Reverse Dictionary: POLICE


POLICE – adjectives  (also see DETECTIVE, SHERIFF)
– BUM-BEEFED framed by the police as in the case when drugs are planted in one’s pocket by the arresting officer …1960s US Black sl.
– COP pert. to the police or police culture …1950s sl.
– COPPERSHY used of one who is terrified of the police …20C US criminals’ sl.
– HOT CROSS BUN on the run (from the police) …20C rhyming sl.
– ON A PENSION of a policeman: having been bribed …1996 Brit. sl.
– ON THE CURRANT BUN on the run from the police …c1920 rhyming sl.
– ON THE FADE evading justice, dodging the police …c1920 Aust. sl.
– ON THE FADE-OUT evading the police, on the run …1910s US sl.
– POLICIAL pertaining to the police …1843
– READERED wanted by the police …c1845 cant
– TOSSED searched by the police …1950s Amer. sl.
– UNMUGGED unphotographed by the police …1901 US criminals’ sl.
police – nouns  (also see POLICE STATION, POLICE VEHICLE, etc.)
– ALABAMA LIE DETECTOR a police baton …1940s sl., orig. US Black
– ALICE BLUE the police …1930s US homosexual sl.
– ALICE BLUE GOWN the police …1930s US homosexual sl.
– ALYO an arrangement between criminals and the police giving the former immunity from arrest or harassment …Amer. sl.
– ATTITUDE-ADJUSTER a police officer’s nightstick; any club …Bk2006 US sl.
– BABYLON the police; a prison warder …1940s sl., orig. W. Indies, then UK & US Black
– BACON a policeman; the police; used derisively …1974 Amer. sl.
– BAG, THE in the police and fire departments: a uniform …1944 Amer. sl.
– BATPHONE a police radio; the police personal radio system …1977 UK sl.
– BILL the police …1950s sl.
– BILL, THE the police …1969 Brit. sl.
– BILLY a policeman’s baton …a1859 US
– BIZZIES the police …1948 UK sl.
– BLOW OFF a giving of information, a warning, to the police …1925 criminals’ sl.
– BLUE BOYS the police …1883
– BOYS, THE the police …1867 Amer. sl.
– BOYS IN BLUE, THE the police …1851 sl.
– BURRITO BAG a mesh restraint used by police to contain a violent person …1997 US sl.
– BUSIES the police …1948 UK sl.
– BUST a (police) raid; a search …1938 sl., orig. US
– BUTTON a law-enforcement officer’s badge …1929 Amer. police sl.
– BUZZER a police or other law-enforcement badge …1914 Amer. sl.
– COCOBOLA a police nightstick …1990s US sl.
– COOL-OUT in police interrogations: the practice of leaving the accused alone in the interrogation room before the interrogation begins …1997 US sl.
– COP HOUND a police dog …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– COPPER-STICK a policeman’s truncheon …19C sl.
– C.T.A. the police …c1860 circus & showmen’s usage
– DAN O’LEARY a tour of police duty in which the police officer works every possible minute …1958
– DARLO DROP police brutality towards a victim in custody …1990s Aust. police & criminals’ sl.
– DEES, THE the police as an organization …M19 NZ sl.
– DIP SQUAD a police unit that targets pickpockets …1977 UK sl.
– DRUNK TANK a cell in a police station in which drunks are held …1912 US sl.
– DUCKS AND GEESE the police …1966 Aust. rhyming sl.
– ESCLOP the police …M19 back-slang
– ESILOP the police …M19 back-slang
– ESLOP the police …M19 back-slang
– ESPANTOON a policeman’s club …1931 Amer. dial.
– FACTORY, THE a large Metropolitan police station of severe appearance; generally, any police station …c1860 sl.
– FAIRY-KILLER DETAIL the antihomosexual detail of a vice squad …1965 Amer. police sl.
– FASCISTS the police …1999 UK sl.
– FIVE-O the police …20C teen & high school sl.
– FORCE, THE. the police …1868 UK sl.
– FUZZ, THE the police …1929 sl., orig. US
– GAFF police examination or interrogation …1929 UK sl.
– GARAGE ACTION a legal action for libel (usually against a newspaper) brought by the police on their own behalf; the damages awarded are often substantial enough to buy a new garage for the police officer’s home …1998 UK sl.
– GENTLEMEN IN BLUE, THE the police …1851 sl.
– GROUNDER a police call that demands or results in relatively little investigative effort …1981 Amer. police usage
– HEAT the police …1937 sl., orig. US
– HOOK, THE police …1994 criminals’ sl.
– IRISH DIVIDEND a shake-down or extortion by the police …1925 US criminals’ sl.
– JOE a taunt to or warning of the approach of a policeman …M19 Aust. & NZ
– JOHN LAW personification of the police …1907 US sl.
– JOHNNY LAW the police …1960s Amer. sl.
– KODAK police radar used for measuring vehicle speed …1976 US sl.
– LAW, THE the police …18C sl., orig. US
– LILLIAN the police …1970s homosexual sl.
– LILLY LAW a policeman; the police; used derisively …1949 US homosexual usage
– LILY LAW a policeman; the police; used derisively …1949 US homosexual usage
– MAKE an identification of, or information about, a person or thing from police records,  fingerprints, etc. …1950 sl., orig. US
– MAN, THE the police …1919 sl.
– MANOR a police district …1924 Brit. sl.
– MEE-MAWS the police …1988 Sc. sl.
– MEN IN BLUE, THE the police …1851 sl.
– METRO TUX the police officer’s uniform in Los Angeles, except for his shirt, which is replaced by a white t-shirt; with this slight modification, policemen may drink at a bar without violating the department rule against drinking in uniform …1994 US sl.
– MISS ALICE the police …1930s US homosexual sl.
– MUG BOOK a book kept by the police containing photographs of criminals …1958 sl.
– MUG SHOT a police photograph of a (convicted) criminal …1950 US sl.
