When an unsavory type, say a gangster or just your general low-life, acts in a generous way, how would you describe him/his action in order for the epithet to sound colloquial? Or at the very least how to stylize it to modern "thieve's dialect"?

For example: The Guy likes to buy drinks for his buddies. His buddies think The Guy is "..." ?

  • "Peddler's French" is an obscure term for an obscure thing. It is the ancient "cant" used by thieves 200 or more years ago. It doesn't mean modern slang.
    – James K
    Feb 2, 2021 at 23:35
  • Edited the question to clarify.
    – Rejk K
    Feb 3, 2021 at 0:12
  • great. They think he's great. Guys don't go round saying other guys are generous.
    – Lambie
    Apr 9, 2021 at 20:45

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You could say he is a Robin Hood if he is generous to the poor and steals from the rich.

If you want to add some sarcasm you could say: He thinks he is a regular philanthropist doesn't he? Or some 'dialect' version of philanthropist.

Alternatively, a more sincere way to say it might be: he shares his good fortune.

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