popcorn pimp n.
1. (US black) a small-time, ineffectual pimp; thus anyone of little or no importance.
|Delinquency, Crime, and Social Process 817: Nearly all young Negro players aspire to reach the position of a ‘big mack,’ but few are qualified to be anything more than a ‘lousy pop corn pimp’.|
|After Hours 23: Popcorn pimp, he didn’t have fifty dollars.|
|On the Stroll 30: Handsome black men in fancy suits and wide-brimmed hats whom prince had contemptuously named ‘popcorn pimps’. [Ibid.] 56: He [...] instilled contempt for the small-time popcorns and respect for the real boss players.|
|(con. 1982–6) Cocaine Kids (1990) 102: Then there are ‘popcorn pimps,’ a term of contempt for men who force women into prostitution, unlike true players who claim to operate with personal magnetism alone.|
|quarterlyconversation.com 17 Sept. [Internet] [H]e meets a goon [...] who initiates him into the vocation of popcorn pimp—if I may resort to this lovely bit of argot for the description a book so abundant in the same.|
2. a man who claims to be, but is not, a pimp.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 250: popcorn pimp [...] 2. Would-be pimp. 3. Phony or fraud.|