– MUMP-HOLE an unofficial place of refreshment for patrolling police officers, as hospitals, cafes, shops, etc. …1983 Brit. sl.
– MUMPING the acceptance by the police of small gifts or bribes from trades people …1970 Brit. sl.
– NAIL-EM-AND-JAIL-EM the police …1967 US Black sl.
– NAILERS police …1950s US Black sl.
– NIGGER-STICK (offensive) a baton carried by policemen, prison warders, etc. …1971 US sl.
– NUTBAG a mesh restraint used by police to restrain violent people …1997 US sl.
– OAK TOWEL an oaken cudgel; a wooden club; a policeman’s club …1859 sl.
– OBBO police surveillance of a person, building, etc.; a prison observation room …c1919 sl.
– OBO police surveillance …1933 sl.
– OLD BILL a police officer; the police …1958 UK sl.
– PACKAGE a police record …1910s US sl.
– PADDING the practice of planting extra amounts of drugs to ensure a conviction …2000s UK police usage
– POH-POH the police …1980s US Black sl.
– PLOD, THE the police …1986 Brit. sl.
– POLIS, THE the police …c1874 sl., chiefly Irish & Sc.
– PO-PO the police …1980s US Black sl.
– POTSY a police officer’s badge …1932 Northeastern US sl.
– PULL in policing, an act of temporarily detaining a suspicious person or vehicle for investigation …1977 UK sl.
– PUSSY POSSE a police squad, or vice squad dealing with prostitution …1963 sl.
– RACE the chase to escape law enforcement officers, either by car or on foot …1974 Amer. dial.
– RACKET a private, police-only party …1987 US sl.
– RADICATION the police …1970s UK Black sl.
– RADICS the police …1970s UK Black sl.
– RADIX the police …1970s UK Black sl.
– RADS the police …2000 UK sl.
– RAP SHEET a police record of convictions …1960 sl., chiefly US
– READER a circular notifying police officers of a suspected criminal to be arrested …1920 US criminals’ sl.
– ROMBOYLE the watch (early police) …M17 cant
– SAM AND DAVE the police, when working in a team of two …1980s US Black sl.
– SHAKE-DOWN a (police) raid; a search …1914 sl., orig. & chiefly US
– SHEET a police record of convictions …1958 US sl.
– SHERLOCK HOLMES the police …1950s US Black sl.
– SHOW UP a police line-up of suspected criminals, usually presented for possible identification by witnesses …1929 Amer. sl.
– SHOW-UP LINE a police line-up of suspected criminals, usually presented for possible identification by witnesses …Bk1974 Amer. sl.
– SIGNALMENT * a description of a person wanted by the police; a distinguishing mark …1778
– SILENT BEEF a note attached to an individual’s police record stating that they have been suspected (but not charged due to lack of proof) of committing a crime; the note requests that they be punished to the maximum extent for such lesser charges as can be brought …1960s US criminals’ sl.
– SILLY SEASON from a police perspective, the summer as a period of counterculture, pop, rock, and dance festivals …1999 UK sl.
– SLAP-SLAP a small police club that fits into a police officer’s hand …1962 US sl.
– SQUEAL a call for police assistance or investigation …1949 sl.
– STAKE-OUT a period of surveillance, esp. police …1942 sl., orig. US
– STAND-UP an identification parade …1935 US sl.
– STING a police undercover operation to catch criminals …1976 sl., chiefly US
– TANK, THE a large cell in a police station …1912 US sl.
– THREE-BULLET JOEY the police …1960s US Black sl.
– TIN a police officer’s badge or shield …1949 US sl.
– UMBRELLA police protection, obtained through bribery …1960s US sl.
– UNCLE BILL the police force in general; the law personified …1962 sl.
– UNCLE NABS the police …1970s US Black sl.
– UNCLE WILF the police …20C rhyming sl. for ‘filth’
– UNION WAGE the police …1970s US Black sl.
– VERAS the police vice squad …1996 UK sl.
– VERA VICE the police vice squad …1950s homosexual sl.
– VICE the vice squad …1950s sl.
– VICE, THE a police vice squad …1966 UK sl.
– VICTORIA VICE the police vice squad …1950s homosexual sl.
– WHACKER a police truncheon …1916 UK criminals’ sl.
– YARD, THE Scotland Yard; later New Scotland Yard, the headquarters of London’s Metropolitan Police …1888 sl.
– ZOOM a police raid …1930s US criminals’ sl.
police – person
– ACE a police officer …1949 Amer. sl.
– ACTIVE an enthusiastic and efficient officer …Bk1984 UK police sl.
– ADMIRAL OF THE BLUE a policeman …1846 UK sl.
– AGENT any police officer …1960s US Black sl.
– ANIMAL a policeman, before he became a ‘pig’ …Brit. sl.
– ARM a police officer …Amer. criminals’ sl.
– AVIATOR a police superior with no steady assignment who ‘flies’ from job to job filling in for others of his rank who are ill or on vacation …1972 US police sl.
– B a policeman …1900s sl.
– BAB a policeman …1970s W. Indies sl.
– BABY BEAR a police trainee; a rookie patrolman or patrol woman …Bk1988 US sl.
– BABY-BLUES a policeman …1957 US sl.
– BABYLON a policeman …1952 Black sl.
– BACHELOR in police work: an officer who works best alone …1992 US sl.
– BACON a policeman; the police; used derisively …1974 Amer. sl.
– BADGE a police officer or detective who has a badge …1921 US sl. 
– BADGE BANDIT a police officer, esp. a motorcycle police officer …1960 US sl.
– BADGE-TOTER a law officer …1969 US West sl.
– BAD MAN a dangerous person, usually a police officer or informer …Bk1992 criminals’ sl.
– BAIT an undercover policeman used for entrapment of homosexuals …1972 US homosexual sl.
– BALD-TYRE BANDIT a traffic police officer …1977 UK criminal sl.
