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script psalter: this saving them from the gallows, was termed their neck verse: it was the first verse of the fifty

first psalm, Miserere mei, &c. NECK WEED. Hemp. NEEDLE POINT. A sharper. NEGLIGEE. A woman's undressed gown, vulgarly termed a

neggledigee. NEGROE. A black-a-moor: figuratively used for a slave.

I'll be no man's negro; I will be no man's slave. Negroe's HEADS. Brown loaves delivered to the ships in

ordinary. NESCIO. He sports a Nescio; he pretends not to understand

any thing. After the senate house examination for degrees, the students proceed to the schools, to be questioned by the proctor. According to custom immemorial the answers must be Nescio.

The following is a translate specimen : Ques. What is your name ? - Ans. I do not know. Ques. What is the name of this university ? - Ans. I do not

know. Ques. Who was your father? - Ans. I do not know.

This last is probably the only true answer of the three! NETTLED. Teized, provoked, out of temper. He or she has

pissed on a nettle; said of one who is peevish or out of

temper. NEW COLLEGE STUDENTS. Golden scholars, silver bache

lors, and leaden masters. New Dror. The scaffold used at Newgate for hanging

crinuínals; which dropping down, leaves them s'ispended. By this improvement, the use of that vulgar vehicle, a cart,

is entirely left off. New Light. One of the new light; a methodist. NEWGATE Bird. A thief or sharper, frequently caged in

Newgate. NEWGATE SOLICITOR. A petty fogging and roguis, attor

ney, who attends the gaols to assist villains in evading jus

tice. NEWMAN'S LIFT. The gallows. NEWMAN'S TEA GARDENS. Newgate. NEWMAN's Hotel, Newgate. To Nick. To win at dice, to hit the mark just in the nick

of time, or at the critical moment. Nick, Old nick; the Devil. NICK NAME. A name given in ridicule or contempt: from

the French nom de nique. Nique is a movement of the head

to mark a contempt for any person or thing. NICK NINNY. A simpleton,

NickIN,

NICKIN, NIKEY or Nizzy. A soft simple fellow; also a

diminutive of Isaac. NICKNACKS. Toys, baubles, or curiositics. NICKNACKATORY. A toysliop. NICKUM POOP, or NINCUM POOP. A foolish fellow; also

one who never saw his wife's **** NIFFY NAFFY FELLOW. A trifler Nig. The clippings of money. Nigging; clipping. Nig

ler, a clipper. Cant. NIGGLING, Cutting awkwardly, trifling; also accompa

nying with a woman. NIGHT MAGISTRATE. A constable. NigITINGALE. A soldier who, as the term is, sings out

at the halberts. It is a point of honour in some regiments, among the grenadiers, never to cry out, or become nightingales, whilst under the discipline of the cat of nine tails;

to avoid which, they chew a bullet. NIGHTMAN. One whose business it is to empty necessary

houses in London, which is always done in the night; the

operation is called a wedding. See WEDDING, NIGMENOG. A very silly fellow. To Nim. To steal or pilfer: from the German nemen, to

take. Nim a togeman; steal a cloak. NINGIMMER. A physician or surgeon, particularly those

who cure the venereal disease. NINE LIVES. Cats are said to have nine lives, and women

ten cats lives. NINNY, or NINNYHAMMER. A simpleton. NIP. A cheat. Bung nipper; a cutpurse. Nip CHEESE. A nick name for the purser of a ship: from

those gentlemen being supposed sometimes to nip, or diminish, the allowance of the seamen, in that and every other article. It is also applied to stingy persons in gene

ral.
NIPPERKIN. A small measure.
Nippe. The sheers used in clipping money.
NiT SQUEEGER, i, e. SQUEEZER.? A hair-dresser.
Nix. Nothing.
NO CATCHY NO HAVY. If I am not caught, I cannot be hurt.

Negro saying:
Non. A king. A man of rank.
No. The head.
Now THATCHER. A peruke-maker.
Nock. The breech; from nock, a notch.
Nocky Boy. A dull simple fellow.
Nop. He is gone to the land of nod; he is asleep.
NODDLE. The head,

Noodt.

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Noddy. A simpleton or fool. Also a kind of low cart,

with a seat before it for the driver, used in and about Dub-
lin, in the manner of a hackney coach: the fare is just half
that of a coach, for the same distance; so that for sixpence
one may have a set down, as it is called, of a mile and half,
and frequently a tumble down into the bargain: it is cal-
led a noddy from the nutation of its head. Knave noddy;

the old-fashioned name for the knave of trumps. Noisy Dog RACKET. Stealing brass knockers from doors. Nokes. A ninny, or fool. John-a-Nokes and Tom-a-Stiles;

two honest peaceable gentlemen, repeatedly set together
by the ears by lawyers of different denominations: two
fictitious names formerly used in law proceedings, but now
very seldom, having for several years past been supplant-
ed by two other honest peaceable gentlemen, namely,

John Doe and Richard Roe.
Noll. Old Noll ; Oliver Cromwell.
Non-con. A nonconformist, presbyterian, or any other

dissenter.
None-Such. One that is unequalled : frequently applied

ironically,
NONSENSE. Melting butter in a wig.
Noozed. Married, hanged.
NOPE. A blow : as, I took him a nope on the costard.
NORFOLK CAPON. A red herring.
NORFOLK DUMPLING. A nick name, or term of jocular

reproach to a Norfolk man ; dumplings being a favourite

food in that county. NORTH ALLERTONS. Spurs; that place, like Rippon, be

ing famous for making them. NORTHUMBERLAND. Lord Northumberland's arms; a black

eye : so called in the last century. Norway NECKCLOTH. The pillory, usually made of Nor

way fir.

