CONTEXT: A Police Station in the United Kingdom, 1950s. Some hoodlums had attacked a gambler to rob him when he was leaving the racecourse. They gave him a bashing, but the gambler doesn't want to press charges against them. He keeps his money because the thieves escaped when they saw a constable approaching.


CONSTABLE: These gg's don't have kicked HM.
VICTIM OF BEATING: Yeah, ha, ha!
CONSTABLE: Are you preferring any charges?
VICTIM OF BEATING: Charges? No, it was just an argument with some of the boys up from London.

What does the Constable mean with his first sentence? I guess that HM stands for Her Majesty, but no idea what gg's or gigies are or were in the fifties.

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He says, "These geegees don't half kick ???" Geegees are horses at the track. "Don't half (verb)" is understatement for "really (verb) quite a lot". I don't get the last bit. He seems to be sarcastically playing along with the victim's story, pretending that his injuries occurred when the horses at the track kicked him, but that is only a guess because you have provided precious little context. What would be wrong with your posting the name of the movie?

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I think that the first word is not gg's but gee-geez. I've found this in the Cambrigne Dictionary:

Gee-gee, (UK, informal): Horse races where you try to win money by correctly guessing which horse will win.

But I still have doubts about the meaning of the whole sentence.

Thanks, anonymous.

I think that the last bit could be "hey, chum?" instead of H.M.

That would set the whole sentence as:

"These geegees don't half kick, hey chum?"

It would be a joke, meaning that there weren't the thieves but some horses who kicked him outside the racecourse.

There is no more context. The scene ends here.

gamboler"These geegees don't half kick, hey chum?"It would be a joke, meaning that there weren't the thieves but some horses who kicked him outside the racecourse.

I think you're right.

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And, of course, it's a sarcastic joke of the Constable, because the victim answers: "Yeah, ha, ha!"

In the audio I hear: "Those gg's don't half kick, eh chum?" If "gg's" are racehorses, then he's saying "Those horses don't half kick (that is, don't kick with half force, but rather with full force - the policeman is kiddingly saying that the victim was kicked by racehorses with full force, resulting in his extensive injuries, and of course the policeman realizes that his injuries are from a fight, not from the horses are the track), eh chum?"