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send over - send to jail (Knockover, 353; Dain, 124)
jaw - talk (Op, 99)
Sleep, 64); 3) a look, as in "Let's give it the dust" (Pick-Up, 28)
Harlem sunset - some sort fatal injury caused by knife (Farewell, 14)
go over the edge with the rams - to get far too drunk (Night, 25)
peaching - informing (Op, 85)
shine Indian - ?? (Knockover, 89)
in stir - in jail (Knockover, 380)
throw lead - shoot bullets (Sleep, 139; Op, 216)
sawbuck - $10 (Night, 33)
finder - finger man (Speaking, 87)
(Farewell, 17); or more generally, what someone does, as in "
house dick - house detective (Vengeance, 25)
smoke - a black person (Farewell, 14; Pick-Up, 111)
snowed - to be on drugs (heroin? cocaine?) (Pick-Up, 97); also snowed
dope fiend - drug addict (Dain, 119)
lug - 1) bullet (Lake, 193); 2) ear (Thin, 107)
close friends (Dain, 15)
glad rags - fancy clothes (Knockover, 366)
(Farewell, 17); or more generally, what someone does, as in
burn powder - fire a gun (Knockover, 425)
go to read and write - rhyming slang for take flight (Op, 80)
rat - inform (Key, 78; Night, 5)
nix on (something) - no to (something) (Pick-Up, 30)
pooped - killed (Key, 147)
twist - woman (Falcon, 164; Knockover, 46; Sleep, 163)
heap - car (Knockover, 400; Dain, 194)
(Knockover, 197)
buzz" - looks me up, comes to my door (Art, 90)
grift, as in "What's the grift?" - What are you trying to pull? (Art, 39)
bunny, as in "Don't be a bunny" - don't be stupid (Pick-Up, 32)
sock - punch (Knockover, 66; Sleep, 173; Art, 153)
tiger milk - some sort of liquor (Thin, 110)
flogger - overcoat (Op, 219)
Dutch - 1) as in "in dutch" - trouble (Postman, 56); 2) as in "A girl
egg - fellow (Knockover, 395)
for his money (Op, 139)
emergencies" (Speaking, 88)
shine box - bar for blacks (Farewell, 5)
tea - marijuana (Playback, 126)
spinach - money (Knockover, 385)
chiv, chive - knife, "a stabbing or cutting weapon" (Speaking, 87;
high pillow - person at the top, in charge (Farewell, 165)
rooms" (Speaking, 87)
trouble boys - gangsters (Art, 85)
a while. Mostly a Dutch." - ?? relates to the police (Art, 119)
mouthpiece - lawyer (Pick-Up, 183)
johns - police (Sleep, 69)
look-out - outside man (Speaking, 87)
white - 1) good, okay, as in "white dick" (Knockover, 379); 2) as in
butter and egg man - ?? (Playback, 55)
nibble one - to have a drink (Farewell, 6)
gat - gun (passim)
schnozzle - nose (Art, 190)
do the dance - to be hanged (Knockover, 446)
buncoing some (people) - defrauding some people (Knockover, 205)
rattler - train (Dain, 158; Op, 51)
plugs - people (Op, 222)
hock shop - pawnshop (Dain, 63)
can-opener - safecracker who forces open cheap safes (Speaking, 89)
joint - place, as in "my joint" (Knockover, 199)
peeper - detective (Playback, 96; Sleep, 161)
bean-shooter - gun
up (Op, 149)
turn up - to turn in (to the cops) (Falcon, 164)
eggs in the coffee - easy, a piece of cake, okay, all right
snooper - detective (Lake, 18)
bump off - kill (Pick-Up, 32); also, bump-off - a killing (Sleep, 161)
Chinese angle, as in "You're not trying to find a Chinese angle on it,
ringers - fakes (Art, 176)
take the bounce - to get kicked out (here, of a hotel) (Art, 102)
dizzy with a dame, to be - to be crazy for a woman (Art, 217)
darb, as in "You're a darb" - ?? (Dain, 181)
you climbed to?" (Lake, 184)
crab - figure out (Sleep, 161)
jake - okay (Pick-Up, 29; Sleep, 108)
snort (as in of gin) - a drink (Art, 56)
pop - kill (Op, 42)
buttons - police (Pick-Up, 29; Sleep, 66)
slant, get a - take a look (Key, 31)
information"? (Knockover, 203)
pipes - the throat (Thin, 110)
time" - ?? (Shoot, 120)
(Knockover, 207)
take the fall for - accept punishment for (Dain, 56)
dip - pickpocket (Knockover, 377)
meat wagon - ambulance (Lake, 94)
pinch - an arrest, capture (Art, 118)
daisy - none-too-masculine (Art, 201)
put down - drink (Postman, 56)
pipe - see or notice (Speaking, 87)
in "to bunk" - to sleep (Knockover, 395)
oyster fruit - pearls (Art, 180)
wire, as in "What's the wire on them?" - news, "What information do
swing - hang (Op, 42)
call copper - inform the police (Pick-Up, 156)
out on the roof, to be - to drink a lot (Lake, 30)
mesca - marijuana (Playback, 126)
be my lay" (Op, 86)
snatch - kidnap (Pick-Up, 156)


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