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BIDDY, or CHICK-A-BIDDY. A chicken, and figuratively

a young wench. BIDET, commonly pronounced BIDDY. A kind of tub, con

trived for ladies to wash themselves, for which purpose they bestride it like a French poney, or post-horse, called in

French bidets. BIENLY. Excellently. She wheedled so bienly; she coax

ed or flattered so cleverly. French. BILL AT Sight. To pay a bill at sight; to be ready at all

times for the venereal act. BILBOA, A sword. Bilboa in Spain was once famous for

well-tempered blades : these are quoted by Falstaff, where he describes the manner in which he lay in the buck.

basket. Bilboes, the stock; prison. Cant. To BILK. To cheat. Let us bilk the rattling cove; let us

cheat the hackney coachman of his fare. Cant. Bilking a coachman, a box-keeper, and a poor whore, were former

ly, among men of the town, thought gallant actions. BILL OF SALE. A widow's weeds. See House TO LET. BILLINGSGATE LANGUAGE. Foul language, or abuse. Bil

lingsgate is the market where the fishwomen assemble to · purchase fish; and where, in their dealings and disputes,

they are somewhat apt to leave decency and good manners

a little on the left hand, Bing. To go. Cant. Bing avast; get you gone. Binged

avast in a darkmans; stole away in the night. Bing we to

Rumeville: shall we go to London? Bingo. Brandy or other spirituous liquor. Cant. Bingo Boy. A dram drinker. Cant. BINGO MORT. A female dram drinker. Cant. BINNACLE WORD. A fine or affected word, which sailors

jeeringly offer to chalk up on the binnacle. BIRD AND BABY. The sign of the eagle and child. BIRD-WITTED. Inconsiderate, thoughtless, easily imposed BIRDS OF A FEATHER. Rogues of the same gang. BIRTH-DAY SUIT. He was in his birth-day suit, that is,

stark naked. BISHOP. A mixture of wine and water, into which is put a

roasted' orange. Also one of the largest of Mrs. Philips's

purses, used to contain the others. BISHOPED, or TO BISHOP. A term used among horse-dea

lers, for burning the mark into a horse's tooth, after he has lost it by age; by bishoping, a horse is made to appear younger than he is. It is a common saying of milk that is burnt too, that the bishop has set his foot in it. Formerly, when a bishop passed through a village, all the inhabitants



ran out of their houses to solicit his blessing, even leaving their milk, &c. on the fire, to take its chance : which,went

burnt to, was said to be bishoped. To Bishop the balls, a term used among printers, to water

then. Bit. Money. He grappled the cull's bit; he seized the

man's money. A bit is also the smallest coin in Jamaica,

equal to about sixpence sterling. Bitch. A she dog, or doggess; the most offensive appella

tion that can be given to an English woman, even more provoking than that of whore, as may he gathered from the regular Billinsgate or St. Giles's answer---“ I may be a

whore, but can't be a bitch." TO BITCH. To yield, or give up an attempt through fear. To stand bitch; to make tea, or do the honours of the teatable, performing a female part : bitch there standing for

woman, species for genius. Bitch BOOBY. A country wench. Military term. BITE. A cheat; also a woman's privities. The cull wapt

the mort's bite ; the fellow enjoyed the wench heartily.

Cant. To Bite. To over-reach, or impose ; also to steal.-.-Cant.

--Biting was once esteemed a kind of wit, similar to the humbug. An instance of it is given in the Spectator : A man under sentence of death having sold his body to a surgeon rather below the market price, on receiving the mo. ney,cried, A bite! I am to be hanged in chains. To bite the roger; to steal a portmanteau. To bite the wiper, to steal a handkerchief. To bite on the bridle; to be pinched or reduced to dfficulties. Hark ye, friend, whether do they bite in the collar or the cod-piece? Water wit to

anglers. BITER. A wench whose **** is ready to bite her a-se: a

lascivious, rampant wench. BLAB. A tell-tale, or one incapable of keeping a secret. BLACK AND WHITE. In writing. I have it in black and

white; I have written evidence. BLACK ARt. The art of picking a lock. Cant. BLACK A-se. A copper or kettle. The pot calls the kettle black a-se.

Cant. BLACK Book. He is down in the black book, i. e. has a

stain in his character. A black book is keep in most regiments, wherein the names of all persons sentenced to pu

nishment are recorded. BLACK Box. A lawyer. Cant. BLACK EYE. We gavethe bottle a black eye, i. e. drank it

almost up. He cannot say black is the white of my eye; he cannot point out a blot in my character, BLACK BLA BLACK Fly. The greatest drawback on the farmer is the

black fly, i. e. the parson who takes tithe of the harvest. BLACK GUARD. A shabby, mean fellow; a term said to be

derived from a number of dirty, tattered roguish boys,who attended at the Horse Guards, and Parade in St. James's Park, to black the boots and shoes of the soldiers, or to do any other dirty offices. These, from their constant attendance about the time of guard mounting, were nick-named

the black-guards. BLACK JACK. A nick name given to the Recorder by the

Thieves. BLACK JACK. A jug to drink out of, made of jacked lea

ther. BLACK JOKE. A popular tune to a song, having for the

burden,“ Her black joke and belly so white;" figuratively the black joke signifies the monosyllable. See MONOSY L

