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house dick - house detective (Vengeance, 25)
bim - woman
caboose - jail (Farewell, 8)
dope fiend - drug addict (Dain, 119)
dogs - feet (Pick-Up, 17)
kick, as in "I got no kick" - I have nothing to complain about (Thin, 103)
turn up - to turn in (to the cops) (Falcon, 164)
(Farewell, 17); or more generally, what someone does, as in "The
can-opener - safecracker who forces open cheap safes (Speaking, 89)
go to read and write - rhyming slang for take flight (Op, 80)
off the track, as in "He was too far off the track. Strictly
dizzy with a dame, to be - to be crazy for a woman (Art, 217)
pooped - killed (Key, 147)
clean sneak - an escape with no clues left behind (Knockover, 436)
flivver - a Ford automobile (Speaking, 87; Knockover, 436)
chin - a conversation (Art, 190); also chinning = talking (Sleep, 85)
hammer and saws - police (rhyming slang for laws) (Knockover, 70)
143); 2) bell-hop (Lake, 73)
shyster - lawyer (Farewell, 111)
take a powder - leave (Pick-Up, 29)
Dutch - 1) as in "in dutch" - trouble (Postman, 56); 2) as in "A girl
gonif - ?? (Knockover, 364)
hard - tough (Art, 119)
shatting on your uppers - to be broke (Sleep, 161)
yap - mouth (Vengeance, 12)
accosted? (Knockover, 70)
jam - trouble, as in "in a jam" (Shoot, 8)
now" - broke (Knockover, 54)
bump - kill (Night, 35)
bing - crazy
stoolie - stool-pigeon (Art, 53)
keister - suitcase (Pick-Up, 11), also spelt keyster (Key, 72)
boozehound - drunkard
savvy? - get me? understand? (Farewell, 120)
drill - shoot (Knockover, 410)
house peeper - house detective (Playback, 118)
rappers, as in "There were a couple solved for the record, but they were
shiv - knife (Speaking, 87)
meat, as in "He's your meat" - there's your man, in this case,
Chinese angle, as in "You're not trying to find a Chinese
hack - taxi (Farewell, 35; Vengeance, 35)
shine Indian - ?? (Knockover, 89)
send over - send to jail (Knockover, 353; Dain, 124)
(Op, 70)
the patrons are fleeced (Partridge's), but here, a casino where the
swift, to have plenty of - to be fast (on the draw) (Lake, 201)
worker, as in "She sizes up as a worker" - a woman who takes a guy
nippers - handcuffs (Pick-Up, 18)
pump - heart (Falcon, 13)
three-spot - three-year term in jail (Art, 85)
cabbage - money (Shoot, 14)
(Knockover, 180)
rags - clothes (Knockover, 429)
C - $100, also a pair of C's = $200 (Vengeance, 27; Sleep, 157)
boiler - car
diapers, as in "Pin your diapers on" - clothes, get dressed (Key, 74)
bulls - cops
button - face, as in "a poke in the button" (Farewell, 217)
dip - pickpocket (Knockover, 377)
ticket - P.I. license (Vengeance, 15)
mill - typewriter (Vengeance, 81)
stiff - a corpse (Pick-Up, 195; Sleep, 99)
frail - woman (Sleep, 127)
iron - a car (Key, 115)
gate, as in "Give her the gate" - the door, as in leave (Dain, 195)
buzz" - looks me up, comes to my door (Art, 90)
3) as in "They don't make me happy neither. I get a bump once'n
trip for biscuits, as in "You get there fast and you get there alone -
crate - car (Art, 39)
rats and mice - dice, i.e. craps (Dain, 29)
arranged for? "I have arranged for a Chinese person to get the
(Knockover, 97)
dust - 1) nothing, as in "Tinhorns are dust to me" (Pick-Up, 3);
sticks of tea - marijuana cigarettes (Farewell, 62)
snooper - detective (Lake, 18)
duck soup - easy, a piece of cake (Knockover, 44)
kick off - die (Knockover, 69)
- ?? (Knockover, 400)
grab (a little) air - put your hands up (Sleep, 72; Pick-Up, 178)
nibble one - to have a drink (Farewell, 6)
(Dain, 182)
pug - boxer (Vengeance, 83)
hop-head - drug addict, esp. heroin (Op, 52)
(Knockover, 44; Dain, 192)
rate - to be good, to count for something (Art, 55)
lay - 1) job, as in Marlowe saying he's on "a confidential lay"
out on the roof, to be - to drink a lot (Lake, 30)
clammed - close-mouthed (as in clammed up) (Pick-Up, 188)
sawbuck - $10 (Night, 33)
joint - place, as in "my joint" (Knockover, 199)
dummerer - somebody who pretends to be (deaf and?) dumb in order to
stool-pigeon - informer (Op, 148; Knockover, 199)
hotel-sneak used to be my lay" (Op, 86); 2) as in "I gave him the
lug - 1) bullet (Lake, 193); 2) ear (Thin, 107)
(Playback, 108)
rat - inform (Key, 78; Night, 5)
dust out - leave, depart (Op, 81)
lay" - I told him where things stood (as in lay of the of land)
poke - 1) bankroll, stake (Pick-Up, 32); 2) punch (Farewell, 217)
map - face (Art, 175)


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