What does "wet my beak" mean in Mario Puzo's the Last Don?
The members of the mafia family Clericuzio keep saying it, and I don't know what it means. They mentioned that "wet my beak" was a Sicilian idiom. Does it have something to do with money?
- S.K.Lv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
Yes, it's money-related. For a family or person in power to "wet my beak" is to take a small share of someone else's profits or income, often in exchange for the family or person in power not to take it all from them. It's like paying protection money to keep organized crime from hurting you or burning your store to the ground.