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assist v: A call for help from a police officer in trouble.

backup v: A call to stop by another police officer's location or to aid another officer as secondary unit.

BOLO n: Police acronym for "Be On the Look Out."

blow v:
Phrasal Verbs:
blow away
To kill by shooting, especially with a firearm.

bogey n: A detective or police officer.

bus n: Police slang for "ambulance".

bust v:
1.
a. To smash or break, especially forcefully.
b. To render inoperable or unusable.
2. To reduce in rank.
3.
a. To place under arrest.
b. To make a police raid on.
n.
1. An arrest.
2. A raid.

can n: A jail or prison.

cash in v: To die.

check-by v: A call for minor assistance from a police officer.

chip also chippie n: A girlfriend or mistress of a police officer.

choir practice n: A party or social event for police officers.

chop shop n: A place where stolen cars are disassembled for parts that are then sold.

clink n: A prison or a prison cell; a jail: spent the night in the clink.

clobber
tr.v. clobbered, clobbering, clobber
1. To strike violently and repeatedly; batter or maul.
2. To defeat decisively.
3. To criticize harshly.

clock v:
1. To notice.
2. To hit or punch.

cold turkey n:
1. Immediate, complete withdrawal from something on which one has become dependent, such as an addictive drug.
2. Blunt language or procedural method.
3. A cold fish.

come across
1. To do what is wanted.
2. To pay over money that is demanded: came across with the check.

conk n :
1. The head.
2. A blow, espcially to the head.
v. conked, conking, conks
v.tr.
To hit, especially on the head.
v.intr.
To stop functioning; fail: The engine conked out on the final lap.
2. To fall asleep, especially suddenly or heavily: conked out on the couch watching television.
3. To pass out; faint.
4. To die.

cool adj:
1.
a. Excellent; first-rate: had a cool time at the party.
b. Acceptable; satisfactory: It's cool if you don't want to talk about it.
2. Entire; full: worth a cool million.
Idioms:
cool it 1. To calm down; relax.
2. To stop doing something.

cop
tr.v. copped, copping, cops
1. To take unlawfully or without permission; steal.
2.
a. To get hold of; gain or win: copped a ticket to the show.
b. To take or catch: "I copped a feel of her tit".
Phrasal Verb:
cop out
To avoid fulfilling a commitment or responsibility; renege: copped out by ducking the issue.
Idiom:
cop a plea
To plead guilty to a lesser charge so as to avoid standing trial for a more serious charge.

cough v:
Phrasal Verb:
cough up
To hand over or relinquish (money or another possession), often reluctantly.

deal n:
1. To buy and sell drugs, especially illegally.
2. To cope: You've got no choice -- just deal with it!

deck n: A packet of narcotics.

dee wee adj: Police slang for "Driving While Intoxicated".

do n:
1. To cheat; swindle: do a relative out of an inheritance.
2. To take (drugs) illegally: Do a line.
3. To kill; murder.
Phrasal Verbs:
do in
To kill.

dog call n: A distasteful or boring police assignment to respond to a non-serious call.

drop v: To take, as a drug, by mouth: drop acid.
Idiom
drop a dime
To make a telephone call, especially to the police to inform on or betray someone.

druggie n: One that takes or is addicted to drugs

DT n: Street slang for "Detective".

finger v:
1. To inform on.
2. To designate, especially as an intended victim.

fink n: An informer, especially someone acting as an informer or decoy for the police.
intr.v.
finked, finking, finks
To inform against another person.

flash
v. flashed, flashing, flashes
v. intr.
1.To think of or remember something suddenly: flashed on that time we got caught in the storm.
2. To expose oneself in an indecent manner.
n.
1. Gaudy or ostentatious display.
2. The pleasurable sensation that accompanies the use of a drug; a rush.
adj.
Ostentatious; showy: a flash car.

flasher n: One who engages in indecent exposure; an exhibitionist.

flatfoot n: A police officer.

floater n: A corpse found floating in a body of water.

gaff n:
1. A trick or gimmick, especially one used in a swindle or to rig a game.
2. Harshness of treatment; abuse.
tr.v. gaffed, gaffing, gaffs
1 . To take in or defraud; swindle.
2. To rig or fix in order to cheat: knew that the carnival games had been gaffed.

