dime-dropper

dime-dropper
n. an informer. (Underworld. Because an informer at one time could drop a dime in a public telephone and call the police or drop a dime on the sidewalk as a signal for the police to move in and make an arrest. See also drop a dime.)
I think that Tracy is the dime-dropper who caused the roust.
The fuzz protects its dime-droppers with everything they’ve got.

Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions. 2015.

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  • dime dropper — n American an informer. An underworld phrase derived from the dime (ten cents) dropped into a payphone when calling the police …   Contemporary slang

  • dime dropper — (Slang) an informer …   English contemporary dictionary

  • drop a dime — tv. to inform the police of criminal activity. (Underworld. See explanation at dime dropper.) □ We were pretty sure that Tracy is the one who dropped the dime. □ No, almost anybody will drop a dime these days …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • drugs — (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Medicinal substances Nouns 1. drugs; therapeutic drugs (see remedy); drug or substance abuse; drug addiction, [chemical] dependency, physical or psychological dependence, habit, reverse tolerance; glue… …   English dictionary for students

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