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haughty manner. Don't think as how you shall domineer

here. DOMMERER. A beggar pretending that his tongue has been

cut out by the Algerines, or cruel and blood-thirsty Turks,

or else that he was born deaf and dumb. Cant. Done, or DONE OVER. Robbed : also, convicted or han

ged. Canl.-See Do. DOSE UP.

Ruined by gaming and extravagances. Modern term. DONKEY, DONKEY Dick. A he, or jack ass: called don

key, perhaps, from the Spanish or don-like gravity of

that animal, intitled also the king of Spain's trumpeter. DOODLE. A silly fellow, or noodle: see NoodLE. “Also a

child's penis. Doodle doo, or Cock a doodle doo; a childish appellation for a cock, in imitation of its note

when crowing: Doodle Sack. A bagpipe. Dutch. Also the private parts

of a woman. DoPey. A beggar's trull. DOT AND GO ONE. To waddle: generally applied to persons

who have one leg shorter than the other, and who, as the sca phrase is, go upon an uneven keel. Also a jeering appellation for an inferior writing-master, or teacher of

arithmetic. DOUBLE. To tip any one the double; to run away in his or

her debt. DOUBLE JUGG. A man's backside. Cotton's Virgil

. DOVE-TAIL. A species of regular answer, wbich fits into

the subject, like the contrivance whence it takes its name : Ex. Who owns this? The dovetail is, Not you by your

asking. DOUGLAS. Roby Douglas, with one eye and a stinking

breath; the breech. Sea wit. Dowdy. A coarse, vulgar-looking woman. Down HILLS. Dice that run low. Down. Aware of a thing. Knowing it. There is no down.

A cant phrase used by house-breakers to signify that the persons belonging to any house are not on their guard, or that they are fast asleep, and have not heard any noise

to alarm them. To Dowse. To take down : as, Dowse the pendant. Dowse

your dog vane ; take the cockade out of your hat. Dowse

the glim ; put out the candle.
DowSE ON THE CHors. A blow in the face.
DOWSER. Vulgar pronunciation of douceur.
Doxies. She beggars, wenches, whores.

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DRAB

DRO DRAB. A nasty, sluttish whore. DRAG. To go on the drag ; to follow a cart or waggon, in

order to rob'it. Cant. Drag Lay. Waiting in the streets to rob carts or waggons. DRAGGLETAIL or DAGGLETAIL. One whose garments are

bespattered with dag or dew: generally applied to the

female sex, to signify a slattern. DRAGOONING IT. A man who occupies two branches of

one profession, is said to dragoon it; because, like the soldier of that denomination, he serves in a double capacity. Such is a physician who furnishes the medicines, and

compounds his own prescriptions. DRAIN. Gin : so called from the diuretic qualities imputed

to that liquor. DRAM. A glass or small measure of any spirituous liquors,

which, being originally sold by apothecaries, were estimated by drams, ounces, &c. Dog's dram ; to spit in

his mouth, and clap his back. DRAM-A-TICK. A dram served upon credit. DRAPER. An ale draper; an alehouse keeper. DRAUGHT, or BiLL, ON THE PUMP AT ALDGATE. A bad

or false bill of exchange. See ALDGATE. DRAW LATCHES. Robbers of houses whose doors are

only fastened with latches. Cant. To Draw. To take any thing from a pocket. To draw a

swell of a clout. To pick a gentleman's pocket of a hand

kerchief. To draw the long bow; to tell lies. DRAWERS. Stockings. Cant. DRAWING THE KING's PICTURE. Coining. Cant. To DRESS. To beat. I'll dress his hide neatly; I'll beat him

soundly. DRIBBLE. A method of pouring out, as it were, the dice

from the box, gently, by which an old practitioner is en

abled to cog one of them with his fore-finger. DRIPPER. A gleet. DROMEDARY. A heavy, bungling thief or rogue. A purple

dromedary; a bungler in the art and mystery of thieving.

Cant. DROMMERARS.

See DOMMERER. DROP. The new drop; a contrivance for executing felons at

Newgate, by means of a platform, which drops from under them : this is also called the last drop. See LEAF.

See MORNING DROP. DROP A Cog. To ļet fall, with design, a piece of gold or,

silver, in order to draw in and cheat the person who sees it picked up; the piece so dropped is called a dropt cog.

DROP

DROP IN THE Eye. Almost drunk.
DROPPING MEMBER. A mau's yard with a gonorrhea.
Drop Coves. Persons who practice the fraud of drop-

ping a ring or other article, and picking it up before the person intended to be defranded, they pretend that the thing is very valuable to induce their gull to lend them money, or to purchase the article. See FAWNY RIG,

aud MONEY DROPPERS. To DROP DOWN.

To be dispirited. This expression is used by thieves to signify that their companion did not die game, as the kiddy dropped down when he went to be twisted; the young fellow was very low spirited when

he walked out to be banged. To Drus. To beat any one with a stick, or rope's end :

perhaps a contraction of dry rub. It is also used to sig

nify a good beating with any instrument. DRUMMER. A jockey term for a horse that throws about

his fore legs irregularly : the idea is taken from a kettle drummer, who in beating makes many flourishes with

his drumsticks. DRUNK. Drunk as a wheel-barrow. Drunk as David's

SOW. See David's Sow. DRURY LANE AGUE. The venereal disorder. DRURY LANE VEŠTAL. A woman of the town, or prosti

tute; Drury-lane and its environs were formerly the re

sidence of many of those ladies. DRY BOB.

