On the Waterfront

On the Waterfront Glossary

dummy up

stay quiet

longshoreman

a dockworker, someone who loads and unloads ships

Marquess of Queensbury

A code of rules in boxing which requires boxing gloves and generally endorses sportsmanship and fair play

cheese-eater

informer, someone who betrays their own to the cops

squealing

informing, betraying to the cops

squab

domestic pigeon

gravy train

A job that earns a lot with little effort

potato eater

Irish person

rat

to inform on someone to an authority

“The Sisters”

a convent or a nunnery

Tarrytown

A town just north of New York City

parochial school

a private school associated with a religious organization

fox (as verb)

deceive

right hand

assistant or sidekick

Glockenheimer

a type of beer

fruitcake

an insane person

supoena

a writ summoning someone to court

pilferage

stealing

Billy Conn

A famous professional boxer

canary

An informer