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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



GOADS. Those who wheedle in 'chapmen for horse-dealers.
- Goat. A lascivious person. Goats jigg ; making the beast

with two backs, copulation.
Gob. The mouth; also a bit or morsel : whence gobbets.

Gift of the gob; wide-mouthed, or one who speaks flu

ently, or sings well.
Goe STRING. A bridle.
GOBBLER. A turkey cock.
GODFATHER. He who pays the reckoning, or answers for

the rest of the company: as, Will you stand godfather, and
we will take care of the brat; i. e. repay you another
time. Jurymen are also called godfathers, because they
name the crime the prisoner before them has been guilty

of, whether felony, petit larceny, &c.
Gog. All-a-gog; impatient, anxious, or desirous of a thing.
GOG AND MAGOG. Two giants, whose effigies stand on

each side of the clock in Guildhall, London ; of whom
there is a tradition, that, when they hear the clock strike
one, on the first of April, they will walk down from their

GOGGLES. Eyes : see Ogles. Goggle eyes; large promi-

nent eyes. To goggle; to stare.
GOING UPON THE DUB. Going out to break open, or pick

the locks of, houses.
GOLD DROPPERS. Sharpers who drop a piece of gold,

which they pick up in the presence of some unexperienced
person, for whom the trap is laid, this they pretend to
have found, and, as he saw them pick it up, they invite
him to a public house to partake of it: when there, two
or three of their comrades drop in, as if by accident, and
propose cards, or some other game, when tbey seldom fail

of stripping their prey.
GOLD FINDER. One whose employment is to empty neces-

sary houses ; called also a tom-turd-man, and night-man:
the latter, from that business being always performed in

the night.
GOLDFINCH. One who has commonly a purse full of gold.

Goldfinches ; guineas.
GOLGOTHA OR THE PLACE OF Sculis. Part of the The-

atre at Oxford, where the heads of houses sit; those gen

tlemen being by the wits of the university called sculls.
GOLLUMPUS. A large, clumsy fellow.
Goloshes, i, e. Goliah's shoes. Large leathern clogs, worn

by invalids over their ordinary shoes.
GOOD MAN. A word of various imports, according to the
place where it is spoken : in the city it means a rich man ;


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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


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,


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