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SEVEN-SIDED ANIMAL. A one-eyed inan or woman, each

having a right side and a left side, a fore side and a back

side, an outside, an inside, and a blind side. SHABBAROOX. Au ill-dressed shabby fellow; also a mean

spirited person. SHAFTSBURY. A gallon pot full of wine, with a cock. To Shag. To copulate. He is but bad shag; he is no able

woman's man. , SHAG-BAG,or SHAKE-BAG. A poor sneaking fellow; a man

of ro spirit: a term borrowed from the cock-pit. SHAKE. To shake one's elbow; to game with dice. To

shake a cloth in the wind ; to be hanged in chains. SHAKE. To draw any thing from the pocket. He shook

the swell of his fogle; he robbed the gentleman of his silk

handkerchief. SHALLOW PATE. A simple fellow. SHALLOW. A Whip hat, so called from the want of depth

in the crown. LILLY SHALiow, a white Whip hat. Suam. A cheat, or trick. To cut a sham ; to cheat or de

ceive. Shams; false sleeves to put on over a dirty shirt, or false sleeves with ruffles to put over a plain one. To sham

Abram ; to counterfeit sickness. To SHAMBLE. To walk awkwardly. Shamble-legged:

one that walks wide, and shuffles about his feet. SHANKER. A venereal wart. SHANKS. Legs, or gams. Shanks Naggy. To ride shanks naggy : to travel on foot.

Scotch. SHANNON. A river in Ireland : persons dipped in thatriver

are perfectly and for ever cured of bashfuluess. Shapes. To shew one's shapes; to be stript, or made peel,

at the whipping-post. SHAPPO, or SHAP. A hat : corruption of chapeau. Cant. SHARK. A sharper : perhaps from his preying upon any

one he can lay hold of. Also a custom-house officer, or tide-waiter. Sharks; the first order of pickpockets. Bow

street' term, A. 1). 1785. SHARP. Subtle, acute, quick-witted; also a sharper or

cheat, in opposition to a flat, dupe, or gull. Sharp's the word and quick's the motion with him ; said of any one very attentive to his own interest, and apt to take all ad

vantages. Sharp set; hungry. SHARPER. A cheat, one that lives by his wits. Sharpers

tools; a fool and false dice. SHAVER. A cunning shaver ; a subtle fellow, one who

trims close, an acute cheat. A young shaver ; a boy. Sea term.



SHAVINGS. T'he clippings of money.
She House. A house where the wife rules, or, as the term

is, wears the breeches.
She Lion. A shilling.
SHE NAPPER. A woman thief-catcher ; also a bawd or pimp.
SHEEP's Head. Like a sheep's head, all jaw; saying of a

talkativé man or woman.
SHEEPISH. Bashful. A sheepish fellow ; a bashful or
shamefaced fellow. To cast a sheep's eye at any thing ;

to look wishfully at it.
SHELF. On the shelf, i. e. pawned.
SHERIFF'S BALL. An execution. To dance at the sheriff's

ball, and loll out one's tongue at the company; to be

hanged, or go to rest in a horse's night-cap, i. e. a halter.
Sheriff's PICTURE FRAME. Thegallows.
To SHERK, To evude or disappoint: to sherk one's duty.
To SHERRY. To run away: sherry off.
SHIFTING. Shuffling. Tricking. Shifting cove; i.e. a per-
: son who lives by tricking.
SHIFTING BALLAST. A term used by sailors, to signify sol-

diers, passengers, or any landsmen on board. SHILLALEY. An oaken sapling, or cudgel: from a wood

of that name famous for its oaks. Irish.
SHILLY-SHALLY. Irresolute. To stand shilly-shally; to

hesitate, or stand in doubt.
SHINDY. A dance. Sea phrase.
SHINE. It shines like a shitten barn door.
Ship SHAPE. Proper, as it ought to be. Sea phrase,
SH-T SACK. A dastardly fellow : also a non-conformist.

This appellation is said to have originated from the fol-
lowing story :---After the restoration, the laws against
the non-conformists were extremely severe. They some-
times met in very obscure places : and there is a tradition
that one of their congregations were assembled in a barn,
the rendezvous of beggars and other vagrants, where the
preacher, for want of a ladder or tub, was suspended in
a sack fixed to the beam. His discourse that day being
on the last judgment, he particularly attempted to describe
the terrors of the wicked at the sounding of the trumpet,
on which a trumpeter to a puppet-show, who had taken
refuge in that barn, and lay hid under the straw, sounded
a charge. The congregation, struck with the utmost

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consternation, fled in an instant from the place, leaving their affrighted teacher to shift for himself. The effects of his terror are said to have appeared at the bottom of the sack, and to have occasioned that opprobrious appellation by which the non-conformists were vulgarly distin

guished. SH-T-NG THROUGH THE TEETH. Vomiting. Hark ye,

friend, have you got a padlock on your a-se, that you sh-te

through your teeth ? vulgar address to one vomiting. SHOD ALL ROUND. A parson who attends a funeral is said

to be shod all round, when he receives a hat-band, gloves,

and scarf: inany shoeings being only partial. SHOEMAKER'S STOCKS. New, or strait shoes. I was in

the shoemaker's stocks; i. e. had on a new pair of shoes

that were too small for me. To SHOOLE. To go skulking about. To Shoot THE CAT. To vomit from excess of liquor;

called also catting. SHOP. A prison. Shopped; confined, imprisoned. SHOPLIFTER. One that steals whilst pretending to pur

chase goods in a shop. SHORT-HEELED WENCH. A girl apt to fall on her back. Shot. To pay one's shot; to pay one's share of a reckon

ing. Shot betwixt wind and water; poxed or clapped. Shorten HERRING. A thin meagre fellow. To SHOVE THE TUMBLER. To be whipped at the cart's

tail. SHOVE IN THE Mouth. A dram. Shovel. To be put to bed with a shovel; to be buried.

