1. (orig. US) a .38 calibre pistol; also attrib.
|Wyoming (1908) 61: The boys don’t like seeing your hardware so prominent at a social gathering [...] I’m a committee to mention the subject and to collect your thirty-eights.|
|Racket Act I: Why, anybody who carries less than a thirty-eight in this town’s a fairy.|
|Pearls Are a Nuisance (1964) 74: I [...] drew out a long .38 with a six-inch barrel.‘Finger Man’ in|
|Keep It Crisp 9: Snapper Driscoll had retired two years before with a .38 slug between the shoulders.‘Farewell, My Lovely Appetiser’ in|
|Junkie (1966) 16: Give me a thirty-eight every time. Just flick back the hammer and let her go.|
|Deep Down In The Jungle 132: I had that old bad-ass Benny Long in my 38 sights.|
|Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 48: About that time the poor boy was dead / with three of my thirty-eight rockets in his head.|
|Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) 10: I’ll take four-inchers. Thirty-eights. I’ll take a three-fifty-seven mag if I have to.|
|Wiseguy (2001) 84: Tommy always carried his gun in a brown paper bag [...] he looked like he was bringing you a sandwich instead of a thirty-eight.|
|Juvenile Delinquency 290: Tray eight. .38 caliber handgun.|
2. (orig. US) a bullet from a .38 pistol.
|Green Ice (1988) 20: ‘Angel’ Cherulli had been found in an alley behind his club, with a flock of thirty-eights in his stomach and chest.|
|Wiseguy (2001) 191: Lying under the covers of a bed in his Ozone Park apartment with six .38s in his chest and head.|