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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.
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clip joint

n. a business establishment that cheats customers. The clip joint on Fourth Street was busted last night.
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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?”
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Secretary: Mr A Stewart, The Clip Joint, 50 Caledonia Street, Paisley PA3 2JN.
Joe Lawless, 47, of The Clip Joint, in Nickson Road, Tile Hill, Coventry, decided to don the red and white costume to "give something back" to his customers.
Hedz, The Clip Joint, Fringe Benefits, A Cut Above, Perm & Go; you name it I've spotted it - I was really looking forward to Bad Hair Days (C4, Thursday).
Schedules from Secretary Andrew Stewart, The Clip Joint, 50 Caledonia Street, Paisley PA3 2JN.
Hairdresser Joe Lawless, owner of the Clip Joint, in Tile Hill, did the honours by shaving Mr White's head.
This Sunday, the Scottish Groomers Association is holding a seminar under the live- wire organisation of Pamela McMenemy, of the Clip Joint, 50 Caledonia Street, Paisley.
Alison contacted doggy beauty parlour, The Clip Joint in Paisley, for some inside info on what the fashionable pooch is wearing this season.
The clip joints that are greyhound tracks will echo ever more eerily for a while; and then, one has to suppose, the game will simply die, its memory kept alive perhaps by the virtual version its owners have shown they're perfectly happy to peddle instead.
Offering bleary-eyed tourists a little fun at a seemingly simple game of chance like the notorious razzle-dazzle (an almost unwinnable game played with eight dice), the apparently slow-witted proprietors of the clip joints cheated to permit the tourists to win small and then lose big--and fast.