Re: RARA-AVIS: RE: wideboy

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 12 Sep 2000

Daniel wrote:

"A wideboy probably talks a little too much about his sub-criminal activities. A wideboy sells watches on the streets trying to make people believe they are stolen so that they feel naughty. A wideboy knows a man who can get you tickets for the game, Saturday. A wideboy can't stand
"the filth" and is terrified of having his collar felt but addresses all policeman to their faces as Sir or Mr. A wideboy might wear a tie but he'll never do his top button up. A wideboy might work down the market or even as an estate agent and he'll keep his wad folded in his pocket. Wideboys pay cash. If a wideboy gets into a fight he's more likely to settle it with a headbutt or a spontaneous snooker cue than a premeditated baseball bat. A wideboy is not a hard man but he knows a man who is."

First of all, love the description. So, at least at the beginning of the film, before they got big ideas, the main characters of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels were wideboys, right?


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