1. gin, esp. high-quality gin.
|Narrative of Street-Robberies 10: In Compassion to the old Woman, [they] gave her the Three-Half-Pence back again, bidding her buy a Quartern of Max with it to cheer her Spirits.|
|Life and Character of Moll King 11: Let me see, [...] a Double Gage of Rum Slobber, is Thrums; and a Quartern of Max, is three Megs.|
|Reading Mercury 3 May 4/2: A glass of as good maxamus as ever tipp’d over an exciseman’s tongue.|
|‘A Scene in the Election’ in Curiosities of Street Lit. (1871) 69: A glass of as good maximus as e’er tip’t over an exciseman’s tongue.|
|‘Jonny Raw and Polly Clark’ in Batchelar’s Jovial Fellows Collection of Songs 4: She got no max, so blow’d up well.|
|‘Widow Waddle, of Chickabiddy Lane’ in Merry Melodist 6: Mrs. Tick, one day, inflam’d with max and muggy weather, / She with a joint-stool broke the peace, and Tommy’s head together.|
|Bk of Sports 268: When the fast-setting sun of our life’s dimly shining — / Oh, brighten his beams with ‘Old Max’.|
|‘A Crowing Death’ in Swell!!! or, Slap-Up Chaunter 15: Close to a gin-shop Fish-Meg stood [...] And every hour to warm her blood, / Cried, ‘Landlord bring some max!’.|
|‘A Week’s Matrimony’ Dublin Comic Songster 293: Ten goes of max put out of sight.|
|Australasian Chron. (Sydney) 19 July 2/1: On all max, lush, and lightning’s flash, the many wax too prolix.|
|New Swell’s Night Guide to the Bowers of Venus 8: Song and joke swim amid the inspiring max.|
|Household Words 24 Sept. 75/2: For one article of drink, gin, we have [...] max, juniper, gatter, duke, jackey, tape, blue-ruin, cream of the valley, white satin, old Tom.‘Slang’ in|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 19 June 3/2: He (the indigo) tasted it and discovered it to be ‘max’.|
|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor I 160/1: A ‘go of rum,’ or a ‘glass of max,’ – for so a dram of neat spirit was called then.|
|Fifty Years Ago 163: The Royal Saloon, Piccadilly, where one looked in for a ‘few goes of the max’.|
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 21 Dec. 11/2: [He] took a long pnll at his maxy-bottle — maxy means Presbyterian cardial, you know, a beverage which the great man was very partial to.|
2. (UK Und.) any form of alcohol.
|Land Sharks and Sea Gulls II 110: Now, my covey [...] You don’t seem to be over well off in regard o’ licker. Come, come, an’ take a drop o’ max with us.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 51/2: We’re all ‘lushing’ like blazes on Port, Madeira and every other ‘max’ in the ‘drum’.|
3. (US campus) the maximum score or achievement in an examination, the student who achieves this.
|College Words (rev. edn) 310: max. [...] At Union College, he who receives the highest possible number of marks, which is one hundred, in each study, for a term, is said to take Max (or maximum); to be a Max scholar.|
|DA].Cadet Life W. Point 64: [He was] working out an unmistakable ‘max’ in the mathematical section-room [|
|DN II:i 45: max, n. Maximum mark.‘College Words and Phrases’ in|
|DA].West Point Today 296: Max, n. A complete success in recitation; a maximum mark of 3.0 [|
|Chillicothe (MO) Constitution-Trib. 11 Aug. 2/3: He was neither a ‘max’ (top rank in studies) nor a ‘goat’ (in lower sections of his class).|
4. (US Und.) the maximum sentence for an offence.
|DAUL 137/1: Max. (P) The maximum limit of an indeterminate prison sentence; the maximum penalty, other than capital punishment, provided by law for any specific crime.et al.|
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 249: The rest of me was in Sing Sing, for a max of fifteen years.|
|False Starts 354: They could keep me until I had served my max. And my max was life.|
|Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].|
5. (Can./US) a maximum security jail.
|in ‘Sl. of Watts’ in Current Sl. III:2.|
|Go-Boy! 279: Normally in a ‘max’ there would be a dozen badmouthing creeps doing the same job.|
|Tragic Magic 138: When you get to the max joints, you get guys that are doing life.|
|Oz ser. 4 ep. 1 [TV script] In a lot of other maxes they give the dinks in solitary one hour a day rec time.‘A Cock and Balls Story’|
6. (US campus) the highest level or degree.
|Campus Sl. Nov. 4: the max – greatest degree.|
7. (drugs) gamma hydroxy butyrate, GBH, dissolved in water and mixed with amphetamines.
|ONDCP Street Terms 14: Max — Gamma hydroxybutyrate dissolved in water and mixed with amphetamines.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 84/1: She [...] blamed Squib for taking the best of her while she was ‘maxy’.|
(UK Und.) a tavern specializing in gin.
|Account 31 July [Internet] We went to a little Max-Ken, near Fleet-Lane, where we drank so long we could scarce see one another.|
to the greatest extent, to the most extreme degree.
|Black Jargon in White America 84: to the max adv. to the greatest extent; to the ultimate degree.|
|Angel Dust 171: I really digged that, you know, getting ozoned to the max.et al.|
|Big U (2001) 231: Dex spazzed out to the max.|
|‘High Rollers’ [lyrics] Gangsters to the max, all marks will be taxed.|
|Ruthless 229: Such hallowed figures are given ‘respect to the max. Anybody try fi hurt him, fi hurt we,’.|
|Guardian Rev. 9 July 10: Our trio [...] are bummed to the max.|
|Indep. on Sun. Culture 29 Aug. 10: Yanks do sentimentality to the max. Sometimes, of course they over do it.|
|Fever Kill 143: These people, jazzed up, jonesing, and jinxed to the max.|
|Life 228: The whole place [i.e. prison]is supposed to intimidate you to the max.|
|‘Fashion Killa’ [lyrics] Rockin’, rollin’, swaggin’ to the max.|
|Crongton Knights 29: Obviously Venetia was stressed to the max.|