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According to TV critic Charlie Brooker in his glowing review on his BBC programme Screenwipe (clip, ~9m50s): Actually the constant bad language is a deliberate stylistic choice. People in the wild west didn't really speak like that, they used cusswords like nincompoop or tarnation, which would have been shocking at the time but strike us today as ...


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They all mean a con artist, an apt description of Alma's conniving, greedy father. Cheat: One who cheats; a swindler. Broad-tosser: The card dealer in the Three Card Monte con. [...] The con artist uses three cards, usually two black spot cards and a red Queen. [...] Monte hustlers usually work as a team, with a lookout and a third member who acts ...


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The Corpus of Historical American English doesn't contain this phrase anywhere in its collection, so it may be a David Milch neologism. However, one thing that may help is to look at how it appears in other languages; for example, in the French DVD the subtitles say "Mes hommes ramasseront les gains," which translates roughly as "my men will collect the ...



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