Guns, Violence, and Identity among African American and Latino Youth

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APPENDIX B
A Dictionary of Slang Terms

Slang Term or Phrase: Meaning

Amp / Amped: hype / instigate

Ass out: flip the script / do the opposite of what is normal

Assed out: beaten severely / dead / going hay-wire

Back in the days: a while ago

Beat me in the head: don't lie to me / or don't play me for a fool.

Bee, son, kid: a term of kindness like a buddy

Beef: conflict, fight, shootout

Bid: jail sentence

Big Willy: big time / tough guy / getting money

Blasted / barking / busting /bucking / spraying / wetting / letting off: shot or shooting

Blazzay-blazzay: so on, so forth / etc. / whatever

Blunts: a cigarette of marijuana

Boated / jetted: run or running your fastest /fleeing

Bodega: corner store

Boom: a conjunction equivalent to: so, therefore, and or then.

Boosting: shoplifting

Bounce: leave the scene, motivate

Break it down: explain something to a person, talking

Buck /bust at /let off: shoot at

Bugged out: confused / going crazy

Busted: caught / ugly

Cat: a guy / referring to a person

Catch rec.: To beat some people or someone up for fun.

Check yourself: stop and analyze yourself before going any further

Cheese / cream / loot / Benjamins /cash / cheddar / beans /dough /greenbacks : money

Chicken head: girl / bitch / low class female or male

Chill / chilling: cool down / hold your head / maintain / basically to stop / relaxing with the guys

C-Low: dice game

Clique / crew / posse / homeboys: a group of guys that hang out together

Clocking me / ice grill / icing / screwing you: looking hard at a person / Hard stare/ poker face

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