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U PP To: Vowel. A gamester who does not immediately pay

his losings, is said to vowel the winner, by repeating the vowels I. O. U. or perhaps from giving his note for the inoney according to the Irish form, where the acknowledgment of the debt is expressed by the letters I. O. U. which, the sum and name of the debtor being added, is deemed a

sufficient security among gentlemen. UNCLE. Mine uncle's; a necessary house. He is gone to

visit bis uncle; saying of one who leaves his wife soon after marriage. It likewise means a pawnbroker's: goods pawned are frequently said to be at mine uncle's, or laid up in

lavender. UNDERSTRAPPER. An inferior in any office, or depart,

ment, UNDER DUBBER. A turnkey. UNFORTUNATE GENTLEMEN The horse guards, who thus named themselves in Germany, where a general officer seeing them very awkward in bundling up their forage, asked what the devil they were; to which some of them

answered, unfortunate gentlemen. UNFORTUNATE WOMEN. Prostitutes: so termned by the

virtuous and compassionate of their own sex. UNGRATEFUL MAN. A parson, who at least once a week

abuses his best benefactor, i.e. the devil. UNGUENTUM AUREUM. A bribe. UNICORN. A coach drawn by three horses. UNLICKED CUB. A rude uncouth young fellow. UNRIGGED. Undressed, or stripped. Unrig the drab; strip

the wench. UNTRUSS. To untruss a point; to let down one's breeches

in order to ease one's self. Breeches were formerly tied with points, which till lately were distributed to the boys every Whit Monday by the churchwardens of most of the parishes in London, under the denomination oftags: these tags were worsteds of different colours twisted up to a size somewhat thicker than packthread, and tagged at both ends with tin. Laces were at the same given to the girls. UNTWISTED. Undone, ruined, done up. UNWASHED BAWDRY. Rank bawdry. UP TO THEIR Gossip. To be a match for ore who attempts

to cheat or deceive ; to be on a footing, or in the secret.

I'll be up with him ; I will repay him in kind.
UPHILLS. False dice that run high.
UPPER BENJAMIN. A great coat.

UPPER STORY, or GARRET. Figuratively used to signify the



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head. His upper story or garrets are unfurnished; i. e.

he is an empty or foolish fellow. UPPING BLOCK. [Called in some counties a leaping stock,

in others a jossing block.) Steps for mounting a horse. He sits like a toad on a jossing block ; said of one who sits ungracefully on horseback. Uppish. Testy, apt to take offence. Upright. Go upright; a word used by shoemakers, tay

lors and their servants, when any money is given to make them drink, and signifies, Bring it all out in liquor, though the donor intended less, and expects change, or some of his money, to be returned. Three-peny up

right. See THREEPENNY UPRIGHT. Upright Man. An upright man signifies the chief or

principal of a crew. The vilest, stoutest, rogue in the pack is generally chosen to this post, and has the sole right to the first night's lodging with the dells, who afterwards are used in common among the whole fraternity. He carries a short truncheon in his hand, which he calls his filchman, and has a larger share than ordinary in whatsoever is gotten in the society. He often travels in company with thirty or forty males and females, abrain men, and others, over whom he presides arbitrarily. Sometimes the women and children who are unable to travel, or fatigued, are by turns carried in panniers by an ass or two, or by some poor jades procured for that purpose. UPSTARTS. Persons lately raised to honours and riches

from mean stations. URCHIN. A child, a little fellow; also a hedgehog: URINAL OF THE PLANETS. Ireland : so called from the frequent rains in that island.

Killed: a military saying, originating from a message sent by the late General Guise, on the expedition at Carthagena, where he desired the commander in chief to order him some more grenadiers, for those he had were

Used UP.

all used up,


W A D WABLER. foot wabler; a contemptuous term for a

foot soldier, frequently used by those of the cavalry. To WADDLE. To go like a duck. To waddle out of Change alley as a lame duck; a term for one who has not been able to pay his gaming debts, called his differences, on the Stock Exchange, and therefore absents himself from it.


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WAR WAG.. An arch frolicsome fellow. W.

Aggish. Arch, gamesome, frolicsome. WAGTAIL. A lewd woman. WAITS. Musicians of the lower order, who in most towns

play under the windows of the chicf inhabitants at midnight, a short time before Christmas, for which they col. lect a christmas-box from house to house. They are said to derive their name of waits from being alirays in waiting to celebrate weddings and other joyous events happening

within their district. WAKE. A country feast, commonly on the anniversary of

the tutelar saint of the village, that is, the saint to wliom, the parish church is dedicated. Also a custom of waiching the dearl, called Late Wake, in use both in Ireloud and Wales, where the corpse being deposited under a table, with a plate of salt on its breast, the table is covered with liquor of all sorts; and the guests, particularly the younger part of them, amuse themselves with all kinds of pastimes and recreations: the consequence is generally more than replacing the departed friend. WALKING Corner. An ensign of foot. WALKING POULTEREP. One who steals fowls, and hawks

them from door to door. WALKING STATIONER. A hawker of pamphlets, &c. WALKING THE PLANK. A mode of destroying devoted

