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clip joint

An establishment, often a restaurant or club, that routinely overcharges or otherwise swindles its patrons. I refuse to go to that club and pay its exorbitant cover charge—it's a real clip joint.
See also: clip, joint
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

clip joint

n. a business establishment that cheats customers. The clip joint on Fourth Street was busted last night.
See also: clip, joint
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

clip joint

An establishment such as a nightclub or restaurant that habitually overcharges or cheats customers. The verb “to clip” has been a slangy synonym for “to cheat” since the 1920s. The equally slangy cliché came soon afterward. It is still a frequent usage. The television comedy Seinfeld had it in 1992: “What kind of clip joint are you running here?”
See also: clip, joint
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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In the British edition of Streetcar,(8) incorporating Williams's most developed use of this black character, the "Negro woman" opens the play with a warning to the sailor (always a figure of travel and change) about staying away from a "clip joint," and adds another admonition: "Don't let them sell you a Blue Moon cocktail or you won't go out on your own feet" (p.