– BALES the policeman who superintends the Black Maria, or prison van …Bk1890 sl.
– BANANA a corrupt policeman …1989 UK sl.
– BANDOG a policeman …1885 sl., orig. Aust.
– BANGIE a policeman, a constable …1870 Sc.
– BARON a police officer assigned to a hotel beat …Bk2002 US sl.
– BD † a police officer; probably from abbreviation for ‘Bloody Detective’ …1900 UK criminals’ sl.
– BEAGLE a spy; an informer; a policeman, a detective; also, a general term of contempt …Bk1891 sl.
– BEAK a sheriff’s officer; a policeman …1799 UK sl.
– BEAK-RUNNER an officer of the law …1789 UK sl.
– BEAKSMAN a constable; a policeman; a guardian of the peace; also, a police-office clerk …1821 UK sl.
– BEAKY a sheriff’s officer; a policeman …1982 US sl.
– BEAR a police officer, mainly applied to a highway patrol officer or state trooper …1975 sl., orig. & chiefly US
– BEARD an undercover agent …Bk1998 New York police sl.
– BEARDED BUDDY any policeman …Bk1995 euphemism
– BEAR IN THE AIR a police officer in an airplane or a helicopter …Bk1995 Amer. Citizens’ band radio sl.
– BEAST a police officer …1989 UK sl.
– BEAST-BOY, BEAST-BWOY a policeman …1994 UK Black sl.
– BEASTMAN a police officer …Bk1989 Indies sl.
– BEAT a policeman who walks a beat …1874 US sl.
– BEAT COP a police officer who patrols a beat …1941 colloq., orig. US
– BEAT OFFICER a police officer who patrols a beat (the round or course habitually traversed by a watchman, police officer, etc., on duty) …1868 orig. US
– BEAT POUNDER a policeman, esp. one who patrols his beat on foot …1942 criminals’ sl.
– BEEK a policeman or magistrate …c1600 sl.
– BEETLE a policeman …1959 UK juvenile sl.
– BEETLE-CRUSHER a policeman …1959 UK juvenile sl.
– BELLE STAR a police officer …Bk1972 homosexual sl.
– BENT COP a dishonest police officer, esp. one who takes bribes …Bk2000 Aust. sl.
– BENT COPPER a corrupt policeman …20C sl.
– BETTY BLUE a police officer …2003 S. Afr. homosexual sl.
– BIDDY a policeman …1902 US sl.
– BIG BULL a police chief …Bk1945 criminals’ sl.
– BIG EYE a police detective …Bk1992 criminals’ sl. 
– BIG HAT a law enforcement officer; a policeman; a sheriff …1967 Amer. dial.
– BIG J big John, a policeman …Bk1988 criminals’ sl.
– BIG JOHN a police officer …Bk1992 criminals’ sl. 
– BIG STAR a law enforcement officer, a sheriff …1967 Amer. dial.
– BIG STICK a person of authority, as a police officer or foreman; a marshal …1966 Amer. dial.
– BIKE a motorcycle patrolman …1958 US police sl.
– BIKIE a motorcycle patrolman …1976 US police sl.
– BILL a policeman …1969 Brit. sl. 
– BILL FROM THE HILL police officers serving at Notting Hill police station in London …1976 UK sl.
– BILLY a law enforcement officer; a policeman …1968 Amer. dial.
– BILLY BOY a law enforcement officer; a policeman …1968 Amer. dial.
– BILLY MAN a law enforcement officer; a policeman …1968 Amer. dial.
– BIM a policeman …1957 US Black sl. 
– BIZZIE, BIZZY a policeman; specifically, a CID officer, a detective …1904 sl.
– BLACK-AND-WHITE a police officer …1965 US sl.
– BLACK BEETLE a constable in the Thames River police …1894 UK sl.
– BLACK BELLY a policeman …1973 W. Indies
– BLACK-TRACKER a native policeman employed in tracking down fugitive Blacks and criminals …1867 Aust.
– BLISTERFOOT someone who walks a lot; a police patrol officer; a soldier, etc. …Bk2006 US sl.
– BLOCK a policeman …L19 Sc. criminals’ sl.
– BLUE a police officer …1848
– BLUECOAT a policeman …1875 Amer. dial.
– BLUEY a policeman …M19 sl.
– BOBBY a police officer …1844 Brit. sl.
– BOGEY, BOGY a police officer …1924 Brit. sl.
– BOOGERMAN a policeman …1967 Amer. dial.
– BOOGEYMAN a policeman …1967 Amer. dial.
– BOSS DICK a cop; a police officer …Bk2006 US sl.
– BOTTLE AND STOPPER a police officer …1928 US rhyming sl. for ‘copper’
– BROWN BOMBER a traffic warden or ‘parking cop’ …1953 Aust. sl.
– BUGGER-MAN a policeman …1967 Amer. dial.
– BULKY a policeman …1827 sl.
– BULL a police officer …1893 US sl.
– BUSTER a law-enforcement officer; a police officer …1963 US sl.
– BUSY a policeman; specifically, a CID officer, a detective …1904 Brit. sl.
– BUSY BEE a policeman …1950s UK juvenile sl.
– BUSYBODY a policeman; specifically, a CID officer, a detective …20C sl.
– BUTTON a uniformed police officer …1921 US sl.
– BUTTONS a uniformed police officer …1911 US sl.
– CAKE a stupid policeman …Bk1891 Amer. thieves’ sl.
– CATCHER a watchman or policeman …1837 US sl.
– CHARLIE IRVINE a police officer …Bk2006 US sl.
– CHARPERER a policeman …c1860 sl.
– CHARPERING OMEE a policeman …c1860 sl.
– CHARPERING OMER a policeman …c1860 sl.
– CHARPERING OMI a policeman …L19 sl.
– CHERRY TOP a policeman …1966 Amer. dial.
– COP a police officer …1855 colloq.
– COPMAN a policeman …L19 Aust. sl.
