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    Throw the gam

    Hello,

    Can anybody tell me what the bold text means?

    The Elders all shook hands with Red Donovan and, in turn, with each other. Red Donovan had never felt so goofy in his life. Him throwing the gam with these screwballs! Dopes! Next thing, maybe, they'd be asking him to give up the gat. But he'd say he chucked the rod in the lake. Give them a spiel—anyway, it wouldn't be much longer now.

    O.M.Cabral, Mirage, 1941

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    Re: Throw the gam

    I'm not familiar with this one, either.

    Gams is slang for legs, so unless it's some reference to walking with or hanging out with (throw a gam(leg)=walk?)

    Unless it's a typo for throwing the game - which means to purposely loose a competition in order to receive some kind of payout for rigging the match. That doesn't quite seem to fit into the context here either.

    Some of these sentences you've been posting sound like the writer was mixing old west slang with hardboiled noir lingo. Red sounds like some kind of 30's gangster transported back in time 75 years to the Wild West.

    Not sure if that's the actual plot, or just flaky writing....
    Last edited by Skrej; 14-Jul-2015 at 20:01. Reason: typo

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    Re: Throw the gam

    You are right on the nail. The short fiction story deals with a 1940´s gangster who, plodding through a desert, finds a strange mirage of what seems like an old prospector town.

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