1. (UK Und.) stolen [make v.].
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Made c. Stolen.|
|New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|Mother Gin 25: I’ll pour new nectar of Made-here-a made (Made is another word for stolen).|
|, ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|New Dict. Cant (1795).|
|Dict. Sl. and Cant.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Modern Flash Dict.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.|
|Vocabulum 53: made Stolen. ‘The copper asked me where I made the benjamin. I told him I didn’t make it, but got it on the square,’ the officer asked me where I stole the coat, and I told him that I did not steal it, but got it honestly.|
2. (US) recognized, identified [make v. (4)].
|Argot: Dict. of Und. Sl.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Always Leave ’Em Dying 23: I almost had him made, but then I became aware of Trammel sputtering beside me. ‘... so get out.’.|
|Blind Man with a Pistol (1971) 74: Sure, he knew Doctor Mubuta was a con man, all the hepcats in Harlem had him made.|
|Patriot Game (1985) 66: I got made within forty minutes.|
|Close Pursuit (1988) 100: Get paid and get laid but don’t get made, that was the creed.|
|Shame the Devil 223: We got made [...] Why do you suppose that is.|
|What It Was 198: They were leaving, which meant that they knew they’d been made.(con. 1972)|
3. (US black) usu. of girls or women, describing someone who has had their hair straightened [make v. (8)].
|Novels and Stories (1995) 1009: Made hair: hair that has been straightened.‘Story in Harlem Sl.’ in|
4. (orig. US Und.) initiated as a member of the US Mafia [make v. (9)].
|DAUL 132/1: Made. 1. Lifted out of mediocrity to a position of wealth or influence in the underworld.et al.|
|Panic in Needle Park (1971) 22: Everybody knew that Hank had once been on the verge of being ‘made’ by the Mafia—taken on by them as a permanent member.|
|After Hours 67: Guys who ain’t even made.|
|Wiseguy (2001) 181: If you wanted to be a wiseguy, you had to be made.|
|Mr Blue 231: The others were Italian and liked to gamble, so were presumed to be affiliated with East Coast or Middle Western mobsters. One or two might be ‘made’ men.|
|Shakedown 4: Just got made the day they bust him.|
|Winter of Frankie Machine (2007) 121: Frank wasn’t into the whole ‘made guy’ thing. He really didn’t give a damn about all that old Sicilian stuff.|
5. (US) cheated, tricked [make v. (1e)].
|From Here to Eternity (1998) 165: You’re liable to end up gettin made. Theres somethin about Bloom I dont like.|
6. (US) completed successfully.
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 171: A made case would ticket him back to Narco.|
7. (drugs) satisfactorily supplied/intoxicated with drugs, usu. heroin.
|‘The Be-Bop Santa Claus’ [lyrics] His eyeballs was hid by some coal-black shades / And old Pops knew that this cat was made.|
|Go, Man, Go! 35: Couldn’t you drag your feet. We almost had it made.|
|Scene (1996) 46: ‘You look like you’re made,’ he said jealously.|
1. (US Und.) a formally initiated member of the US Mafia, thus unmade, uninitiated.
|Carlito’s Way 19: His uncle was a made guy.|
|Alice in La-La Land (1999) 160: Whatever she was doing in partners with the Mafia asshole, who was not even a made man, she calls on him to do a job.|
|Goodfellas [film script] 54: Before you could touch a made guy, you had to have a good reason.|
|Get Shorty [film script] chili: Well, you had it down cold. Watching you in the movie, if I didn’t know better I’d have to believe you were a made guy and not acting.|
|Guardian Guide 26 June–2 July 20: A gangster quiz to find out if you’ve got what it takes to be a ‘made man’.|
|Eddie’s World 88: You should be a made guy. Don’t forget that.|
|A Good Fella’s Guide To N.Y. 163: To earn a ‘button’ was to become a made man, an untouchable.|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 39: Nick had joined Vento’s ranks with the hope of becoming a made man himself one day.|
|The Force [ebook] There’s Lou sitting out there [...] with one of his soldiers, an unmade wannabe.|
2. (US black) one who has a secure (i.e. city of state) job.
|Corruption Officer [ebk] cap. 3: I had yet to tell him about my made man status. Yes, made man. In the ghetto everybody knows that if you land a city or state job you hold on to that particular a job, you do your 20 years and retire young, depending on your age when you start.|