verbal(s)

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  • noun (to tell) a lie(s). Deputy Assistant Commissioner David Powis, in his Field Manual for Police (published in 1977), claimed that ‘a verbal is an oral statement of admission or incrimination which is invented by the arresting or interviewing officer and attributed to a suspect’. The word can also be used in the phrases ‘work the verbal’ (synonymous with work the oracle), ‘put the verbal in’ or ‘put the verbals on’. These are all items of police jargon in current use.
  • plural noun (to tell) a lie(s). Deputy Assistant Commissioner David Powis, in his Field Manual for Police (published in 1977), claimed that ‘a verbal is an oral statement of admission or incrimination which is invented by the arresting or interviewing officer and attributed to a suspect’. The word can also be used in the phrases ‘work the verbal’ (synonymous with work the oracle), ‘put the verbal in’ or ‘put the verbals on’. These are all items of police jargon in current use.
  • verb (to tell) a lie(s). Deputy Assistant Commissioner David Powis, in his Field Manual for Police (published in 1977), claimed that ‘a verbal is an oral statement of admission or incrimination which is invented by the arresting or interviewing officer and attributed to a suspect’. The word can also be used in the phrases ‘work the verbal’ (synonymous with work the oracle), ‘put the verbal in’ or ‘put the verbals on’. These are all items of police jargon in current use.
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