– COPPER a police officer …1846 sl.
– COPPERMAN a policeman …Bk1892 Aust. sl.
– COPPERNOB a policeman …1910s UK juvenile usage
– COPPER’S-NARK a police spy …19C sl.
– COUNTY MOUNTIE, COUNTY-MOUNTY 1. a local, rather than state, policeman …1970s US sl.
2. any policeman …1990s sl.
– COZZER a police officer …1950 Brit. sl.
– COZZPOT a police officer …1962 Brit. sl.
– CRAPPER DICK a police officer or detective who patrols public toilets …Bk2006 US sl.
– CRIME-BUSTER a law officer who specializes in fighting large-scale organized crime …sl.
– CYBERCOP a police officer who deals with cybercrime …1993
– D a police detective; a policeman in plain clothes …1879 sl., orig. Aust. & NZ
– DANGER SIGNAL a policeman …L19 UK criminals’ sl.
– DEAN a police officer …2000s US Black sl.
– DEE a detective; any police officer whatsoever …c1840 sl.
– DEMON a police officer …1889 Aust. sl.
– DEP a deputy …1890-91 US sl.
– DICK a police officer …1908 sl., chiefly US
– DICKLESS TRACY a female police officer …1963 jocular, orig. US
– DOG a detective or police officer, esp. a plainclothesman …1867 US sl.
– DOG DRIVER (insulting or contemptuous) a police officer …1977 UK sl.
– DOOLAN a policeman …1950s Aust. sl.
– DO-RIGHT BOY. a police officer …1970 US sl.
– EAR a police officer …1973 S. Afr. sl.
– EGG-WALKER a police officer …1950 Amer. dial.
– ELBOW a police officer or detective …1899 US criminals’ sl.
– ERVINE a policeman …1960s US Black sl.
– ESCLOP a policeman …Bk1902 back-slang
– FEE GRABBER a policeman; a deputy sheriff; a constable …1967 Amer. dial.
– FILTH, THE the police, members of the police force …c1950 criminal sl.
– FLAT-FOOT a police officer; often applied specifically to uniformed officers, as opposed to detectives …1912 sl., orig. US
– FLATTIE, FLATTY a police officer; a uniformed officer as opposed to detectives …1866 sl., orig. US
– FLY a policeman …1857 sl.
– FLY COP a detective, a plain-clothes policeman …1859 US sl.
– FOOTIE, FOOTY a pedestrian police surveillance operative …2002 UK sl.
– FOX a police spy; an informer …Bk1902 sl.
– FROG a policeman …19C Brit.
– FUR the police …Bk1990 Amer.sl.
– FUZZ a policeman or detective; the police …1929 sl., orig. US
– FUZZ MAN the police; a detective; a jail keeper …Bk1990 Amer.sl.
– FUZZY the police; a detective; a jail keeper …Bk1990 Amer.sl.
– FUZZY TAIL the police; a detective; a jail keeper …Bk1990 Amer.sl.
– GABBER a policeman …1989 UK sl.
– GALLAGHER AND SHEEHAN a two-man police team …1950 US sl.
– GALLOW’S-TRAP a Bow Street officer; a policeman …c1810 UK criminals’ sl.
– GANGBUSTER an officer of a law-enforcement agency who is known for successfully, and often aggressively, fighting organized crime, breaking up gangs, and apprehending gangsters …1930 colloq., orig. US
– GARDE CHAMPÊTRE a rural policeman; a gamekeeper (French ‘rural guard’) …1814
– GARLO a police officer …2000 UK gypsy usage
– GATHER a police officer …1999 UK sl.
– GATTES a policeman …1977 S. Afr. sl.
– GAVVER a policeman …Bk2002 UK criminals’ sl.
– GAY-STOPPER the police; a police officer …Bk1972 homosexual sl.
– GEERUS  a policeman …1894 Amer. dial.
– GENDARME a police officer …1829 sl.
– GENT IN BLUE a policeman …1899 UK sl.
– GENTLEMAN IN BLUE a person in blue uniform, esp. a policeman, a sailor, or a Union soldier in the American Civil War …1847
– GENTLEMAN IN BLUE AND WHITE a policeman …Bk1864 sl.
– GEORGIE a policeman; a detective …1929 UK sl.
– GERMANS, THE police officers …Bk2002 UK criminals’ sl.
– GERTRUDE the police; a police officer …1960 Black homosexual sl.
– GESTAPO a policeman; a highway patrolman …1953 US sl.
– GHEE FROM DOWNTOWN a detective or the top police official in a large city …Bk1992 criminals’ sl.
– GIMPY a police officer; hence, a term of contempt …1959 US sl.
– GINGER-CAKE a policeman …1989 S. Afr. sl.
– GINGER-POP †* a policeman …1887 sl.
– GIRLS IN BLUE female police officers …1998 Aust. sl.
– GRAB a constable or police officer …1821 criminals’ sl.
– GRASS a police officer …1939 Brit. sl.
– GRASSHOPPER a police officer …1893 Brit. sl.
– GRUNTER a policeman …1820 sl.
– GUM BOOT a police officer, esp. a detective or plainclothes officer …20C Amer. sl.
– GUMFOOT a police officer, esp. a detective or plainclothes officer; one known for wearing, silent, gum-rubber shoes …E20 Amer. sl.
– GUMHEEL a police officer, esp. a detective or plainclothes officer; one known for wearing, silent, gum-rubber shoes …E20 Amer. sl.
– GUMSHOE a detective or policeman …sl.
– GUMSHOE MAN a police officer, esp. a detective or plainclothes officer …20C Amer. sl.
– HACK a night watchman; a night policeman or marshal; chiefly the watchman of a building …1914 Amer. criminals’ sl.
– HAIRBAG a veteran police officer …1958 US sl.
– HAIRBAGGER an experienced police officer …1958 US sl.
– HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON a policeman who forges evidence to get a conviction …Bk2004 Brit. sl.
