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    Get the brakes

    Hi,

    Can anybody help me to comprehend the bold text?

    He'd got the breaks. Maybe, at that, there wasn't so much in the rough stuff. Maybe he'd think about crashing a neat little racket. A hot night-spot, say, with plenty of dames, and the boobs rolling up asking out loud for a cleaning.

    O.M.Cabral, Mirage, 1941

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    Re: Get the brakes

    Johny, please don't post again until all your earlier threads have been answered.

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    Re: Get the brakes

    He'd got the breaks. - Not sure without more context, but it seems similar to today's phrase of 'catching a break', meaning to get a brief reprieve or lucky chance to avoid something unwanted
    crashing a neat little racket - to take over somebody's money-making operation - in this case, a saloon with gambling and prostitution
    the boobs rolling up asking out loud for a cleaning. - boobs is old slang for gullible or naive people, who by being so naive are practically begging him to steal their money


    Edit: Does the text say 'breaks' or 'brakes'. They would mean different things. Your title says 'brakes', but the text quoted says 'breaks".

    'To get the brakes' would mean to stop doing or be stopped from doing something.

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    Re: Get the brakes

    Breaks.

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