Sam and Dave

Sam and Dave

1. slang Two or more police officers; the police collectively. Primarily heard in US. For days after the robbery, I was expecting Sam and Dave to come bust down our door and take us away in handcuffs.
2. slang A grave. The term originated in rhyming slang. Primarily heard in UK. They'll be digging him a Sam and Dave if he doesn't keep his nose out of the mob's business.
See also: and, SAM

Sam and Dave

n. the police; police officers. (Black.) And there at the door were my old buddies Sam and Dave with a warrant.
See also: and, SAM
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Sam and Dave are on a mission to find something spectacular.
Sam and Dave keep missing out on large gemstones as they change directions while digging, a great gag only apparent in the illustrations.
SOMETIMES the subtle books are the ones that scream the loudest - and so it is with Sam and Dave Dig a Hole.
Sam and Dave decide to dig a hole because they want to find something spectacular.
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Relations between Sam and Dave are cool; those between Dave and Melody appear to be considerably hotter.
It began when Sam's wife, Joyce, was in a meeting with Atlantic Records lawyer Mike Mayer, inquiring about the whereabouts of her husband's royalties from his many million-selling Sam and Dave hits.
I know the guy has contacts in the business, so we became Sam and Dave.'
Despite featuring Jackie Wilson on backing vocals, their records for Roulette sold poorly and in 1965 Sam and Dave signed with Atlantic.
Sam and Dave became superstars and, before long, they were behaving like superstars too.
Singer/songwriter of Sam and Dave, whose hits include 'Soul Man'.