A Hardboiled Slang Glossary for Something More Than Night

Introduction & Table of Contents
Drinking / Drugs / Drug Use
Weapons / Violence
Greetings / Goodbyes / Get Losts / Generic Addresses
Police Work / Jail / Crime
Money / Valuables / Estimations of Value
Body Parts / Bodies / Health
Sex / Sexuality
Generic Actions & Activities


dough: money

"We ain't been able to find out for sure yet, but we have found out she wasn't the kind of dame you'd expect him to be trusting to handle all that dough..." (TTM, p58.)

"You got the dough," Dorr said. (TMB, p90)

"You know you didn't lift her dough and pretties." (RH, p205)

C-note: hundred-dollar bill

I dumped the lot out on the desk and then picked up the five C-notes. (TLG, p376)

hay: useless scrip/fake bills/etc.

"First of Regan carried fifteen grand, packed it in his clothes all the time. Real money, they tell me. Not just a top card and a bunch of hay." (TBS, p123)

swag: money; goods; valuables

I said: "The killers knew about the taxi -- maybe -- and the girlfriend reached town with the swag." (TMB, p106)

ice: jewelry (as green ice for emeralds, blue ice for sapphires, red ice for rubies ice for diamonds, etc.)

"I haven't seen your friend lately. The one with the green ice." (TLG, p335)

splitting (bills/cash): counterfeiting technique

"He was doing twenty-seventh months for splitting twenty dollar bills." (TMB, p119)

jack: money; scrip; swag; green; etc.

"They saw you somewhere, and Peeler recognized you. He got to thinking how he could make himself some jack. But he was a coke-hound and talked in his sleep. " (TMB, p152)

"I'm a girl that likes to pick up a little jack when she can." (RH, p37)

"They hit it about two-thirty. Five of them got away clean with the jack." (RH, p125)

sawbuck / double sawbuck: 10 dollars / 20 dollars

I got five double sawbucks out of my wallet and dropped them in front of him. (TLG, p14)

folding: money; cash; scrip

"He must have made plenty of the folding." (TLG, p105)

cabbage: money(?)

"He's whatever looks good to him, whatever has the cabbage pinned to it." (TBS, p194)

yard: one hundred dollars

"How much you shake him for? I bet it's not more than a couple of yards." "What's that? Couple of yards." "Two hundred bucks." (TLG, p217)

peanuts/peanut: small change/insignificant

"You're a piker, Marlowe. You're a peanut grifter. You're so little it takes a magnifying glass to see you." (TLG, p75)

dibs: money; possible connotation of one's share or what one needs to make do

"What's your racket?" I asked him. "Racket?" He looked hurt. "Sure. What do you shake them for? How do you make your dibs?" (TLS, p29)

(in the) chips: well-off; having plenty of money.

"Next, the guy is definitely not in the chips. He has fourteen smackeroos folding in here and about two bucks loose change." (TLS, p59)

folding: cash


smackeroos: dollars


smackers: dollars

"Mountain, hell, we got the mountain and ten thousand smackers to pile on top of that yet." (PRT, p86)

fin: $5 bill

I passed him a fin and a 4 x 2" photostat of my license. (PB, p13)

fish: bucks; dollars

"There's a guy here made five million fish in the rackets back in Kansas City." (PB, p97)

silver: change; coins

I went through his clothes. He had loose silver and bills in one trouser pocket... (FML, p72)

bills: (bills)


(the) roll: the money; cash; as in a person's roll of bills

"Dinah told me you were a pretty good guy, except kind of Scotch with the roll." (RH, p54)

scratch: money; payment; compensation

"What do you think of the stack-up?" "Not bad. Maybe I can use it." "The let's talk scratch." I grinned at the greed in her eyes... (RH, p91)

iron men: hundred (?) dollars

"Did you clean up?" "I win myself six hundred iron men." (RH, p95)

berry: hundred(?) dollars

"What do you think of that? I pick up six hundred berries like shooting fish, and have to bum four bits for breakfast." (RH, p95)

bit: (half of $0.25?) As in, "shave and a haircut, two bits"


(piece of ) change: cash; a bit of money

"I come into a piece of change when the wife got killed in an automobile accident -- insurance -- and I quit." (RH, p95)

century: hundred dollars

"That lousy ring wasn't worth no grand. I did swell to get two centuries for it." (RH, p96)

pretties: valuables, esp. jewelery

"You know you didn't life her dough and pretties." (RH, p205)

(a) cut: (a cut) a portion of the proceeds; one's share of a venture or of certain gains

"You mean you get a cut." "I mean he's a friend of mine. Well, if he didn't give me no cut, he wouldn't be no friend, would he?" (PRT, p66)

(heavy) sugar: (a lof of) money, cash

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