wet (one's) beak

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wet (one's) beak

To partake in part of the profits of another person's business, usually as a result of extortion. (Used especially in reference to organized crime, particularly "protection money" paid to the Italian Mafia.) Trust me, you're better off just giving him what he wants whenever he comes round to wet his beak. If you don't pay up, you'll have bigger problems.
See also: beak, wet
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Play the 'anytime' angle at Loftus Road too and trust our pal Eden Hazard to wet his beak in QPR's sea of tears at 7/4 (Tote, BetFred).
The Don will expect you to wet his beak," insisted Dante, shaking his head.