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A specialized vocabulary or set of idioms used by a particular group: thieves' argot.
[French, from earlier argot, underworld of beggars and thieves, of unknown origin.]
Usage Note: The pronunciation of argot as (är′gət) was long considered acceptable and has historically been included in most dictionaries. However, it is falling out of favor; in our 2005 survey, 75 percent of the Usage Panel found that pronunciation unacceptable.
(Linguistics) slang or jargon peculiar to a particular group, esp (formerly) a group of thieves
[C19: from French, of unknown origin]
ar•got(ˈɑr goʊ, -gət)
1. a specialized vocabulary peculiar to a particular group of people, devised for private communication and identification: thieves' argot.
2. the special vocabulary and idiom of a particular profession or social group.
[1855–60; < French, n. derivative of argoter to quarrel, derivative of Latin ergō]
ar•got′ic (-ˈgɒt ɪk) adj.
A special language used only among members of a particular group.
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|Noun||1.||argot - a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"|
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shakedown - extortion of money (as by blackmail)
power trip - (slang) a self-aggrandizing action undertaken simply for the pleasure of exercising control over other people
fuck, fucking, nookie, nooky, piece of ass, piece of tail, roll in the hay, screwing, shtup, ass, shag, screw - slang for sexual intercourse
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square-bashing - drill on a barracks square
shakedown - a very thorough search of a person or a place; "a shakedown by the police uncovered the drugs"
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deck - street name for a packet of illegal drugs
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burnup - a high-speed motorcycle race on a public road
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hood - (slang) a neighborhood
'hood - (slang) a neighborhood
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1. A variety of a language that differs from the standard form: