taboo attraction?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Jan 8 01:11:16 UTC 2003

(as opposed to taboo avoidance)

On a recent NYPD blue, the head of the squad, Lt. Tony Rodriguez,
uses "hand job" in the sense of 'con job'.  He's talking to his
ex-wife, who is trying to get off drugs, explaining how he had to
call in a lot of favors to get her into a detox center in Brooklyn.
"So if this is another hand job...", he says.  To which she assures
him that no, she's really serious about quitting this time.  Is this
use of the compound otherwise attested?  Or were they just trying to
see if we were paying attention and/or trying to earn their "viewer
discretion" label?


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