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    #1

    crosser

    What does crosser mean in the context:

    Chicago, '40s. Zasbo lyes on the sidewalk bleeding. He's dying. A policeman arrives:

    Policeman: Who was it, Zasbo? Who shot you?
    Zasbo: The dirty devil crosser. This is the way he pays me off. I know too much, see? But bullets are cheaper than... (Zasbo dies)

    Could crosser be someone who double-crosses you in old American slang?
    Does it have another meaning, regardless of it being old-fashioned or dated?

    NOTE: It's not a family name. The name of the killer was Gordon Cook, not Crosser, just in case.

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    #2

    Re: crosser

    Are you sure it's "devil crosser", not "double crosser"?

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    #3

    Re: crosser

    You're right, Raymott. He says double not devil; this Chicago accent of the 40s is really odd to me.

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    #4

    Re: crosser

    If you double-cross someone, you betray them while pretending to be on their side.

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    #5

    Re: crosser

    And double-cross is not outdated. It is in current use.

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