1. (orig. US) a supplier of contraband liquor.
|Gangster Girl 9: Silk had been Goldie’s New York connection in some of the national networks of booze manipulating.|
|Pimp 40: I scored for a connection.|
2. (orig. US, also nec) a supplier of drugs; esp. a wholesaler (rather than a street seller).
|Prison Days and Nights 178: There are usually only two or three ‘connections’ (or sources of supply).|
|Really the Blues 93: I had to make a trip back to Chi to pick up a fresh supply from my connection.|
|Junkie (1966) 26: I know several good connections we can probably catch right now.|
|Scene (1996) 115: We want the connect [...] that’s all we want.|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 34: Someone to scoop up the empties; to buy the bennie; to meet the connection.|
|Snowblind (1978) 107: René was on his way to Bogotá to meet Ricardo’s connection.|
|(con. 1971) Times Square 53: The stance of the hang-around guy who waited for a score or a ‘nec,’ a connection, on the street.|
|(con. 1930s) Addicts Who Survived 95: That was back in the thirties; ’38. ’39. She really went down the hill with heroin [...] At that time it was a big favor to get her junk. I got her a connection.|
|Crackhouse 54: After about a year of dealing he lost his connect.|
|Royal Family 348: I would never have copped from that connection again.|
|Source Aug. 140: With the exception of trying to find a local weed connect and scheming on some dimes on the beach, AZ’s stay in Honolulu is relatively tame.|
|Wire ser. 5 ep. 2 [TV script] You gonna cut Proposition Joe [...] out the connect.‘Unconfirmed Reports’|
|Corruption Officer [ebk] cap. 45: They were saying how you’re the connect inside the jail.|
|‘Trapping Ain’t Dead’ [lyrics] Trapping ain't dead / My connect’s still breathing.|
3. (orig. US) the act of contacting a drug dealer; thus connection dough, money for drugs.
|Black Candle 229: Where do you get drugs when you go to a strange city? [...] how do you make the connection?|
|Babe Gordon (1934) 11: Coke pedlar and sniffer made their ‘connection’ in safety.|
|Sister of the Road (1975) 93: If they ask you to help them make a connection, don’t have anything to do with them.|
|AS XIII:3 183/1: connection dough. The price of a bindle of narcotics.‘Argot of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 2 in|
|Cast the First Stone 54: I made some connections [...] and did a little peddling.|
|Gentleman Junkie 62: Porky was a pusher. He was waiting for his mark to come and make the connection.‘At the Mountain of Blindness’ in|
|Shaft 104: A kid in school didn’t have to go look for a pusher [...] He just go to his teacher and make a connection.|
|House of Slammers 87: But you’ll need a bale cause the stuff’s wholesale / It’s the only connection, that’s sure.|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 76: She’d taken a bus to Prospect Park and made a drug connection.|
4. (orig. US) the person with whom one achieves sexual fulfilment; thus the act itself.
|[||Satirist & Sporting Chron. (Sydney) 25 Feb. 2/2: At length, after a good deal of inter-ference on the Foreigner’s part, Mrs B. viewed the thing calmly, and said, it’s no use thinking about it [...] let us leave Hobart’s Town, and we’ll get a connexion somewhere else].|
|Kings Road 97: I take it you two made a great connexion last night.|
5. (orig. US) any form of connection or go-between, e.g. one who helps with a crime.
|Me – Gangster 181: You’re the kid that’s been hangin’ aroun’ Rift’s place tryin’ to make a connection.|
|Fast One (1936) 48: The play was to run it in, three cases to a launch, each trip. They’ve got a swell federal connection at the wharf.|
|Young Wolves 129: He’s got connections, and they kinda try to look after me. As a favour to him.|
|Syndicate (1998) 98: We crossed over to New York [...] where we met the connect.|
|London Fields 46: The boiler’s creating or the bell don’t work. You need somebody with a few connexions.|
|Drawing Dead [ebook] I would have stayed in a hotel but I knew these guys had connects all over the place.|
6. (US prison) a corrupt guard, or trusted prisoner, who helps inmates smuggle contraband into and within prison.
|AS IX:1 26: connection. A prison guard or trusty who brings prohibited articles into prison. One who does favours for a prisoner.‘Prison Parlance’ in|
|Study of a Women’s Prison 120: In the Alderson prison the ‘connect’ is any inmate with a ‘good job’ who will cooperate in the procurement of scarce goods.Gloss. in|
(US drugs) a drug dealer who works from their home, rather than the street.
|Permanent Midnight 73: She was not a ‘street dealer.’ She was, in the argot of the needle scene, a ‘house connect.’.|