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numbers, the

Slang definitions & phrases for numbers, the

numbers, the

noun phrase

An illegal gambling game in which players bet that a certain number will appear somewhere; the policy racket: Poor people lose a lot playing the numbers (1897+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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