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BARGAIN. To sell a bargain ; a species of wit, much in

vogue about the latter end of the reign of Queen Anne, and frequently alluded to by Dean Swift, who says the maids of honour often amused themselves with it. It consisted in the seller naming his or her hinder parts, in answer to the question, What? which the buyer was artfully led to ask. As a specimen, take the following instance: A lady would come into a room full of company, apparently in a fright, crying out, It is white, and follows me ! On any of the company asking, What? she sold

him the bargain, by saying, Mine a-e. BARGEES. (Cambridge.) Baige-men on the river. BARKER. The shopman of a bow-wow shop, or dealer in

second hand clothes, particularly about Monmouth-Street, who walks before his master's door, and deafens every passenger with his cries of---Clothes, coats, or gowns---what d'ye want, gemmen ?---what d'ye buy? See Bow-wow

SHOP. BARKSHIRE. A member or candidate for Barkshire, said of

one troubled with a cough, vulgarly styled barking. BARKING IRONS. Pistols, from their explosion resembling

the bow-wow or barking of a dog. Irish. BARN. A parson's barn; never so full but there is still room

for more. Bit by a barn mouse, tipsey, probably from an

allusion to barley. BARNABY. An old dance to a quick movement. See Cotton,

in his Virgil Travesti; where, speaking of Eolus he has these lines,

Bounce cry the port-holes, out they fly,

And make the world dance Barnaby. BARNACLE. A good job, or snack easily got: also shellfish

growing at the bottoms of ships; a bird of the goose kind; an instrument like a pair of pincers, to fix on the noses of vicious horses whilst shoeing; a nick name for spectacles, and also for the gratuity given to grooms by the

buyers and sellers of horses. BARREL FEVER. He died of the barrel fever; he killed

himself by drinking. Barrow Man. A man under sentence of transportation ;

alluding to the convicts at Woolwich, who are principally

employed in wheeling barrows full of brick or dirt. BARTHOLOMEW BABY. A person dressed up in a tawdry

manner, like the dolls or babies sold at Bartholomew fair. BASKET. An exclamation frequently made use of in cock

pits, at cock-fightings, where persons refusing or unable to pay their losings, are adjudged by that respectable as

sembly BEA sembly to be put into a basket suspended over the pit, there to remain during that day's diversion : on the least demur to pay a bet, Basket is vociferated in terrorem. He grins like a basket of chips: a saying of one who is on the broad


grin. BASKET-MAKING. The good old trade of basket-making;

copulation, or making feet forchildren's stockings. BASTARD. The child of an unmarried woman. BASTARDLY GULLION. A bastard's bastard. TO BASTE. To beat. I'll give him his bastings, I'll beat

him heartily. BASTING. A beating. BASTONÁDING. Beating any one with a stick; from baton,

a stick, formerly spelt baston. BAT. A low whore: so called from moving out like bats in

the dusk of the evening. BATCH. We had a pretty batch of it last night; we had a

hearty dose of liquor. Batch originally means the whole

quantity of bread baked at one time in an oven. BATTNER. An ox: beef being apt to batten or fatten those

that eat it. The cove has hushed the battner; i.e. has kill

ed the ox. BATCHELOR'S FARE. Bread and cheese and kisses. BATCHELOR's Son. A bastard. BATTLE-ROYAL. A battle or bout at cudgels or fisty-cuffs,

wherein more than two persons are engaged: perhaps from its resemblance, in that particular, to more serious engage

ments fought to settle royal disputes. BAWBEE. A halfpenny. Scotch. BAWBELS, or BAWBLES. Trinkets; a man's testicles. BAWD. A female procuress. BAWDY BASKET. The twenty-third rank of canters, who

carry pins, tape, ballads, and obscene books to sell,but live

mostly by stealing.. Cant. BAWDY-HOUSE BOTTLE. A very small bottle; short measure

being among the many means used by the keepers of those houses, to gain what they call an honest livelihood: indeed this is one of the least reprehensible; the less they give a man of their infernal beverages for his money, the kinder

they behave to him. BAY FEVER. A term of ridicule applied to convicts, who

sham illness, to avoid being sent to Botany Bay. BAYARD OF TEN Toes. To ride bayard of ten toes, is to

walk on foot. Bayard was a horse famous in old romances. BEAK. A justice of peace, or magistrate. Also a judge or

chairman who presides in court. I clapp'd my peepers full of tears, and so the old beak set me free; I began to weep, and the judge setme free.


