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CAT Cat's Foot. To live under the cat's foot; to be under the

dominion of a wife hen-pecked. To live like dog and cat ; spoken of married persons who live unhappily together. As many lives as a cat; cats, according to vulgar naturalists, have nine lives, that is one less than a woman. No more chance than a cat in hell without claws; said of one who enters into a dispute or quarrel with one greatly

above his match. Cat Lap. Tea, called also scandal broth, See SCANDAL

BROTH. Car Match. When a rook or cully is engaged amongst

bad bowlers. CAT OF NINE Tails. A scourge composed of nine strings

of whip-cord, each string having nine knots. Cat's Paw. To be made a cat's paw of; to be made a tool

or instrument to accomplish the purpose of another : an allusion to the story of a monkey, who made use of a cat's

paw to scratch a roasted chesnut out of the fire. CAT'S SLEEP. Counterfeit sleep : cats often counterfeiting

sleep, to decoy their prey near them, and then suddenly

spring on them. ÇAT STICKS. Thin legs, compared to sticks with which

boys play at cat. See TRAPSTICKS. Car WHIPPING, or WHIPPING THE CAT. A trick often

practised on ignorant country fellows,vain of their strength, by laying a wager with them that they may be pulled through a pond by a cat. The bet being made, a rope is fixed round the waist of the party to be catted, and the end thrown across the pond, to which the cat is also fastened by a packthread, and three or four sturdy fellows are appointed to lead and whip the cat; these on a signal given, seize the end of the cord, and pretending to whip the cat, haul the astonished booby through the water. --To whip the cat, is also a term among tailors for work

ing jobs at private houses, as practised in the country. CATAMARAN. An old scraggy woman; from a kind of float

made of spars and yards lashed together, for saving ship

wrecked persons. CATCH CLUB. A member of the catch club; a bum bailiff. CATCH FART. A footboy ; so called from such servants

commonly following close behind their master or mistress. Catch Penny. Any temporary contrivance to raise a con.

tribution on the public. Carch POLE. A bum bailiff, or sheriff's officer. CATCHING HARVEST. A dangerous time for a robbery, when

many persons are on the road, on account of a horsea race, fair, or some other public meeting. CATER COUSINS. Good friends. He and I are not cater



cousins, i. e. we are not even cousins in the fourth degree, iör four times removed ; that is, we have not the least

friendly connexion. CATERPILLAR. A nick name for a soldier. In the year

1745, a soldier quartered at a house near Derby, was desired by his laridlord to call upon him, whenever he came that way; for, added he, soldiers are the pillars of the nation, The rebellion being finished, it happened the same regiment was quartered in Derbyshire, when the soldier resolved to accept of his landlord's invitation, and accordingly obtained leave to go to him: but, on his arrival, he was greatly surprised to find a very cold reception; whereupon expostulating with his landlord, he reminded him of his invitation, and thecircumstance of his having said, sola diers were the pillars of the nation. If I did, answered the

host, I meant caterpillars. CATERWAULING. Going out in the night in search of in

trigues, like a cat in the gutters. CATHEDRAL Old-fashioned. An old cathedral bedstead,

chair, &c. CATTLE. Sad cattle: whores or gypsies. Black cattle,

bugs. Cant. CAVAULTING SCHOOL. A Bawdy-house. CAUDGE-PAweD. Left-handed. CAULIFLOWER. A large white wig, such as is commonly

worn by the dignified clergy, and was formerly by physicians. Also the private parts of a woman ; the reason for which appellation is given in the following story: A woman, who was giving evidence in a cause wherein it was necessary to express those parts, made use of the term cauliflower; for which the judge on the bench, a peevish old fellow, reproved her, saying she might as well call it artichoke. Not so, my lord, replied she; for an artichoke

has a bottom, but a **** and a cauliflower have none. CAUTIONS. The four cautions: I. Beware of a woman be.

fore.---II. Beware of a horse behind.-.-III. Beware of a cart

side-ways.---IV. Beware of a priest every way." CAW-HANDED, or CAW-PAWED. Awkward, not dextrous,

ready, or nimble. Caxon. An old weather-beaten wig. CENT PER CENT. Anusurer. CHAFED. Well beaten ; from chauffé, warmed. CHALKERS. Men of wit, in Ireland, who in the night amuse

themselves with cutting inoffensive passengers across the face with a knife. They are somewhat like those facetious gentlemen some time ago known in England by the title

of Sweaters and Mohocks. CHALKING. The amusement above described.


CHẠP. CHE CHAP. A fellow. An odd chap; A strange fellow. CHAPERON. The cicisbeo, or gentleman usher to a lady :

from the French. CHAPT. Dry or thirsty. CHARACTERED, or LETTERED. Burnt in the hand. They : have palmed the character upon him; they have burned

him in the hand. Cant.---See LETTERED. CHARM. A picklock. Cant. CHARREN. The smoke of Charren.--His eyes water from

the smoke of Charren; a man of that place coming out of his house weeping, because his wife had beat him, told

his neighbours the smoke had made his eyes water. CHATTER Box. One whose tongue runs twelve score to the

dozen, a chattering man or woman. CHATTER BROTH. Tea. See Cat LAP and SCANDAL BROTH. Chatts. Lice: perhaps an abbreviation of chattels, lice

being the chief live stock or chattels of beggars, gypsies, and the rest of the canting crew. Cant.-Also, according

to the canting academy, the gallows. CHATES. The gallows. Cant. CHAUNTER Culls. Grub-street writers, who compose

songs, carrols, &c. for ballad-singers. Cant. CHAUNT. A song. TO CHAUNT. To sing. To publish an account in the news

papers. The kiddey was chaunted for a toby; his exami. nation concerning a highway robbery was published in

the papers. Chaw Bacon. A countryman. A stupid fellow. CHEAP81DE. He came at it by way of Cheapside; he gave

little or nothing for it, he bought it cheap. CHEATS. Sham sleeves to put over a dirty shift or shirt.

