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vag, as in vag charge, vag law - vagrancy (Op, 52)
Sleep, 64); 3) a look, as in "Let's give it the dust" (Pick-Up, 28)
snap a cap - shout (Op, 84)
put down - drink (Postman, 56)
take on - eat (Op, 183)
twist - woman (Falcon, 164; Knockover, 46; Sleep, 163)
lay - 1) job, as in Marlowe saying he's on "a confidential lay"
(Op, 70)
(Dain, 182)
two bits - $25 (Key, 3)
crab - figure out (Sleep, 161)
snowed - to be on drugs (heroin? cocaine?) (Pick-Up, 97); also snowed
caboose - jail (Farewell, 8)
deck, as in "deck of Luckies" - pack of cigarettes (Vengeance, 36; Op, 203)
jasper - a man (of a certain type?) (Lake, 77)
(Sleep, 83)
spill - talk, inform (Pick-Up, 43; Sleep, 99), spill it = tell me (Shoot,
pooped - killed (Key, 147)
shamus - (private) detective (Playback, 41; Lake, 37; Sleep, 68)
meat wagon - ambulance (Lake, 94)
right - adjective indicating quality (Pick-Up, 21)
highbinders - ?? (Knockover, 242)
throw lead - shoot bullets (Sleep, 139; Op, 216)
cabbage - money (Shoot, 14)
tighten the screws - put pressure on somebody (Knockover, 81)
heat - a gun (Sleep, 73), also heater (Knockover, 160)
lay" - I told him where things stood (as in lay of the of land)
pill - 1) bullet (Falcon, 13); 2) cigarette (Knockover, 398; Playback, 38)
(Dain, 30; Op, 146; Sleep, 161); 3) as a verb, as in "I had him
a while. Mostly a Dutch." - ?? relates to the police (Art, 119)
kick, as in "I got no kick" - I have nothing to complain about (Thin, 103)
darb, as in "You're a darb" - ?? (Dain, 181)
mob - gang (not Mafia) (Op, 118)
(Shoot, 65)
take it on the heel and toe - leave (Knockover, 70)
hot - stolen (Knockover, 70)
eggs in the coffee - easy, a piece of cake, okay, all right
hash house - a cheap restaurant (Shoot, 9)
buncoing some (people) - defrauding some people (Knockover, 205)
savvy? - get me? understand? (Farewell, 120)
go to read and write - rhyming slang for take flight (Op, 80)
dick - detective (usually qualified with "private" if not a
nicked - stole (Knockover, 205)
hood - criminal (Pick-Up, 141)
gum, as in "Don't ... gum every play I make" - gum up, interfere with
Dain, 188)
2) leave, depart, as in "Let's dust" (Pick-Up, 13) (also Art, 52;
appear a more deserving beggar (Knockover, 198)
shyster - lawyer (Farewell, 111)
buzz" - looks me up, comes to my door (Art, 90)
up (Op, 149)
(Farewell, 17); or more generally, what someone does, as in "The
keister - suitcase (Pick-Up, 11), also spelt keyster (Key, 72)
sap poison - getting hit with a sap (Art, 188)
number - a person, can be either a man or a woman (Art, 33, 84)
head doctors - psychiatrists (Night, 193)
time" - ?? (Shoot, 120)
are you?" - seems to mean a strange twist, not that Chinese people
hoosegow - jail (Knockover, 354)
orphan paper - bad cheques (Dain, 109)
paste - punch (Knockover, 66, 392)
buy a drink - to pour a drink (Art, 139)
wrong number - not a good fellow (Art, 84)
- tell us (Lake, 81)
monicker - name (Knockover, 356; Vengeance, 75)
gee - guy (Art, 105)
sister - woman (Knockover, 44)
puffing - mugging (Knockover, 46)
sneeze - take (Pick-Up, 102)
dip the bill - have a drink (Sleep, 163; Art, 212)
clammed - close-mouthed (as in clammed up) (Pick-Up, 188)
in stir - in jail (Knockover, 380)
newshawk - reporter (Pick-Up, 17)
daisy - none-too-masculine (Art, 201)
fallen through, not worked out (Op, 268)
cooler, the - jail (Op, 55)
rat - inform (Key, 78; Night, 5)
scram out - leave (Lake, 76)
except his copper" - ?? (Farewell, 29)
finder - finger man (Speaking, 87)
up-and-down, as in "to give something the up-and-down" - a look
or, more generally, any place (Art, 90)
scatter - as in "And don't bother to call your house peeper and send
half, a - 50 cents (Shoot, 28)
(Knockover, 197)
ing-bing, as in to throw an - a fit (Key, 8)
three-spot - three-year term in jail (Art, 85)
wear iron - carry a gun (Sleep, 67)
in "to bunk" - to sleep (Knockover, 395)
dib - share (of the proceeds) (Knockover, 400)
oyster fruit - pearls (Art, 180)
dust - 1) nothing, as in "Tinhorns are dust to me" (Pick-Up, 3);
weak sister - a push-over (Op, 42)
pipe - see or notice (Speaking, 87)
dust out - leave, depart (Op, 81)
copped - grabbed by the cops (Op, 57)
glaum - steal (Knockover, 46; Dain, 17)
hop-head - drug addict, esp. heroin (Op, 52)


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