gangbang or gang-bang n:
1. Sexual intercourse, often rape, involving one person or victim and several others who have relations with that person in rapid succession.
2. Sexual intercourse involving several people who select and change partners in an indiscriminate manner.
3. A violent attack of a street gang of hoodlums.

gangbanger n: A member of a street gang.

garnish n: An unwarranted fee, such as one extorted from a new prisoner by a jailer.

goon n:
1. A thug hired to intimidate or harm opponents.
2. A stupid or oafish person.

guff n:
1. Nonsense; baloney.
2. Insolent talk; back talk.

gyp also gip
tr.v. gypped, also gipped gypping, gipping gyps, gips
To deprive (another) of something by fraud; cheat or swindle.
n.
1. A fraud or swindle.
2. One who defrauds; a swindler.
[Probably short for Gypsy.]

hard-ass n: One who inflexibly follows or enforces rules.

heavy n: A mobster.

ho n: A prostitute.

hooch also hootch n:
1. Alcoholic liquor, especially inferior or bootleg liquor.
2. Marijuana.

hook n:
1. A tow truck.
2. A tow truck driver.
3. An auto wrecker.

hooker n: a prostitute who attracts customers by walking the streets.

hop-head n: A drug addict.

hoosegow n: A jail.

hot adj:
1. a. Recently stolen: a hot car.
b. Wanted by the police: a hot suspect.
3. Very good or impressive. Often used in the negative: I'm not so hot at math.
4. Funny or absurd: told a hot one about the neighbors' dog.
5.
a. Performing with great skill and daring: a hot drummer.
b. Having or characterized by repeated successes: a player who is on a hot streak.
c. Fast and responsive: a hot sports car.
d. Unusually lucky: hot at craps.

hump n: Police slang for "ass".

hustle, hustled, hustling, hustles
v. tr:
1. To sell or get by questionable or aggressive means: hustled stolen watches; hustling spare change.
2.
b. To pressure into buying or doing something: a barfly hustling the other customers for drinks.
c. To misrepresent one's skill in (a game or activity) in order to deceive someone, especially in gambling: hustle pool.
v. intr.
1. To obtain something by deceitful or illicit means; practice theft or swindling.
2. To solicit customers. Used of a pimp or prostitute.
3. To misrepresent one's ability in order to deceive someone, especially in gambling.
n.
An illicit or unethical way of doing business or obtaining money; a fraud or deceit.

hustler n:
1. A prostitute who attracts customers by walking the streets.
2: A shrewd or unscrupulous person who knows how to circumvent difficulties.

ice n:
1.Diamonds.
2. A payment over the listed price of a ticket for a public event.
3. Methamphetamine.
v.iced, icing, ices
v.tr
1. To ensure of victory, as in a game; clinch.
2. To kill; murder.
Idioms
on ice 1. Assured of attainment or success.
2. In reserve or readiness.
3. Away from public notice or activity.
on ice
In a precarious position.

joint n:
1.
a. A cheap or disreputable gathering place.
b. A building or dwelling.
c. A prison. Often used with the.
2. A marijuana cigarette.

junk n: Heroin.

juice n: Political power or influence; clout.

legit adj: Legitimate.

lifer n:
1. A prisoner serving a life sentence.
2. One who makes a career in one of the armed forces

loo n: A police officer's friendly term for "Lieutenant".

loot n: Money.

mark n: A person who is the intended victim of a swindler; a dupe.

masher n: A man who attempts to force his attentions on a woman.

