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DEAD MEN. A cant word among journeymen bakers, for loaves falsely charged to their masters' customers ; also empty bottles.
DEADLY NEVERGREEN, that bears fruit all the year round. The gallows, or three-legged mare. See THREE-LEGGED MARE.
DEAR JOYS. Irishmen: from their frequently making use of that expression.
DEATH HUNTER. An undertaker, one who furnishes the necessary articles for funerals. See CARRION HUNTER. DEATH'S HEAD UPON A MOP-STICK. A poor miserable, emaciated fellow; one quite an otomy. See ОтOMY.--He looked as pleasant as the pains of death.
DEEP-ONE. A thorough-paced rogue, a sly designing fellow in opposition to a shallow or foolish one.
DEFT FELLOW. A neat little man.
DEGEN, OF DAGEN. A sword. Nim the degen; steal the sword. Dagen is Dutch for a sword. Cant.
DELLS. Young buxom wenches, ripe and prone to venery, but who have not lost their virginity, which the upright man claims by virtue of his prerogative; after which they become free for any of the fraternity. Also a common strumpet. Cant.
DEMURE. As demure as an old whore at a christening. DEMY-REP. An abbreviation of demy-reputation; a woman of doubtful character.
DERBY. To come down with the derbies; to pay the money. DERRICK. The name of the finisher of the law, or hangman about the year 1608.--- For he rides his circuit with the Devil, and Derrick must be his host, and Tiburne the inne at which he will lighte.' Vide Bellman of London, in art. PRIGGIN LAW. At the gallows, ' where I leave them, as to the haven at which they must 'all cast anchor, if Derrick's cables do but hold.' Ibid. DEVIL. A printer's errand-boy. Also a small thread in the king's ropes and cables, whereby they may be distinguished from all others. The Devil himself; a small streak of blue thread in the king's sails. The Devil may dance in his pocket; i. e. he has no money: the cross on our ancient coins being jocularly supposed to prevent him from visiting that place, for fear, as it is said, of breaking his shins against it. To hold a candle to the Devil; to be civil to any one out of fear: in allusion to the story of the old woman, who set a wax taper before the image of St. Michael, and another before the Devil, whom that
saint is commonly represented as trampling under his feet: being reproved for paying such honour to Satan, she answered, as it was uncertain which place she should go to, heaven or hell, she chose to secure a friend in both places. That will be when the Devil is blind, and he has not got sore eyes yet; said of any thing unlikely to happen. It rains whilst the sun shines, the Devil is beating his wife with a shoulder of mutton: this phenomenon is also said to denote that cuckolds are going to heaven; on being informed of this, a loving wife cried out with great vehemence, Run, husband, run!'
THE Devil was sick, the Devil a monk would be ;
a proverb signifying that we are apt to forget promises made in time of distress. To pull the Devil by the tail, to be reduced to one's shifts. The Devil go with you and sixpence, and then you will have both money and company.
DEVIL. The gizzard of a turkey or fowl, scored, peppered, salted and broiled: it derives its appellation from being hot in the mouth.
DEVIL CATCHER, or DEVIL DRIVER. A parson. See SNUB DEVIL.
DEVIL'S DAUGHTER. It is said of one who has a termagant for his wife, that he has married the Devil's daughter, and lives with the old folks.
DEVIL'S DAUGHTER'S PORTION:
Deal, Dover, and Harwich,
The Devil gave with his daughter in marriage;
And, by a codicil to his will,
He added Helvoet and the Brill;
a saying occasioned by the shameful impositions practised by the inhabitants of those places, on sailors and travellers.
DEVIL DRAWER. A miserable painter.
DEVIL'S DUNG: Assafoetida.
DEVIL'S GUTS, A surveyor's chain: so called by farmers, who do not like their land should be measured by their landlords.
DEVILISH. Very: an epithet which in the English vulgar language is made to agree with every quality or thing; as, devilish bad, devilish good; devilish sick, devilish well; devilish sweet, devilish sour; devilish hot, devilish cold, &c. &c.
DEUSEA VILLE. The country. Cant.
DEUSEA VILLE STAMPERS. Country carriers. Cant.
DEWS WINS, Or DEUX WINS. Two-pence. Cant. DEWITTED. Torn to pieces by a mob, as that great statesman John de Wit was in Holland, anno 1672.
DIAL PLATE. The face. To alter his dial plate; to disfigure his face.
DICE. The names of false dice:
A bale of bard cinque deuces
A bale of light graniers
A bale of langrets contrary to the ventage
A bale of gordes, with as many highmen as lowmen,
A bale of long dice for even and odd
DICK. That happened in the reign of queen Dick, i. e. never: said of any absurd old story. I am as queer as Dick's hatband; that is, out of spirits, or don't know what ails me.