– HARNESS BULL a uniformed police officer of low rank; often as opposed to a detective …1903 US sl.
– HARNESS COP a uniformed police officer of low rank; often as opposed to a detective …1903 US sl.
– HEAT a police officer …1937 sl., orig. US
– HILDA a police officer …1992 UK sl.
– HILDA HANDCUFFS a police officer …1992 UK sl.
– HOBBY BOBBY a special constable …1980s sl.
– HOP a police officer …1916 Aust. rhyming sl. for ‘cop’
– HORNEY, HORNY a police officer …1753 sl.
– HORSE COP a police officer riding a horse …1942 US sl.
– ICEMAN one who is given bribes by gangsters, etc., as a corrupt policeman …1960s sl.
– INVISIBLE BLUE policeman …Bk1904 Amer. college sl.
– JACK a policeman or detective in plain clothes; a military policeman …1889 sl.
– JOHN a policeman …M17 sl.
– JOHNDARM a policeman …M17 sl.
– JOHN HOP a policeman …1905 Aust. & NZ rhyming sl. for ‘cop’
– JOHNNIE, JOHNNY a police officer …a1852 sl.
– JOHNNY GALLACHER, JOHNNY GALLAGHER a uniformed policeman …1935 tramps’ cant
– JOHNNY TINPLATE a rural sheriff …1910s US sl.
– JONNOP a police officer …1938 Aust. sl.
– KEYSTONE a police officer …1935 sl.
– KILLJOY a policeman or any authority figure …1920s US Black sl.
– KOJAK WITH A KODAK a police officer operating a radar camera; police radar …1976 US sl.
– KOZZER a police officer …1950 Brit. sl.
– LABDICK a policeman …20C Sc. sl.
– LAND MARINE a policeman …1853 US nautical sl.
– LAND-SHARK a policeman …19C sl.
– LAW a police officer, a sheriff, or other representative of the law; occasionally, a private detective …1910s sl.
– LAW DOG a police officer; a sheriff or deputy sheriff …L19 US sl.
– LAW HOUND. a police officer …L19 US sl.
– LEATHER-HEAD a policeman; a watchman …L19 US sl.
– LEMON (DROP) a policeman …1980s rhyming sl. for ‘cop’
– LILLY LAW, LILY LAW a policeman; the police; used derisively …1949 US homosexual usage
– LOO a police or fire lieutenant …1960s US sl.
– MAN, THE any man or group in charge of an institution, a commanding officer, esp. a prison warden, a policeman …1910s sl., orig. US
– MAN IN BLUE a policeman …1896 colloq.
– METROS the police; the metropolitan police …Bk1990 Amer. sl.
– MICKEY MOUSE a policeman …Bk1971 US sl.
– MILTONIAN a tramp’s or drifter’s term for a policeman …1886 vagrants’ & criminals’ sl.
– MIN a policeman or policewoman …Bk1992 prison & criminals’ sl.
– MINGRA a police officer …1979 UK sl.
– MINION OF THE LAW a policeman …Bk1958 Eng. sl.
– MISS MAN the police; a police officer …Bk1972 Black homosexual sl.
– MITNEY a sheriff or policeman …1910 Brit. criminals’ sl. 
– MONAYCH a police officer …1961 Aust.
– MONKEY a Federal police officer …c1925 US sl.
– MORK  a policeman…1889 criminals’ sl.
– MOTARD a French motorcycle policeman …1963
– MOTHER BULL a police officer doing his beat in a patrol car with a partner …1950s homosexual sl.
– MOTHER SUPERIOR a police sergeant …1980 US sl.
– MOTOR COP a motorcycle policeman …1915 US colloq.
– MOTORCYCLE BULL a motorcycle policeman …1947 US sl.
– MOTORCYCLE COP a motorcycle policeman …1927 colloq.
– MOTORCYCLE OFFICER a motorcycle policeman …1935
– MOTORCYCLE POLICEMAN a police officer who patrols on a motorcycle …1919
– MOUNTIE a member of any mounted police or military force …1930
– MOUSE a New York City Police Department trainee …1988 New York Police sl.
– MOUTH MARINE the officer who negotiates through a bullhorn with a suspect who’s holed up in a building …Bk1997 police usage 
– M.P. a policeman …M19 Aust. & US sl.
– MUG a policeman …1903 sl.
– MUSKRA a police officer …1979 Brit. sl.
– NAB a police officer or detective …1813 US criminals’ & Black sl.
– NABBER one who ‘nabs’; hence, a bailiff or constable; a police officer …1810 sl. 
– NABBING-CULL a bailiff; a constable; a policeman …1780 sl.
– NABBING GUY a policeman …1875 Amer. sl.
– NABMAN † a police officer, a constable …1823 sl.
– NABS, THE. a policeman …E19 sl.
– NAIL-EM-AND-JAIL-EM a police officer …1980 US sl.
– NAILER a police officer …c1863 sl.
– NARC an undercover narcotics officer …1967 US sl.
– NARK 1. a police officer …1891 sl.
2. an undercover narcotics officer …1967 US sl.
– NODDY a motorcycle police officer …1980 sl.
– OCIFFER a police officer …1960s US sl.
– ODD a police officer; the police …1930s sl.
– OFFICERETTE a policewoman …20C US sl.
– OINK a police officer; used contemptuously …1970 Amer. sl.
– OINKER a policeman; used contemptuously …1982 Amer. sl.
– OLD BILL a police officer …1958 Brit. sl.
– O’MALLEY a policeman …1990s sl.
– P a policeman, a policewoman …Bk1988 
– PADDLER a policeman …1953 Aust. sl.
– PADDY a police officer …1946 US sl.
– PAPER-HANGER in trucking: a police officer writing a ticket …1976 US sl.
– P.C. PLOD a police officer …1977 Brit. sl.
– PEEL a policeman …c1920 Aust. sl.
– PEELER a police officer; applied orig. to a member of the Irish constabulary …1817 Brit. sl.