Mickey Finn n: An alcoholic beverage that is surreptitiously altered to induce diarrhea or stupefy, render unconscious, or otherwise incapacitate the person who drinks it.

mitt n: A hand or fist.Get your mitts off me!

monkey n:
1. A person who is mocked, duped, or made to appear a fool: They made a monkey out of him.
2. Drug addiction: have a monkey on one's back.

mug n: A victim or dupe.

nail n:
1. A cigarette. Also coffin nail.
tr.v. nailed, nailing, nails
1. To stop and seize; catch: Police nailed the suspect.
2. To detect and expose: nailed the senator in a lie
3.
a. To strike or bring down: nail a bird in flight; nail a running back.
b. To perform successfully or have noteworthy success in: nailed the exam.

offed, offing, offs
v.intr.
To go away; leave: Off or I'll call the police.
v. tr.
To murder.

off the hook : Freed, as from blame or a vexatious obligation: let me off the hook with a mild reprimand.

palooka n: A stupid or clumsy person.

patsy n: A person easily taken advantage of, cheated, blamed, or ridiculed.

perp n: One who perpetrates a crime.

pig n: Used as a disparaging term for a police officer.

poke n:
1. A punch or blow with the fist: a poke in the jaw.
2. An act of sexual intercourse: I gave her a poke.

pokey n: A jail or prison.

pop n: An arrest.

rabbit n: Police slang for a fleeing subject.

rap n:
1. A reprimand.
2. A sentence to serve time in prison.
Idioms:
beat the rap
To escape punishment or be acquitted of a charge.
take the rap
To accept punishment or take the blame for an offense or error.

rat n: A despicable person, especially one who betrays or informs upon associates.

rip-off n:
1. A theft.
2. A thief.

rock n:
1. A large gem, especially a diamond.
2. Crack cocaine.

run in n: To take into legal custody.

sap, saphead n: A gullible person; a dupe.

scag n: Heroin.

score n:
1. The act or an instance of buying illicit drugs.
2. A successful robbery.

screw n: A prison guard or the turnkey of a jail.

scum, scumbag n: One, such as a person or an element of society, that is regarded as despicable or worthless.

shiv n: A knife, razor, or other sharp or pointed implement, especially one used as a weapon.

shop n: A police officer's term for his place of business, meaning the patrol car.

slammer n: A jail.

smack n: Heroin.

snatch n: A kidnapping.

snitch n:
v. snitched, snitching, snitches
v. tr.
To steal (something, usually something of little value); pilfer.
v. intr.
To turn informer: He snitched on his comrades.
n.
1. A thief.
2. An informer.

snitcher n.

speedball n: An intravenous dose of cocaine mixed with heroin or an amphetamine.

spike n: A hypodermic needle.

stiff n:
1. A corpse
2. A drunk.
3. A hobo; a tramp.
tr.v.
stiffed, stiffing, stiffs
To cheat (someone) of something owed: My roommate stiffed me out of last month's rent.

stooge n: Someone acting as an informer or decoy for the police; a stool pigeon.

stoolie n: Someone acting as an informer or decoy for the police; a stool pigeon.

streetwalker n: a prostitute who attracts customers by walking the streets.

sweat v:
1. To interrogate (someone) under duress: sweated the suspected spy for hours.
2. To extract (information) from someone under duress: The police sweated the information out of the suspect.
Phrasal Verb:
sweat out
1. To endure anxiously: sweat out an exam.
2. To await (something) anxiously.
Idioms:
no sweat
Easily done or handled.
sweat bullets
To sweat profusely.

sucker n:
1. A person easily taken advantage of, cheated, blamed, or ridiculed.
2. A person. Used as a generalized term of reference, often as an intensive: He's a mean sucker.
3. An unspecified thing. Used as a generalized term of reference, often as an intensive.

tank n: A jail or jail cell.

tool n: A person used to carry out the designs of another; a dupe.

tough adj:
1. Unfortunate; too bad: a tough break.
2. Fine; great.
Idiom:
tough it out
To get through despite hardship; endure.

trick n:
1.
a. An act of prostitution.
b. A prostitute's customer.
c. A session carried out by a prostitute with a client.
2. A robbery or theft

troll
v. trolled, trolling, trolls
v. tr. / v.intr.
To patrol (an area) in search for someone or something.

turf n:
1. The range of the authority or influence of a person, group, or thing; a bailiwick:
2. A geographical area; a territory.
3. The area claimed by a gang, as of youths, as its personal territory.
tr.v.
turfed, turfing, turfs
To kill.

waste v: To kill; murder.

weirdo n:
1. A person regarded as being very strange or eccentric.
2. A deranged, potentially dangerous person.

whack n: To kill deliberately; murder.
Idiom:
whacked out
Under the influence of a mind-altering drug.

 

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