shovel and pick n.
1. a prison [nick n.3 (2a)].
|Scarperer (1966) 12: But I th-thought you were the other side – in the shovel – in Parkhurst. [Ibid.] 22: The shovel and pick, the nick. The Joy. Jail.|
|(con. 1940s) Borstal Boy 210: He’s either been in the shovel or on the trot.|
|Lowspeak 128: Shovel – prison.|
|Layer Cake 28: They’re been in and out of the shovel since approved school.|
|Raiders 276: Most of the professionals he trusted were [...] stuck in shovel.|
2. an Irishman [ mick n.1 (1a)].