Query: "ding-ding" in cant or slang

Erin McKean editor at VERBATIMMAG.COM
Tue Nov 15 23:19:48 UTC 2005

Cohen, Gerald Leonard wrote:
>  Barry Popik once drew an underworld lingo item to the attention of ads-l:
> (Los Angeles Times, Nov. 8, 1931, pp. K3, 16).  The example under "wire"
> contains a term I can find in no dictionary with a relevant meaning, and I'm at a loss as to what it does mean. Would anyone be able to help?
>    The example is: "That guy is one of the best wires that ever worked a ding ding in this town."
>     Btw, "wire" = the pickpocket who actually puts his/her hand in the pocket of the victim to extract the wallet or purse (vs. the "stall," who distracts the victim or promptly receives the stolen goods).
My guess would be "streetcar," but this may just be because of too much
time spent with the under-five set, as opposed to the criminal element.


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