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go play in (the) traffic

Go away and leave me alone! What you are doing or saying is really irritating! Jenny: "The experiment might work better if you actually knew what you were supposed to be mixing together." Steve: "You know what, Jenny? Why don't you go play in traffic?"
See also: play, traffic

stuck in traffic

to be caught in a traffic jam. I am sorry I am late. I was stuck in traffic. Our taxi was stuck in traffic and I thought I would never get to the airport on time.
See also: stuck, traffic

Take a long walk off a short pier.

 and Go play in the traffic.
Inf. Get out of here!; Go do something that will get you permanently out of here! Get out of here! Take a long walk off a short pier! You bother me. Go play in the traffic.
See also: long, off, pier, short, take, walk

tie traffic up

Fig. to cause road traffic to stop. If you tie traffic up for too long, you'll get a traffic ticket. Please don't stop on the roadway. It'll tie up traffic.
See also: tie, traffic, up

traffic in something

to deal in something; to trade in something, usually something illegal. Max had been trafficking in guns for years before they caught him. The president of the country was trafficking in drugs for years.
See also: traffic

traffic jam

vehicle traffic that is so heavy and slow that it can no longer move. Going to the airport, we got stuck in a traffic jam for nearly and hour and missed our plane.
See also: jam, traffic

traffic in

v.
To engage in the buying and selling of some illegal or improper product or commodity: The police arrested the criminals who trafficked in stolen diamonds.
See also: traffic
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A restored serial number helps strengthen a trafficking investigation, especially if it involves a suspect gun.
Because illegal firearms trafficking requires more than one individual, it often takes a group effort to combat it.
Centralization of intelligence remains an important aspect when investigating illegal firearm trafficking.
This has four objectives: it supplies statistical data identifying the trafficking problem; it supplies information for analytical purposes; it provides leads for investigations; and finally, its use enables the task force to become operational.
The centralization of intelligence remains essential in any task force operation involving firearms trafficking.
Firearms trafficking investigations constitute more than paper cases.
Several vulnerabilities are inherent in firearms trafficking.