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their bodies, called a sooterkin, of the size of a mouse,
which when mature slips out. Sop. A bribe. A sop for Cerberus ; a bribe for a porter,
turkey, or gaoler. Soph. (Cambridge) An undergraduate in his second year. SORREL. A yellowish red. Sorrel pate; one having red
hair. SORROW SHALL BE HIS Sops. He shall repent this. Sorrow
go by me ; a common expletive used by the presbyterians
in Ireland. SORRY. Vile, mean, worthless. A sorry fellow, or hussy ;
a worthless man or woman, SOT WEED. Tobacco. SOUL CASE. The body. He made a hole in his soul
case ; he wounded him. Soul DOCTOR, or DRIVER. A parson. SOUNDERS. A herd of swine. SOUSE. Not a souse; not a penny. French. Sow. A fat woman. He has got the wrong sow by the ear,
he mistakes his man. Drunk as David's sow; see DAVID's
Sow. Sow's BABY. A sucking pig. Sow CHILD. A female child. SPADO. A sword. Spanish. SPANGLE. A seven shilling piece. SPANK. (Whip) Torun neatly along, between a trot and
gallop. The tits spanked it to town; the horses went
merrily along all the way to town. SPANISH. The spanish; ready money. Spanish Corn. Fair words and compliments. SPANISH FAGGOT. The sun. SPANISH Gout. The pox. SPANISH PADLOCK. A kind of girdle contrived by jealous
husbands of that nation, to secure the chastity of their
wives. SPANISH, or KING OF SPAIN'S TRUMPETER.
An ass when braying. SPANISH WORM. A nail : so called by carpenters when they
meet with one in a board they are sawing. SPANKS, or SPANKERS. Money; also blows with the open
hand. SPANKING. Large.
A spruce, trim, or smart fellow. A man that is always thirsty, is said to have a spark in his throat. SPARKISH. Fine, gay. SPARKING Blows, Blows given by cocks before they close,
SPL or, as the term is, mouth it :-used figuratively for words
previous to a quarrel. SPARROW. Mumbling a sparrow ; a cruel sport frequently
practised at wakes and fairs : for a small premium, a booby having his hands tied behind him, has the wing of a cock sparrow put into his mouth: with this hold, without any other assistance than the motion of his lips, he is to get the sparrow's head into his mouth: on attempting to do it, the bird defends itself surprisingly, frequently pecking the mumbler till his lips are covered with blood, and he is obliged to desist: to prevent the bird from getting away, he
is fastened by a string to a button of the booby's coat. SPARROW-MOUTHED. Wide-mouthed, like the mouth of a
sparrow: it is said of such persons, that they do not hold their mouths by lease, but have it from year to year; iie. from ear to ear. One whose mouth cannot be enlarged without removing their ears, and who when they yawn
have their heads half off. Spatch Cock. [Abbreviation of dispatch cock.] A hen just
killed from the roost, or yard, and immediately skinned,
split, and broiled: an Irish dish upon any sudden occasion. TO SPEAK WITH. To rob. I spoke with the cull on the cherry-coloured prancer; I robbed the man on the black
horse. Cant. SPEAK. Any thing stolen. He has made a good speak; he
has stolen something considerable. SPECKED WHIPER. A coloured hankerchief. Cant. SPICE. To rob. Spice the swell; rob the gentleman. SPICE ISLANDS. A privy. Stink-hole bay or dilberry creek.
The fundament. SPIDER-SHANKED. Thin-legged. To SPIFLICATE. To confound, silence, or dumbfound. SPILT. A small reward or gift. SPILT. Thrown from a horse, or overturned in a carriage :
pray, coachee, don't spill us. SPINDLE SHANKS. Slender legs. To SPIRIT AWAY. To kidnap, or inveigle away. SPIRITUAL Flesu BROKER. A parson. Spit. He is as like his father as if he was spit out of his
mouth; said of a child much resembling his father. SPIT. A sword. Spit FIRE. A violent, pettish, or passionate person. SPLICED. Married : an allusion to joining two ropes ends by
splicing. Sea trrm. SPLIT Crow. The sign of the spread eagle, which being
"represented with two heads on one neck, gives it soméwhat the appearance of being split.
