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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 cal- .
led 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, the 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 of trunks they hap,
pen to find there. GIMBLET-EYED. Squinting, either in man or woman. GIMCRACK, or JumCRACK, A spruce wench; a gimcrack
also means a person who has a turn for mechanical con:
trivances. GIN SPINNER. A distiller. GINGAMBOBS. Toys, bawbles; also a man's privities. See
term borrowed from the cockpit, where red cocks are cal
led 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 de
facing. 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 yuns, a wolf. A servant at college. GIRDS. Quips, taunts, severe or biting reflections. Gizzard. Togrumble in the gizzard ; to be secretly dis pleased,
Glass Eyes. A nick name for one wearing spectacles. GLAYMORE. A Highland broad-sword; from the Erse
glay, or glaive, a sword; and more, great. GLAZE. A window. GLAZIER. One who breaks windows and shew-glasses, to
steal goods exposed for sale. Glaziers; eyes. Cant.--Is your father a glazier; a question asked of a lad or young man, who stands between the speaker and the candle, or fire. If it is answered in the negative, the rejoinder isine I wish he was, that he might make a window through
your body, to enable us to see the fire or light. Glie. Smooth, slippery. Glib tongued; talkative. Glum. A candle, or dark lantern, used in housebreaking ;
also fire. To glim ; to burn in the hand. Cant. GLIMFENDERS. Andirons.
Andirons. Cant. GLIMFLASHY. Angry, or in a passion. Cant. GLIMJACK. A link-boy. 'Cant. GLIMMER. Fire. Cant. GLIMMERERS. Persons begging with sham licences, pre
tending losses by fire, GLIMMS. Eyes. GLIMSTICK. A candlestick. Cant. GLOBE. Pewter. Cant. Gloves. To give any one a pair of gloves; to make them
a present or bribe. To win a pair of gloves; to kiss a man whilst he sleeps : for this a pair of gloves is due to any lady
who will thus earn them. GLUEPOT. A parson : from joining men and women toge
ther in matrimony. Glum. Sulien. GLUTTON. A term used by bruisers to signify a man who
will bear a great deal of beating. GNARLER. A little dog that by his barking alarms the fa,
mily when any person is breaking into the house. Go, THE. The dash. The mode. He is quite the go, he
is quite varment, he is prime, he is bang up, are synonie
mous expressions. GLYBE. A writing. Cant. Go BETWEEN. A pimp or bawd. GO BY THE GROUND. A little short person, man or woGo Shop. The Queen's Head in Duke's court, Bow street,
Covent Garden; frequented by the under players : where gin and water was sold in three-halfpenny bowls, called Goes; the gin was called Arrack. The go, the fashion ; 26, large hats are all the go. 3
with two backs, copulation.
Gift of the gob; wide-mouthed, or one who speaks flu
ently, or sings well.
the rest of the company: as, Will you stand godfather, and
of, whether felony, petit larceny, &c.
each side of the clock in Guildhall, London ; of whom
nent eyes. To goggle; to stare.
the locks of, houses.
which they pick up in the presence of some unexperienced
of stripping their prey.
sary houses ; called also a tom-turd-man, and night-man:
Goldfinches ; guineas.
atre at Oxford, where the heads of houses sit; those gen
tlemen being by the wits of the university called sculls.
by invalids over their ordinary shoes.
at Hockley in the Hole, or St. Giles's, an expert boxer; at a bagnio in Covent Garden, a vigorous fornicator ; at an alehouse or tavern, one who loves his pot or bottle;
and sometimes, though but rarely, a virtuous man Good WOMAN. A nondescript, represented on a famous sign in St. Giles's, in the form of a common woman,
but without a head. GOODYER's Pig. Like Goodyer's pig; never well but when
in mischief. Goose. A taylor's goose; a smoothing iron used to press
down the seams, for which purpose it must be beated : hence it is a jocular saying, that a taylor, be he ever so poor, is always sure to have a goose at his fire. not say boh to a goose; a saying of a bashful or sheepish
fellow. Goose Riding. A. goose, whose neck is greased, being sus
pended by the legs to a cord tied to two trees or high posts, a number of men on horseback, riding full speed, attempt to pull off the head : which if they effect, the goose is their prize. This has been practised in Derbyshire with
in the memory of persons now living. Gooseberry. He played up old gooseberry among them;
said of a person who, by force or threats, suddenly puts an
end to a riot or disturbance. GOOSEBERRY-EYED. One with dull grey eyes, like boiled
gooseberries. GOOSEBERRY WIG. A large frizzled wig: perhaps from a
supposed likeness to a gooseberry bush. GOOSECAP. A silly fellow or woman. GORGER. A gentleman. A well dressed man. Mung
kiddey. Mung the gorger ; beg child beg, of the gentle
man. GOSPEL SHOP.
A church. Goree. Money, chiefly gold : perhaps from the traffic
carried on at that place, which is chiefly for gold dust.
Cant. GORMAGON. A monster with six eyes, three mouths, four
arms, eight legs, five on one side and three on the other, three arses, two tarses, and a upon its back ; a man on
horseback, with a woman behind him. GOTCH-GUTTED. Pot bellied : a gotch in Norfolk signify
ing a pitcher, or large round jug. To GOUGE. To squeeze out a man's eye with the thumb:
a cruel practice used by the Bostonians in America. To GRABBLE. To seize. To grabble the bit ; to seize any one's money. Cant..
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GRE GRAITED. Cuckolded, i. e. having horns grafted on his
bead. To GRAB. To seize a man. The pigs grabbed the kid.
dey for a crack : the officers seized the youth for a bur
glary. GRANNAM. Corn. GRANNUM's Gold. Hoarded money: supposed to have be
longed to the grandmother of the possessor. GRANNY. An abbreviation of grandmother ; also the name
of an idiot, famous for licking her eye, who died Nov. 14, 1719. Go teach your granny to suck eggs; said to such as would instruct any one in a matter he knows better than
themselves. GRAPPLE THE RAILS. A cant name used in Ireland for
whiskey. GRAPPLING IRONS. Handcuffs. GRAVE DIGGER. Like a grave digger ; up to the a-se in
business, and don't know which way to turn. GRAVY-EYED. Blear-eyed, one whose eyes have a running
humour. To Grease. To bribe. To grease a man in the fist; to
bribe him, To grease a fat sow in the a-se ; to give to a rich man. Greasy chin; a treat given to parish officers in part of commutation for a bastard : called also, Eating a
child. GREAT INTIMATE. As great as shirt and shitten a-se. GREAT JOSEPH. A surtout. Cant. Greedy Guts. A covetous or voracious persoll. GREEK. St, Giles's Greek ; the slang lingo, cant, or gibbe
risb. GREEN. Doctor Green; i. e. grass ; a physician, or rather
medicine, found very successful in curing most disorders to which horses are liable. My horse is not well, I shall
send him to Doctor Green. GREEN. Young,inexperienced,unacquainted,ignorant. How
green the cull was not to stag how the old file planted the books. How ignorant the booby was not to perceive how the old sharper placed the cards in such a manner
as to insure the game. GREEN Bag. An attorney : those gentlemen carry their
clients' deeds in a green bay; and, it is said, when they have no deeds to carry, frequently fill them with an old pair of breeches, or any other trumpery, to give them
selves the appearance of business. GREEN Gown. Togive a girl a green gown; to tumble her on the grass,