1. a dip-candle; a tallow-chandler.
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions .|
|,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn).|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|in Flash Chaunter 27: [song title] Dip, The Tallow Chandler.|
|‘’Arry’s Christmas in the Country’ in Punch 25 Dec. in (2006) 30: Tip me my ‘dip,’ and I’ll toddle.|
|Savage London 140: Mrs. Doo [...] departed leaving the dip in a black bottle on the table. [Ibid.] 145: The light of a farthing dip did not admit of any observation of a change of colour.|
2. foods that are dipped or have something dipped into them.
(a) (Aus.) a boiled flour dumpling.
|Travels with Dr Leichhardt 161: Dr. Leichhardt gave the party a quantity of dough-boys, or, as we called them, dips. [Ibid.] 171: Dr. Leichhardt ordered the cook to mix up a lot of flour, and treated us all to a feed of dips.|
(b) (Ulster) fried bread.
|BS].Illus. Encyc. Ulster Knowledge n.p.: When we were in Malta last year I asked the waitress could we have dip and she gave me a look [|
(c) (Ulster) hot gravy or an egg to dip in.
3. (US/UK Und.) a pickpocket; also attrib.
|Dict. of Sl., Jargon and Cant.|
|Whitstable Times 16 July 5/3: He told them it was a ‘mug’s game’ for dips to work on their own .|
|Tramping with Tramps 387: The person flagged seldom knows what has taken place, and every day in city streets people are thus favoured by gracious ‘dips,’ or pickpockets.|
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 85: This young woman was a ‘dip’; she could abstract the contents of a wallet, replace it, minus the bills, while one waited, conversing brightly.|
|Ogden Standard (UT) 7 Mar. 12/2: Hundreds of the ‘dip’ family are able to pose as reputable and respectable citizens.|
|Beef, Iron and Wine (1917) 162: The Canada Kid was a ‘dip’ of parts and of class.‘Canada Kid’ in|
|Smoke and Steel 45: Ain’t it fifty-fifty all down the line, / Petemen, dips, boosters, stick-ups and guns — what’s to hinder?‘Cahoots’ in|
|Hop-Heads 76: Penny Meade is one of the famous ‘dips’ (pick-pockets) of the New York underworld.|
|Fight Stories July [Internet] I [...] recognized a pickpocket I used to know [...] ‘This house used to be owned by a crazy Spaniard with more mazuma than brains,’ said the dip.‘Pit of the Serpent’|
|Sun. Mail (Brisbane) 13 Nov. 20/7: The pick-pocket is more commonly known as a ‘Dip’ or ‘Hook’ and stands at the head of the petty thieving class.|
|On Broadway 22 June [synd. col.] A dip, hired for the job, lifted the pass from the messenger’s pocket.|
|Battlers 264: ‘So you’re a dip.’ He ruefully places his possessions in his pocket. [...] It was humiliating to have his pocket picked.|
|Parole Chief 247: I have never known an affluent pickpocket. [...] The average dip is penny ante.|
|Boss of Britain’s Underworld 16: He was a dip, a fair pickpocket. He used to work the bus stops and did well at it.|
|Blind Man with a Pistol (1971) 179: Take your hands off me, you mother-raping dip! [...] I’m on to that pickpocket shit!|
|You Flash Bastard 12: What was one more cheque-fraudsman, hoister, dip, or whatever?|
|L.A. Times 8 Mar. n.p.: Sam is not like the sleazy dunnigans who work toilets, or the dips who grift with squealers.|
|Curvy Lovebox 123: Ringers burglars teefs filches dips and deedees.|
4. (US/UK Und., also the dip) an act of pickpocketing.