SPLIT CAUSE. A lawyer.
also delicate, craving for something, longing for sweets. Avaricious. That tit is damned spooney. She's a spooney
piece of goods. He's a spooney old fellow. SPOIL PUDDING. A parson who preaches long sermons,
keeping his congregation in church till the puddings are
overdone. To Sport. To exhibit: as, Jack Jehu sported a new gig
yesterday: I shall sport a new suit next week. To sport or flash one's ivory; to shew one's teeth. To sport timber; to keep one's outside door sbut; this term is used in the inns of court to signify denying one's self. N. B. The
word sport was in great vogue ann. 1783 and 1784. SPUNGE. A thirsty fellow, a great drinker. To spunge; to
eat and drink at another's cost. Spunging-house: a bailiff's lock-up-house, or repository, to which persons arrested are taken, till they find bail, or have spent all their money : a house where every species of fraud and extortion is prac
tised, under the protection of the law. SPUNK. Rotten touch wood, or a kind of fungus prepared
for tinder; figuratively, spirit, courage. Spoon Hand. The right hand.
To SPOUT. To rehearse theatrically. SPOUTING CLUB. A meeting of apprentices and mechanics
to rehearse ditlerent characters in plays: thus forming re
cruits for the strolling companies. SPOUTING. Theatrical declamation. SPOUTED. Pawned. SPREAD. Butter. SPREAD EAGLE. A soldier tied to the halberts in order to
be whipped ; his attitude bearing some likeness to that
figure, as painted on signs. SøREE. A frolie. Fun. A drinking bout. A party of
pleasure. SPRING-ANKLE WAREHOUSE. Newgate, or any other gaol.
Irish. SQUAB. A fat man or woman : from their likeness to a
well-stuffed couch, called also a squab. A new-hatched
chicken. SQUARE. Honest, not roguish. A square cove, i. e. a
man who does not steal, or get his living by dishonest
means. SQUARE Toes. An old man: square toed shoes were
S T A
his life. To squeak ; to confess, peach, or turn stag.
To stifle the squeaker; to murder a bastard, or throw it
pipes are silver. Cant.
fellow. SQUEEZE Wax. A good-natured foolish fellow, ready to
become security for another, under hand and seal. Squelcn. A fall. Formerly a bailiff caught in a barrack
yard in Ireland, was liable by custom to have three tosses
wbich, like the firework of that denomination, sparkles,
bounces, stinks, and vanishes.
be born in the middle of the week, and looking both
squire of the company; one who pays the whole reckoning,
or treats the company, called standing squire. SQUIRISH. Foolish. SQUIRREL. A prostitute: because she likethat animal, covers her back with her tail. Meretrix corpore corpus alit. Me
nagiana, ii. 128. SQUIRREL HUNTING. See HUNTING. STAG. To turn stag; to impeach one's confederates : from
a herd of deer, who are said to turn their horns against
any of their number who is hunted. TO STAG. To find, discover, or observe. STAGGERING BOB, WITH HIS YELLOW PUMPS. A calf
just dropped, and unable to stand, killed for veal in Scot
land: the hoofs of a young calf are yellow. STALL WHIMPER. A bastard, Cant.
STALLING. Making or ordaining. Stalling to the rogue;
an ancient ceremony of instituting a candidate into the society of rogues, somewhat similar to the creation of a herald at arms. It is thus described by Harman : the upright man taking a gage of bowse, i. e. a pot of strong drink, pours it on the head of the rogue to be admitted; saying, -I, A. B. do stall thee B. C. to the rogue; and from henceforth it shall be lawful for thee to cant for thy living in all places. STALLING KEN. A broker's shop, or that of a receiver of
stolen goods. STALLION. A man kept by an old lady for secret services. STAM FLESH. To cant. Cant. STAMMEL, or STRAMMEL. A coarse brawny wench. STAMP. A particular manner of throwing the dice out of
the box, by striking it with violence against the table. STAMPS. Legs. STAMPERS. Shoes. STAND-STILL. He was run to a stand-still; i. e. till he could
no longer move. Star Gazer. A horse who throws up his head; also a
hedge whore. TO STAR THE GLAZE. To break and rob a jeweller's show
glass. Cant. STARCHED. Stiff, prim, formal, affected. STARING QUARTER. An ox cheek. START, or THE OLD START. Newgate: he is gone to the
start, or the old start. Cant. STARTER. One who leaves a jolly company, a milksop; he
is no starter, he will sit longer than a hen. STARVE'EM, ROB'EM, AND CHEAT'EM. Stroud, Rochester,
and Chatham ; so called by soldiers and sailors, and not
without good reason. . Star LAG. Breaking shop-windows, and stealing some ar
ticle thereout. STASH. To stop. To finish. To end. The cove tipped
the prosecutor fifty quid to stash the business; he gave
the prosecutor fifty guineas to stop the prosecution. STATE. To lie in state ; to be in bed with three harlots. Stay. A cuckol l. STAYTAPE. A taylor ; from that article, and its coadjutor
buckram, which make no small figure in the bills of those
knights of the needle. STEAMER. A pipe. A swell steamer ; a "long pipe, such
as is used by gentlemen to smoke. STEEL. The house of correction.