DICKY. A woman's under-petticoat. It's all Dicky with him; i. e. it's all over with him.
DICKED IN THE NOB, Silly. Crazed.
DICKEY. A sham shirt.
DICKEY. An ass. Roll your dickey; drive your ass. Also a seat for servants to sit behind a carriage, when their master drives.
To DIDDLE. To cheat. To defraud. The cull diddled me out of my dearee; the fellow robbed me of my sweet. heart. See Jeremy Diddler in Raising the Wind. DIDDEYS. A woman's breasts or bubbies.
DILBERRIES. Small pieces of excrement adhering to the hairs near the fundament.
DILBERRY MAKER. The fundament.
DILDO [From the Italian diletto, q. d. a woman's delight; or from our word dally, q. d. a thing to play withal.] Penissuccedaneus, called in Lombardy Passo Tempo. Bailey.
DILIGENT. Double diligent, like the Devil's apothecary; said of one affectedly diligent.
DILLY. [An abbreviation of the word diligence.] A public voiture or stage, commonly a post chaise, carrying three persons; the name is taken from the public stage vehicles in France and Flanders. The dillies first began to run in England about the year 1779.
DIMBER. Pretty. A dimber cove; a pretty fellow. Dimber mort; a pretty wench. Cant.
DIMBER DAMBER. A top man, or prince, among the cant-
DING BOY. A rogue, a hector, a bully, or sharper. Cant.
West-Indian term is, a lick of the tar-brush, that is, some
DINING ROOM POST. A mode of stealing in houses that let lodgings, by rogues pretending to be postmen, who send up sham letters to the lodgers, and, whilst waiting in the entry for the postage, go into the first room they see open, and rob it.
DIP. To dip for a wig. Formerly, in Middle Row, Holborn, wigs of different sorts were, it is said, put into a close-stool box, into which, for three-pence, any one might dip, or thrust in his hand, and take out the first wig he laid hold of; if he was dissatisfied with his prize, he might, on paying three halfpence, return it and dip again.
THE DIP. A Cook's shop, under Furnival's Inn, where many attornies clerks, and other inferior limbs of the law, take out the wrinkles from their bellies. Dip is also a punning name for a tallow-chandler.
DIFT. Pawned or mortgaged.
DIRTY PUZZLE. A nasty slut.
DISGRUNTLED. Offended, disobliged.
DISHED UP. He is completely dished up; he is totally ruined. To throw a thing in one's dish; to reproach or twit one with any particular matter.
DISHCLOUT. A dirty, greasy woman. He has made a napkin of his dishclout; a saying of one who has married his cook maid. To pin a dishclout to a man's tail; a punishment often threatened by the female servants in a kitchen, to a man who pries too minutely into the secrets of that place. DISMAL DITTY. The psalm sung by the felons at the gallows, just before they are turned off.
DISPATCHES. A mittimus, or justice of the peace's warrant, for the commitment of a rogue.
DITTO. A suit of ditto; coat, waistcoat, and breeches, all of one colour.
DISPATCHERS. Loaded or false dice.
DISTRACTED DIVISION. Husband and wife fighting. DIVE. To dive; to pick a pocket. To dive for a dinner; to go down into a cellar to dinner. A dive, is a thief who stands ready to receive goods thrown out to him by a little boy put in at a window. Cant.
DIVER. A pickpocket; also one who lives in a cellar. DIVIDE. To divide the house with one's wife; to give her
the outside, and to keep all the inside to one's self, i. e. to turn her into the street.
Do. To do any one; to rob and cheat him. I have done him; I have robbed him. Also to overcome in a boxing match: witness those laconic lines written on the field of battle, by Humphreys to his patron.--- Sir, I have done the Jew.'
TO DO OVER.
Carries the same meaning, but is not so briefly expressed: the former having received the polish of the present times.
DOASH. A cloak. Cant.
DOBIN RIG. Stealing ribbands from haberdashers early in the morning or late at night; generally practised by women in the disguise of maid servants.
To lie with a woman. The cull docked the dell all the darkmans; the fellow laid with the wench all night. Docked smack smooth; one who has suffered an amputation of his penis from a venereal complaint. He must go into dock; a sea phrase, signifying that the person spoken of must undergo a salivation. Docking is also a punishment inflicted by sailors on the prostitutes who have infected them with the venereal disease; it consists in cutting off all their clothes, petticoats, shift and all, close to their stays, and then turning them into the street. DOCTOR. Milk and water, with a little rum, and some nutmeg; also the name of a composition used by distillers,