A smart repartee : also copulation without emission; in law Latin, siccus robertulus. Dry Boots. A sly humorous fellow. Due.

A picklock, or master-key. Cant. Due Lav. Robbing houses by picking the locks. DUB THE JIGGER. Open the door. Cant, DUB O'TH' Hick. A lick on the head. DUBBER. A picker of locks. Cant. Duce. Two-pence. Duck. A lame duck; an Exchange-alley phrase for a

stock-jobber, who either cannot or will not pay his losses, or differences, in which case he is said to waddle out of the alley, as he cannot appear there again till his debts are settled and paid; should he attenipt it, he would be

hustled out by the fraternity. DUCKS AND DRAKES. To make ducks and drakes: a

school-boy's amusement, practised with pieces of tile, oyster-shells, or flattish stones, which being skimmed along the surface of a pond, or still river, rebound many F 2

time.

D U M times. To make ducks and drakes of one's money ; to

throw it idly away. Duck F-CK-R. The man who has the care of the poultry

on board a ship of war. Duck LEGS. Svort legs. DUDDERS, or WHISPERING DUDDERS. Cheats who tra

vel the country, pretending to sell smuggled goods: they accost their intended dupes in a whisper. The goods they have for sale are old shop-keepers, or damaged ;

purchased by them of large manufactories. See DuFFER. DUDDERING RAKE. A thundering rake, a buck of the

first head, one extremely lewd. DUDGEON. Anger. Duds. Clothes. DUFFERS. Cheats who ply in different parts of the town,

particularly about Water-lane, opposite St. Clement's church, in the Strand, and pretend to deal in smuggled goods, stopping all country people, or such as they think they can impose on ; which they frequently do, by selling

them Spital-fields goods at double their current price. Dugs. A woman's breasts. Duke, or Rum DUKE. A queer unaccountable fellow. DUKE OF LIMBS. A tall, awkward, ill-made fellow. DUKE HUMPHREY. To dine with Duke Humphrey ; to

fast. In old St. Paul's church was an aisle called Duke Humphrey's walk (from a tomb vulgarly called his, but in reality belonging to John of Gaunt), and persons who walked there, while others were at dinner, were said to

dine with Duke Humphrey. DuLL Swirl. A stupid, sluggish fellow, one long going on

an errana. DUMB ARM. A lame arm. DUM B-FOUNDED. Silenced, also soundly beaten. DUMB GLUTTON. A woman's privities. DUMB WATCH. A venereal bubo in the groin. DUMMEE. A pocket book. A dummee hunter. A pick

pocket, who lurks about to steal pocket books out of gentlemen's pockets. Frisk the dummee of the screens; take all the bank notes out of the pocket book, ding the dummee, and bolt, they sing out beef. Throw away the pocket

book, and run off, as they call out“ stop thief.” DUMPLIN. A short thick man or woman. Norfolk dump

lin; a jeering appellation of a Norfolk man, dumplins being

a favourite kind of food in that county. DUMPS. Down in the dumps; low-spirited, melancholy: jocularly said to be derived from Dumpos, a king of Egypt,

who

who died of melancholy. Dumps are also small pieces of lead, cast by schoolboys in the shape of money. Dun. An importunate creditor. Dunny, in the provincial

dialect of several counties, signifies deaf; to dun, then, perhaps may mean to deafen with importunate demands : some derive it from the word donmez, which signifies give. But the true original meaning of the word, owes its birth to one Joe Dun, a famous bailiff of the town of Lincoln, so extremely active, and so dexterous in his business, that it became a proverb, when a man refused to pay, Why do not you

Dun him? that is, Why do not you set Dun to arrest him? Hence it became a cant word, and is now as old as since the days of Henry VII. Dun was also the general name for the hangman, before that of Jack Ketch.

And presently a halter got,
Made of the best strong

hempen teer,
And ere a cat could lick her ear,
Had tied it up with as much art,
As DUN himself could do for's heart.

Cotton's Virgil Trav. book iv.
DUNAKER. A stealer of cows and calves.
DUNEGAN. A privy. A water closet.
DunghiLL. A coward: a cockpit phrase, all but game cocks

being styled dunghills. Todiedunghill; to repent, orshew any signs of contrition at the gallows. Moving dunghill; a dirty, filthy man or woman. Dung, an abbreviation of dunghill, also means a journeyman taylor who submits to the law for regulating journeymen taylors' wages, therefore

deemed by the flints a coward. See FLINTS. DUNNOCK. A cow.

Cant. To Dup. To open a door: a contraction of do ope or open.

See Dus. Durham MAN. Knocker kneed, he grinds mustard with

his knees: Durham is famous for its mustard. Dust. Money. Down with your dust; deposit the money.

To raise or kick up a dust; to make a disturbance or riot:

see BREEZE. Dust it away; drink about. DUSTMAN. A dead man: your father is a dustman. Durch COMFORT. Thank God it is no worse. Dutch CONCERT. Where every one plays or signs a dif

ferent tune. Dutch Feast. Where the entertainer gets drunk before

his guest. Dutch RECKONING, or ALLE-MAL. A verbal or lump ac

count; without particulars; as brought at spunging or baw

dy houses.

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