Re: Re - RARA-AVIS: Hard-Boiled

From: Ann Theis (
Date: 07 Feb 2000

> Westlake further suggested that "dick," as a slang expression for
> detectives, came from Canadians who smuggled hooch into the US during
> Prohibition. Put 'em together and you've got "hard-boiled dicks."

Another possibility, from THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MYSTERY AND DETECTION by Bruce F. Murphy, is that it came either from an abbreviation of detective or from the verb "to dick" meaning to watch (common in the 19th century) from the Hindu dekhna. -

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