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420

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Although it's most popular reference is to fraud, in many communities it is also a term for a madcap, a gone case, a loose fellow.

Usage

Kamat: Dai, where is Fazal, I have not seen him for a week?
Ali: Macha, he has gone 420 for one Hindu girl on his street so they have pushed off to Kodi for a holiday...
Kamat: Hehe, he is going to get it solidly when he comes back. His pop knows or what?
Added 2011-07-05 by Studmuffin

Root

English

Region

South India

Categories

WALTO

Related Terms

Gone Case

Terms referencing this

Leven, Ente brotherr, Pagal, Dacoit, goonda

Definition 2 of 2

420

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Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code also used in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan has become a slang reference for a fraudulent trickster. Such criminals are called 420 in popular culture in those countries. The section deals with the cases of cheating and awards punishment of fine and/or jail up to 7 years.

The Penal Codes of both countries are inherited from the Indian Penal Code of 1860 instituted by the colonial government of the British India. A popular 1955 Hindi film from India, Mr. 420 has a central character who, though innocent, is regarded by many as a con man.

Usage

That chap twirling his Moustache in the back is a known 420. Don't do business with him. He will jack your happiness.
Added 2011-06-23 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

English

Related Terms

KD, rowdy-sheeter

Terms referencing this

Leven, Ente brotherr, Pagal, Dacoit, goonda