I read the following in a review of the movie – an uncomplimentary depiction of Apple founder: ‘Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine.”
I see the word bogart occasionally and it seems to mean different things in different situations.“But Gibney, an Oscar winner, also paints Jobs as a miser, a bully, a tax fraud, and a man who routinely bogarted parking spaces reserved for the handicapped.”—The Week, 11 September, page 25
Jonathon Green, the original Wordwizard, wrote the following about this idiom:
______________________________Don't Bogart that joint
by Jonathon Green » Thu Feb 27, 1997 8:00 am
It is believed that the film star Humphrey Bogart had a tendency to hang on to a joint for longer than was deemed polite or justified by prevailing dope-smoker's etiquette. This is more apparent in the US, where one takes a hit on the joint and passes it on, but less so in the UK, where it is accepted that each toker can take three or four draws before the weed moves on.
Humphrey Bogart: Humphrey (DeForest). Nicknamed Bogie. 1899-1957, US film actor: his films include High Sierra (1941),Casablanca (1942), The Big Sleep (1946), The African Queen (1951), and The Caine Mutiny (1954)
FACTS ON FILE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WORD AND PHRASE ORIGINS
DON’T BOGART THAT JOINT
In his films Humphrey Bogart often left cigarettes dangling from his mouth without smoking them. This led to the counterculture expression Don’t Bogart that joint; that is, “don’t take so long with, don’t hog, that stick of marijuana; smoke and pass it on to the next person.” The term became widely used after appearing in a song in the film Easy Rider []. Among those who practice the long-standing, widespread habit of communally smoking marijuana cigarettes, bogarting is considered both selfish and a waste of the expensive weed. Bogart’s name, in the form ofBogard, also became inner- city slang for “to act tough in a forceful manner” in the 1950s, deriving from the tough-guy heroes Bogart portrayed.
When the word Bogart when solo it carried along with it several related meanings:
CASSELL’S DICTIONARY OF SLANG
BOGART (also Bogard)
1) [1950s and still in use] (U.S. Black): To act aggressively, in a bullying manner; to coerce, bully, intimidate.
2) [1960s and still in use] To monopolize or keep something, to oneself selfishly, especially to monopolize or smoke much of a cannabis cigarette; to take or use most of; to hog.
3) [1970s and still in use] To waste time, to play around.
4) [1990s and still in use] (U.S. Campus) To leave.
5) [1990s and still in use] (U.S. teen) To steal.
6) [2000s] (U.S. campus) To take something with someone else’s knowledge but without their approval.
[1950s and still in use] (U.S. Black): A bully; thus pull a bogart, to act tough; jump bogart, to become aggressive.
The following quotes are from the Oxford English Dictionary and archived sources:
If they had called Humphrey Bogart 'Hump' for short, just imagine the confusion that could have caused. (<:)<1966 “Bogart, to injure or hurt, or to protect at the cost of violence.—High school male, Negro, Mid-Atlantic Coast (Washington, D.C.).—Them 'bama chukkers better not bogart us no more.”—Current Slang (University of South Dakota) 1 ii.
<1968 “Don't bogart that joint my friend. Pass it over to me.”—Don’t bogart that Joint (MS song lyrics) by E. Ingber & L. Wagner>
<1978 “Bullet Coach Dick Motta said the 76ers ‘were trying to come out and “bogart” us. They were trying to be intimidating.’”—Washington Post (D.C.), 4 May, page d1/1>
<1980 “The gorilla took a long hit and handed the joint to me . . . I accepted it graciously, without Bogarting, and passed it back to my friend.”—More Tales of the City by A. Maupin, page 24>
<1991 “While I ran out to reload the machines, someone had bogarted my table, the window booth next to the jukebox.”—Woman Hollering Creek by S. Cisneros, page 145>
<1993 “A lot of top dogs would have tried to bogart me back into the game.”—Hardball by D. Coyle, vi. i. page 288>
<1997 “I don't want anybody bogarting me.”—Esquire, March, page 58/1>
<2002 “At no time has the male-dominated sport of surfing been as popular with women as it is now. Even in South Florida, a place not renowned for massive waves, women are bogarting the beach, angling for their own space on the rolling water.”—Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service, 16 August>
<2007 “. . . a lot of good men of all colors got bogarted by a bunch who didn't deserve it.”—Baltimore Sun (Maryland), 25 January>
<2015 “. . . every business could easily afford to pay its employees better if only the greedy corporate bosses weren't bogarting all the big money for themselves.”—The Charleston Daily Mail (West Virginia), 22July>
Ken Greenwald – September 23, 2015