187 (slang)

Slang synonym for murder based on the California Penal Code / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Section 187 (often referred to in slang simply as 187) of the California Penal Code defines the crime of murder. The number is commonly pronounced by reading the digits separately as "one-eight-seven", or "one-eighty-seven", rather than "one hundred eighty-seven".

The number "187" has been used by gangs throughout the United States and elsewhere as a synonym for murder; this usage has been documented in Florida,[1] Wisconsin,[2] the United Kingdom,[3] Germany[4] and Norway.[5] It also features widely in hip-hop culture, such as in Dr. Dre's "Deep Cover" or, YNW Melly's "Murder On My Mind".

In the postapocalytic The FP film series, "to 187" another gang member is to defeat them in a dance battle, sometimes resulting in death.[6]

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