1. [early 19C+] stealing from carts or vans.
2. [mid-19C] (US Und.) to steal goods deposited in shop doorways; thus dragging n.
3. [1900s] (Aus. Und.) to rob on the street, to ‘mug’; thus dragging n.
4. [1930s-50s] stealing from parked motor cars.
[1910s–30s] stealing from automobiles.