LABLE. BLACK INDIES. Newcastle upon Tyne, whose rich coal

mines prove an Indies to the proprietors. BLACKLEGS. A gambler or sharper on the turf or in the cock

pit: so called, perhaps, from their appearing generally in

boots; or else from game-cocks whose legs are always black. BLACK MONDAY. The first Monday after the school-boys

holidays, or breaking up, when they are to go to school,

and produce or repeat the tasks set them. BLACK Psalm. Tosing the black psalm; to cry: a saying

used to children. BLACK SPICE RACKET. To rob chimney sweepers of

their soot, bag and soot. BLACK Spy. The Devil. BLACK STRAP. Bene Carlo wine; also port. A task of

labour imposed on soldiers at Gibraltar, as a punishment

for small offences. BLANK. To look blank; to appear disappointed or con


The amorous congress. BLARNEY. He has licked the blarney stone; he deals in the

wonderful, or tips us the traveller. The blarney stoneis a triangular stone on the very top of an ancient castle of that name in the county of Cork in Ireland, extremely difficult of access; so that to have ascended to it, was considered as a proof of perseverance, courage, and agility, whereof many are supposed to claim the honour, who never ata chieved the adventure: and to tip the blarney, is figurative. ly used telling a marvellous story, or falsity; and also

sometimes to express flattery. Irish. A BLASTED FELLOW or BRIMSTONE. An abandoned rogue or prostitute. Cant.



To BLAST. To curse.
BLATER. A calf. Cant.
BLEACHED MORT. A fair-complexioned wench.
BLEATERS. Those cheated by Jack in a box. Cant. See

BLEATING CHEAT. A sheep. Cant.
BLEATING Rır. Sheep stealing. Cant.
BLEEDERS. Spurs. He clapped his bleeders to his prad;

he put spurs to his horse. BLEEDING CULLY. One who parts easily with his money,

or bleeds freely. BLEEDING NEW.

A metaphor borrowed from fish, which will not bleed when stale. BLESSING. A small quantity over and above the measure,

usually given by hucksters dealing in peas, beans, and

other vegetables. BLIND. A feint, pretence, or shift. BLIND CHEEKS. The breech. Buss blind cheeks; kiss

mine a-se. BLIND Excuse. A poor or insufficient excuse. A blind ale

house, lane, or alley; an obscure, or little known or fre

quented ale-house, lane, or alley. Blind Harpers. Beggars counterfeiting blindness, playing

on fiddles, &c. BLINDMAN'S BUFF. A play used by children, where one

being blinded by a handkerchief bound over his eyes, attempts to seize any one of the company, who all endeayourto avoid him; the person caught must be blinded in

his stead. BLIND CUPID. The backside. BLINDMAN'S HOLIDAY. Night, darkness. BLOCK HOUSES. Prisons, houses of correction, &c. BLOCKED AT BOTH ENDS. Finished. Thegame is blocked

at both ends; the game is ended. BLOOD. A riotous disorderly fellow. BLOOD FOR BLOOD. A term used by tradesmen for barter

ing the different commodities in which they deal. Thus a hatter furnishing a hosier with a hat, and taking payment

in stockings, is said to deal blood for blood. BLOOD Money. The reward given by the legislature on the

conviction of highwaymen, burglars, &c. BLOODY Back. A jeering appellation for a soldier, allud

ing to his scarlet coat. BLOODY. A favourite word used by the thieves in swearing,

as bloody eyes, bloody rascal. Bloss or BLOWEN. The pretended wife of a bully, or shoplifter, Cant. C


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BLU To BLOT TUE SKRIP AND JAR IT. To stand engaged or bound for any one.

Cant. Blow. He has bit the blow, i, e. he has stolen the goods.

Cant, BLOWEN. A mistress or whore of a gentleman of the

scamp. The blowen kidded the 'swell into a snoozing ken, and shook him of his dummee and thimble; the girl inveigled the gentleman into a brothel and robbed him

of his pocket book and watch. BLOWER. A pipe. How the swell funks his blower and

lushes red tape; what a smoke the gentleman makes

with his pipe, and drinks brandy, To BLOW THE GROUNSILS, Tolie with a woman on the

floor. Cant. To Blow The GAB, To confess, or impeach a confe

derate, Cant. BLOW-UP. A discovery, or the confusion occasioned by one, A BLOWSE, or BLOWSABELLA. A woman whose hair is

dishevelled, and hanging about her face; a slattern. BLUBBER, The mouth - I have stopped the cull's blubber;

I have stopped the fellow's mouth,meant either by gagging

or murdering him. To BLUBBER, To cry,

. To sport BLUBBER. Said of a large coarse woman, who

exposés her bosom, BLUBBER CHEEKS. Large flaccid cheeks, hanging like

the fat or blubber of a whale. BLUE, To look blue; to be confounded, terrified, or disap

pointed, Blue as a razor; perhaps, blue as azure, Blue BOAR, A venereal bubo, BLUE DEVILS.. Low spirits. BLUE FLAG. He has hoisted the blue ftag; he has come

menced publican, or taken a public house, an allusion to the blue aprons worn by publicans. See ADMIRAL OF

THE BLUE, BLUE PIGEONS. Thieves who steal lead off houses and churches, Cant.

To fly a blue pigeon; to steal lead off houses or churches. BLUE PLUMB. A bullet.---Surfeited with a blue plumb;

wounded with a bullét. A sortment of George R-r's blue plumbs ; a volley of ball, shot from soldiers' fire

locks, BLUE SKIN, A person begotten on "a black woman by a

white man, One of the blue squadron; any one having a cross of the black breed, or, as it is termed, a lick of the tar brush,



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