number

I. n
1.
a marihuana cigarette, joint. A vogue term of the late 1960s originating in the USA and deriving from the use of number to mean item, piece or unit. The word remains in use among cannabis smokers.
► 'Roll another number for the road.' (Song title, the Holy Modal Rounders, 1969)
2.
an act of betrayal, a confidence trick, a scam. Most often heard in the phrase do a number on (someone): make a dupe of someone. Related is the phrase 'to get someone's number': to see through someone's deception.
3.
a sexual partner. An unromantic term of the 1970s and 1980s denoting a cas-ual or anonymous pick-up. (American author John Rechy published a novel with the title Numbers, dealing with gay liaisons, in 1970.)
► 'She goes to singles bars to pick up what she calls "numbers".' (Recorded, London, 1986)
II. number (someone)
vb
to identify, single out, denounce some-one
► They numbered him as a prime suspect. I got numbered.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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