Rock, the n.
1. (UK Und.) the prison at Gibraltar, used for transported UK felons.
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 113/1: It costs you nothing, flashing round, spending ‘sugar’ of the poor ‘wire’ who is now ‘doing’ his ‘lagging’ on the ‘rock’ (Gibraltar).|
2. (also Big Rock) Alcatraz Federal prison on Alcatraz Island, California.
|We Are the Public Enemies 142: Four years after he checked into the Rock, Doc Barker tried to crash out.|
|In For Life 148: He had seen correspondence indicating an early transfer to the Rock for me if there was a conviction.|
|Thief’s Primer 37: Anybody who can’t get along in Leavenworth or Atlanta, who [...] can’t put up with a few little restrictions, is sent to the fuckin’ Rock.|
|Gonif 60: ‘Is there a blast, or are you going to the Big Rock?’ He meant Alcatraz Island.|
3. (US Und.) Florida State Penitentiary, Raiford.
|Joint (1972) 45: The Queen of the Rock, a really beautiful faggot, was Bobby [...] Bobby and her current lover were discovered flagrante in an upstairs two-man cell, and taken to the Rock Lieutenant.Ex Post Facto in|
4. Rikers Island prison, New York City.
|Panic in Needle Park (1971) 118: Mickey and I used to go together, when Bobby was on the rock, didn’t we, Mickey? [...] I really like those times, Mickey. I mean, of course I was sorry Bobby was locked up, but it was nice.|
|Cop Team 151: ‘He must be on the “Rock” if he didn’t make bail.’ Telano was referring to Riker’s Island, where the city confines [...] all arrested youths between the ages of 16 to 20 years.|
|Crackhouse 66: He says no then stops and asks if maybe we’d met on ‘the Rock’ (Rikers Island prison).|
|Tuff 34: ‘You know somebody in Rikers?’ ‘Please, I know much niggers on the rock.’.|