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To Fuzz. To shuffle cards minutely: also, to change the pack.


GAB, or GOB. The mouth. Gift of the gab; a facility of speech, nimble tongued eloquence. To blow the gab; to confess, or peach.

GAB, or GOB, STRING. A bridle.

GABEY. A foolish fellow.


An exclamation said to be derived from the Italian word cazzo.

GAFF. A fair. The drop coves maced the joskins at the gaff; the ring-droppers cheated the country man at the fair. To GAFF. To game by tossing up halfpence.

GAG. An instrument used chiefly by housebreakers and thieves, for propping open the mouth of a person robbed, thereby to prevent his calling out for assistance.

GAGE. A quart pot, or a pint; also a pipe. Cant.
GAGE, or FOGUS. A pipe of tobacco.

GAGGERS. High and Low. Cheats, who by sham preten

ces, and wonderful stories of their sufferings, impose on the credulity of well meaning people. See RUM GAGGER. GALIMAUFREY. A hodgepodge made up of the remnants and scraps of the larder.

GALL. His gall is not yet broken; a saying used in prisons of a man just brought in, who appears dejected. GALLEY. Building the galley; a game formerly used at sea, in order to put a trick upon a landsman, or fresh-water sailor. It being agreed to play at that game, one sailor personates the builder, and another the merchant or contractor: the builder first begins by laying the keel, which consists of a number of men laid all along on their backs, one after another, that is, head to foot; he next puts in the ribs or knees, by making a number of men sit feet to feet, at right angles to, and on each side of, the keel: he now fixing on the person intended to be the object of the joke, observes he is a fierce-looking fellow, and fit for the lion; he accordingly places him at the head, his arms being held or locked in by the two persons next to him, representing the ribs.. After several other dispositions, the builder delivers over the galley to the contractor as complete: but he, among other faults and objections,

tions, observes the lion is not gilt, on which the builder or one of his assistants, runs to the head, and dipping a mop in the excrement, thrusts it into the face of the lion. GALLEY FOIST. A city barge, used formerly on the lord mayor's day, when he was sworn in at Westminster. GALLIED. Hurried, vexed, over-fatigued, perhaps like a galley slave. GALLIGASKINS.


GALLIPOT. A nick name for an apothecary,

GALLOPER. A blood horse. A hunter. The toby gill clap ped his bleeders to his galloper and tipped the straps the double. The highwayman spurred his horse and got away from the officers.

GALLOWS BIRD. A thief, or pickpocket; also one that associates with them.

GAMES. Thin, ill-shaped legs: a corruption of the French word jambes. Farcy gambs; sore or swelled legs. GAMBADOES. Leathern cases of stiff leather, used in Devonshire instead of boots; they are fastened to the saddle, and admit the leg, shoe and all: the name was at first jocularly given.

GAMBLER. A sharper, or tricking gamester. GAME. Any mode of robbing. The toby is now a queer game; to rob on the highway is now a bad mode of acting. This observation is frequently made by thieves; the roads being now so well guarded by the horse patrole; and gentlemen travel with little cash in their pockets. GAME. Bubbles or pigeons drawn in to be cheated. Also, at bawdy-houses, lewd women. Mother have you any game; mother, have you any girls? To die game; to suffer at the gallows without shewing any signs of fear or repentance. Game pullet; a young whore, or forward girl in the way of becoming one.

GAMON. To humbug. To deceive. To tell lies. What rum gamon the old file pitched to the flat; how finely the knowing old fellow humbugged the fool.

GAMON AND PATTER. Common place talk of any profession; as the gamon and patter of a horse-dealer, sailor, &c.

GAN. The mouth or lips.


GANDER MONTH. That month in which a man's wife lies. in: wherefore, during that time, husbands plead a sort of indulgence in matters of gallantry.

GANG. A company of men, a body of sailors, a knot of

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thieves, pickpockets, &c. A gang of sheep trotters; the four feet of a sheep.


GAOLER'S COACH. A hurdle: traitors being usually conveyed from the gaol, to the place of execution, on a hurdle or sledge.

GAP STOPPER. A whoremaster.

GAPESEED. Sights; any thing to feed the eye. I am come abroad for a little gapeseed.

GARNISH. An entrance fee demanded by the old prisoners of one just committed to gaol.

GARRET, or UPPER STORY. The head. His garret, or upper story, is empty, or unfurnished; i. e. he has no brains, he is a fool. GARRET ELECTION. A ludicrous ceremony, practised every new parliament: it consists of a mock election of two members to represent the borough of Garret (a few straggling cottages near Wandsworth in Surry); the qualification of a voter is, having enjoyed a woman in the open air within that district: the candidates are commonly fellows of low humour, who dress themselves up in a ridiculous manner. As this brings a prodigious concourse of people to Wandsworth, the publicans of that place jointly contribute to the expence, which is sometimes considerable.

GAWKEY. A tall, thin, awkward young man or woman. GAYING INSTRUMENT. The penis.

