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RIPPONS. Spurs : Rippon is famous for a manufactory of

spurs both for men and fighting cocks. ROARATORIOS AND UPROARS. Oratorios and operas. ROARING Boy. A noisy, riotous fellow. ROARER. A broken-winded horse. ROARING TRADE. A quick trade. To Roast. To arrest. I'll roast the dab; I'll arrest the

rascal.--Also to jeer, ridicule, or banter. He stood the roast; he was the butt.—Roast meat clothes ; Sunday or holiday-clothes. To cry roast meat; to boast of one's si

tuation. To rule the roast; to be master or paramount. Roast AND BOILED. A nick name for the Life Guards,

who are mostly substantial house-keepers, and eat daily

of roast and boiled. ROBERT'S Men. The third old rank of the canting crew,

mighty thieves, like Robin Hood. Roby DOUGLASS, with one eye and a stinking breath. The

breech. ROCHESTER PORTION. Two torn smocks, and what na

ture gave.

ROCKED. He was rocked in a stone kitchen; a saying

meant to convey the idea that the person spoken of is a fool, his brains having been disordered by the jumbling of

his cradle. ROGER.

A portmanteau; also a man's yard. Cant. Roger, or TIBOF THE BUTTERY. A goose. Cant. Jolly

Roger; a flag hoisted by pirates. To Roger. To bull, or lie with a woman; from the name

of Roger being frequently given to a ball. ROGUES. The fourth order of canters. A rogue in grain ;

a great rogue, also a corn chandler. A rogue in spirit; a

distiller or brandy merchant. ROGUM POGUM, or DRAGRUM POGRAM. Goat's beard,

eaten for asparagus; so called by the ladies who gather

cresses, &c. who also deal in this plant. ROM BOYLES.

Watch and ward. Romboyled; sought after with a warrant. ROME MORT. A queen. ROMEVILLE. London. Cant. Romp. A forward wanton girl, a tomrig. Grey, in his

notes to Shakespeare, derives it from arompo, an animal found in South Guinea, that is a man eater. See Hor


Rook. A cheat: probably from the thievish disposition of

the birds of that name. Also the cant name for a crow used in house-breaking. To rook; to cheat, particularly at play.


Roon. She lets out her fore room and lies backwards :

saying of a woman suspected of prostitution,
Roost LAY. Stealing poultry.
Ropes. Upon the high ropes; elated, in high spirits,

cock-a-hoop. Rose. Under the rose : privately or secretly. The rose

was, it is said, sacred to Harpocrates, the God of silence, and therefore frequently placed in the ceilings of rooms destined for the receiving of guests ; implying, that what- ever was transacted there, should not be made public. Rosy GILLs. One with a sanguine or fresh-coloured coun:

tenance. ROTAN. A coach, cart, or other wheeled carriage. Ror Gut. Small beer; called beer-a-bumble---will burst

one's guts before it will make one tumble, ROVERS. Pirates, vagabonds. Rough. To lie rough; to lie all night in one's clothes :

called also roughing it. Likewise to sleep on the bare deck of a ship, when the person is commonly advised to

chuse the softest plank. Rough Music. Saucepans, frying-pans, poker and tongs,

marrow-bones and cleavers, bulls horns, &c. beaten upon

and sounded in ludicrous processions. ROULEAU. A number of guineas, from twenty to fifty or

more, wrapped up in paper, for the more ready circulation at gaming-tables : sometimes they are inclosed in ivo

ry boxes, made to hold exactly 20, 50, or 100 guineas. ROUND DEALING: Plain, honest dealing. Round HEADS. A term of reproach to the puritans and

pártizáns of Oliver Cromwell, and the Rump Parliament, who it is said made use of a bowl as a guide to trim their

hair. Round Robix. A mode of signing remonstrances prac

tised by sailors on board the king's ships, wherein their names are written in a circle, so that it cannot be disco, vered who first signed it, or was, in other words, the

ringleader, ROUND SUM. A considerable sum, RouxD A BOUT. An instrument used in housebreaking,

This instrument has not been long in use, It will cut a round piece about five inches in diameter out of a shutter

or door. ROUND MOUTH. The fundament. Brother round mouth

speaks: he has let a fart. Rout. A modern card meeting at a private house ; also an

order from the Secretary at War, directing the march and quartering of soldiers,


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Row. A disturbance ; a term used by the students at Cam.

bridge. Row. To row in the same boat; to be embarked in the

same scheme. ROWLAND, To give a Rowland for an Oliver ; to give an

equivalent. Rowland and Oliver were two knights famous in romance : the wonderful achievements of the

one could only be equalled by those of the other. Royal SCAMPS, Highwaymen who never rob any but

rich persons, and that without ill treating them. See

SCAMP, Royal Stag Society. Was held every Monday evening,

at seven o'clock, at the Three tuns, near the Hospital

Gate, Newgate-street. Royster. A rude boisterous fellow; also a hound that

opens on a false scent. To Rub. To run away. Don't rub us to the whit ; don't

send us to Newgate. Cant.---To rub up; to refresh: to rub up one's memory. A rub : an impediment. A rubber; the best two out of three. To win a rubber; to

win two games out of three. RUBY FACED. Red-faced. RUFF. An ornament formerly worn by men and women

round their necks. Wooden ruff; the pillory. RUFFIAN. The devil. Cant.---May the rulhan nab the

cuffin queer, and let the harmanbeck trine with his kinchins about his colquarren ; may the Devil take the justice, and let the constable be hanged with his children about his neck. The ruffian cly thee; the Devil take thee. Ruffian cook russian, who scalded the Devil in his feathers; a saying of a bad cook. Ruffian sometimes also means

a justice, RUFFLES. Handcuffs. Cant. RUFFLERS. The first rank of canters; also notorious rogues

pretending to be maimed soldiers or sailors. RUFFMANS. The woods, hedges, or bushes. Cant. Rug. It is all rug ; it is all right and safe, the game is sea

