1. (also on the inside) in prison.
|Finish to the Adventures of Tom and Jerry (1889) 282: Several persons who have been sent to this College [i.e. King’s Bench prison], destitute of the smallest coin [...] have, in a short time, procured a decent living inside, who would have been totally at a loss to have obtained half a maintenance outside Banco Regis.|
|Referee 14 Oct. in (1909) 157/2: Beaufort’s duke trots by, and then dashes past a once member of the dangerous classes, who has been ‘inside’ many a time and oft, but who, having run into a bit of ready, will now go straight while straightness pays.|
|Criminal Life 198: I will send you inside here.|
|A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 34: Oatmeal says that had he not been canned from office Mutt would be on the inside now.|
|Day Book (Chicago) 27 Nov. 2/2: He asserts the defense is trying to get an ‘inside’ line on his case.|
|Gay-cat 61: They only held me on the inside for six months.|
|Marsh 125: ‘Stretcher’ they called him; perhaps because he had done a ‘stretch or two inside’.|
|Indiscreet Guide to Soho 116: He had been ‘inside’ twice.|
|Crazy Kill 36: While he was inside his ma ran off with another man.|
|Guntz 20: I thought you was inside.|
|(con. 1930s) ‘Keep Moving’ 14: No lip from yous either, or you’ll be inside on a vag. charge.|
|Brown’s Requiem 157: Henry had gone to jail and she had hustled to keep him on dope while he was inside.|
|Homeboy 151: I hope I make it inside.|
|Inside 75: I had now spent two weeks ‘inside’.|
|Fortress of Solitude 427: Just a bullshit Five Percenter out on the street, the dude had actually taken to study of Islam when he got inside.|
|Gutted 30: You know Rab’s inside [...] Facing a ten-stretch for counterfeiting.|
|Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] He made sure I went inside, for the five stretch.‘In Savage Freedom’ in|
2. of information, privileged, intimate.
|Bradstreet’s 19 Nov. 8/1: Some people who claim to have the ‘inside cut’ of the iron trade, prophesy a decline in prices [DA].|
|Daily Inter-Ocean (Chicago) n.p.: A secret service officer [...] claims to have inside information as to the facts in the case [F&H].|
|Artie (1963) 88: I’ve had five or six chances to get inside prices.|
|A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 23: He was well under way on the briny drink when a piece of ‘inside info’ came his way.|
|Chillicothe (MO) Constitution 14 Nov. 1/7: The book purporting to give what is known in American slang as ‘inside stuff’ is certain to cause a sensation.|
|Autobiog. of a Thief 23: My friend the groom put this money ‘on a horse’ about which he had ‘inside information.’.|
|Big Sleep 159: All inside stuff, straight from the cook-house.|
|Farewell, My Lovely (1949) 86: Here is an organized mob with inside information on jewels and the movements of the women who wear them.|
|Show Biz from Vaude to Video 569: Inside stuff – the real lowdown.|
|Und. Nights 16: This particular job was an example of the big country-house jewel robbery, which always depends on inside information.|
|Dead Butler Caper 55: A born tealeaf ain’t gonna turn up ’is hooter at inside information like that is ’e?|
|(con. 1950) L.A. Confidential [film script] The essence of sleaze, Sid is the publisher-photographer-writer of Hush-Hush magazine and keeper of inside dirt supreme.|
|Night Gardener 111: Addicts, testers, cutters, and prostitutes were inside to the extreme.|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 180: I’ll give you a little inside info.|
3. in a psychiatric hospital.
|Caught (2001) 122: She’s inside, in one o’ them places, right out of ’er mind.|
privileged or intimate information.
|TAD Lex. (1993) 48: Same old inside dope.in Zwilling|
|Smile A Minute 32: He wanted some inside dope for his paper.|
|Argosy 3 Jan. [Internet] At least four thousand people had called to get the inside dope on Thorndyke.‘Thirty Days on the Island’ in|
|Eve. Teleg (Dundee) 14 Nov. 8/4: Sounds good to me [...] But give me the inside dope.|
|(con. 1920s) Farrell Studs Lonigan (Young Manhood, 1934) 230: When did you get all that inside dope?|
|Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day (2000) 159: Miss Pettigrew would grow so enthralled at hearing this inside dope on ‘How the other half lives’ she would be momentarily sidetracked.|
|Hollywood Detective Mar. [Internet] What’s the inside dope? [...] Who gets pinched and why?‘Killer’s Cure’|
|Boss of Britain’s Underworld 155: Crime columnists [...] had no ‘inside dope’ to stick into their columns.|
|Free-Lance Pallbearers 15: Fannie Mae knew the inside dope on everybody in Soulsville.|
|(con. 1940s) Hold Tight (1990) 116: I guess you people already have all kinds of [...] inside dope you can use to find this guy.|
|Guardian Guide 12–18 June 81: The inside dope on the inside returns for a new series, showcasing [...] top security prison HMP Whitemoor.|
a crime that has been committed with the aid or cognizance of an employee of the company or servant of the house in question.
