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BIDDY, OF CHICK-A-BIDDY. A chicken, and figuratively a young wench.
BIDET, commonly pronounced BIDDY. A kind of tub, contrived for ladies to wash themselves, for which purpose they bestride it like a French poney, or post-horse, called in French bidets.
BIENLY. Excellently. She wheedled so bienly; she coaxed or flattered so cleverly. French.
BILL AT SIGHT. To pay a bill at sight; to be ready at all times for the venereal act. BILBOA. A Sword. Bilboa in Spain was once famous for well-tempered blades: these are quoted by Falstaff, where he describes the manner in which he lay in the buckbasket. Bilboes, the stock; prison. Cant.
To BILK. To cheat. Let us bilk the rattling cove; let us cheat the hackney coachman of his fare. Cant. Bilking a coachman, a box-keeper, and a poor whore, were formerly, among men of the town, thought gallant actions. BILL OF SALE. A widow's weeds. See HOUSE TO LET. BILLINGSGATE LANGUAGE. Foul language, or abuse. Billingsgate is the market where the fishwomen assemble to purchase fish; and where, in their dealings and disputes, they are somewhat apt to leave decency and good manners a little on the left hand.
BING. To go. Cant. Bing avast; get you gone. Binged avast in a darkmans; stole away in the night. Bing we to Rumeville: shall we go to London?
BINGO. Brandy or other spirituous liquor. Cant.
BINGO BOY. A dram drinker.
BINGO MORT. A female dram drinker. Cant.
BINNACLE WORD. A fine or affected word, which sailors jeeringly offer to chalk up on the binnacle.
BIRD AND BABY. The sign of the eagle and child.
BIRDS OF A FEATHER. Rogues of the same gang.
BIRTH-DAY SUIT. He was in his birth-day suit, that is, stark naked.
BISHOP. A mixture of wine and water, into which is put a roasted orange. Also one of the largest of Mrs. Philips's purses, used to contain the others.
BISHOPED, Or To BISHOP. A term used among horse-dealers, for burning the mark into a horse's tooth, after he has lost it by age; by bishoping, a horse is made to appear younger than he is. than he is. It is a common saying of milk that is burnt too, that the bishop has set his foot in it. Formerly, when a bishop passed through a village, all the inhabitants
ran out of their houses to solicit his blessing, even leaving their milk, &c. on the fire, to take its chance: which,went burnt to, was said to be bishoped.
TO BISHOP the balls, a term used among printers, to water them.
BIT. Money. He grappled the cull's bit; he seized the man's money. A bit is also the smallest coin in Jamaica, equal to about sixpence sterling.
BITCH. A she dog, or doggess; the most offensive appellation that can be given to an English woman, even more provoking than that of whore, as may he gathered from the regular Billinsgate or St. Giles's answer-" I may be a whore, but can't be a bitch."
TO BITCH. To yield, or give up an attempt through fear. To stand bitch; to make tea, or do the honours of the teatable, performing a female part: bitch there standing for woman, species for genius.
BITCH BOOBY. A country wench. Military term.
To BITE. To over-reach, or impose; also to steal.---Cant. ---Biting was once esteemed a kind of wit, similar to the humbug. An instance of it is given in the Spectator: A man under sentence of death having sold his body to a surgeon rather below the market price, on receiving the money,cried, A bite! I am to be hanged in chains. To bite the roger; to steal a portmanteau. To bite the wiper, to steal a handkerchief. To bite on the bridle; to be pinched or reduced to dffiiculties. Hark ye, friend, whether do they bite in the collar or the cod-piece? Water wit to anglers.
BITER. A wench whose **** is ready to bite her a-se: a lascivious, rampant wench.
BLAB. A tell-tale, or one incapable of keeping a secret. BLACK AND WHITE. In writing. I have it in black and white; I have written evidence.
BLACK ART. The art of picking a lock. Cant.
BLACK A-SE. A copper or kettle. The pot calls the kettle black a-se.
BLACK BOOK. He is down in the black book, i. e. has a stain in his character. A black book is keep in most regiments, wherein the names of all persons sentenced to punishment are recorded.
BLACK BOX. A lawyer. Cant.
BLACK EYE. We gave the bottle a black eye, i. e. drank it almost up. He cannot black is the white of my eye; he cannot point out a blot in my character.
BLACK FLY. The greatest drawback on the farmer is the
BLACK JACK. A nick name given to the Recorder by the
A jug to drink out of, made of jacked leather. BLACK JOKE. A popular tune to a song, having for the burden," Her black joke and belly so white:" figuratively the black joke signifies the monosyllable. See MONOSYL
BLACK INDIES. Newcastle upon Tyne, whose rich coal mines prove an Indies to the proprietors.
