Green’s Dictionary of Slang

cart v.

[SE whip someone at the cart’s tail]

1. to expose a whore in a cart, driving her through the streets for public humiliation; thus carting n. (see cit. 1785); carted adj.

[UK]Shakespeare Taming of the Shrew I i: bap.: Leave shall you have to court her at your pleasure. gre.: To cart her rather: she’s too rough for me.
[UK]Marston Malcontent V i: By this means she is better known to the stinkards than if she had been five times carted.
[UK]J. Cook Greenes Tu Quoque Scene xv: Out of the Almes-basket, where Charitie appeares In likenesse of a peece of stinking Fish, Such as they beat Bawdes with when they are Carted.
[UK]Massinger & Field Fatal Dowry (1632) III i: I will rather choose a Spittle sinner Carted an age before, though three parts rotten.
[UK]Beaumont & Fletcher Love’s Cure IV iii: You hang up them that are far less Delinquents, A simple Shop-keeper’s carted for a Bawd.
[UK]J. Taylor ‘A Bawd’ Works (1869) II 101: Who can produce out of any record, that a Bawd was euer carted for playing the Whore?
[UK]S. Butler Hudibras Pt II canto 1 line 81: Democritus ne’er laugh’d so loud, To see Bawds carted through the crowd.
[UK]Head Canting Academy (2nd edn) 125: At the ensuing Sessions, Mrs Craftsby the Bawd received the Sentence of Carting; Mrs Wheedle and her gallant, of being Carted to Tyburn, where they ended their wretched lives.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Carted-Whore, Whipt publickly, and packt out of Town.
Theatre of Ingenuity 45: A Carted Bawd pelted with rotten Eggs on a Shrove-Tuesday.
A modest defence of publick stews ii: What better could we expect from Your Carting of Bawds.
[UK]Pope ‘Satires of Dr. Donne’ Works II 138: Bearing like asses, and more shameless farre Than carted whores.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict.
Secret Hist. of Betty Ireland (9 edn) 27: The Justices [...] ordered Betty to be carted from the Gatehouse in Westminster, to Charing-cross, which Sentence she suffered.
[UK]Cleland Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1985) 49: He went on to talk of [...] Indictments for keeping a disorderly house, Pillory, Carting, and the whole process of that nature.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Carting, the punishment formerly indicted on bawds, who were placed in a tumbrel or cart, and led through a town, that their persons might be known.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Carting. A Punishment formerly inflicted on Procuresses.
[UK]‘C. Caustic’ Petition Against Tractorising Trumpery 30: They to Tyburn swore they’d cart him.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK](con. early 17C) W. Scott Fortunes of Nigel II 236: Yes, you jade, you shall be carted for bawd and conjure.

2. (Anglo-Ind.) to carry a young woman around town in a carriage for a week or so prior to her marriage.

[Ind]‘Sir Toby Rendrag’ Poems 46: The meaning of being Gigg’d is to be driven about the course for a week or ten days, previous to entering the silken noose, to the stare and gratulation of an admiring public. Some wits have called this being carted!
[Ind]F.J. Bellew ‘Memoirs of a Griffin’ in Asiatic Jrnl & Mthly Register Nov. 158: ‘Capital,’ said the colonel, who was in a bantering humour; ‘why, Prattle tells me it’s all settled, license written for, and that you are going to cart her immediately ha! ha! ha!’ [footnote: A strong phrase for driving a lady out in a buggy ; in India, looked upon as symptomatic of an approaching matrimonial crisis].

3. to carry, to drag; thus cart away, cart out etc.

[Aus]‘Rolf Boldrewood’ Robbery Under Arms (1922) 218: It had all been carted up from Melbourne.
[UK]Binstead & Wells A Pink ’Un and a Pelican 12: He carted her off in a cab, there and then, to his governor’s office.
[Aus]H. Lawson (?) ‘Drifting Apart’ in Roderick (1972) 604: We always carted them [i.e. children] round the town with us.
[Aus]E. Dyson Spats’ Fact’ry (1922) 34: ’N’ if he does cart yeh out Sundee, bet yer boots he on’y goes a walkin’ distance.
[UK]J. MacLaren-Ross ‘A Bit of a Smash in Madras’ Memoirs of the Forties (1984) 272: After they’d carted the two coolies off to hospital, the inspector came [...] to see me.
[UK]A. Buckeridge Jennings’ Diary 80: Somebody’s very decently saved you the fag of carting them all the way upstairs.
[UK]F. Norman Guntz 161: ’Sposing I sat down in the street and got carted off by the law.
[US]L. Kramer Faggots 29: He had carted the body-builder/sociologist to Paris to seduce him, only to discover he was a lousy lay.
[US]G.V. Higgins Rat on Fire (1982) 39: Bobby was still telling me, they’re carting me off to Norfolk, I shouldn’t worry about anything because he will get me out.
[UK]J. Cameron Vinnie Got Blown Away 12: Carted Abdul off to outside hospital.
[UK]K. Sampson Outlaws (ms.) 5: He’d whack it all in an extra big Head bag and cart it up through Priory Wood to Freddie Woan’s.

4. in fig. use, to punish, to make someone suffer; usu. in passive as carted.

[UK]J. Astley Fifty Years (2nd edn) I 163: I was very nearly ‘carted’ twice over this little affair.