Green’s Dictionary of Slang

give out v.

[fig. uses of SE]

1. (Irish) to make a fuss, to complain.

[UK]M. Edgeworth Castle Rackrent (1832) 58: I could not bear to hear Jason giving out after this manner against the family.
[Ire]L. Doyle Ballygullion (1927) 184: ‘Wheesht, fiddler, wheesht,’ sez Sammy in desperation; for he’d heard the fiddler givin’ out the hour before.
[Ire]‘Myles na gCopaleen’ Best of Myles (1968) 340: I am in the usual place giving out about the Labour Party.
[Ire](con. 1940s) B. Behan Borstal Boy 128: The prisoners gave out about the crowd as we trudged into a doorway.
[Ire]B. Behan Brendan Behan’s Island (1984) 45: The bastard gave out that it would be against the rules of the Greyhound Association.
[Ire]C. Brown Down All the Days 170: ‘If I eat any more turnips I’ll turn bleeding yellow.’ ‘Ah, don’t be always giving out,’ said Mother.
[Ire]H. Leonard A Life (1981) Act II: mary: Father Creedon ’ud be at the door. dolly: Giving out to you.
[Ire]R. Doyle Snapper 5: Veronica gave out to Jimmy Sr.
[UK]C. McPherson The Weir 72: Giving out like a couple of old grannies.

2. as give out with, to speak in a given manner.

[UK]Globe (London) 19 Sept. 4/6: He was ‘undermining her karacter’ by giving out that she’d got three months in quod for ‘cat skinning’.
[US](con. 1943–5) A. Murphy To Hell and Back (1950) 10: You didn’t see me givin’ out wit the coos, did you?

3. (US black) to talk emotionally, to talk with great feeling; thus give out yards v., to talk with feeling at length.

[US]P.E. Miller Down Beat’s Yearbook of Swing n.p.: give out : play from the heart.
[US]Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 26 Aug. 11/1: I’m sure he expects me to give out a bit about the [...] American Tennis Federation .
[Aus]W. Dick Bunch of Ratbags 250: Bill Haley and the Comets had been giving out with ‘R.O.C.K. – Rock’ loud and fast.
[US]R.C. Cruz Straight Outta Compton 17: Gum-beating. Going for soul. Giving out. But not giving a shit.
[US](con. 1940s–60s) Décharné Straight from the Fridge Dad.
[Ire]P. Howard Miseducation of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly (2004) 102: You should have heard me giving out yards to her when you were gone.
[Ire]P. Howard PS, I Scored the Bridesmaids 176: He’s giving out yards to Charlie Bird.

4. of a young woman, to make herself available for sexual intercourse.

[US]Hal Ellson Tomboy (1952) 40: ‘Only she don’t give out,’ Lucky said.

5. to play music or sing.

[US]A. Kober Parm Me 44: O.K., folks, give out with ‘Gobbitch Bill’!
[US]B. Schulberg On the Waterfront (1964) 29: [of a song] Runty Nolan, when he had enough balls in him, he could really give out with Galway Bay.
[US]H. Simmons Corner Boy 22: [of a musican] Erroll Garner was giving out with ‘Pastel’.
[US](con. 1940s–60s) Décharné Straight from the Fridge Dad.

6. to scream.

[US]W.R. Burnett Little Men, Big World 146: You been an angel all day. I guess you’re entitled to give out now.

7. to offer, to present.

Hal Ellson Rock 72: Finally he gives out with a smile but he ain’t fooling me.

8. to make out, to imply, to pretend.

[US]R. Prather Scrambled Yeggs 33: We gave it out as another drunk hit-and-run for the time being.
[Ire]B. Behan Brendan Behan’s Island (1984) 30: I also bought a picture [...] It is of a bearded gentleman whom I give out is my grandfather though actually I don’t know who the man is.
[UK]J. Cameron Vinnie Got Blown Away 21: Go where you want, chapel orderly, no one touches you, just give out you’re off on a service.

9. to reprimand, to criticize, to attack.

[Ire]R. Doyle Commitments 101: Deco was being given out to. – Yeh stupid cunt, yeh. Imelda kicked out at him and connected. Billy threw a stick at him.
[Ire](con. 1940s) K.C. Kearns Dublin Tenement Life 165: The teacher [...] was a very important person in their lives. They looked on you as a surrogate parent, a confessor, you ‘gave out’ to them, you corrected them.