– PEEPER a policeman (almost always plural) …L19 cant
– PETER JAY a policeman …1980s US Black sl.
– PIG (derogatory) a police officer …1811 sl.
– PISTOL-TOTER a policeman …1966 Amer. dial.
– PISTOL-TOTING PETE a policeman …1966 Amer. dial.
– PLOD a police officer …1977 Brit. sl.
– PLONK (derogatory)a female police officer …1983 UK police sl.
– POLIS a police officer …1928 sl., chiefly Irish & Sc.
– POLISMAN a police officer …1928 sl., chiefly Irish & Sc.
– PORK CHOP a policeman …20C rhyming sl. for ‘cop’
– PORKER a policeman …1980s sl.
– POTSIE, POTSY, POTTSY a policemen …c1955 Amer. sl.
– POUNDER a police officer …1938 US sl.
– QUIET-CLOTHES BOY a plain-clothes policeman …1930s US criminals’ sl.
– RABBI a senior police officer who will assist, advice, and if necessary, protect a junior officer in the early stages of his career …Bk2002 US criminals’ sl. 
– RABBIT-PIE SHIFTER a policeman …c1870 UK sl.
– RAD a policeman, usually in plural …1980s UK Black sl.
– RADIC a police officer, esp. armed police; an ‘eradicator’ …1994 UK sl.
– REEGIE a police officer in the  Regional Crime Squad …2002 UK sl.
– REELER a policeman …1879 rhyming slang = ‘peeler’
– ROACH a police officer …1932 US sl.
– ROLLER a police officer …1964 US sl.
– ROZ a police officer …1971 sl.
– ROZZER a police officer …1893 sl.
– SAFTIE † a policeman …1889 Sc.
– SAINT an incorruptible prison officer or police officer …1996 UK sl.
– SALT AND PEPPER a police team, usually operating from a squad car, that consists of one Black and one White policeman …1950s sl., orig. US Black
– SALT WATER a US police officer born in Ireland …1982 US sl.
– SAM 1. a law enforcement officer in the employ of the US government; a policeman …Bk1995 euphemism Euphemisms Holder 1995
2. a rambunctious, kill-happy police officer …1960s homosexual sl.
– SAM SAVAGE a rambunctious, kill-happy police officer …1960s homosexual sl.
– SARGE a sergeant, either an Army or a police sergeant; esp. as a familiar term of address …1867 sl., orig. US
– SAVAGE a keen young police officer eager to make arrests …1934 US sl.
– SBIRRO an Italian police officer …a1668
– SCAB a sheriff’s officer; a constable …L16 sl.
– SCALY an acting detective constable in a UK Metropolitan Police Crime Squad …2002 UK sl. 
– SCARLET RUNNER a Bow Street Runner (policeman) …M19 sl.
– SCONE (AND STOPPER) a policeman, a detective …1940s rhyming Aust. sl. for ‘copper’
– SCUFFER a police officer …1860 sl.
– SCUFTER a police officer …1860 sl.
– SHAMUS a police officer …1925 US sl.
– SHARMUS a police officer …1925 US sl.
– SHEPHERD a police spy; an informer …Bk1902 sl.
– SHERLOCK a policeman or detective …1940s US criminals’ sl.
– SHERLOCKO a policeman or detective …1940s US criminals’ sl.
– SHOMMUS a police officer …1925 US sl.
– SHOO-FLY a policeman, usually in plain clothes, whose job is to watch and report on other police officers …1877 US sl.
– SIDEWALK SNAIL a policeman …1930s US sl.
– SKINNER a police officer …1965 US sl.
– SKIP a uniformed police sergeant …2002 UK sl.
– SKIPPER a police chief …1929 sl.
– SKY BEAR an officer in a police helicopter …1975 Amer. sl.
– SLOP a police officer …1859 Brit. back-slang
– SMOKEY, SMOKY a state police officer; sometimes also applied collectively to the state police …1974 US sl.
– SMOKEY BEAR, SMOKY BEAR a state police officer; sometimes also applied collectively to the state police …1974 US sl.
– SMOKY THE BEAR a state police officer; sometimes also applied collectively to the state police …1974 US sl.
– SNOWDROP an American military policeman; hence, any military policeman …1944 sl.
– SPABBER a police officer …1925 criminals’ sl.
– SPARKS police detectives, or officers in plain clothes …Bk1992 US criminals’ sl. 
– SPARROW-CATCHER a policeman in a rural town or secluded area …Bk1992 criminals’ sl. 
– SPARROW COP a police officer assigned low-grade duties such as patrolling parks …1896 US sl.
– SPARROW SUPERVISORS two police officers patrolling a park …Bk1972 homosexual sl. 
– SPEED COP a traffic police officer, esp. a motorcycle patrolman …1924 sl.
– SPLIT a police officer …1891 sl.
– SQUARE BULL 1. a policeman in league with the aims of a criminal gang …1933 criminals’ sl.
2. a police officer who will not accept a bribe; one who is completely incorruptible and will not resort to illegal procedure when interrogating a suspect …Bk1992 criminals’ sl. 
– STATIE a state trooper or police officer …1934 US sl.
– TAILOR-MADE a plainclothes policeman or detective …Bk1975 Amer. sl.
– TAPPER a policeman …1859 US criminals’ sl. 
– TARRY HAT a policeman, from the tall black felt hat formerly worn as part of their uniform …1890 Sc.
– TINNER a policeman …1910s US criminals’ sl.
– TIN-RIBS a police officer …1870 UK criminals’ sl. 
– TON OF LAW a bulky policeman …Bk1934 sl.
– TOWN CLOWN a police officer working in a village or small town …1927 US sl.
– TRAP a police officer …1705 sl., now Aust.
– UNBOILED LOBSTER a policeman …Bk1903 sl.
– UNCLE BILL a policeman …1930s sl.
– UNCLE BOB a police officer …1965 UK sl.
