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off the track, as in "He was too far off the track.  Strictly
bracelets - handcuffs
dizzy with a dame, to be - to be crazy for a woman (Art, 217)
chiv, chive - knife, "a stabbing or cutting weapon" (Speaking, 87;
dangle - leave, get lost (Pick-Up, 3)
pipe that - get that, listen to that (Shoot, 55)
hotel-sneak used to be my lay" (Op, 86); 2) as in "I gave him the
deck, as in "deck of Luckies" - pack of cigarettes (Vengeance, 36; Op, 203)
crab - figure out (Sleep, 161)
shine Indian - ?? (Knockover, 89)
hood - criminal (Pick-Up, 141)
(Farewell, 17); or more generally, what someone does, as in "The
head doctors - psychiatrists (Night, 193)
torcher - torch singer (Sleep, 116)
rat - inform (Key, 78; Night, 5)
poke - 1) bankroll, stake (Pick-Up, 32); 2) punch (Farewell, 217)
squirt metal - shoot bullets (Knockover, 67)
hot - stolen (Knockover, 70)
right - adjective indicating quality (Pick-Up, 21)
go to read and write - rhyming slang for take flight (Op, 80)
house peeper - house detective (Playback, 118)
graft, the - 1) con jobs (Op, 170); 2) cut of the take (Lake, 76)
gum, as in "Don't ... gum every play I make" - gum up, interfere with
C - $100, also a pair of C's = $200 (Vengeance, 27; Sleep, 157)
or you got a trip for biscuits" - ?? (Art, 209)
chilled off - killed (Sleep, 78)
look-out - outside man (Speaking, 87)
croaker - doctor (Knockover, 69)
just rappers" - fakes, set-ups (Farewell, 165)
(Playback, 108)
drift - go, leave (Pick-Up, 53; Sleep, 69)
trouble boys - gangsters (Art, 85)
high pillow - person at the top, in charge (Farewell, 165)
nippers - handcuffs (Pick-Up, 18)
143); 2) bell-hop (Lake, 73)
pen - jail, penitentiary (Farewell, 29)
shamus - (private) detective (Playback, 41; Lake, 37; Sleep, 68)
2) leave, depart, as in "Let's dust" (Pick-Up, 13) (also Art, 52;
clammed - close-mouthed (as in clammed up) (Pick-Up, 188)
flimflamm - swindle (Op, 23, 251)
rattler - train (Dain, 158; Op, 51)
bus - big car (Pick-Up, 72)
two bits - $25 (Key, 3)
ribbed up, as in "I got a Chink ribbed up to get the dope" - set up,
tip your mitt - show your hand, reveal something (Knockover, 98)
hash house - a cheap restaurant (Shoot, 9)
hoosegow - jail (Knockover, 354)
(Knockover, 180)
tooting the wrong ringer - asking the wrong guy (Knockover, 68)
stringin' - as in along (Knockover, 356)
reefers - marijuana cigarettes (Farewell, 172)
be on the nut, to - to be broke
(Lake, 191)
snatch - kidnap (Pick-Up, 156)
lousy with - to have lots of (Knockover, 363)
big sleep, the - death
button - face, as in "a poke in the button" (Farewell, 217)
2) leave, depart, as in "Let's dust" (Pick-Up, 13) (al
elbows, as in "And there's no elbows tagging along" - police?
do the dance - to be hanged (Knockover, 446)
rube - bumpkin, easy mark (Pick-Up, 127)
sap - 1) a dumb guy (passim); 2) a blackjack (passim)
snooper - detective (Lake, 18)
(Dain, 30; Op, 146; Sleep, 161); 3) as a verb, as in "I had him
gum-shoe - detective (Op, 36), also gumshoeing = detective work
section eight" - said about a man who becomes insanely violent
jump, the - a hanging (Dain, 203)
weak sister - a push-over (Op, 42)
you climbed to?" (Lake, 184)
nailed - caught by the police (Thin, 109)
boiler - car
dark meat - black person (Dain, 37)
flogger - overcoat (Op, 219)
turn up - to turn in (to the cops) (Falcon, 164)
out on the roof, to be - to drink a lot (Lake, 30)
close friends (Dain, 15)
made - recognized (Knockover, 99)
put the screws on - question, get tough with (Dain, 34)
for his money (Op, 139)
map - face (Art, 175)
jujus - marijuana cigarettes (Farewell, 62)
clip joint - in some cases, a night-club where the prices are high and
kick off - die (Knockover, 69)
grilled - questioned (Op, 36)
frail - woman (Sleep, 127)
cut down - killed (esp shot?) (Knockover, 210)
oyster fruit - pearls (Art, 180)
are you?" - seems to mean a strange twist, not that Chinese people
(Knockover, 97)
rooms" (Speaking, 87)
glad rags - fancy clothes (Knockover, 366)
chippy - woman of easy virtue (Lake, 48)
call copper - inform the police (Pick-Up, 156)
chisel - to swindle or cheat (Pick-Up, 157)
kick, as in "I got no kick" - I have nothing to complain about (Thin, 103)
fakeloo artist - con man (Farewell, 87)
(Knockover, 379)
bunny, as in "Don't be a bunny" - don't be stupid (Pick-Up, 32)
now" - broke (Knockover, 54)
pooped - killed (Key, 147)


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