In The Departed (2006), Frank speaks on phone with Colin, who just saw dead bodies of two gentlemen from Providence:

Frank Costello: Who's the lead detective? Good. He's a lox.

By google, it is a reference to smoked salmon (lox). I am confused.

What does "He's a lox" mean?


What does "He's a lox" mean?

It means that he's not very aware of what's going on; that he's an easy target and/or is a sucker. Saying someone is a lox is another way of saying they're a fish -- a derogatory term that's commonly used in other contexts like poker games.

It comes from the whole, "fish vs. shark", dynamic...

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