1. in senses of theatre/film jargon set, the backdrop to the action.
(a) (US black) wherever the hedonistic, criminal or night life takes place.
|‘Bill and Lil’ in Life (1976) 121: Ten long years of bitter regret / Won’t stop me busting your ass when I get back on the set.et al.|
|Skid Row (1965) 32: Say daddy, have you dug the set at the Key club?Participant Observation Journal in Wallace|
|Manchild in the Promised Land (1969) 175: It was where all the slick people were living [...] the set I wanted to be in.|
|Heroin in Perspective (1972) 109: He is a person who stays in the block all day and is supposed to know what is going on; he is, as they say, always on the set.|
|Street Players 148: When some good smack is on the set, man.|
|Chili 18: 1964, back on the set, back on the job I’d left.|
|W. Royal Family 625: Some gangstas popped a cap at me [...] That’s life in our set, muttered Chocolate.|
|email to http://davidsimon.com 9 May [Internet] He even went as far as to drive me to the set so I could cop my dope [and] let me shoot a bag in the back of his patrol car.|
(b) (US black) a party, a gathering.
|Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit 93: Well, you didn’t miss much. What a set! That man Trotter makes me sick.|
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 59: The set is on the fifth floor and the floor is creaking an’ groaning under the weight of all the coolies that are swinging.|
|Jones Men 75: Wasn’t you over to that little set they had over to Sonny Davis’ place.|
|‘Rhyme Pays’ [lyrics] I hope this something that you never forget / Tie that freak outside next time you come in a set.|
|Tuff 175: Where the set at tonight? I need to get loose.|
(c) (drugs) a place where drugs are sold.
|Panic in Needle Park (1971) 14: Once the addict has drugs on him, he keeps moving. [...] He strikes out with what some detectives call a ‘leaving-the-set-walk’.|
|Collura (1978) 75: Space was never stoned ‘on the set’ ( a street drug-buying operation).|
|Crack War (1991) 32: Fat Cat’s attorney [...] arrived on the set even before police had led his client away.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 19: Set — Place where drugs are sold.|
(d) (US black) the neighbourhood.
|Family 186: Two policemen [...] were on the set too, investigating Charlie’s rape of the girl.|
|‘Some L.A. Shit’ [lyrics] But I grew up where niggaz jack you, harass you / Blast you, for that set you claim (where you from?).|
|Source Aug. 148: Snoop is my nigga from my gang and my set.|
2. see dead set n. (1)
(US black) to move to or arrive at a gathering.
|‘Soul on Ice’ [lyrics] We broke to the set; E parked the car on the grass.|
(UK black) to ruin an atmosphere.
|Deadmeat 251: I’d just positioned myself to pull a beautiful Nubian princess [...] when Froggy bust my set by putting a Malibu and pineapple juice in my hand.|
(US black) to attend a party.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 176: Like you say, ‘Man, I’ma git down dis weekend. Pull to a set and right’ly get loaded!’.|