1. a landlord.
|DSUE (1984) 110/1: from ca. 1860 ob.|
2. (UK und.) an excise man, a customs officer.
|Illus. Police News 18 July 7/3: He wasa going to take them to the ss. India [...] in order to ‘cheat the bogie man’ — criminal slang for defrauding the Excise.|
3. an informer.
|Human Side of Crook and Convict Life 23: Men will listen to the vilest epithets, but call them ‘bogey’, ‘brassey’, ‘copper’, or ‘policeman’, and they will be at your throat.|
|Dundee Courier 23 Aug. 3/4: Notyre wrote [...] the word ‘bogey’ [...] then wrote [...] ‘The geeser talking to the plain clothes copper is a mouthpiece’.|
4. a police officer, a detective.
|Gloucester Citizen 19 Dec. 7/3: Their lordships now knew all about ‘gazoophing the sarkers,’ ‘Smitzing the bogey,’ ‘Slinging the gee’.|
|in Police Journal Oct. 501: She told a detective (bogey) she knew that Jack was in the brothel (case).|
|They Drive by Night 107: He’d left enough dabs on the window to let them know the job was his, and the bogeys wouldn’t come examining all the walls.|
|An Indiscreet Guide to Soho 113: The boys are deciding if you are a ‘bogey’ (copper).|
|Und. Nights 9: When the bogies were about to search him on some very hot sus, he swallowed a flipping great sapphire. [Ibid.] 75: Bent bogies – i.e., unscrupulous police officers.|
|Fings II i: You wouldn’t know how to be anything else but a bogey.|
|(con. 1920s) Burglar to the Nobility 39: As we drove through Southport [...] a bogey spotted this [registration] number.|
|Guntz 23: I clocked a bogie on the other side of the street.|
|Inside the Und. 39: First thing you knew was bogies all over the place.|
|(con. c.1900) East End Und. 148: You twisters – you always have the bogies on your side.in Samuel|
5. (US) a police car.
|St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) 2 June 6A/3: Bogey — Cop car.|
(UK Und.) a corrupt policeman.
|(con. 1900–30) East End Und. 284: Straight bogy – A crooked policeman (i.e. one who works with crooks).in Samuel|