CARNIES (or carnival workers) like to keep their distance from marks (customers, suckers and other non-carnies). One way of remaining aloof is to use an argot that is baffling to outsiders. A sampling of carnie terms:
CHILLING THE MARK. Getting rid of a customer who seems likely to take the heat and beefbecome angry and complain that he has been cheated.
COOLING THE MARK OUT. Mollifying a mark who has lost heavily in a rigged game by throwing him a copletting him win a consolation prize.
CUTTING UP JACKPOTS. Chatting or talking informally.
DONNICKER. Toilet. Also, an undesirable location for a concession.
FIRST-OF-MAY. An outsider who...