heat (the heat)

n
American
the police. A black street form of the early 1960s (using the image of heat as pres-sure, oppression, something stifling) which was adopted by hippies. 'The heat's on the street!' was a warning among black communities and white activists alike.
► 'Her man got took away by the heat/we 're lost and incomplete.' ('Endgame', song by Doll by Doll, 1979)

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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