– UNDER-COVER MAN an informer to the police; a policeman, a detective on a special watching job …1931 US sl.
– UNIFORM a uniformed police officer, as distinguished from a detective in street clothes …1969 US sl.
– UZZFAY police officer …1955 US Pig Latin for ‘fuzz’
– VARK a term of abuse; esp. applied to a police officer  …1975 S. Afr. sl. 
– VICE BULL a vice cop …Bk1972 homosexual sl. 
– VICTORIA a vice cop …Bk1972 homosexual sl. 
– WAL a policeman …1944 Aust. sl.
– WALLER a law enforcement official; a police officer, from the fact that policeman often search for clues or criminals near darkened walls …1925 US criminals’ sl. 
– WALLOPER a police officer, because of the blows given by a police officer’s billy club …1904 Aust. criminals’ sl. 
– WALLY a uniformed police officer, esp. a constable …1970 Brit. sl.
– WATER-BOBBY a river policeman …L19 sl.
– WIGGY MAN a cop …Bk2006 Amer. teen & high school sl.
– WOLLY a uniformed police officer, esp. a constable …1970 Brit. sl.
– WOODENTOP a uniformed police officer …1982 UK sl.
– WOODY a uniformed police officer …1982 UK sl.
– WOOLLY a uniformed police officer …1965 Brit. sl.
– WOOLY BEAR a female police officer …Bk1995 citizens band radio sl.
– WOPSIE † a female police constable; from WPC …Bk1992 Brit. police sl. 
– WORM † a policeman …1864 sl.
– YOULLIE a nickname formerly given to the police in Edinburgh by idle boys or bad characters …1825 Sc.
– YOWLIE  a policeman …Bk1925 Sc.
– ZABIST a policeman …1925 US sl.
– ZAPTIEH a Turkish policeman …1869
– ZARP 1. a member of the Boer police force in the pre-1902 South African Republic …1895
2. a police officer …1925 US criminals’ sl.
– ZOMBI, ZOMBIE – a policewoman; usually in the plural …1956 UK sl.
– ZURUCKER a police trooper …1947 Aust. sl.
police – person, other 
– ABSCOTCHALATER one in hiding from the police …Bk1921 sl.
– BABYLON the police; a prison warder …1940s sl., orig. W. Indies, then UK & US Black
– COPPER-SLOSHER one who picks fights with the police …L19 sl.
– KNOWN a person who is known to the police; a suspicious character …1973 police sl.
– YIP one who complains to the police …1933 criminals’ sl. 
police – verbs 
– ACE to survive, esp. to survive intensive police interrogation …1920s US sl.
– BEAT THE SIDEWALK to walk a police beat …c1917 Amer. sl.
– BELL to get a driver to stop by ringing the warning bell on a police car …1934 sl.
– BE ON THE DAM of a policeman: to be in trouble …c1920 police usage
– BUST of the police: to search a place for drugs, stolen property, etc. …1971 sl.
– CHAFF DOWN A PEELER to tease a policemen …M17 sl.
– COOP of a police officer: to park and sleep inside one’s patrol car while on duty
– COP A DROP of police: to accept a bribe …Bk2000 criminal sl.
– FALL to arrive suddenly; usually used of the police …1940s Aust. sl.
– FLOP in police work: to demote in rank or assignment …1970 US sl.
– GUMBOOT to work as a police officer or detective …20C Amer. sl.
– GUMFOOT to work as a police officer or detective …20C Amer. sl.
– GUMHEEL to work as a police officer or detective …20C Amer. sl.
– GUMSHOE to work as a police officer or detective …20C Amer. sl.
– GUMSHOE to walk a police beat …20C Amer. sl.
– GYPSY to assign a police officer to duty far away from his usual assignment, usually as a method of punishment …1970 Amer. police sl.
– HAVE THE LAW ON SOMEONE to report someone to the police …1800 sl.
– HAVE THE PENCIL PUT ON ONE to be reported to the police …1929 US sl.
– HOLD COURT IN THE STREET to mete out what a police officer deems justice through physical beatings …2001 US sl.
– KICK to release from police custody …1994 US sl.
– LAW to impersonate a policeman …1940s UK criminals’ sl.
– MAKE A BREAK to run away from the police …1932 Aust. & NZ sl.
– PAD of police: to add to the narcotics confiscated from a suspect in order to render the charge against them more serious …1972 US sl.
– PASS of a policeman: to masquerade as a ‘citizen’ …1950s sl.
– PULL of police: to stop a vehicle; to stop someone for questioning …1970 UK sl.
– SET-UP to arrange with the police for a pusher or dealer to be ‘busted’ by marking the money to be used in the transaction; to trick someone; to be framed by the police …1950s US Black sl.
– SHAKE DOWN of the police: to search a place or person …1915 sl., orig. & chiefly US
– SWALLOW THE ANCHOR to give oneself up to the police …1980s sl.
– VEST OUT to retire from police service after vesting in the pension plan with 15 years of service …1997 New York police sl.
police – phrases
– IN THE BIZ BAG in trouble with police management …1994 US sl.
– ON THE BATTER on the run from the police …1984 UK sl.
 
POLICE INFORMER, SPY – see INFORM, INFORMER
 
POLICE STATION – nouns
– BABYLON HOUSE a police station …2000s sl.
– BEAR CAGE a police station …Bk2006 US sl.
– BILL a police station …1950s sl.
– BOOBY HATCH a jail; a police station …1859 Amer. dial.
– BOOBY HOUSE a jail; a police station …1968 Amer. dial.
– CALLIE a police station …1919 US tramps’ sl.
– CALLY a police station …1926 Amer. sl.
– CHARPERING CARSEY a police station …c1870 sl.
– CHOKEY a police station …Bk1892 Anglo-Indian sl.
– COPPER SHOP a police station …1910s sl.
– COPPER’S SHANTY a police station …c1890 sl.
– COP-SHOP a police station …1941 sl.
