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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"?
- us canadian - informal - to accost and beg from (passers-by), esp on the street
(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.]
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