BLACKLEGS. A gambler or sharper on the turf or in the cockpit: so called, perhaps, from their appearing generally in boots; or else from game-cocks whose legs are always black. BLACK MONDAY. The first Monday after the school-boys holidays, or breaking up, when they are to go to school, and produce or repeat the tasks set them.
BLACK PSALM. To sing the black psalm; to cry: a saying used to children.
To rob chimney sweepers of
BLACK STRAP. Bene Carlo wine; also port. A task of labour imposed on soldiers at Gibraltar, as a punishment for small offences.
BLANK. To look blank; to appear disappointed or confounded.
The amorous congress.
A BLASTED FELLOW or BRIMSTONE.
BLEACHED MORT. A fair-complexioned wench.
BLEATERS. Those cheated by Jack in a box. Cant.---See
BLEATING CHEAT. A sheep. Cant.
BLEATING RIG. Sheep stealing. Cant.
BLEEDERS. Spurs. He clapped his bleeders to his. prad; he put spurs to his horse.
or bleeds freely. BLEEDING NEW.
One who parts easily with his money,
A metaphor borrowed from fish, which
will not bleed when stale.
BLESSING. A small quantity over and above the measure, usually given by hucksters dealing in peas, beans, and other vegetables.
BLIND. A feint, pretence, or shift.
BLIND CHEEKS. The breech. Buss blind cheeks; kiss mine a-se.
BLIND EXCUSE. A poor or insufficient excuse. A blind alehouse, lane, or alley; an obscure, or little known or frequented ale-house, lane, or alley.
BLIND HARPERS. Beggars counterfeiting blindness, playing on fiddles, &c.
BLINDMAN'S BUFF. A play used by children, where one being blinded by a handkerchief bound over his eyes, attempts to seize any one of the company, who all endeavour to avoid him; the person caught must be blinded in his stead.
BLIND CUPID. The backside.
BLINDMAN'S HOLIDAY. Night, darkness.
BLOCK HOUSES. Prisons, houses of correction, &c. BLOCKED AT BOTH ENDS. Finished. The game is blocked at both ends; the game is ended.
BLOOD. A riotous disorderly fellow.
BLOOD FOR BLOOD. A term used by tradesmen for bartering the different commodities in which they deal. Thus a hatter furnishing a hosier with a hat, and taking payment in stockings, is said to deal blood for blood.
BLOOD MONEY. The reward given by the legislature on the conviction of highwaymen, burglars, &c.
BLOODY BACK. A jeering appellation for a soldier, alluding to his scarlet coat.
BLOODY. A favourite word used by the thieves in swearing, as bloody eyes, bloody rascal.
BLOSS OF BLOWEN. The pretended wife of a bully, or shoplifter. Cant.
TO BLOT THE SKRIP AND JAR bound for any one. Cant.
IT. To stand engaged or
BLOW. He has bit the blow, i. e. he has stolen the goods.
BLOWEN. A mistress or whore of a gentleman of the scamp. The blowen kidded the swell into a snoozing ken, and shook him of his dummee and thimble; the girl inveigled the gentleman into a brothel and robbed him of his pocket book and watch.
BLOWER. A pipe. How the swell funks his blower and lushes red tape; what a smoke the gentleman makes with his pipe, and drinks brandy,
TO BLOW THE GROUNSILS, To lie with a woman on the floor. Cant.
TO BLOW THE GAB. To confess, or impeach a confederate. Cant.
BLOW-UP. A discovery, or the confusion occasioned by one, A BLOWSE, or BLOWSABELLA. A woman whose hair is dishevelled, and hanging about her face; a slattern. BLUBBER. The mouth.-I have stopped the cull's blubber; I have stopped the fellow's mouth,meant either by gagging or murdering him.
To BLUBBER, To cry,
TO SPORT BLUBBER. Said of a large coarse woman, who exposes her bosom,
BLUBBER CHEEKS, Large flaccid cheeks, hanging like
BLUE To look blue; to be confounded, terrified, or disap-
BLUE DEVILS. Low spirits.
BLUE FLAG. He has hoisted the blue flag; he has commenced publican, or taken a public house, an allusion to the blue aprons worn by publicans. See ADMIRAL OF THE BLUE,
BLUE PIGEONS. Thieves who steal lead off houses and
BLUE PLUMB, A bullet.-Surfeited with a blue plumb;