|Rogue’s Progress (1966) 16: He never could be persuaded personally to go to the ‘dip’, not even on a civic show day, when such things were considered gifts.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 9/2: As it was, he was obliged to depend upon a ‘trick’ or two on market days, or a chance ‘dip’ in the auction stores.|
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 28 Sept. n.p.: Allan Taylor’s ‘moll’ and Tommy McIntyre [...] were ‘pinched’ for the ‘dip’ week before last.|
|Aberdeen Eve. Exp. 23 Oct. 2/2: I once got £573 in one dip [...] out of a gentleman’s pocket.|
|Powers That Prey 81: If you’ll stand for the dip.|
|Variety Stage Eng. Plays [Internet] Then I blew the kale and trailed the boob to make another dip.‘Types’|
|Black Mask Aug. III 99: His ‘dip’ into the mailbag had been a real prize package after all.|
|Mad Cows 16: What’s the name of your gang leader? How many dips are you doing a day?|
|Outlaws (ms.) 3: Dips, snatches, cameras, purses, the odd Barbour jacket.|
5. (US Und.) a burglary.
|‘Lady Kate, the Dashing Female Detective’ in Old Sleuth’s Freaky Female Detectives (1990) 33/2: ‘A bad “dip in” for the lads, that’ [...] The expression ‘a bad dip in,’ meant the attempted burglary had turned out a disastrous failure.et al.|
6. (US) a hat.
|Sarjint Larry an’ Frinds 64: The fun he and his butty had last Fourth of July in Arizona with some Greaser feller who wouldn’t take off his ‘dip’ when he passed the Stars and Stripes.|
|DN III:viii 567: dip, n. Derby or stiff hat.‘A Word-List From Central New York’ in|
|Indiana Messenger 29 Mar. 2/2: Mr. Lewis certainly meant to have his character exclaim that he would tip his hat [...] He should have said, ‘I tip my kelly – or lid – or dip – to him.’.|
|‘Jiver’s Bible’ in Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive.|
7. (UK und.) in the context of pickpocketing, a hand.
|Framlingham Wkly News 8 Dec. 3/7: Thieves’ Dialect [...] A pickpocket’s hands are his ‘daddlers’ or ‘dips’.|
8. (US black) a pocket.
|Way Home (2009) 270: What about a shoulder rig for this one? I can’t be putting this monster down in my dip.|
(UK Und.) a faux-academic term for the world of pickpocketing.
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 153/1: We made up our minds to give all we came across the benefit of our proficiency in ‘dipology’.|
(UK Und.) pickpocketing.
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 54/2: If he pleased, I would join him and his ‘moll’ on the ‘dip lay’.|
(UK Und.) working as a pickpocket; resulting from pickpocketing.
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 5/1: Doncaster races were ‘coming off,’ so our ‘mob’ made up their mind to ‘nam’ down there on the ‘dip’.|
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 7 Sept. n.p.: Dan Noble [...] sloped to England some time ago with several ‘centuries’ belonging to ‘guns,’ got on the ‘graft’ [and] first made his appearance [...] on the ‘dip’.|
|in Life on the Mississippi (1914) 460: [as spelt] ‘i felt pretty rough & was thinking i would have to go on the dipe (picking pockets) again.|
|Powers That Prey 65: Fifteen per cent. goes with some of ’em if you ain’t on the dip, an’ are jus’ doin’ the sure thing act.|
|Big Con 202: Maxie F – and Greenie – were [...] looking for a score on the dip.|
|DAUL 59/1: Dip, on the. (Obsolete) Engaged in, or by means of, pocket-picking.et al.|
|Stump 11: Shite. Could earn fifty notes on the fuckin dip down Ally dock.|
SE in slang uses
see under dig v.3
|Billy Baxter’s Letters 17: You see, Jim, that’s where I go off my dip. That wine affair is an awful stunt for a fellow who makes not over two thousand a year [...] and rooms in a flat that’s fifteen a month stronger than he can stand.|
|John Henry 19: Before the second act was half through I went off my dip.|
|Maison De Shine 1: With meat’n vegitabbles high an’ aigs at the prices now prevailin’, it’s enough to drive a party off their dip.|
|Columbus Jrnl (NE) 15 Feb. 6/4: I fo’got for the moment that he is off his dip, sur, and I plugged him one.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 22 Aug. 8/1: It was as quiet as the fall of a leaf, and it took place in the Friends’ Meeting House [...] where people said ‘Thou’ and ‘Thee’ in a subdued whisper, even when the relief of Mafeking had sent the city off what it calls its ‘dipper.’.|
|Hand-made Fables 256: Either the Orchestra had forgotten to tune up or he was going off his Dip.|