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H A R HAND BASKET Portion. A woman whose husband re

ceives frequent presents from her father, or family, is

said to have a hand-basket portion. HANDLE. To know how to handle one's fists; to be skilful

in the art of boxing. The cove flashes a rare handle to

his physog; the fellow has a large nose. HANDSOME.

He is a handsome-bodied man in the face; a jeering commendation of an ugly fellow. Handsome is that

handsome does: a proverb frequently cited by uglywomen. HANDSOME REWARD. This, in advertisements, ineans a

horse-whipping. To HANG AN ARSE. To hang back, to hesitate. Hang Gallows Look. A thievish, or villainous appear

ance, HANG IN CHAINS. A vile, desperate fellow. Persons

guilty of murder, or other atrocious crimes, are frequently, after execution, hanged on a gibbet, to which they are fastened by iron bandages; the gibbet is commonly placed on or near the place where the crime was

mitted. Hang it up. Score it up : speaking of a reckoning. HANG OUT. The traps scavey where we liang out; the of

ficers know where we live. HANGER ON. A dependant. HANGMAN'S WAges. Thirteen pence halfpenny; which,

according to the vulgar tradition, was thus allotted: one shilling forthe executioner,and three halfpence for the rope, ---N. B. This refers to former times; the hangmen of the present day having, like other artificers, raised their prices. The true state of this matter is, that a Scottish mark was the fee allowed for an execution, and the value of that piece was settled by a proclamation of James I. at thirteen pence halfpenny. HANK. He has a hank on him ; i. e. an ascendancy over

him, or a hold upon him. A Smithfield hank; an ox, rendered furious by overdriving and barbarous treatment. See BU'LL HANK. HANKER. To hanker after any thing; to have a longing

after or for it. HANS IN KELDER. Jack in the cellar, i. e. the child in the

womb: a health frequently drank to breeding women or

their husbands. HARD. Stale beer, nearly sour, is said to be hard. Hard

also means severe: as, hard fate, a hard master. HARD AT HIS A-SE. Close after him.' HARE. He has swallowed a hare; he is drunk; more pro

bably a hair, which requires washing down. HARK

HARK-YE-ING. Whispering on one side to borrow money:
HARMAN. A constable. Cant.
HARMAN BECK. A beadle. Cant.
HARMANS. The stocks. Cant.
HARP. To harp upon; to dwell upon a subject. Have

among you, my blind harpers; an expression used in throw. ing or shooting at random among the crowd. Harp is also the Irish expression for woman, or tail, used in tossing up in Ireland : from Hibernia, being represented with a harp on the reverse of the copper coins of that country ; for which it is, in hoisting the copper, i. e. tossing up,

sometimes likewise called music. HARRIDAN. A hagged old woman; a miserable, scraggy,

worn-out harlot, fit to take her bawd's degree: derived from the French word haridelle, a worn-outjade of a horse

or mare.

HARRY. A country fellow. Cant.--Old Harry; the Devil. HARUM SCARUM. He was running harum scarum'; said of

any one running or walking hastily, and in a hurry, after

they know not what. HASH. To flash the hash; to vomit. Cant. HASTY. Precipitate, passionate. He is none of the Hastings

sort; a saying of a slow, loitering fellow: an allusion to the

Hastings pea, which is the first in season. HASTY PUDDING. Oatmeal and milk boiled to a moderate

thickness, and eaten with sugar and butler. Figuratively, a wet, muddy road: as, The way through Wandsworth is quite a hasty pudding. To eat hot hasty pudding for a laced hat, or some other prize, is a common feat at wakes

and fairs. Hat. Old hat; a woman's privities: because frequently

felt. Hatches. Under the batches; in trouble, distress, or debt. HATCHÉT FACE. A long thin face. HAVIL. A sheep. Canl. Havy Cavy. Wavering, doubtful, shilly shally. HAWK. Ware hawk; the word to look sharp, a bye-word

when a bailiff passes. ' Hawk also signifies a sharper, in

opposition to pigeon. See Pigeon. See WARE HAWK. HAWKERS. Licenced itinerant retailers of different commo

dities, called also pedlars; likewise the sellers of news-papers. Hawking; an effort to spit up the thick phlegm, called oysters: whence it is wit upon record, to ask the person so doing whether he has a licence; a punting allusion to the

Act of hawkers and pedlars.
To HAZEL GILD. To beat any one with a hazel stick.

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HEAD

H EL HEAD CULLY OF THE Pass, or PASSAGE BANK. The top

tilter of that gang throughout the whole army, who demands and receives contribution from all the pass banks in

the camp. HEAD Rails. Teeth. Sea phrase. HEARING CHEATS. Ears. Cant. HEART'S EASE. Gin. HEARTY CHOAK. He will have a hearty choak and caper

sauce for breakfast; i. e. he will be hanged. HEATHEN PHILOSOPHER. One whose breech may be seen

through his pocket-hole: this saying arose froin the old philosophers, many of whom depised the vanity of dress to

such a point, as often to fall into the opposite extreme. To HEAVE. To rob. To heave a case; to rob a house.