|Recollections of NY Chief of Police 121: Some of the able detectives engaged on the case insisted that it was what is known as an ‘inside job’.|
|Recollections 262: It was an ‘inside’ job from the start, and was managed chiefly by ‘Shang’ Draper and Leslie. In thieves’ slang it was a ‘pudding’.|
|From First to Last (1954) 67: One reason I took to inside work was to keep from having to kill anyone.‘The Informal Execution of Soupbone Pew’ in|
|Shadows of Men 77: It was considered an ‘inside job.’ An employee was arrested.|
|High Sierra in Four Novels (1984) 373: It was an inside job. They’d pinch Louis and he’d sing.|
|Go, Man, Go! 125: They got in there last night. Cleaned us out of Vonoline. Took about twenty-five gallons of Flash-140. [...] Boss thinks it’s an inside job.|
|You Flash Bastard 30: If there’s a robbery going off, it’s got to be an inside job; so we’ve got to be very discreet if we’re going to capture anyone.|
|Wiseguy (2001) 186: McDonald knew from the start that Lufthansa had been an inside job.|
|Outlaws (ms.) 8: Most of them are inside jobs from the top down.|
one who has privileged information or knowledge .
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 504: You’re one of the original inside kids.Judgement Day in|
1. (UK Und.) a police spy.
|Twenty-Five Years of Detective Life I 53: I compared notes with the ‘inside man.’ [...] He had got on very familiar terms with the inmates, who were under the impression that he worked on the railway.|
2. (orig. UK Und., also inside, insider) anyone involved in a crime, usu. a large-scale robbery of a firm or private house, who is employed on site and helps the robbers with information etc.
|From First to Last (1954) 68: Honey Grove laid a plan for a big spring — a get-away [...] but just as they were about ready, Soupbone got cold feet and gave up his insides.‘The Informal Execution of Soupbone Pew’ in|
|Little Caesar (1932) 14: As an inside man you couldn’t beat him.|
|DAUL 107/1: Inside man. 1. An accomplice who is in the confidence of a victim or victims whom he betrays, usually a trusted employee.et al.|
|Godfather 130: Sonny has an inside man, that Detective Phillips who tried to protect you. He gave us the scoop.|
|Wiseguy (2001) 187: The amateur inside man would eventually lead to Burke and the men who actually carried out the robbery.|
|Shame the Devil 288: Hope he takes it better than that other inside man T.W. had.|
|Eddie’s World 11: I still don’t see why she’d give you this kind of a score [...] Especially when she’s the insider.|
3. (orig. UK Und.) a tipster who locates prospects for robbers or safe-blowers.
|(con. 1982) A Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun 269: The inside-man who put the job up in the first place had to make do with £2,500 as his whack.|
4. (US Und.) in any confidence trick, that member of the team who takes the lead role in tricking the victim; the roper or outside man brings the victim to the inside man.
|Big Con 125: An insideman is like your mother. Mother knows best.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Complete Guide to Gambling.|
|Anatomy of Crime 193: Inside Man: The member of the gang to whom the trickster’s victim is bought.|
|Mr Blue 111: The conversation that ensued was essentially a scripted dialogue between the inside and outside man, with an occasional nudge or whisper to the mooch by the inside man.|
exclusive information; an advantageous position.
|Richmond (VA) W. Whig 5 Sept. 2/1: In a word, ‘Gizzard-Foot’ has the inside track for the Senatorship, and means to keep it [DA].|
|Four Years at Yale 48: To have a soft thing on, or the dead wood on, any object, is to hold the ‘inside track,’ the best opportunity for gaining it.|
|Dock Rats of N.Y. (2006) 113: ‘Why are you so anxious to deal with Vance?’ ‘I’ve been told he has got the inside track with the Government, and that he is a square man.’.|
|DA].Perch of Devil ii 361: When a woman knows where she stands, and has the inside track, [...] the man has no show whatever [|
|Three Soldiers 271: It ain’t the same with an’ edicated guy like Andrews or Sergeant Coffin or them. They can suck around after ‘Y’ men, an’ officers an’ get on the inside track.|
|‘Overcoat Bennie’ in Mss. from the Federal Writers’ Project [Internet] Bennie frequently planned robberies for the boys. He knew who was who in the city and he knew what they owned in the line of jewels. There was a rumor abroad that he had an inside track with several crooked insurance company dicks.|
|Steamboat Pilot 19 July 2/3: There is a general feeling that labor has had the inside track for the past five or six years [DA].|
|Teen-Age Mafia 74: The guy was [...] sure that he had the inside track to some hot stuff.|
privileged, ‘inside’ information, esp. in the context of a crime [wire n.1 (3)].
|Jungle Kids (1967) 99: Aiello [...] starts making like a man with an inside wire.‘See Him Die’ in|
|Syndicate (1998) 20: How they got the plans, no one knows, but it had to be on the inside wire.|
see inside job