In American Hustle Irving said his friend Ed Malone is Cold Cut King of Long Island. What does that mean?


I'm not sure which part of the phrase is confusing, but I'll give it a shot.

A "cold cut" is another name for a thin slice of cold processed meats or other cooked meats. Examples include thin-cut ham or baloney.

If someone is the "cold cut king", then presumably that person either sells a lot of cold cuts (slices of cooked or processed meats), or eats a lot of cold cuts.

Naming a location implies that the person is known throughout that area for eating or selling a lot of cold cuts.

  • 1
    Thank you so much. – user75015 Jul 28 '19 at 15:20
  • @user75015 You are welcome! – BrettFromLA Jul 28 '19 at 19:55
  • 2
    Unrelated but in one of my favorite movies, Ferris Bueller impersonates Abe Froman, Sausage King of Chicago at a very fancy French restaurant and upon successfully deceiving the Maitre D' receives excellent service, so I would presume from context that the first definition, a person who has made a lot of money from that industry is the correct one – m1gp0z Jul 30 '19 at 21:59

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .