to hump someone's laundry

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It's the movie "Jersey Boys". It's 50s in New Jersey.
Some mafia boss is very touched when a young guy sings the favorite song of boss' mother.
Anyway, the boss tears a dollar bill and gives the half to the young singer by saying,
"Frankie, here's your claim check.
Anytime you got a reach out to me.
After this, the singer's friend begin some kind of a monologue, saying,
"For years, I'm humping DeCarlo's laundry, he treats me like a bum.
Frankie sings one song, he gets a claim check. I'll tell you, it's good to be lead singer."
DeCarlo is the mafia boss.
"Humping laundry" is what bothers me here.
I am not sure what to make of this. Any idea what he might means?
I thought first it was some kind of a metaphor, but it doesn't seem to be the case.
Or it simply, "I carry DeCarlo's laundry" so doing some job for him.

Thank you
  • PaulQ

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    English - England
    Your answer will be in the film: it is whatever the singer's friend's job is. Does DeCarlos own a laundry? Does DeCarlos give his suits/clothes to the singer's friend to have them cleaned? Is the singer's friend, DeCarlos's assistant?
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