1. [late 17C–mid-18C] a blow on the nose.
2. [late 17C+] (UK Und.) the nose.
3. [late 18C+] an informer [snitch v. (1)].
4. [1960s+] attrib. use of sense 3.
5. [1910s] a contemptible person.
6. [1910s] (US prison) a prisoner who curries favour.
[1980s+] (US black) untrustworthy, tale-telling.
[1990s+] (US prison) any game played by those inmates, among them informers, who live in protective segregation.
[1990s+] (US prison) a box used both for institutional correspondence and for passing on messages that accuse fellow inmates of illegal activity.
[1990s+] (US prison) obtaining information from inmates by threatening to falsely expose them as informers.
see under jacket n.
[1960s] (US prison) a note passed by a prisoner, giving information to the authorities.
1. a notebook.
2. a newspaper.
[1940s] a handkerchief.
[1930s–40s] (US black) a newspaper.
[2000s+] (US und.) an identification as an informer.
see separate entry.
[late 18C–mid-19C] to become an informer.