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The American Malefactor’s Dictionary: break, give someone a

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(Library of Congress - Prints and Photographs Division)

break, give someone a

– to liberate someone from prison.


  • Partridge, Eric. A Dictionary of the Underworld. New York: Bonanza Books, 1961.

Note: See “Cant: The Language of the Underworld” to learn more about the background of the American Malefactor’s Dictionary.

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