uncle

I. n
1.
British
a pawnbroker. A use of the word which arose in the 18th century, referring (probably ironically) to the mon-eylender's avuncular assistance. The term was still heard in London in the 1950s and may survive. From the 1980s it was heard in the British TV soap opera EastEnders.
2.
American
a cry of concession. To 'say uncle' or 'cry uncle' is to surrender or admit defeat, in playground games for instance. The reason for this choice of word is obscure.
3.
American
the law-enforcement estab-lishment when seen as benevolent, pro-tective or rewarding by crooks
All three main senses of the word derive from the notion of an uncle as a potential protector or provider of funds (in the third case perhaps reinforced by 'Uncle Sam'). There are many other examples of this, for instance in theatrical jargon where the word equates with 'angel'.
II. Uncle Dick
adj
British
sick. One of many rhyming-slang expressions using 'uncle' and a conven-ient rhyming Christian name.
► 'You look a bit uncle to me.' (Minder, British TV series, 1984)

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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