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Reply Thu 15 Feb, 2018 08:01 am
I know from the film "The Crying Game" that in informal British English you have the expression "to be on the game" used with the meaning of "to be a prostitute".

My question is the following:

Do you have the same or a similar expression in AmE? What about "to walk the streets"?

As always, many, many thanks for your kind help.
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Thu 15 Feb, 2018 01:08 pm
@paok1970,
"To turn tricks" is another one.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Thu 15 Feb, 2018 05:06 pm
@InfraBlue,
Not quite the same, being on the game means being a prostitute whereas turning a trick is the act of prostitution.

There are some less derogatory terms, after a group of prostitutes were murdered in Ipswich the local press started referring to them as being working girls.
InfraBlue
 
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Reply Thu 15 Feb, 2018 10:44 pm
@izzythepush,
Good point, thanks. It's more synonymous with "to walk the streets."
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Thu 15 Feb, 2018 10:45 pm
Another term that includes prostitutes is "sex worker."
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camlok
 
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Reply Fri 16 Feb, 2018 02:15 pm
@izzythepush,
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Not quite the same, being on the game means being a prostitute whereas turning a trick is the act of prostitution.


It depends how it is phrased.

Moe: What's Mary up to these days?

Joe: She's turning tricks. = being a prostitute
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ekename
 
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Reply Fri 16 Feb, 2018 09:43 pm
@paok1970,
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