Minder – Why is “Slaughter” Slang for Arthur’s “Lockup”?

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More questions about slang from the TV series Minder. Why is Arthur’s lockup referred to as a “slaughter”?

Slaughter: according to Eric Partridge, a slaughter is “the quiet secluded spot, generally a farm or walled car park, where thieves transfer stolen goods from one vehicle to another, split consignments into easier-handled amounts, display items to receivers, and go about their unlawful occasions.”

The phrase may be related to “slaughter-house”, slang for somewhere a crime a has been committed. And it may also be related to “make a killing”, meaning make a big profit.

Since Arthur’s lock-up is usually full of knocked-off goods to sell onto shady characters this definition would fit.

 

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4 responses to “Minder – Why is “Slaughter” Slang for Arthur’s “Lockup”?”

  1. well, never knew that ‘slaughter’ is a slang for author’s lock up before…

  2. Cody Burdge says:

    I actually don’t agree that slaughter would fit for Arthurs "lockup"…. knock off goods are not the same level as killing (slaughter) i think it would be a little excessive to pair up death and goods in one category don’t you think??

  3. TONY HARRADINE says:

    ‘SLAUGHTER’ FOR MINDERS ‘LOCK-UP’ DERIVES FROM
    "LOCK-UP YER’ DAUGHTER"

  4. Weatherby says:

    The phrase is related to slaughterhouse which is cockney slang for somewhere a crime a has been committed – gorblimey is it govnr