1. (orig. US) a police officer; the police in general.
|in L.A. Times 30 Jan. A3: A ‘mob’ can ‘beat a pap’ to the ‘leather’ and get away with it with the ordinary ‘fuzz’ lookin’ on. But it’s a twenty-to-one shot when the ‘cannon copper’s are wise.|
|Sister of the Road (1975) 219: The fuzz (the squad)! Ditch the fireworks.|
|Hey, Sucker 85: ‘Fuz’ [...] is the carnival word for police.|
|‘I’ll Gyp You Every Time’ in Men of the Und. 178: The first thing he’d do was to go to the ‘fuzz’ — the police officer on the midway.|
|Naked Lunch (1968) 20: He hangs three fags before the fuzz nail him.|
|Beat Generation 32: Grabbing Jester’s arm, he hauled him to his feet. ‘Leggo, Fuzz!’ the boy cried out.|
|All Night Stand 92: The fuzz carting him off when they bust up the riot.|
|Nova Apr. 83: The fuzz here is really scared about drugs because of the American scene.|
|Murder and Chips 100: Reacted straight away. Said he didn’t talk to fuzz.|
|(con. 1920s) Legs 112: One big fuzz grabbed me by the shoulders.|
|Tattoo of a Naked Lady 105: Lloydie-Boy don’t pay off the fuzz.|
|Thrill City [ebook] Fleeing from the fuzz had made me kinda thirsty.|
|Hilliker Curse 31: The fuzz started cracking down on dope-script docs.|
|Killing Pool 160: As soon as the sirens started getting closer, and the Fuzz were on the scene, he scattered.|
|Mail & Guardian (SA) 30 May [Internet] I ended up in the Dockyard Fuzz (officially known as the SA Naval Police).|
2. (US) a detective.
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 515: A private fuzz often employed by big insurance companies [...] A fuzz being a way of saying a detective.‘Cemetery Bait’ in|
|Runyon à la Carte 126: A fuzz being a way of saying a plain-clothes copper.|
|Hilliker Curse 14: Private fuzz ran pricey. A flatfoot fleet safeguarded me.|
(US) a police car.
|Skeletons 125: Balled my baby, had he [...] And killed two guys [...] And dragged a third half to death under a fuzzmobile?|
|It (1987) 927: Henry fought the dazzle long enough to see the lights on top: it was a fuzzmobile.|
|Destination: Morgue! (2004) 328: Jigaboos perched on porches checked our fuzzmobile out.‘Jungletown Jihad’ in|