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a sword. To be in a woman's beef; to have carnal know-
ledge of her. Say you bought your beef of me, a jocular
request from a butcher to a fat man, implying that he cre-

dits the butcher who serves him.
BEEF Eater. A yeoman of the guards, instituted by Henry

VII. Their office was to stand near the bouffet, or cup-
board, thence called Bouffetiers, since corrupted to Beef
Eaters. Others suppose they obtained this name from the
size of their persons,and the easiness of their duty, as hav-

ing scarce more to do than to eat the king's beef.
BEETLE-BROWED. One having thick projecting eyebrows.
BEETLE-HEADED. Dull, stupid.
BEGGAR MAKER. A publican, or ale-house keeper.
BEGGAR'S BULLETS. Stones. The beggar's bullets began

to fly, i. e. they began to throw stones.
BEILBY'S BALL. He will dance at Beilby's ball, where the

sheriff pays the music; he will be hanged. Who Mr. Beilby was, or why that ceremony was so called, remains with the quadrature of the circle, the discovery of the philosopher's stone, and divers other desiderata yet undisco

vered. BELCH. All sorts of beer; that liquor being apt to cause

eructation. BELCHER. A red silk handkerchief, intermixed with yellow

and a little black. The kiddey flashes his belcher ;the young

fellow wears a silk handkerchief round his neck. BELL, BOOK, AND CANDLE. They cursed him with bell,

book, and candle; an allusion to the popish form of excommunicating and anathematizing persons who had of

fended the church. TO BEAR THE Bell. To excel or surpass all competitors, to

be the principal in a body or society; an allusion to the
fore horse or leader of a team, whose harness is commonly
ornamented with a bell or bells. Some suppose it a term
borrowed from an ancient tournament, where the victori-
ous knights bore away the belle or fair lady. Others derive
it from a horse-race, or other rural contentions, where bells

were frequently given as prizes.
Bellows. The lungs.
BELLOWER. The town crier.
BELLOWSER. Transportation for life: i. e. as long.
Belly. His eye was bigger than his belly; a saying of a

person at a table, who takes more on his plate than he

can eat.. BELLYFULL. A hearty beating, sufficient to make a man

yield or give out. A woman with child is also said to Haave got her belly full.


BELLY CHEAT. An apron. BELLY PLEA. The plea of pregnancy, generally adduced by female felons capitally convicted,

which they take care to provide for, previous to their trials; every gaol having, as the Beggar's Opera informs us, one or more child getters, who qualify the ladies for that expedient to procure a re

spite. BELLY TIMBER. Food of all sorts. BELL SWAGGER. A noisy bullying fellow. Bell WETHER. The chief or leader of a mob; an idea

taken from a flock of sheep, where the wether has a bell

about his neck. BENE. Good-BENAR. Better. Cant. BENE Bowse. Good beer, or other strong liquor. Cant. Bene Cove. A good fellow. Cant. Bene Darkmans. Good night. Cant. Bene FEAKERS. Counterfeiters of bills. Cant. BENEFEAKERS OF GYBES. Counterfeiters of passes. Cant. BENESHIPLY. Worshipfully. Cunt. BEN. A fool. Cant. BENISH. Foolish. BENISON. The beggar's benison: May your

***** and purse never fail you. BERMUDAS. A cant name for certain places in London,

privileged against arrests, like the Mint in Southwark.

Ben. Jonson. These privileges are abolished. Bess, or BETTY. A small instrument used by house-breakers

to force open doors. Bring bess and glym; bring the instrument to force the door, and the dark lantern. Small

flasks, like those for Florence wine, are also called betties. Bess. See BROWN BESS. Best. To the best in Christendom: i. e. the best **** in

Christendom; a health formerly much in vogue. Bet. A wager.---To Bet. To lay a wager. BETTY MARTIN. That's my eye, Betty Martin; an answer

to any one that attempts to impose or humbug. BETWATTLED. Surprised, confounded, out of one's senses ;

also bewrayed. BEVER. An afternoon's luncheon; also a fine hat; beaver's

fur making the best hats, BEVERAGE. Garnish money,or money for drink, demanded

of any one having a new suit of clothes. BIBLE. A boatswain's great axe. Sea term. BIBLE OATH. Supposed by the vulgar to be more binding

than an oath taken on the Testament only as being the bigger book, and generally containing both the Old and New Testament.


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