1. narcotics; also attrib.
|(con. 1960s) Addicts Who Survived 223: At that time they had a ‘narc-vag’ law in Washington. If two or more addicts got together, they could arrest you.|
|Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 103: Some MPs with narc dogs walked up.|
2. a narcotics agent.
|N.Y. Times 17 Oct. 44: Most speed freaks get to a point where they’re seeing narks in the trees with cameras.|
|Time 26 Sept. 41: The culture has its own in-group argot: ‘bummers’ (bad trips) and ‘straights’ (everyone else), ‘heat’ (the police) and ‘narks’ (narcotics agents) and being ‘spaced out’ (in a drug daze).|
|Shaft 57: The police didn’t frighten him. The Narcs didn’t frighten him.|
|No Beast So Fierce 31: He got on the stand and cut Joe loose, but the fuckin’ narks didn’t go for it.|
|Heroin Annie [e-book] Anyone at home in 88? [...] Junkies. [...] You a narc?‘Stockyards at Jerilderie’ in|
|Tourist Season (1987) 48: I’m beginning to think you’re a narc!|
|Goodfellas [film script] 111: All day I thought the guys in the helicopter were just local cops [...] but they turned out to be Narks.|
|Guardian G2 14 July 17: The narcs have been busy busy busy, what with the [...] busts of onetime teen pin-up Leif Garrett and Puerto Rican merengue star Alfred Cotto.|
|Pound for Pound 305: He checked the cathedral again for narcs.|
|Riptide Ultra-Glide 139: Just in case there’s an undercover narc on the beach.|
3. any informer [note nark n.1 (1)].
|Angel Dust 146: He asked me if I wanted to be a narc or an informer or all that bullshit.et al.|
|Guardian Guide 25 Sept.–1 Oct. 52: He thinks he’s got the narc (‘The rat – it’s fucken Jimmy’).|
|Our Town 258: I thought it likely that people were taking pot-shots at a ‘narc’.|
4. in ext. use, any unpleasant person.
|Proud Highway (1997) 603: Promoters, narcs, con men – all selling the New Scene to Time magazine.letter 5 Jan. in|