dime-dropper

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dime-dropper

One who snitches or informs on someone to a person of higher authority. Originally street slang for someone who informs to the police, it refers to the old price of using a public payphone (10 cents). Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I bet Timmy's the dime-dropper—he's such a teacher's pet, always ready to tattle on any of the other students he thinks are misbehaving. He knew he was facing 10 years in prison, so he agreed to be a dime-dropper for the police in exchange for a lighter sentence.

dime-dropper

n. an informer. (see also drop a dime.) I think that Taylor is the dime-dropper who caused the roust.
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The "snitch" or "dime dropper" as he is referred to, is the object of immediate and forceful retribution if his identity becomes known, or if one is suspected of being a "snitch" or "dime dropper." Said one user of a friend who had turned "snitch": A cat I knew fairly well, last time he got busted he gave up 42 names.
The snitch, dime dropper, burn artist, rip off and others are just some of the hazards with which the speed freak must contend if he is to survive in this scene, for the typical speed freak soon finds that he is unable to control the paranoia which inevitably overtakes him.