rubber heel n.
1. (US, also rubberglue, soft heel) a private detective; a store detective; a railway detective.
|[||Lucky Seventh (2004) 216: A large, calm, horse-faced man in a gray uniform came in on rubber heels.].‘For Revenue Only’ in|
|‘Jargon of the Und.’ in DN V 463: soft heel, A railway detective.|
|[||Leamington Spa Courier 19 Oct. 10/6: Edward Wynn is a rubber-heeled detective].|
|Hobo’s Hornbook 262: When standing there before me was the Podunk rubberglue.‘Me and My Bindle’ in|
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 176: Soft Heel. – A detective; one who wears rubber or ‘soft’ heels.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|DAUL 201/2: Soft-heel. (Hobo) A railroad detective.et al.|
2. (also rubber-heeler) someone who spies on their fellow employees; thus rubber heel boy, rubber heel inquiry, rubber-heel mob.
|Amer. Thes. Sl.|
|Chancer 91: You fancy yourself as a ‘rubber-heeler?’ The phrase usually applied to policemen, sent to check on another policeman.|
|‘Metropolitan Police Sl.’ in Scotland Yard (1972) 327: rubber heel: internal police investigation (in contrast to the noisy steel-tipped heel of the traditional police boot).|
3. (US prison) in pl., meatloaf [negative comment on the dish’s consistency/flavour].
|Man with the Golden Arm 208: ‘Rubber heels and fisheyes again’ was the word on the meatloaf and tapioca.|