1. a reward of £40.
|Sporting Mag. Apr. XVI 26/1: If anything is done by scampsmen on the Fulham road, send the traps to pull up Bounce and Blunderbuss, two forties at least.|
|Anecdotes of the Turf, the Chase etc. 44: [note] She’ll surely turn snitch for the forty.|
|‘The City Youth’ in Out-and-Outer in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) IV 140: The traps they buff it home the forty for to chop.|
2. (Aus.) a crook, a confidence trickster, a rascal, a layabout youth; often in pl. [a Sydney gang of the mid-19C; poss. called the Forty Thieves, although that name may have been a subsequent journalistic invention].
|Sydney Sl. Dict. 8/2: The Forties, the worst types of ‘the talent’ who get up rows in a mob, [...] and sometimes assault and rob, either in barrooms or the streets. Name originated with sa gang in Sydney under ‘Dixon the dog hanger,’ ‘King of the Forties’ .|
|Dinkinbar 53: If a man happens to be born a forty, he finds decent company in England a bit too hot to hold him.|
|Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] 72: FORTIES: larrikins: gangs of men and youths who congregate about streets and public places, often getting into crime or mischief. [...] Forties in Sydney preceded Larrikins as a name for the street prowlers, gamblers thieves etc.|
|On the Wool Track 226: A few sharpers [...] often get into a big shed, and get a ‘school’ going—a nightly gamble. They are regularly called ‘forties’—the forty thieves—and they sometimes make a pile out of young shearers.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 13 Oct. Red Page/2: By the way, Bean mentions ‘forties’ as a common term for bush spielers. The note on its use in MacIlwaine’s Dinkinbar brought information from several correspondents, who are hereby thanked.|
|I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 233/1: fortie – a crook, double-crosser.|
3. (US black, also 40, forty ounce, four-oh) a 40oz. (1-litre) bottle of beer.
|Central Sl. 23: forty [...] ‘I cleaned-up the shit and the dude bought me the forty.’.|
|Six Out Seven (1994) 150: He tilted the bottle way back and gulped [...] Hobbes’s laugh came from beside him. ‘That the way to slam a forty, man.’.|
|🎵 E. 1999 Eternal [album] Cuz it’s the 1st of tha month and now we smokin’, chokin’, rollin’ blunts / And sippin’ on 40 ounces thuggin’ come come we got the blessed rum.‘1st Of Tha Month’|
|Westsiders 13: A ‘four-oh’ is shorthand for a 40-ounce bottle of beer, usually a brand like O.E., Old English.|
|Plainclothes Naked (2002) 114: He pimp-walked towards her, swigging his forty.|
|(con. 1990s) in One of the Guys 86: ‘Everybody brings bud and forties. Sit there and get fucked up’.|
|Wire ep. 1 [TV script] Yo’ ass be on the bottom end of Vine Street suckin’ on a ofrty yellin’ 5-0 .‘The Target’|
|Lush Life 24: Just the Old Heads out there sippin’ forties .|
4. (US drugs) a half-gram of cocaine (then sold for $50).
|Brotherhood of Corruption 227: ‘Can you give me change for this hundo? I’m gonna score a forty and need some small bills’.|
(US black) a 40oz (1-litre) bottle of beer.
|🎵 I’ll down a 40 dog in a single gulp.‘Brass Monkey’|
|Six Out Seven (1994) 435: Go snag yourself a forty-dog, Sabby.|
|Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com 🌐 dogs Definition: 1 or more bottles of 40oz malt liquer. Example: Yo money, go grab some dogs down at da corner store.|
|🎵 Played the game, pounds of trees, forty dogs and robberies.‘Street Corner Catz’|