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But we claim not merely the praise of gratifying curiosity, or affording assistance to the ambitious; we are very sure that the moral influence of the Lexicon Balatronicum will be more certain and extensive than that of any methodist sermon that has ever been delivered within the bills of mortality. We need not descant on the dangerous impressions that are made on the female mind, by the remarks that fall incidentally from the lips of the brothers or servants of a family; and we have before observed, that improper topics can with our assistance be discussed, even before the ladies, without raising a blush on the cheek of modesty. It is impossible that a female should understand the meaning of twiddle diddles, or rise from table at the mention of Buckinger's boot. Besides, Pope assures us, that “vice to be hated needs out to be seen ;" in this volume it cannot be denied, that she is seen very plainly; and a love of virtue is, therefore, the necessary result of perus,

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The propriety of introducing the University slang will be readily admitted ; it is not less curious than that of the College in the Old Bailey, and is less generally understood. When the number and accuracy of our additions are compared with the price of the volume, we have no doubt that its editors will meet with the encouragement that is due to learning, modesty, and virtue.

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ABBESS, or LADY Abbess, A bawd, the mistress of a

brothel. ABEL-WACKETS. Blows given on the palm of the hand

with a twisted handkerchief, instead of a ferula ; a jocular punishment among seamen, who sometimes play at cards for wackets, the loser suffering as many strokes as he has

lost games. ABIGAIL. A lady's waiting-maid. ABRAM. Naked. Cant. ABRAM COVE. A cant word among thieves, signifying a

naked or poor man; also a lusty, strong rogue. ABRAM MEN. Pretended mad men. TO SHAM ABRAM. To pretend sickness. ACADEMY, or PUSHING SCHOOL. A brothel. The Floating

Academy; the lighters on board of which those persons are confined, who by a late regulation are condemned to hard labour, instead of transportation.-Campbell's Academy ; the same, from a gentleman of that name, who had

the contract for victualling the hulks or lighters. ACE OF SPADES. , A widow. ACCOUNTS. To cast up one's accounts; to vomit. ACORN. You will ride a horse foaled by an acorn, i. e. the

gallows, called also the Wooden and Three-legged Mare,

You will be hanged.-See THREE-LEGGED MARE. ACT OF PARLIAMENT. A military term for small beer, five

pints of which, by an act of parliament, a landlord was for

merly obliged to give to each soldier gratis. ACTEON. A cuckold, from the horns planted on the head of Acteon by Diana. B

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ACTIVE CITIZEN. A louse.
ADAM'S ALE, Water.
ADAM TILER. A pickpocket's associate, who receives the

stolen goods, and runs off with them. Cant.
ADDLE PATE. An inconsiderate foolish fellow.
ADDLE Plot. A spoil-sport, a mar-all.
ADMIRAL OF THE BLUE, who carries his flag on the main-

mast. A landlord or publican wearing a blue apren, as
was formerly the custom among gentlemen of that voca-

tion.
ADMIRAL OF THE NARROW Seas. One who from drunken-

ness vomits into the lap of the person sitting opposite to

him. Sea phrase.
ADRIFT. Loose, turned adrift, discharged. Sea phrase.
ÆGROTAT, (Cambridge), A certificate from the apothe-

cary that you are indisposed, (i. e.) to go to chapel. He
sports anÆgrotat, he is sick, and unable to attend Chapel,
or Hall. It does not follow, however, but that he can Strum

a piecé, or sport a pair of oars.
AFFIDAVIT Men. Knights of the post, or false witnesses,

said to attend Westminster Hall, and other courts of jus

tice, ready to swear any thing for hire.
AFTER-CLAP.. A demand after the first given in has been

discharged ; a charge for pretended omissions; in short,
any thing disagreeable happening after all consequences of

the cause have been thought at an end.
AGAINST THE GRAIN. Unwilling. It went much against

the grain with him, i. e. it was much against his inclina

tion, or against his pluck.
AGOG, ALL-A-GOG. Anxious, eager, impatient: from the

Italian agogare, to desire eagerly.
AGROUND. Stuck fast, stopped, at a loss, ruined ; like a

boat or vessel aground.
AIR AND EXERCISE. He has had air and exercise, i. e. he

has been whipped at the cart's tail; or, as it is generally,

though more vulgarly, expressed, at the cart's a-se. ALDERMAN. A roasted turkey garnished with sausages;

the latter are supposed to represent the gold chain worn

by those magistrates.
ALDGATE. A draught on the pump at Aldgate ; a bad bill

of exchange, drawn on persons who have no effects of the

drawer.
Ale Draper. An alehouse keeper.
ALE Post. A may-pole.
ALL-A-MORT. Struck dumb, confounded. What, sweet

one, all-a-mort? Shakespeare.
ALL HOLIDAY. It is all holiday at Peckham, or it is all ho-

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liday with him; a saying signifying that it is all over

with the business or person spoken of or alluded to. ALL HOLLow. He was beat all hollow, i.e. he had no

chance of conquering : it was all hollow, or a hollow thing,

it was a decided thing from the beginning. See HOLLOW. ALL Nations. A composition of all the different spirits

sold in a dram-shop, collected in a vessel into which

the drainingsof the bottles and quartern pots are emptied. ALLS. The five alls is a country sign, representing five hu

man figures, each having a motto under him. The first is a king in his regalia; his motto, I govern all: the second, a bishop in pontificals; motto, I pray for all: third, a lawyer in his gown ; motto, I plead for all: fourth: a soldier in his regimentals, fully accoutred; motto, I fight for all : fifth, a poor countryman with his scythe

and rake; motto, I pay for all. ALTAMEL. A verbal or lump account, without particu.

lars, such as is commonly produced at bawdy-houses,

spunging-houses, &c. Vide DUTCH RECKONING. ALTITUDES. The man is in his altitudes, i. e. he is drunk. AMBASSADOR. A trick to duck some ignorant fellow or landsman,

frequently played on board ships in the warm latitudes. It is thus managed : A large tub is filled with water, and two stools placed on each side of it. Over the whole is thrown a tarpaulin, or old sail : this is kept tight by two persons, who are to represent the king and queen of a foreign country, and are seated on the stools. The person intended to be ducked plays the Ambassador, and after repeating a ridiculous speech dictated to him, is led in great form up to the throne, and seated. between the king and queen, who rising suddenly as soon

as he is seated, he falls backwards into the tub of water. AMBASSADOR OF Morocco. · A Shoemaker. (See Mrs.

Clarke's Examination.) AMBIDEXTER. A lawyer who takes fees from both plaintiffand defendant, or that goes snacks with both parties

in gaming AMEN CURLER. A parish clerk. AMEN. He said Yes and Amen to every thing; he agreed to

every thing.
AMINADAB. A jeering name for a Quaker.
A MÉS Ace. Within ames ace; nearly, very near.
TOAMUSE. To fling dust or snuff in the eyes

the eyes of the person intended to be robbed; also to invent some plausible tale, to delude shop-keepers and others, thereby to put them

off their guard. Cant. AMUSEES. Rogues who carried snuff or dust in their poca

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