He or she was fed with a fire-shovel; a saying of a person

with a large mouth. SHOULDER FEAST. A dinner given after a funeral, to

those who have carried the corpse. SHOULDER CLAPPER. A bailift, or member of the catch

club. Shoulder-clapped ; arrested. SHOULDER SHAM. A partner to a file. See FILE. SHRED. A taylor. SHRIMP. A little diminutive person. To SHUFFLE. To make use of false pretences, or unfair

shifts. A shuffling fellow; a slippery shifting fellow. SAY Cock. One who keeps within doors for fear of bailiffs. SICE. Sixpence. SICK AS A HORSE. Horses are said to be extremely sick

at their stomachs, from being unable to relieve themselves by vomiting. Bracken, indeed, in his Farriery, gives an instance of that evacuation being procured, but by a N 2


mcans which he says would make the Devil vomit. Such as may have occasion to administer an emetic either to the animal or the fiend, may consult his book for the re

cipe. Side Pocket. He has as much need of a wife as a dog of

a side pocket; said of a weak old debilitated man. He
wants it as much as a dog does a side pocket; a simile

used for one who desires any thing by no means necessary.
SIGN OF A HOUSE TO LET. A widow's weeds.
Ten SHILLINGS. The two crowns.

FIFTEEN SHILLINGS. The three crowns.
SILENCE. To silence a man; to knock him down, or stun

him. Silence in the court, the cat is piss ng; a gird upon

any one requiring silence unnecessarily. SILENT FLUTE. See Pego, SUGAR STICK, &c.; SILK SNATCHERS. Thieves who snatch hoods or bonnets

from persons walking in the streets. Silver LACED. Replete with lice. The cove's kickseys

are silver laced : the fellow's breeches are covered with

lice. SIMEONUTES, (at Cambridge,) the followers of the Rev. Charles Simeon, fellow of King's College, author of Skeletons of Sermons, and preacher at Trinity church; they

are in fact rank methodists. SIMKIN. A foolish fellow. SIMON. Sixpence. Simple Simon : a natural, a silly fel

low ; Simon Suck-egg, sold his wife for an addle duck

egg. To SIMPER. To smile: to simper like a firmity kettle. SIMPLETON. Abbreviation of simple Tony or Anthony, a

foolish fellow. SIMPLES. Physical herbs; also follies. He must go to

Battersea, to be cut for the simples--Battersea is a place famous for its garden grounds, some of which were formerly appropriated to the growing of simples for apothecaries, who at a certain season used to go down to select their stock for the ensuing year, at which tine the gardeners were said to cut their simples; whence it became a popular joke to advise young people to go to Battersea, at that time, to have their simples cut, or to be cut for

the simples. Tosing. To call out; the coves sing out beef; they call

out stop thief. TO SING'SMALL.: To be humbled, confounded, or abashed, to have little or nothing to say for one's-self.


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SINGLE Peeper. A person having but one eye. SINGLETON. A very foolish fellow; also a particular kind

of nails. SINGLETON. A corkscrew, made by a famous cutler of

that name, who lived in a place called Hell, in Dublin ;

his screws are remarkable for their excellent temper. Sir John. The old title for a country parson: as Sir John

of Wrotham, mentioned by Shakespeare. Sir John BARLEYCORN. Strong beer. Sir Loin. The sur, or upper loin. Sir REVERENCE. Human excrement, a t-d. Sır TIMOTHY. One who, from a desire of being the head

of the company, pays the reckoning, or, as the term is,

stands squire. See SQUIRE. SITTING BREECHES One who stays late in company, is

said to have his sitting breeches on, or that he will sit

longer than a hen. SIX AND EIGHT-PENCE. An attorney, whose fee on seve

ral occasions is fixed at that sum. SIX AND TIPS. Whisky and small beer. Irish. SIXES AND SEVENS. Left at sixes and sevens : i.e. in con

fusion ; commonly said of a room where the furniture, &c. is scattered about; or of a business left unsettled. SIZE OF ALE. Half a pint. Size of bread and cheese; a

certain quantity. Sizings : Cambridge term for the col. lege allowance from the buttery, called at Oxford battles. To Size. (Cambridge) To sup at one's own expence. If a man asks

you he treats you'; if to size, you pay for what you eat liquors only being provided by the in

viter. SIZAR (Cambridge). Formerly students who came to the

University for purposes of study and emolument. But at present they are just as gay and dissipated as their fellow collegians. About fifty years ago they were on a footing with the servitors at Oxford, but by the exertions of the present Bishop of Llandaff, who was himself a sizar, they were absolved from all marks of inferiority or of degradation. The chief difference at present between them and the pensioners, consists in the less amount of their college fees. The saving thus made induces many extravagant fellows to become sizars, that they may have more money to lavish on their dogs,

pieces, &c. SKEW. A cup, or beggar's wooden dish. SKEW Vow, or ALL ASKEW. Crooked, inclining to one side. SKIN. In a bad skin; out of temper, in an ill humour. Thin-skinned : touchy, peevish.


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