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TODGE. Beat all to a todge: said of any thing beat to mash. TOGE A coat. Cant.

TOGEMANS. The same. Cant.

Toas. Clothes. The swell is rum-togged. The gentleman is handsomely dressed.

TOKEN. The plague: also the venereal disease. She tipped him the token; she gave him a clap or pox.

TOL, or TOLEDO. A sword: from Spanish swords made at Toledo, which place was famous for sword blades of an extraordinary temper.

TOLLIBAN RIG. A species of cheat carried on by a woman, assuming the character of a dumb and deaf conjuror.

TOM TDMAN. A night man, one who empties necessary houses.

TOMBOY. A romping girl, who prefers the amusement used by boys to those of her own sex.

TOM OF BEDLAM. The same as Abram man.

TOM CONY. A simple fellow.

TOM LONG. A tiresome story teller. It is coming by Tom Long, the carrier; said of any thing that has been long expected.

TOM THUMB. A dwarf, a little hop-o'my-thumb.

TOMMY. Soft Tommy, or white Tommy; bread is so called by sailors, to distinguish it from biscuit. Brown Tommy; ammunition bread for soldiers; or brown bread given to convicts at the hulks. TO-MORROW COME NEVER. gether; never: TONGUE. Tongue enough for two sets of teeth said of a talkative person. As old as my tongue, and a little older than my teeth; a dovetail in answer to the question, How old are you? Tongue pad; a scold, or nimble-tongued person.

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TONY. A silly fellow, or ninny. A mere tony: a simple


TOOLS. The private parts of a man.

TOOL. The instrument of any person or faction, a cat's paw. See CAT'S PAW.


TOOTH-PICK. A large stick. An ironical expression.
TOPPER. A violent blow on the head.

TOP ROPES. To sway away on all top ropes; to live riotously or extravagantly.

To TOP. To cheat, or trick: also to insult: he thought to have topped upon me. Top; the signal among taylors for snuffing the candles: he who last pronounces that


word, is obliged to get up and perform the be topped, to be hanged. The cove was topped for smashing queer screens; he was hanged for uttering forged bank notes.

TOP DIVER. A lover of women. An old top diver; one' who has loved old hat in his time.


TOP LIGHTS. The eyes. Blast your top lights. See CURSE. TOP SAIL. He paid his debts at Portsmouth with the topsaill; i. e. he went to sea and left them unpaid. So sol diers are said to pay off their scores with the drum; that is, by marching away.

TOPER. One that loves his bottle, a soaker. See To Soak. TOPPING FELLOW. One at the top or head of his profes



TOPPING CHEAT. The gallows. Cant.
TOPPING COVE. The hangman.
TOPPING MAN. A rich man..
TOFSY-TURVY. The top side the other way; ie. the
wrong side upwards; some explain it, the top side turf
ways, turf being always laid the wrong side upwards.
TORCHECUL. Bumfodder.


A fiddler.

TORY. An advocate for absolute monarchy and church power; also an Irish vagabond, robber, or rapparee. Toss POT. A drunkard.

Toss OFF. Manual pollution.

TOTTY-HRADED. Giddy, hare-brained.

TOUCH. To touch; to get money from any one; also to arrest. Touched in the wind; broken-winded. Touched in the head; insane, crazy. To touch up a woman; to have carnal knowledge of her. Touch bone and whistle; any one having broken wind backwards, according to the vulgar law, may be pinched by any of - the company till he has touched bone (i. e. his teeth) and whistled.


TOUT. A look-out house, or eminence.

TOUTING. (From tueri, to look about.) Publicans fore.stalling guests, or meeting them on the road, and begging their custom; also thieves or smugglers looking out to see that the coast is clear. Touting ken; the bar of a public house.

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Tow Row. A grenadier. The tow row club; a club or society of the grenadier officers of the line...


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TOWEL. An oaken towel, a cudgel. To rub one down with an oaken towel; to beat or cudgel him."

TOWER. Clipped money; they have been round the tower with it. Cant.

To TowER. To overlook, to rise aloft as in a high tower. TOWER HILL PLAY. A slap on the face, and a kick on the breech.

Town. A woman of the town; a prostitute. To be on the town; to live by prostitution.

TOWN BULL. A common whoremaster. To roar like a town bull; to cry or below aloud. TO TRACK. To go.

Track up the dancers; go up stairs.

Cant. TRADING JUSTICES. Broken mechanics, discharged footmen, and other low fellows, smuggled into the commission of the peace, who subsist by fomenting disputes, granting warrants, and otherwise retailing justice: to the honour of the present times, these nuisances are by no means so common as formerly.

TRADESMEN. Thieves. Clever tradesmen; good thieves. TRANSLATORS. Sellers of old mended shoes and boots, between coblers and shoemakers.