– FUZZ STATION a police station …Bk1990 Amer. sl.
– GLASSHOUSE a police station …1960s sl.
– HATCH a jail, a prison; a police station …1914 Amer. dial.
– IRISH CLUBHOUSE a police station …1900s US sl.
– NICK a police station …1957 Brit. sl.
– PALACE a police station …L19 policemen’s sl.
– PAN a police station …1925 US sl.
– PIG STATION a police station …1970 sl.
– PISS-HOUSE a police station …1931 US sl.
– QUOD a police station …M19 sl.
 
POLICE VEHICLE – nouns
– BAD NEWS WAGON a police car …1970s sl.
– BILL-WAGON a police patrol wagon …L19 US sl.
– BARROW a police van …1940s Aust. sl.
– BLACK ANNIE a police vehicle; a black Maria …1967 Amer. dial.
– BLACK BETSY a police vehicle; a black Maria …1969 Amer. dial.
– BLUE-LIZ a patrol wagon …1918 Amer. dial.
– BLUE-SUIT BUGGY the vehicle that takes arrested people to the police station …1965 Amer. dial.
– BOOBY WAGON the vehicle that takes arrested people to the police station or to jail …1967 Amer. dial.
– BOOGER WAGON the vehicle that takes arrested people to the police station or to jail …1966 Amer. dial.
– BOOGEY WAGON the vehicle that takes arrested people to the police station or to jail …1966 Amer. dial.
– BUBBLE a police car; the light on top of the car …1967 Amer. dial.
– BUBBLEGUM MACHINE a police car; the light on top of the car …1966 Amer. dial.
– BUBBLE-TOP a police car; the light on top of the car …1967 Amer. dial.
– CHERRY the flashing red light on top of a police car …1976 US sl.
– CHERRYTOP a police car or other official vehicle having a red revolving roof beacon …1966 US sl.
– CHICKEN COOP a police car or patrol wagon …1967 Amer. dial.
– CLATTER a patrol wagon …Bk1914 criminals’ sl.
– DINGY a police van …1970 US sl.
– DORIS a police van …1965 Barbados sl.
– EYE IN THE SKY a police helicopter …1992 US sl.
– GONG a warning bell on a police car …1938 sl.
– GREEN-AND-WHITE a green and white police car …1991 US sl.
– GUNSHIP 1. in the Metropolitan Police: a Flying Squad car when firearms are being carried …1999 UK sl.
2. in the Metropolitan Police: an Armed Response Vehicle …1999 UK sl.
– HAPPY WAGON the vehicle that takes arrested people to the police station or to jail …1950 Amer. dial.
– HOLSTEIN a police car …1961 US sl.
– HURRYUP WAGON a police van …1893 US sl.
– HUSTLE-BUGGY a police car …1920s US sl.
– JAIL WAGON a patrol wagon …1868 Amer. dial.
– JAM BUTTY a police car …1990 UK sl.
– JAM SANDWICH a police car …1987 Brit. sl.
– KWELA-KWELA a police or prison wagon …1950s S. Afr. Black sl.
– LAW-CAR a police car …1970s sl.
– MEAT WAGON a prison-service or police vehicle used for confining and transporting prisoners …1954 UK sl.
– MICKEY MOUSE EARS the two lights found on top of a police car …Bk1990 Amer. sl.
– NARC ARK an undercover narcotic officer’s car …1973 US sl.
– NARK ARK an undercover narcotic officer’s car …1973 US sl.
– NODDY a lightweight police motorcycle …1964 sl.
– NODDY BIKE a lightweight police motorcycle …1964 sl.
– NONDY a nondescript vehicle used by the police for maintaining a surveillance …1999 UK sl.
– ODD a police car …1930s sl.
– ODD LOT a police car …1930s sl.
– PADDY’S TAXI n. a police “Panda” car (black and white police patrol car) …1969 UK sl.
– PADDY WAGON the vehicle in which arrested people are transported to the local police station or prison …1909 sl., orig. US
– PANDA a black and white police patrol car; hence, a police patrol car …1966 UK sl.
– PANDA CAR a black and white police patrol car; hence, a police patrol car …1966 UK sl.
– PARTY HAT the flashing light on top of a police car …1970s US sl.
– PASTEL an unmarked police car …1980s US police sl.
– PIE-WAGON a police van or black Maria …1898 US sl.
– PIG CAR a police car …1970 sl.
– POLAND-AND-CHINA a black and white police car …1962 US sl.
– POLECAT a police car …1976 US sl.
– Q BOAT an unmarked police car with plain clothes officers …1977 UK sl.
– RATTLER a police van …1904 US sl.
– SABLE MARIA a police or prison van …L19 sl.
– SALAD BASKET a police van …1950s sl.
– SALT AND PEPPER a black and white squad car …1950s sl., orig. US Black
– SARDINE BOX a prison or police van …L19 sl.
– SCOUT CAR a police patrol car …1933 Amer. dial.
– SCREAMING GASSER a police squad car or patrol wagon moving through traffic with its siren going full-blast …1940s US Black sl.
– SKY BEAR a police helicopter …1975 Amer. sl.
– SNOOPERS the flashing lights on top of a police car …1976 US sl.
– SPEED WAGON a police patrol car …1940s US criminals’ sl.
– SPEEDY a police motorcycle …2000s Irish sl.
– SQUAD a police car …1974 US sl.
– SQUADROL a small police van …1961 US sl.
– TAKE-DOWN BRIGHTS the very bright lights on a police car used when ordering a driver to pull over …1992 US sl.
– UNMARKED an unmarked police car …1950s US police sl.
– WAGON a police patrol wagon …L19 US sl.
– WOLF IN THE PACK a traffic police car in the midst of other cars …1962 US sl.
– WRAPPER an unmarked police vehicle …1976 US sl., orig. citizens’ band radio sl.
– ZOLA BUDD a slow armoured police vehicle …1980s S. Afr. sl.