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But we claim not merely the praise of gratifying curiosity, or affording assistance to the ambitious; we are very sure that the moral influence of the Lexicon Balatronicum will be more certain and extensive than that of any methodist sermon that has ever been delivered within the bills of mortality. We need not descant on the dangerous impressions that are made on the female mind, by the remarks that fall incidentally from the lips of the brothers or servants of a family; and we have before observed, that improper topics can with our assistance be discussed, even before the ladies, without raising a blush on the cheek of modesty. It is impossible that a female should understand the meaning of twiddle diddles, or rise from table at the mention of Buckinger's boot. Besides, Pope assures us, that "vice to be hated needs but to be seen;" in this volume it cannot be denied, that she is seen very plainly; and a love of virtue is, therefore, the necessary result of perusing it.
The propriety of introducing the University slang will be readily admitted; it is not less curious than that of the College in the Old Bailey, and is less generally understood. When the number and accuracy of our additions are compared with the price of the volume, we have no doubt that its editors will meet with the encouragement that is due to learning, modesty, and virtue.
ABBESS, OF LADY ABBESS, A bawd, the mistress of a
brothel. ABEL-WACKETS. Blows given on the palm of the hand with a twisted handkerchief, instead of a ferula; a jocular punishment among seamen, who sometimes play at cards for wackets, the loser suffering as many strokes as he has lost games.
ABIGAIL. A lady's waiting-maid.
ABRAM. Naked. Cant.
ABRAM COVE. A cant word among thieves, signifying a naked or poor man ; also a lusty, strong rogue. ABRAM MEN. Pretended mad men.
TO SHAM ABRAM. To pretend sickness.
ACADEMY, OF PUSHING SCHOOL. A brothel. The Floating Academy; the lighters on board of which those persons are confined, who by a late regulation are condemned to hard labour, instead of transportation.-Campbell's Academy; the same, from a gentleman of that name, who had the contract for victualling the hulks or lighters. ACE OF SPADES. A widow.
ACCOUNTS. To cast up one's accounts; to vomit. ACORN. You ill ride a horse foaled by an acorn, i. e. the gallows, called also the Wooden and Three-legged Mare. You will be hanged.-See THREE-LEGGED MARE. ACT OF PARLIAMENT. A military term for small beer, five pints of which, by an act of parliament, a landlord was formerly obliged to give to each soldier gratis.
ACTEON. A cuckold, from the horns planted on the head of Acteon by Diana.
ADAM TILER. A pickpocket's associate, who receives the
ADMIRAL OF THE BLUE, who carries his flag on the main-
ADMIRAL OF THE NARROW SEAS. One who from drunken-
ADRIFT. Loose, turned adrift, discharged. Sea phrase.
AFTER-CLAP. A demand after the first given in has been
AGAINST THE GRAIN. Unwilling. It went much against
AGOG, ALL-A-GOG. Anxious, eager, impatient: from the
AGROUND. Stuck fast, stopped, at a loss, ruined; like a
AIR AND EXERCISE. He has had air and exercise, i. e. he has been whipped at the cart's tail; or, as it is generally, though more vulgarly, expressed, at the cart's a-se. ALDERMAN. A roasted turkey garnished with sausages; the latter are supposed to represent the gold chain worn by those magistrates.
ALDGATE. A draught on the pump at Aldgate; a bad bill of exchange, drawn on persons who have no effects of the drawer.
ALE DRAPER. An alehouse keeper.
ALE POST. A may-pole.
ALL-A-MORT. Struck dumb, confounded. What, sweet one, all-a-mort? Shakespeare.
ALL HOLIDAY. It is all holiday at Peckham, or it is all ho
liday with him; a saying signifying that it is all over with the business or person spoken of or alluded to. ALL HOLLOW. He was beat all hollow, i. e. he had no chance of conquering: it was all hollow, or a hollow thing, it was a decided thing from the beginning. See HOLLOW. ALL NATIONS. A composition of all the different spirits sold in a dram-shop, collected in a vessel into which the drainingsof the bottles and quartern pots are emptied ALLS. The five alls is a country sign, representing five numan figures, each having a motto under him. The first is a king in his regalia; his motto, I govern all the second, a bishop in pontificals; motto, I pray for all: third, a lawyer in his gown; motto, I plead for all: fourth: a soldier in his regimentals, fully accoutred; motto, I fight for all fifth, a poor countryman with his scythe and rake; motto, I pay for all.
ALTAMEL. A verbal or lump account, without particulars, such as is commonly produced at bawdy-houses, spunging-houses, &c. Vide DUTCH RECKONING. ALTITUDES. The man is in his altitudes, i. e. he is drunk. AMBASSADOR. A trick to duck some ignorant fellow or landsman, frequently played on board ships in the warm latitudes. It is thus managed: A large tub is filled with water, and two stools placed on each side of it. Over the whole is thrown a tarpaulin, or old sail : this is kept tight by two persons, who are to represent the king and queen of a foreign country, and are seated on the stools. The person intended to be ducked plays the Ambassador, and after repeating a ridiculous speech dictated to him, is led in great form up to the throne, and seated between the king and queen, who rising suddenly as soon as he is seated, he falls backwards into the tub of water. AMBASSADOR OF MOROCCO. A Shoemaker. (See Mrs. Clarke's Examination.)
AMBIDEXTER. A lawyer who takes fees from both plaintiff and defendant, or that goes snacks with both parties in gaming.
AMEN CURLER. A parish clerk.
AMEN. He said Yes and Amen to every thing; he agreed to every thing.
AMINADAB. A jeering name for a Quaker,
AMES ACE. Within ames ace; nearly, very near.
TOAMUSE. To fling dust or snuff in the eyes of the person intended to be robbed; also to invent some plausible tale, to delude shop-keepers and others, thereby to put them off their guard. Cant.
AMUSERS. Rogues who carried snuff or dust in their poc