Nose. As plain as the nose on your face ; evidently to be

seen. He is led by the nose ; he is governed. To follow one's nose; to go strait forward. To put one's nose out of joint; to rival one in the favour of any person. To make a bridge of any one's nose ; to pass by him in clrinking. To nose a stink ; to smell it. He cut off his nose to be revenged of his face ; said of one who, to be revenged on his neighbour, has materially injured himself, Nose. A man who informs or turns king's evidence. To Nose. To give evidence. To inform. His pall nosed and

he was twisted for a crack ; his confederate turned king's

evidence, and he was hanged for burglary, To Nose. To bully,

NOSE

Nose BAG. A bag fastened to the horse's head, in which

the soldiers of the cavalry put the oats given to their horses : whence the saying, I see the nose bag in his

face; i. e. he has been a private man, or rode private. Nos E GENT. A nun. Nostrum. A medicine prepared by particular persons

only, a quack medicine. Norch. The private parts of a woman. NOTE. He changed his note; he told another sort of a story. Nous-Box. The head. Nozzle. The nose of a man or woman. NUB. The neck ; also coition. NUBBING. Hanging. Nubbing cheat: the gallows. Nub

bing cove; the hangman. Nubbing ken; the sessions

house. Nug. An endearing word : as, My dear nug; my dear love. NUGGING Dress. An out-of-the-way old-fashioned dress,

or rather a loose kind of dress, denoting a courtesan. NUGGING HOUSE. A brothel. TO NULL. To beat : as, He nulled him heartily. NUMBERS. To consult the book of numbers : a term used

in the House of Commons, when, instead of answering or confuting a pressing argument, the minister calls for a

division, i. e. puts the matter to the vote. NUMBSCULL. A stupid fellow. NumMs. A sham collar, to be worn over a dirty shirt. NUNNERY. A bawdy house. TO NURSE. To cheat: as, they nursed him out of it. An

estate in the hands of trustees, for the payment of debts,

is said to be at nurse. Nurs. It was nuts for them; i. e. it was very agreeable to

them. Nuts. Fond; pleased. She's nuts upon her cull ; she's

pleased with her cully. The cove's nutting the blowen;

the man is trying to please the girl. NuTCRACKERS. The pillory : as, The cull peeped through

the nutcrackers. NUTMEGS. Testicles. Nyp, or Nip. A half pint, a nip of ale: whence the nipper

kin, a small vessel. Nyp Shop. The Peacock in Gray's Inn Lane, where Bur

ton ale is sold in nyps. NYPPER. A cut-purse : so called by one Wotton, who in

the year 1585 kept an academy for the education and perfection of pickpockets and cut-purses : bis school was near Billingsgate, London. As in the dress of ancient NOS Noddy. A simpleton or fool. Also a kind of low cart,

with a seat before it for the driver, used in and about Dublin, in the manner of a hackney coach: the fare is just half that of a coach, for the same distance; so that for sixpence one may have a set down, as it is called, of a mile and half, and frequently a tumble down into the bargain: it is called a noddy from the nutation of its head. Knave noddy;

the old-fashioned name for the knave of trumps. Noisy Dog RACKET. Stealing brass knockers from doors, NOKES. A ninny, or fool. John-a-Nokes and Tom-a-Stiles;

two honest peaceable gentlemen, repeatedly set together by the ears by lawyers of different denominations: two fictitious names formerly used in law proceedings, but now very seldom, having for several years past been supplanted by two other honest peaceable gentlemen, namely,

John Doe and Richard Roe. Noll. Old Noll ; Oliver Cromwell. NON-Con. A nonconformist, presbyterian, or any other

dissenter, NONE-Such. One that is unequalled : frequently applied

ironically. NONSENSE. Melting butter in a wig. NOOZED. Married, hanged. Nope. A blow : as, I took him a nope on the costard. NORFOLK CAPON. A red herring. NORFOLK DUMPLING. A nick name, or term of jocular

reproach to a Norfolk man ; dumplings being a favourite

food in that county. NORTH ALLERTONS. Spurs; that place, like Rippon, be

ing famous for making them. NORTHUMBERLAND. Lord Northumberland's arms; a black

eye : so called in the last century. Norway NECKCLOTU. The pillory, usually made of Nor

way fir.

Nose. As plain as the nose on your face ; evidently to be

He is led by the nose ; he is governed. To follow one's nose; to go strait forward. To put one's nose out of joint; to rival one in the favour of any person. To make a bridge of any one's nose; to pass by him in «lrinking. To nose a stink ; to smell it. He cut off his nose to be revenged of his face ; said of one who, to be revenged

seen.

on his neighbour, has materially injured himself, Nose. A man who informs or turns king's evidence. To Noss. To give evidence. To inform. His pall nosed and

he was twisted for a crack; his confederate turned king's

evidence, and he was hanged for burglary. To Nose. To bully.

NOSE

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