persons or officers in a mutiny or ship-board, by blindfold. ing them, and obliging them to walk on a plank laid over the ship's side; by this means, as the mutineers sup

pose, avoiding the penalty of murder. WALKING UP AGAINST THE WALI.. To run up a score,

which in alehouscs is commonly recorded with chalk on

the walls of the har. WALL. To walk or crawl up the wall; to be scoredup at a

public-house. Wall-eyed, having an eye with little or

no sight, all white like a plaistered wall. To WAP. To copulate, to beat. If she wont wap for a

winne, let her trine for a make; if she won't lie with a man for a penny, let her hang for a halfpenny. Mort wap-apace; a woman of experience, or very expert at the

sport. WAPPER-EYED. Sore-eyed. WARE. A woman's ware; her commodity. WARE Hawk. Anexclamation used by thieves to inform

their confederates that some police officers are at hand. WARM. Rich, in good circumstances. To warm, or give a man a warming; to beat him. See CHAFED.


WARMING-PAX. A large old-fashioned watch. A Scotch

warming-pan; a female bedfellow. WARREN. One that is security for goods taken up on cre

dit by extravagant young gentlemen. Cunny warren; a girl's boarding-school, also a bawdy-house. WASH. Paint for the face, or cosmetic water. Hog-wash;

thick and bad beer. WASP. An infected prostitute, who like a wasp carries a

sting in ber tail. W ASPISH. Peevish, spiteful. WASTE, House of waste; a tavern or alehouse, where idle

people waste both their time and money. WATCH, CHAIN, AND SEALs. A sheep's head and pluck. IVATER-MILL. A woman's private parts. WATER SNEAKSMAN. A man who steals from ships or

craft on the river. WATER. His chops watered at it; he longed earnestly for it.

To watch his waters; to keep a strict watch on any one's

actions. In hot water: in trouble, engaged in disputes. WATER BEWITCHĘD. Very weak punch or beer. WATERPAD. One that robs ships in the river Thames. WATERY-HEADED. Apt to shed tears. WATER Scriger. A doctor who prescribes from inspect

ing the water of his patients. See Piss PROPILET. WATTLES.

Ears. Cant. WEAR A--E. A one-horse chaise. WEASEL-FACED. Thin, meagre-faced. Weasel-gutted ;

thin-bodied; a weasel is a thin long slender animal with a sharp face. Wedding. The emptying of a necessary-house, particu

larly in London. You have been at an Irish wedding, where black eyes are given instead of favours; saying to

one who has a black eye. WEDGE. Silver plate, because melted by the receivers of

stolen goods into wedges. Cant. To WEER. To take a part. The kiddey weeded the swell's

screens; the youth took some of the gentleman's bank

notes. WecPING Cross. To come home by weeping cross; to

Welch COMB. The thumb and four fingers.
Welch FIDDLE. The itch. See Scorch FIDDLE.
WELCI MILE. Like a Welch mile, long and narrow. His

story is like a Welch mile, long and tedious.
WELCI RABBIT. si. e. a Welch rare-bit.] Bread and cheese
toasted. See RABBIT.---The Welch are said to be so



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remarkably fond of cheese, that in cases of difficulty their midwives apply a piece of toasted cheese to the jamia vita to attract and entice the young Taffy, who on smelling it makes most vigorous efforts to come forth. WELCH EJECTMENT. To unroof the house, a method

practised by landlords in Wales to eject a bad tenant. To WELL. To divide unfairly. To conceal part. A cant

phrase used by thieves, where one of the party conceals some of the booty, instead of dividing it fairly amongst

his confederates. WELL-HUNG. The blowen was nutts upon the kiddey be

cause he is well-hung; the girl is pleased with the youth

because his genitals are large. WESTMINSTER WEDDING. A match between a whore

and a rogue. Wer Parson. One who moistens his clay freely, in order

to make it stick together. WE' QUAKER. One of that sect who has no objection to

the spirit derived from wine. WHACK. A share of a booty obtained by fraud. A paddy

whack; a stout brawney Irishman. WHAPPER. A large man or woman. WHEEDLE. A sharper. To cut a wheedle; to decoy by

fawning or insinuation. Cant. WHEELBAND IN THE NICK. Regular drinking over-the

left thumb. Whelt. An impudent whelp; a saucy boy. WHEREAS. To follow a whereas; to become a bankrupt,

to figure among princes and potentates : the notice given in the Gazette that a commission of bankruptcy is issued out against any trader, always beginning with the word

whereas. He will soon march in the rear of a whereas. WHET. A morning's draught, commonly white wine, sup

posed to whet or sharpen the appetite. WHETSTONE's PARK. A lane between Holboru and Lin

coln's-inn Fields, formerly famed for being the resort of

women of the town. WHIDS. Words. Cant. To WHIDDLE. To tell or discover. He whiddles; he

peaches. He whiddles the whole scrap; he discovers all he knows. The cull whiddled because they would not tip him a snack: the fellow peached because they would not give him a share. They whiddle beef, and we must brush; they cry out thieves, and we inust make off. Cant. WHIDDLER. An informer, or one that betrays the secrets

. WUIFPLES. A relaxation of the scrotum.


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