv n.]

1. to work as a street trader, esp. with overtones of illegality; thus spivvery/spivving n., working as a street trader.

[UK]Times 18 Nov. 2/4: Instead of that brave new Britain all they had left was a land fit for bookies to spiv in.
[UK]‘Charles Raven’ Und. Nights 116: It did divert him from straight crookery to various forms of casual spivvery on the border-line between work and crime.
[UK] in G. Tremlett Little Legs 3: He was into [...] totting, going on the knocker, spivving.

2. (also spiv around) to trick, to deceive.

[UK]M. Allingham Tiger in the Smoke 73: There were two courses open to him. He could spiv around with an army of accountants, looking for loopholes in the law, or he could gamble on the exchange.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Viva La Madness 400: I get the idea that you’re all spivving me.

In phrases

spiv up (v.)

to dress (oneself) up, esp. in an ostentatious style.

[UK](con. WWII) B. Aldiss Soldier Erect 177: We spivved ourselves up, put on clean shirts, and strolled out of camp.
[UK]M. Wall John Peel 8: [A] badly dressed middle age the envy of spivved-up punk tykes half his age.