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Row. A disturbance; a term used by the students at Cam


Row. To row in the same boat; to be embarked in the same scheme.

ROWLAND. To give a Rowland for an Oliver; to give an equivalent. Rowland and Oliver were two knights famous in romance; the wonderful achievements of the one could only be equalled by those of the other.


Highwaymen who never rob any but rich persons, and that without ill treating them. See SCAMP.

ROYAL STAG SOCIETY. Was held every Monday evening, at seven o'clock, at the Three tuns, near the Hospital Gate, Newgate-street.

ROYSTER. A rude boisterous fellow; also a hound that opens on a false scent.

TO RUB. To run away. Don't rub us to the whit; don't send us to Newgate. Cant.---To rub up; to refresh: to rub up one's memory. A rub: an impediment. A rubber; the best two out of three. To win a rubber; to win two games out of three.

RUBY FACED. Red-faced.

RUFF. An ornament formerly worn by men and women round their necks. Wooden ruff; the pillory. RUFFIAN. The devil. Cant.---May the ruffian nab the cuffin queer, and let the harmanbeck trine with his kinchins about his colquarren; may the Devil take the justice, and let the constable be hanged with his children about his neck. The ruffian cly thee; the Devil take thee. Ruffian cook ruffian, who scalded the Devil in his feathers; a saying of a bad cook. Ruffian sometimes also means a justice. RUFFLES Handcuffs.


RUFFLERS. The first rank of canters; also notorious rogues pretending to be maimed soldiers or sailors.

RUFFMANS. The woods, hedges, or bushes. Cant.

RUG. It is all rug; it is all right and safe, the game is secure. Cant.

RUG. Asleep. The whole gill is safe at rug; the people of the house are fast asleep.

RUM. Fine, good, valuable.

RUM BECK, A justice of the peace. Cant.

RUM BITE. A clever cheat, a clean trick.

RUM BLEATING CHEAT. A fat wether sheep. Cant.

RUM BLOWEN. A handsome wench.

RUM BLUFFER. A jolly host. Cant.


A young apprentice; also a sharp trick. Rum

RUM BOOZE. Wine, or any other good liquor. Rum boozing welts; bunches of grapes. Cant.

RUM BUBBER. A dexterous fellow at stealing silver tankards from inns and taverns.

RUM BUGHER. A valuable dog.

Cant. RUM BUNG. A full purse. Cant.

RUM CHUB. Among butchers, a customer easily imposed. on, as to the quality and price of meat. Cant.

RUM CHANT. A song.

RUM CLOUT. A fine silk, cambric, or holland handkerchief. Cant.

RUM COD. A good purse of gold. Cant.

RUM COLE. New money, or medals.

RUM COVE. A dexterous or clever rogue.

RUM CULL. A rich fool, easily cheated, particularly by

his mistress.

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RUM DRAWERS. Silk, or other fine stockings. Cant.
RUM DROPPER. A vintner.


RUM DUBBER. An expert picklock.

RUM DUKE. A jolly handsome fellow; also an odd eccentric fellow; likewise the boldest and stoutest fellows lately among the Alsatians, Minters, Savoyards, and other inhabitants of privileged districts,sent to remove and guard the goods of such bankrupts as intended to take sanctuary in those places. Cant.


RUM FUN. A sharp trick. Cant.

RUM GAGGERS. Cheats who tell wonderful stories of their sufferings at sea, or when taken by the Algerines, Cant.


RUM GLYMMER. King or chief of the link-boys. Cant. RUM KICKS. Breeches of gold or silver brocade, or richly laced with gold or silver. Cant.

RUM MAWND. One that counterfeits a fool. Cant.

RUM MORT. A queen, or great lady.


RUM NAB. A good hat.

RUM NANTZ. Good French brandy.


RUM NED. A very rich silly fellow.


RUM PAD. The highway. Cant.

RUM PADDERS. Highwaymen well mounted and armed.


RUM PEEPERS. Fine looking-glasses. Cant.


RUM PRANCER. A fine horse. Cant.
RUM QUIDS. A great booty. Cant.
RUM RUFF PECK. Westplialia ham.
RUM SNITCH. A smart fillip on the nose.


RUM SQUEEZE. Much wine, or good liquor, given among fiddlers. Cant.



RUM TOPPING. A rich commode, or woman's head-dress. RUM VILLE. See ROMEVILLE.

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RUMBO. Rum, water, and sugar; also a prison.
RUMBOYLE. A ward or watch.
RUMBUMTIOUS. Obstreperous.

RUMFORD. To ride to Rumford to have one's backside new bottomed: i. e. to have a pair of new leather breeches. Rumford was formerly a famous place for leather breeches. A like saying is current in Norfolk and Suffolk, of Bungay, and for the same reason.-Rumford lion; a calf. See ESSEX LION.

