Trad English slang
(1960s, '70s, '80s) mostly used in the South and Central areas of England to refer
who is being
fooled, a dupe: an idiot, and especially a rich idiot who is being
scammed and whose money is being
stolen from under his nose.
1: I've got a little business I'd like to discuss with
Stella: Oh, really? And what
sort of business would you and I have in common?
mug you've got in tow... Walter.
Stella: Do you know him?
1: I've got a bit of interest
Stella: Oh, I see.
1: See, I know form with
you, Stella. You'll take him for every penny he's got and then
I do is my business.
1: Well, not this time, love. I want that
mug kept happy, and when I say happy, I don't want him squeezed dry and ditched. Right?
Stella: Look, I've got more to do with
my life than
look after some menopausal spendthrift for you.
1: Yeah, well, this mug's a very important mug. He's worth
a lot of money to us.
Stella: And if I don't?
1: Don't even say it, love. You've got a nice face. So keep it. (The Sweeney, Season 1, Episode 11: "The Big Spender," 1975)