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hand up

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To testify against; betray; RAT ON someone: He said he'd do life before he'd hand up his associates/ This, like the problem of cops refusing to hand up other cops

[1893+; the dated instance is from British schoolboy slang]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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