RUMP. To rump any one; to turn the back to him: an evolution sometimes used at court. Rump and a dozen; a rump of beef and a dozen of claret; an Irish wager, called also buttock and trimmings. Rump and kidney men; fiddlers that play at feasts, fairs, weddings, &c. and live chiefly on the remnants.

RUMPUS. A riot, quarrel, or confusion,

RUN GOODS. A maidenhead, being a commodity never entered.

RUNNING HORSE, or NAG. A clap, or gleet.

RUNNING SMOBBLE. Snatching goods off a counter, and throwing them to an accomplice, who brushes off with them.

RUNNING STATIONERS. Hawker of newspapers, trials, and dying speeches.

RUNT. A short squat man or woman: from the small cattle called Welsh runts. RUSHERS. Thieves who knock at the doors of great houses in London, in summer time, when the families are gone out of town, and on the door being opened by a woman, rush in and rob the house; also housebreakers who enter lone houses by force,

RUSSIAN COFFEE-HOUSE. The Brown Bear in Bow-street, Covent Garden, a house of call for thief-takers and run. ners of the Bow street justices.

RUSTY. Out of use. To nab the rust; to be refracto


ry; properly applied to a restive horse, and figuratively to the human species. To ride rusty; to be sullen; called also to ride grub.

RUSTY GUTS. A blunt surly fellow : a jocular misnomer of resticus.

RUTTING. Copulating. Rutting time; the season when deer go to rut.



SACHEVEREL.. The iron door, or blower, to the mouth. of a stove from a divine of that name, who made himself famous for blowing the coals of dissension in the lat ter end of the reign of queen Ann.

SACK. A pocket. To buy the sack: to get drunk. To dive into the sack; to pick a pocket. To break a bottle in an empty sack; a bubble bet, a sack with a bottle in it not being an empty sack.

SAD DOG. A wicked debauched fellow; one of the ancient family of the sad dogs. Swift translates it into Latin by the words tristis canis.

SADDLE. To saddle the spit; to give a dinner or supper, To saddle one's nose; to wear spectacles. To saddle a place or pension; to oblige the holder to pay a certain portion of his income to some one nominated by the donor, Saddle sick; galled with riding, having lost leather. SAINT. A piece of spoilt timber in a coach-maker's shop, like a saint, devoted to the flames.

SAINT GEOFFREY'S DAY, Never, there being no saint of that name: to-morrow-come-never, when two Sundays come together.

SAINT LUKE'S BIRD. An ox; that Evangelist being always represented with an ox.

SAINT MONDAY. A holiday most religiously observed by journeymen shoemakers, and other inferior mechanics. a profanation of that day, by working, is punishable by a tine, particularly among the gentle craft. An Irishman observed. that this saint's anniversary happened every week. SAL. An abbreviation of salivation. In a high sal in the pickling tub, or under a salivation.



SALMON-GUNDY. Apples, onions, veal or chicken, and pickled herrings, minced fine, and eaten with oil and vinegar; some derive the name of this mess from the French words selon mon goust, because the proportions of the different ingredients are regulated by the palate of the maker; others say it bears the name of the inventor, who was a rich Dutch merchant; but the general and most probable opinion is, that it was invented by the countess of Salmagondi, one of the ladies of Mary de Medicis, wife of King Henry IV. of France, and by her brought into France.

SALMON, OF SALAMON. The beggars' sacrament or oath. SALT. Lecherous. A salt bitch: a bitch at heat, or proud bitch. Salt eel; a rope's end, used to correct boys, &c. at sea: you shall have a salt eel for supper. SAMMY. Foolish. Silly.

SANDWICH. Ham, dried tongue, or some other salted meat, cut thin and put between two slices of bread and butter : said to be a favourite morsel with the Earl of Sandwich. SANDY PATE. A red haired man or woman.

SANGAREE. Rack punch, was formerly so called in bag



A taylor employed by clothiers in making soldier's clothing.

SAPSCULL. A simple fellow. Sappy; foolish.

SATYR. A libidinous fellow: those imaginary things are by poets reported to be extremely salacious.

SAUCE BOX. A term of familiar raillery, signifying a bold or forward person.

SAVE ALL. A kind of candlestick used by our frugal forefathers, to burn snuffs and ends of candles. Figuratively, boys running about gentlemen's houses in Ireland, who are fed on broken meats that would otherwise be wasted, also a miser. SAUNTERER. An idle, lounging fellow; by some derived from sans terre; applied to persons, who, having no lands or home, lingered and loitered about. Some derive it from persons devoted to the Holy Land, saint terre, who loitered about, as waiting for company.

SAW. An old saw; an ancient proverbial saying. SAWNY, or SANDY. A general nick-name for a Scotchman, as Paddy is for an Irishman, or Taffy for a Welchman ; Sawny or Sandy being the familiar abbreviation or diminution of Alexander, a very favourite name among the Scottish nation.

SCAB. A worthless man or woman.


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