To heave a bough; to rob a booth. Cant. HEAVER. The breast. Cant. HEAVERS. Thieves who make it their business to steal

tradesmen's shop-books. Cant. HECTOR. A. bully, a swaggering coward. To hector; to

bully, probably from such persons affecting the valour of

Hector, the Trojan hero. HEDGE. To make a hedge; to secure a bet, or wager, laid

on one side, by taking the odds on the other, so that, let what will happen, a certain gain is secured, or hedged in, by the person who takes this precaution; who is then said

to be on velvet. HEDGE A LEHOUSE. A small obscure alehouse. HEDGE CRREPER. A robber of hedges. HEDGE Priest. An illiterate unbeneficed curate, a patrico. Hedge WHORE. An itinerant harlot, who bilks the bagnios

and bawdy-houses, by disposing of her favours on the way

side, under a hedge; a low beggarly prostitute. Heels. To be laid by the heels; to be confined, or put in

prison. Out at heels; worn, or diminished: his estate or affairs are out at heels. To turn up his heels; to turn up

the knave of trumps at the game of all-fours. HEEL TAP. A peg in the heel of a shoe, taken out when it

is finished. A person leaving any liquor in his glass, is frequently called upon by the toast-master to take off his

heel-tap. HELL. A taylor's repository for his stolen goods, called cab

bage: see CABBAGE. Little hell; a small dark covered

passage, leading from London-wall to Bell-alley. HELL-BORN BABE. A lewd graceless youth, one naturally

of a wicked disposition. Hell Cat. A termagant, a vixen, a furious scolding woman. See TERMAGANT and VIXEN.

HELL

HELL HOUND. A wicked abandoned fellow.
HELL FIRE Dick. The Cambridge driver of the Telegraph.,

The favorite companion of the University fashionables,

and the only tutor to whose precepts they attend. HELTER SKELTer. To run helter skelter, hand over head,

in deliance of order. HBMP. Young hemp; an appellation for a graceless boy. HeyPen Fever. A man who was hanged is said to have

died of a hempen fever ; and, in Dorsetshire, to have been stabbed wita'à Bridport dagger ; Bridport being a place famous for manufacturing hemp into cords. HEMPEx Widow. One włose husband was hanged. HEN-HEARTED. Cowardly. HE HOUSE. A house where the woman rules ; called al

80 a she house, and her frigate: the latter a sea phrase, originally applied to a ship, the captain of which had his

wite on board, supposed to command him. HENPECKED. A husband governed by his wife, is said to

be henpecked. Hen. A woman.

A cock and hen club ; a club compose : ed of men and women. HERE AND THERELAN. One who has no settled place of

residence. HERRING. The devil a barrel the better herring; all equal

ly bad.

HERKING GUTTED. Thin, as a shotten hering.
HERRING POND. The sea. To cross the herring pond at

the king's expence; to be transported. HERTFORDSHIRE KINDNESS. Drinking twice to the same

person. Hick. A country hick; an ignorant clown. Cant. HICKENBOTHOM.

Mr. Hickenbothom ; a ludicrous name for an unknown person, similar to that of Mr. Thugambob. Hickenbothom, i. e. a corruption of the German

word ickenbaum, i. e. oak tree. Hickey. Tipsey ; quasi, hickupping. HIDE AND SEEK. A childish game. He plays at hide and

seek ; a saying of one who is in fear of being arrested for debt, or apprehended for some crime, and therefore does not chuse to appear in public, but secretly skuiks up

aud down. See SKULK. HIDEBOUND. Stingy, hard of delivery: a poet poor in in

vention, is said to have a hidebound muse. HIGGLEDY PIGGLEDY. Confusedly mixed. High Eating. To eat skylarks in a garret. High FLYSR6. Tories, Jacobites.

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HIGH

нов High JINKS. A gambler at dice, who, having a strong

head, drinks to intoxicate his adversary, or pigeon. HIGHLIVING. To lodge in a garret, or cockloft. High Pad. A bighwayman.

Cant. High Ropes. To be on the high ropes ; to be in a passion.' Higu Shoon, or CLOUTED Shoon. A country clown. High WATER. It is high water with him; he is full of

money. HIGHGATE. Sworn at Highgate---a ridiculous custom for

merly prevailed at the public houses in Highgate, to administer a ludicrous oath to all travellers of the middling rank who stopped there. The party was sworn on a pair of horós, fastened on a stick: the substance of the oath was, never to kiss the maid when he could kiss the mistress, never to drink smail beer when he could get strong, with many other injunctions of the like kind; to all which was added the saving cause of “ unless you like it best.” The person administering the oath was always to be called father by the juror; and he, in return, was to style him

son, under the penalty of a bottle. Hike. To hike off'; to run away. Cant. Hind-LEG. To kick out a hind leg; to make a rustic bow. HINNEY, MY Honey. A north country himney, particular

ly a Northumbrian: in that county, hinney is the general

têrm of endearment. HISTORY OF THE Four Kings, or Child's BEST GUIDE TO

THE GALLows. A pack of cards. He studies the history

of the four kings assiduously; he plays much at cards. Hoaxing. Bantering, ridiculing. Hoaxing a quiz ; joking

an odd fellow. University wit. Hob, or HOBBINOL, a clown. How Or Nos. Will you bob or nob with me? a question

formerly in fashion at polite tables, signifying a request or challenge to drink a glass of winewith the proposer : if the party challenged answered Nob, they were to chuse whether white or red. This foolish custom is said to have originated in the days of good queen Bess, thus : when great chimnies were in fashion, there was at each corner of the hearth, or grate, a small elevated projection, called the hob; and behind it a seat. In winter time the beer was placed on the hob to warm : and the cold beer was set op a small table, said to have been called the nob; so that the question, Will you bave hob or nob? seems only to have meant, Will you have warm or cold beer? i. e.

beer from the bob, or beer from the nob.. HOBBERDEHOY. Half a man and half a boy; a lad between both.

HOBBLED.

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