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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 situation. 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. ROGER, OF TIE OF THE BUTTERY. A goose. Roger; a flag hoisted by pirates.

Cant. Jolly

TO ROGER. To bull, or lie with a woman; from the name of Roger being frequently given to a bull. 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.


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 Hox


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.


Room. 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 whatever 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.

ROT 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 ivory 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 partizans of Oliver Cromwell, and the Rump Parliament, who it is said made use of a bowl as a guide to trim their hair. ROUND ROBIN. A mode of signing remonstrances practised by sailors on board the king's ships, wherein their names are written in a circle, so that it cannot be discovered who first signed it, or was, in other words, the ringleader.

ROUND SUM. A considerable sum.

ROUND ABOUT. 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.


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


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 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.

rub up

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 ruffian 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 ruffian, who scalded the Devil in his feathers; a saying of a bad cook. Ruffian sometimes also means a justice.

RUFFLES. Handcuffs.


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 secure. Cant.

RUG. Asleep. The whole gill is safe at rug; the people 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.

RUM BLUFFER. A jolly host. Cant.


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RUM-BOB. A young apprentice; also a sharp trick. Rơm

RUM BOOZE. Wine, or any other good liquor. Rum boozing welts; bunches of grapes. Cant.

RUM BUBBER. A dexterous fellow at stealing silver tankards from inns and taverns.

RUM BUGHER. A valuable dog.


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 DIVER. A dextrous pickpocket.

RUM DOXY. A fine wench.



RUM DRAWERS. Silk, or other fine stockings. Cant.
RUM DROPPER. A vintner.


RUM DUBBER. An expert picklock.

RUM DUKE. A jolly handsome fellow; also an odd eccentric 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 FUN. A sharp trick. Cant.

RUM GAGGERS. Cheats who tell wonderful stories of their sufferings at sea, or when taken by the Algerines, 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.

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RUM PEEPERS. Fine looking-glasses. Cant.


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RUM QUIDS. A great booty. Cant.

RUM RUFF PECK. Westphalia ham.

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 VILLE. See ROMEVILLE.


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 have 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 entered.

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. A short squat man or woman: from the small cattle 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 enter 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


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