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    jump for nickels

    What does "jump for" mean in the context?

    For days he went hungry. The best he could hope for then was a chance to "jump for nickels" in some Bowery saloon.

    Does it mean "pick up some nickels" or "beg for some money"?

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    Re: jump for nickels

    Quote Originally Posted by unpakwon View Post
    What does "jump for" mean in the context?

    For days he went hungry. The best he could hope for then was a chance to "jump for nickels" in some Bowery saloon.

    Does it mean "pick up some nickels" or "beg for some money"?

    Thank you.
    I have not seen that expression before. From the context provided, I assume it refers to some sort of panhandling.

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    Re: jump for nickels

    panhandle vb
    • us canadian - informal - to accost and beg from (passers-by), esp on the street


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    Re: jump for nickels

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    panhandle vb
    • us canadian - informal - to accost and beg from (passers-by), esp on the street

    In New York, panhandlers often enter establishments to try to get "donations" from customers. This would be particularly the case with bars and saloons.

    panĚhanĚdle 1

    (pnhndl)v. panĚhanĚdled, panĚhanĚdling, panĚhanĚdles Informal
    v.intr.To approach strangers and beg for money or food.

    v.tr.1. To approach and beg from (a stranger).
    2. To obtain by approaching and begging from a stranger: panhandled money. See Synonyms at cadge.


    [Back-formation from panhandler, beggar : perhaps pan + handler.]

    panhandler n.


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