See SHAMS. CHEEK BY JOWE, Side by side, hand to fist. CHEEKS. Ask cheeks near cunnyborough; the repartee of a

St. Gilse's fair one, who bids you ask her backside, anglice her a-se. A like answer is current in France : anyone asking the road or distance to Macon, a city near Lyons, would be answered by a French lady of easy virtue, Met* tez votre nez dans mon cul, & vous serrez dans les Faux

• bourgs. CHEESE-TOASTER. A sword. CHEESE IT. Be silent, be quiet, don't do it. Cheese it, the

coves are fly ; be silent, the people understand our dis: CHEESER. A strong smelling fart. CHELSEA. A village near London, famous for the military hospital. Toget Chelsea ; to obtain the benefit of that hospital. Dead Chelsea, by G-d! an exclamation uttered by a grenadier at Fontenoy, on having his leg carried away by



a cannon-ball. Chest of Tools. A shoe-black's brush and wig, &c. Irish. CHERRY-COLOURED CAT. A black cat, there being black

cherries as well as red. CHERUBIMS. Peevish children, because cherubims and sera

phims continually do cry. CHESHIRE CAT. He grins like a Cheshire cat; said of anyone

who shews his teeth and gums in laughing. CHICK-A-BIDDY. A chicken, so called to and by little chil

dren. CHICKEN-BREASTED. Said of a woman with scarce any

breasts. CHICKEN BUTCHER. A poulterer. CHICKEN-HAMMED. Persons whose legs and thighs are bent

or archward outwards. CHICKEN-HEARTED. Fearful, cowardly. CHICKEN NABOB. One returned from the East Indies with but

a moderate fortune of fifty or sixty thousand pounds, a di

minutive nabob: a term borrowed from the chicken turtle. CHILD. To eat a child ; to partake of a treat given to the

parish officers, in part of commutation for a bastard child : the common price was formerly ten pounds and a greasy

chin. See GREABY CHIN. CHIMNEY Chops. An abusive appellation for a negro. CHINK. Money. CHIP, A child. A chip of the old block; a child who either

in person or sentiments resembles its father or mother. Chip. A brother chip; a person of the same trade or calling. CHIPS. A nick name for a carpenter. CHIRPING MERRY. Exhilarated with liquor. Chirping glass,

a cheerful glass, that makes the company'chirp like birds

in spring CHIT. An iofant or baby. CHITTERLINS. The bowels. There is a rumpus among my

bowels, i.e. I have the colic. The frill of a shirt, CHITTY-FACED. Baby-faced; said of one who has a childish

look. Chive, or CHIFF. A knife, file, or saw. To chive the dar

bies; to file off the irons or fetters. To chive the boungs

of the frows; to cut off women's pockets. CHIVEY. I gave him a good chivey; I gave him a hearty

scolding. CHiving Lar. Cutting the braces of coaches behind, on which the coachman quitting the box, an accomplice robs


CHO the boot; also, formerly, cutting the back of the coach to

steal the fine large wigs then worn. CHOAK. Choak away, the churchyard's near; a jocular say.

ing to a person taken with a violent fit of coughing, or who has swallowed any thing, as it is called the wrong way;

Choak, chicken, more are hatching: a like consolation. CHOAK PEAR. Figuratively, an unanswerable objection: also

a machine formerly used in Holland by robbers; it was of iron, shaped like a pear; this they forced into the mouths of persons from whom they intended to extort money ; and on turning a key, certain interior springs thrust forth a number of points, in all directions, which so enlarged it, that it could not be taken out of the mouth: and the iron, being case-hardened, could not be filed: the only methods of getting rid of it, were either by cutting the mouth, or advertizing a reward for the key. These pears were also

called pears of agony: CHOAKING Pye, or Cold Pye. A punishment inflicted

on any person sleeping in company: it consists in wrap-
ping up cotton in a case or tube of paper, setting it on
fire, and directing the smoke up the nostrils of the sleeper.

CHOCOLATE. To give chocolate without sugar; to reprove,

Military term.
CHOICE Spirit. A thoughtless, laughing, singing, druns

ken fellow.
Chop. A blow. Boxing term.
To CHOP AND CHANGE. To exchange backwards and for-

wards. To choy, in the canting sense, means making dispatch, or hurrying over any business: ex. The autem bowler will soon quit the hums, for he chops up the whiners; the parson will soon quit the pulpit, for he hurries over the prayers. See AUTEM BAWLER, HUMS, and Whi

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Chop CHURCHES. Simoniacal dealers in livings, or other

ecclesiastical preferments. CHOPPING. Lusty. A chopping boy or girl ; a lusty

child. Chops. The mouth. I gave him a wherrit, or a souse,

across the chops; I gave him a blow over the mouth.

CHOUDER. A sea-dish, composed of fresh fish, salt pork,

herbs, and sea-biscuits, laid in different layers, and stewed

together. To CHOUSE. To cheat or trick: he choused me out of it. Chouse is also the term for a game like chuck-farthing.


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