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roscoe

[ros-koh] /ˈrɒs koʊ/
noun, Older Slang.
1.
a revolver or pistol.
Origin of roscoe
1910-1915
An Americanism dating back to 1910-15; of uncertain origin

Roscoe

[ros-koh] /ˈrɒs koʊ/
noun
1.
a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “swift” and “horse.”.
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n.

"revolver," 1914, criminals' slang, from the proper name, for some reason.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Roscoe

noun

A pistol; heat

[1914+; a pet name, used for dissimulation]

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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