Cunt, Rug. A sleep. The whole gill is safe at rug; the peoRU M Rum Booze. Wine, or any other good liquor. Rum booz

ple of the house are fast asleep. Rum. Fine, good, valuable, RUM BECK. A justice of the peace. Cant. Rum Bite. A clever cheat, a clean trick. Rum BLEATING CHEAT. A fat wether sheep. Cant. RUM BLOWEN. A handsome wench. Cant. RUM BLUFFER. A jolly host. Cant. Run-Bob. A young apprentice ; also a sharp trick. Rom


ing welts; bunches of grapes. Cant. RUM BUBBER. A dexterous fellow at stealing silver tan

kards from inns and taverns. Rum BUGHER. A valuable dog. Cant. RUM BUNG. A full purse. Cant. RUM Chub. Among butchers, a customer easily imposed

on, as to the quality and price of meat. Cant. RUM CHANT. A song. RUM Clout. A fine silk, cambric, or holland handkerchief.

Cant. Rum Cod. A good purse of gold. Cant. RUM COLE. New money, or medals. Rum COVE. A dexterous or clever rogue. Rum Cull. A rich fool, easily cheated, particularly by

his mistress. RUM DEGEN. A handsome sword. Cant.

. RUM DELL. See Rum Doxy. Rum Diver. A dextrous pickpocket. Cant. Rum Doxy. A fine wench. Cant. RUM DRAWERS.Silk, or other fine stockings. Cant. Rum Dropper. A vintner. Cant. Rum DUBBER. An expert picklock. Rum DUKE. A jolly handsome fellow ; also an odd eccen

tric fellow ; likewise the boldest and stoutest fellows lately among the Alsatians, Minters, Savoyards, and other inhabitants of privileged districts sent to remove and guard the goods of such bankrupts as intended to take sanctuary

in those places. Cant. Rum Fue. See RUM Diver. Rum Fun, A. sharp trick. Cant. Rúm GAGGERS. Cheats who tell wonderful stories of

their sufferings at sea, or when taken by the Algerines,

Cant. Rum GHELT. See RUM COLE. Cant. Rum GLYMMER. King or chief of the link-boys. Cant. Rum Kicks. Breeches of gold or silver brocade, or richly

laced with gold or silver. Cant.
RUM MAWND. One that counterfeits a fool. Cant.
Rum Mort. A queen, or great lady. Cant.
RUM NAB. A good hat.
Rum Nantz. Good French brandy. Cant.
Rum Nen. A very rich silly fellow. Cant.
RUM PAD. The highway. Cant.
Rum PADDERS. Highwaymen well mounted and armed.

RUM PEEPERS, Fine looking-glasses. Cant.


RUM PRANCER. A fine horse. Cant.
RUM QUIDs. A great booty. Cant.
Rum Ruff Peck. Westphalia ham. Cant.
Rum SNITCH. A smart fillip on the nose.
RUM SQUEEZE. Much wine, or good liquor, given among

fiddlers. Cant.
RUM TOPPING. A rich commode, or woman's head-dress,
RUM WIPER. See Rum Clout.
RUMBO. Rum, water, and sugar ; also a prison.
RUMBOYLE. A ward or watch.
RUMBUMTIOUS. Obstreperous.
RUMFORD. To ride to Rumford to have one's backside new

bottomed : i. E. to bave a pair of new leather breeches. Rumford was formerly a famous place for leather breeches. A like saying is current in Norfolk and Suffolk, of Bungay, and for the same reason.-Rumford lion; a calf.

See Essex LION. RUMP. To rump any one ; to turn the back to him : an

evolution sometimes used at court. Rump and a dozen; a rump of beef and a dozen of claret; an Irish wager, called also buttock and trimmings. Rump and kidney men; fiddlers that play at feasts, fairs, weddings, &c.

and live chiefly on the remnants. RUMPUS. A riot, quarrel, or confusion. Run Goods. A maidenhead, being a commodity never en

tered. RUNNING HORSE, or Nag. A clap, or gleet. RUNNING SMOBBLE. Snatching goods off a counter, and

throwing them to an accomplice, who brushes off with

them. RUNNING STATIONERS. Hawker of newspapers,, trials, and

dying speeches. RUNT. À short squat man or woman : from the small cat

tle called Welsh runts. RUSHERS. Thieves who knock at the doors of great houses

in London, in summer time, when the families are gone out of town, and on the door being opened by a woman, rush in and rob the house; also housebreakers who en

ter lone houses by force. RUSSIAN COFFEE-HOUSE. The Brown Bear in Bow-street,

Covent Garden, a house of call for thief-takers and run.

ners of the Bow street justices. Rusty. Out of use. To nab the rust; to be refracto

ry ;

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