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cinder dick

[ sin-der dik ]
/ ˈsɪn dər ˌdɪk /
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noun Slang: Older Use.
a railroad police detective: I knew that cinder dick was tailing me, so I ducked between two trains and hopped on the next freight car leaving the yard.
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Origin of cinder dick

First recorded in 1920–25; so called from cinders of coal-burning locomotives + dick (in the sense “detective”)
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