Snitches get stitches
Snitches get stitches is a common English catchphrase that suggests that if a person snitches on someone else, they will be met with consequences.
A “snitch” is a betrayer, and informant, someone who doesn’t follow the holy code of companionship.
The catchphrase can be applied to both serious situations, like an informant of the police that snitches on a drug ring – and will likely face horrific consequences because of it – , or in mild, innocent situations, such as a child stealing another kids favorite stick, who then tells on the thief.
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“Snitches get stitches” was originally mainly used by criminals to avert witnesses from testifying in court, because if they did, they would literally end up with stitches, or worse.
It is a warning to the person who might be capable of telling on them.
The slogan came to life due to its catchy rhyme between the words “snitches” and “stitches”.
Spread and Usage
It likely started out in so-called “ghetto” areas in the US, which contains the majority of crime, drug trafficking and other “snitch-able” affairs.
You will often hear it as a threat in action films, usually involving a storyline in the rundown section of a city. For example, it is mentioned half-way into the crime drama “The Mentalist: Like A Redheaded Stepchild” in 2011, but also in the TV comedy series “Parks and Recreation”.
As late as in 2020, Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala dropped a new album named “Snitches Get Stitches”.
- Urban Dictionary – Snitches Get Stitches