A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from November 18, 2013
“Are you free tonight or will it cost me?” (pick-up line)

"Are you free tonight or will it cost me?” is a jocular example of a terrible pick-up line. “Are you free tonight?” is a pun on “Are you available tonight?” and “Will I have to pay for a dinner/movie tonight?”

“Are you free tonight...Or is it going to cost me?” has been cited in print since at least 1988.


Google Books
No Hang-ups III
By John Carfi; Cliff Carle and Greg Tenorio
Chatsworth, CA: CCC Publications
1988
Pg. 7:
Hi. If this is a member of the opposite sex calling, I have a question for you? Are you free tonight...Or is it going to cost me?

Google Books
Bombshell:
The Life and Death of Jean Harlow

By David Stenn
New York, NY: Doubleday
1993
Pg. 149:
Undaunted, Baer accosted Harlow. “Are you free tonight, or are you reasonable?” he asked.

Google Books
Sleepless in Bangkok:
A Novel

By Ian Quartermaine
Bangkok: Distributed by Asia Books
2001
Pg. 95:
“Are you free tonight or are you expensive?” Steven asked.

Google Books
How to Behave—Dating and Sex:
A Guide to Modern Manners for the Socially Challenged

By Caroline Tiger
Philadelphia, PA: Quirk Books
2007.
Pg. 36:
Are you free tonight, or will it cost me?

Google Books
The World’s Stupidest Men
By Rick Sutherland, Barb Karg and Diana Briscoe
Avon, MA: Adams Media
2008
Pg. 203:
Are you free tonight or will it cost me?

Google Books
Pick-up Lines:
Become A Chick Magnet

By Barry Hughes
Lulu.com
2008
Pg. 18:
Are you free tonight or will it cost me?

Google Books
The Machiavellian’s Guide to Flirting:
For Both Men and Women

By Nick Casanova
Bloomington, IN: iUniverse
2009
Pg. 88:
Hog: “Hey babe, are you free tonight or will it cost me?”

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‏@YABOYPERVERT
Are you free tonight or is it gonna cost me?
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