(US black) a job, usu. tedious or unpleasant.
|‘Manhattan Fable’ [lyrics] He copped him a hame as a delivery cat on Lenox Avenue.|
|Encyc. of Jazz (in Gold 1964) 346: Hame: job outside the music business.|
|Scene (1996) 61: A haim is a job, but junkies don’t bother with ’em.|
|Black Jargon in White America 67: hame n. a job; vocation.|
|Black Talk 130: Haim A Job.|
(US black) to get a job.
|‘Manhattan Fable’ [recitation] He copped him a hame as a delivery cat on Lenox Avenue.|
|I Paid My Dues 95: His bread (money) had dwindled by this time and he knew he had to cop him a haym (job).|