telephone number n.
extremely large sums of money; recent use is pl.; also in phr. talking telephone numbers.
|Letters from the Big House 141: English and American convicts have an expressive term for their conversation. They call it ‘talking telephone numbers.’.|
|DAUL 221/1: Telephone number. A fantastic sum; a long prison term. [...] Telephone number bit. Any prison term in excess of fifteen years.et al.|
|Ghost Squad 30: Telephone Jack [...] was always broke and always talked in thousands — hence his nickname. Telephone numbers have four figures.|
|Complete Guide to Gambling.|
|Horse Under Water (1976) 161: My pal [...] was on a tax rap at the time and it looked like he was going up the river for a telephone number.|
|Big Huey 18: This guy Al was talking in telephone numbers by now, about the thousands we could make.|
|Kill Your Darlings 236: We could be talking fucking telephone numbers here, darling.|
|Charlie Opera 5: Couple million in heroin is a telephone number.|
|Viva La Madness 33: When you start to make money in the telephone numbers category [etc.] .|