give it mouth

Saltie

Senior Member
Russian, Russia, Sochi
Hi!

It's from "Great Expectations" by Ch.Dickens:

‘Tell us your name!’ said the man. ‘Quick!’
‘Pip, sir.’
‘Once more,’ said the man, staring at me. ‘Give it mouth!’

Do I understand it right that "Give it mouth" is just another way to say "Quick!" ? Is it old-fashioned, or even obsolete? Is it criminal slang or is it standard usage?
 
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    OED definition (of which the examples include two from other Dickens novels):

    to give something mouth: to express something with vehemence. to give mouth to: to express in words; to utter. Now rare.
     
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