1. to grab, to get hold of.
|(con. 1920s) South of Heaven (1994) 4: See if you can stem a little heat.|
2. to beg (from).
|Confessions of a Twentieth Century Hobo 164: The crazy little idiot had stemmed the law! He marched us to the police-station and booked us on a charge of begging.|
|Und. and Prison Sl.|
|DAUL 209/2: Stem, v. To beg; cadge; panhandle.et al.|
|It’s Cold Out There (2005) 192: You’re too big and healthy to stem.|
|Voices from the Love Generation 6: I was living on the beach and stemming people.|
|(con. 1920s) Legs 116: Don’t you know it’s against the law to stem people on the street?|