(US Und.) of a con man, to perform a practical joke where he pretends to place a large denomination bill in a woman’s stocking, promising her that if she removes it before morning it will turn into tissue paper. Inevitably she cannot wait – and invariably it is indeed tissue paper.
|Chicago May (1929) 48: Several wise guys round the Hoffman House tried to tissue me, that is, take a big bill and pretend to put it into my stocking, but substitute a neatly folded piece of tissue paper instead.|
|Big Con 205: Nothing pleases [the con man] more than to tish a lady.|