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TO TRANSMOGRAPHY, OF TRANSMIGRIFY. To patch up, vamp, or alter.

TO TRANSNEAR. To come up with any body.

TRAP. To understand trap; to know one's own interest. TRAP STICKS. Thin legs, gambs: from the sticks with which boys play at trap-ball.

TRAPS. Constables and thief-takers. Cant.

TO TRAPAN. To inveigle, or ensnare.

TRAPES. A slatternly woman, a careless sluttish woman. TRAVELLER. To tip the traveller; to tell wonderful storiss, to romance.


TRAVELLING PIQUET. A mode of amusing themselves, practised by two persons riding in a carriage, each reckoning towards his game the persons or animals that pass by on the side next them, according to the following estimation:

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A parson riding a grey horse, with blue furniture; game.
An old woman under a hedge; ditto.

A cat looking out of a window; 60.

A man, woman, and child, in a buggy; 40.
A man with a woman behind him; 30.

A flock of sheep; 20.

A flock

A flock of geese; 10.

A post chaise; 5.

A horseman; 2.

A man or woman walking; 1.

TRAY TRIP. An ancient game like Scotch hop, played on a pavement marked out with chalk into different compartments.

TRENCHER CAP. The square cap worn by the collegians. at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.


A stout trencher man; one who has a good appetite, or, as the term is, plays a good knife and fork.

TRESWINS. Threepence.

TRIB. A prison: perhaps from tribulation.

TRICKUM LEGIS. A quirk or quibble in the law.

TRIG. The point at which schoolboys stand to shoot their marbles at taw; also the spot whence bowlers deliver the bowl.

TO TRIG IT. To play truant. To lay a man trigging; to knock him down.

TRIGRYMATE. An idle female companion.

TRIM. State, dress. In a sad trim; dirty.-Also spruce or fine: a trim fellow.

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TRIMMING. Cheating, changing side, or beating. I'll trim his jacket; I'il thresh him. To be trimmed; to be shaved; I'll just step and get trimmed.

TRINE. To hang; also Tyburn..


TRINING. Hanging.

A whim, or maggot.

TRINKETS. Toys, bawbles, or nicknacks.

TRIP. A short voyage or journey, a false step or stumble, an error in the tongue, a bastard. She has made a trip; she has had a bastard.

TRIPE. The belly, or guts. Mr. Double Tripe; a fat man. Tripes and trullibubs; the entrails: also a jeering appellation for a fat man.

TO TROLL. To loiter or saunter about.

TROLLY LOLLY. Coarse lace once much in fashion.
TROLLOP. A lusty coarse sluttish woman.

TROOPER. You will die the death of a trooper's horse, that is, with your shoes on; a jocular method of telling any one he will be hanged.

TROT. An old trot; a decrepit old woman. A dog trot; a gentle pace.


TROTTERS. Feet. To shake one's trotters at Bilby's ball, where the sheriff' pays the fiddlers; perhaps the Bilboes ball, i. e. the ball of fetters: fetters and stocks were anciently called the bilboes.

To TROUNCE. To punish by course of law.

TRUCK. To exchange, swop, or, barter; also a wheel such as ship's guns are placed upon.

TRULL. A soldier or a tinker's trull; a soldier or tinker's female companion.-Guteli, or trulli, are spirits like women, which shew great kindness to men, and hereof it is that we call light women trulls. Randle Holms's Academy of Armory.

TRUMPERY. An old whore, or goods of no value; rubbish.

TRUMPET. To sound one's own trumpet; to praise one's self.

TRUMPETER. The king of Spain's trumpeter; a braying. ass. His trumpeter is dead, he is therefore forced to sound his own trumpet. He would make an excellent trumpeter, for he has a strong breath; said of one having a fætid breath.

TRUMPS. To be put to one's trumps: to be in difficulties, or put to one's shifts. Something may turn up trumps; something lucky may happen. All his cards are trumps: he is extremely fortunate.


TRUNK. A nose. How fares your old trunk? does your nose still stand fast? an allusion to the proboscis or trunk of an elephant. To shove a trunk to introduce one's self unasked into any place or company. Trunk-maker like; more noise than work.

TRUSTY TROJAN, or TRUSTY TROUT. A true friend. TRY ON. To endeavour. To live by thieving. Coves who try it on; professed thieves.


TU QUOQUE. The mother of all saints.
TUB THUMPER. A presbyterian parson.

TUCKED UP. Hanged. A tucker up to an old bachelor or widower; a supposed mistress.

TUFT HUNTER. An anniversary parasite, one who courts the acquaintance of nobility, whose caps are adorned with a gold tuft.

TUMBLER. A cart; also a sharper employed to draw inpigeons to game; likewise a posture-master, or rope-danTo shove the tumbler, or perhaps tumbril; to be whipt at the cart's tail.



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