GAZEBO. An elevated observatory or summer-house. GEE. It won't gee; it won't hit or do, it does not suit or fit.

GELDING. An eunuch.

GELT. Money, German.-Also, castrated.

GENTLE CRAFT. The art of shoemaking. One of the gentle craft a shoemaker: so called because once practised by St. Crispin.

GENTLEMAN COMMONER. An empty bottle; an university joke, gentlemen commoners not being deemed over full of learning.


GENTLEMAN'S MASTER. A highway robber, because he makes a gentleman obey his commands, i. e. stand and deliver. GENTLEMAN OF THREE INS. In debt, in gaol, and in danger of remaining there for life: or, in gaol, indicted, and in danger of being hanged in chains.

GENTLEMAN OF THREE. OUTS. That is, without money, without wit, and without manners: some add another out, i. e. without credit.


GENTRY COVE. A gentleman. Cant.

GENTRY COVE KEN. A gentleman's house.
GENTRY MORT. A gentlewoman.


GEORGE. Yellow George; a guinea. Brown George: an ammunition loaf.

GERMAN DUCK. Half a sheep's head boiled with onions. GET. One of his get; one of his offspring, or begetting. GIB CAT. A northern name for a he cat, there commonly called Gilbert. As melancholy as a gib cat; as melancholy as a he cat who has been caterwauling, whence they always return scratched, hungry, and out of spirits. Aristotle says, Omne animal post coitum est triste; to which an anonymous author has given the following exception, preter gallum gallinaceum, et sacerdotem gratis fornicantem. GIBBERISH. The cant language of thieves and gypsies, called Pedlars' French, and St. Giles's Greek: see St. GILES'S GREEK. Also the mystic language of Geber, used by chymists. Gibberish likewise means a sort of disguised language, formed by inserting any consonant between each syllable of an English word; in which case it is called the gibberish of the letter inserted: if F, it is the F gibberish; if G, the G gibberish; as in the sentence How do you do? Howg dog youg dog.

GIBBE. A horse that shrinks from the collar and will not draw.

GIBLETS. To join giblets; said of a man and woman who cohabit as husband and wife, without being married; also to copulate.

GIBSON, OF SIR JOHN GIBSON. A two-legged stool, used to support the body of a coach whilst finishing.

GIFTS. Small white specks under the finger nails, said to portend gifts or presents. A stingy man is said to be as full of gifts as a brazen horse of his farts.

GIFT OF THE GAB. A facility of speech.

GIGG. A nose.


Snitchel his gigg; fillip his nose. ter's gigg; a hog's snout. Gigg is also a high one-horse chaise, and a woman's privities. To gigg a Smithfield hank; to hamstring an over-drove ox, vulgarly called a mad bullock.

GIGGER. A latch, or door. Dub the gigger; open the door. Gigger dubber; the turnkey of a jaol.

TO GIGGLE. To suppress a laugh. Gigglers; wanton wo


GILES'S or ST, GILES'S BREED. Fat, ragged, and saucy;

Newton and Dyot streets, the grand head-quarters of most & of the thieves and pickpockets about London, are in St. Giles's

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Giles's parish. St. Giles's Greek; the cant language, cal led also Slang, Pedlars' French, and Flash.

GILFLURT. A proud minks, a vain capricious woman. GILL. The abbreviation of Gillian, figuratively used for woman. Every jack has his gill; i. e. every jack has his gillian, or female mate,

GILLS. The cheeks, To look rosy about the gills; to have a fresh complexion. To look merry about the gills; to appear cheerful.

GILLY GAUPUS. A Scotch term for a tall awkward fellow.

GILT, or RUM DUBBER. A thief who picks locks, so called from the gilt or picklock key many of them are so expert, that, from the lock of a church door to that of the smallest cabinet, they will find means to open it these go into reputable public houses, where, pretending business, they contrive to get into private rooms, up stairs, where they open any bureaus or trunks they hap pen to find there.

GIMBLET-EYED. Squinting, either in man or woman. GIMCRACK, or JIMCRACK. A spruce wench; a gimcrack also means a person who has a turn for mechanical contrivances.

GIN SPINNER. A distiller,

GINGAMBOBS. Toys, bawbles; also a man's privities. See THINGAM BOBS.

GINGER-PATED, or GINGER-HACKLED. Red haired: a term borrowed from the cockpit, where red cocks are called gingers.

GINGERBREAD. A cake made of treacle, flour, and grated ginger; also money. He has the gingerbread; he is

rich. GINGERBREAD WORK. Gilding and carving: these terms are particularly applied by seamen on board Newcastle colliers, to the decorations of the sterns and quarters of West-Indiamen, which they have the greatest joy in defacing.

GINGERLY, Softly, gently, tenderly. To go gingerly to work; to attempt a thing gently, or cautiously.

GINNY. An instrument to lift up a great, in order to steal what is in the window. Cant.

GIP from yus, a wolf. A servant at college.

GIRDS. Quips, taunts, severe or biting reflections.

GIZZARD. To grumble in the gizzard; to be secretly dis



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