Green’s Dictionary of Slang

short story n.

(US Und.) a forged cheque.

[US]Ersine Und. and Prison Sl.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[US]C. Hamilton Men of the Und. 155: The first ‘short story’ he penned, a check for $150.

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short story writer (n.)

(US Und.) one who passes bad cheques.

[US]J. Black ‘A Burglar Looks at Laws and Codes’ in Harper’s Mag. CLX 306: A house burglar sneers at a pickpocket, a pickpocket calls the forger a ‘short story writer’.
[US]Ersine Und. and Prison Sl.
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 193/1: Short story writer. (Rare) A forger of checks or other instruments.
[US]C. Hamilton Men of the Und. 107: The lowly ‘short-story writer’ as the bum-check artist is called in the underworld.
[US](con. c.1915) Gladys Duffy Warden’s Wife 67: Upon being released, a ‘paper-hanger’ will [...] assure you that his days of being a ‘short-story writer’ are over.

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