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FIELD LANE Duck. A baked sheep's head.
with a writ of fieri facias.
goods to the diver. See Diver. FIGGING LAW. The art of picking pockets. Cant. FIGURE DANCER. One who alters figures on bank notes,
converting tens to hundreds. Filci, or FILEL. A boggar's staff, with an iron hook at
the end, to pluck clothes from an hedge, or any thing out of a casement. Filcher; the same as angler. Filching cove; a man thief. Filching mort ; a woman thief. FILE, FILE CLOy, or BUNGNIPPER. A pick pocket. To file; to rob or cheat. The file, or bungnipper, goes generally in company with two assistants, the adam tiler, and another called the bulk or bulker, whose business it is to jostle the person they intend to rob, and push him against the wall, while the file picks his pocket, and gives the boo
ty to the adam tiler, who scours off with it. Cant. Fin. An arm. A one finned fellow; man who has lost
an arm. Sea phrase. FINE. Fine as five pence. Fine as a cow-t-d stuck with
primroses. FINE. A man imprisoned for any offence. A fine of eighty
four months; a transportation for seven years. FINGER IN EYE. To put finger in eye; to weep: com
monly applied to women. The more you cry the less you'll p-ss ; a consolatory speech used by sailors to their doxies. It is as great a pity to see a woman cry, as to
see a goose walk barefoot; another of the same kind. Finger Post. A parson : so called, because he points out
a way to others which he never goes himself. Like the finger post, he points out a way he has never been, and probably will
never go, i. e. the way to heaven. Finish. The finish ; a small coffee-house in Covent-Garden
market, opposite Russel-street, open very early in the morning, and therefore resorted to by debauchees shut out of every other house : it is also called Carpenter's coffee
house. FIRING A Gun. Introducing a story by head and shoulders.
A man wanting to tell a particular story, said to the company, Hark! did you not hear a gun ?--but now we are talking of a gun, I will tell
I will tell you the story of one. To FIRE A SLUG. To drink a dram. FIRE PRIGGERS. Villains who rob at fires, under pretence of assisting in removing the goods.
F LA FIRE SHIP. A wench who has the venereal disease. FIRE SHOVEL. He or she when young, was fed with a fire
shovel; a saying of persons with wide mouths. FisyA seaman. A scaly fish ; a rough, blunt tar. To
have other fish to fry ; to have other matters to mind, some
thing else to do. Fit. Suitable. It won't fit ; It will not suit or do. Five SHILLINGS. The sign of five shillings,i. e.the crown.
Fifteen shillings ; the sign of the three crowns. FIZZLE. An escape backward. FLAPAGASTED. Confounded. FLABBY. Relaxed, flaccid, not firm or solid. Flag. A groat. Cant.-The flag of defiance, or bloody flag
is out; signifying the man is drunk, and alluding to the
redness of his face. Seu phrase. FLAM. A lie, or sham story: also a single stroke on a drum.
To flam; to hum, to amuse, to deceive. Flim flams; idle
stories. FLAP DRAGON. A clap, or pox. To FLARE. To blaze, shine or glare. FLASH. Knowing. Understanding another's meaning. The
swell was flash, so I could not draw his fogle. The gen; tleman saw what I was about, and therefore I could not
pick his pocket of his silk handkerchief. To patter flash,
to speak the slang language. See PATTER. FLASH PANNEYS. Houses to which thieves and prostitutes resort.
Next for bis favourite mot (1) the kiddey (2)looks about,
Flash Song. FLASH. A periwig. Rum flash ; a fine long wig. Queer
flash; a miserable weather-beaten caxon. To FCASH. To shew ostentatiously. To flash one's ivory;
to laugh and shew one's teeth. Don't flash your ivory, but shut your potatoe trap, and keep your guts warm; the
Devil loves hot tripes. To FLASH THE Hash. To vomit. Cant. 'FLASH KEN. A house that harbours thieves. Flası Lingo. The canting or slang language. Flash Man. A bully to a bawdy house, A whore's bully. *FLAT. A bubble, gull, or silly fellow. FLAT Cock. A female. FLAWD,Drunk.
(2) Youth. (3) Brothel. (4) Tawns. (5) Cloaths: (6). Wearing Apparel.
FLAYBOTTOMIST. A bum-brusher, or schoolmaster.
a flea in his ear; to give any one a hearty scolding.
cut me some bread and cheese. Flick the peter; cut off
the cloak-bag, or portmanteau. To Fling. To trick or cheat. He flung me fairly out of it:
he cheated me out of it. Flints. Journeymen taylors, who on a late occasion refus
ed to work for the wages settled by law. Those who sub
mitted, were by the mutineers styled dungs, i.e. dunghills. FLIP. Small beer, brandy, and sugar: this mixture, with
the addition of a lemon, was by sailors, formerly called Sir Cloudsly, in memory of Sir Cloudsly Shovel, who used
frequently to regale himself with it. FLOATING ACADEMY. See CAMPBELL'S ACADEMY. FLOATING HELL. The hulks. To Flog. To whip. FLOGGER. A horsewhip. Cunt. FLOGGING CULLY. A debilitated lecher, commonly an old
FLOGGING Cove. The beadle, or whipper, in Bridewell.
the officer. FLOURISH. To take a flourish; to enjoy a woman in a hasty
manner, to take a flyer. See Flyer. To FLOUT. To jeer, to ridicule. FLUMMERY. Oatmeal and water boiled to a jelly; also
compliments, neither of which are over-nourishing. FLUSH IN THE POCKET.
Full of money,
The cull is flush in the fob. The fellow is full of money. FLUSTERED. Drunk. FLUTE. The recorder of a corporation; a recorder was an
antient musical instrument. To Flux. To cheat, cozen, or over-reach ; also to salivate.
To flux a wig; to put it up in curl, and bake it. Fly. Knowing. Acquainted with another's meaning or
proceeding. The rattling cove is fly; the coachman knows what we are about.
FLY Еоо Fly. A waggon. Cant. FLY-BY-Night. You old fly-by-night ; an ancient term of
reproach to an old woman,signifying that she was a witch, and alluding to the nocturnal excursions attributed to witches, who were supposed to fly abroad to their meet
ings, mounted on brooms. FLY SLICERS. Life-guard men, from their sitting on horse
back, under an arch, where they are frequently observed
to drive away flies with their swords. FLYER. To take a flyer; to enjoy a woman with her
clothes on, or without going to bed. FLYERS. Shoes. FLY-FLAPPED. Whipt in the stocks, or at the cart's tail. Flying Canrs. Beggars plying in a body at funerals. FLYING Giggers. Turnpike gates. FLYING HORSE. A lock in wrestling, by which he who
uses it throw's his adversary over his head. FLYING PASTY. Sirreverence wrapped in paper and
thrown over a neighbour's wall. FLYING Portens. Cheats who obtain money by pretend.
ing to persons who have been lately robbed, that they may come from a place or party where, and from whom, they may receive information respecting the goods stolen
from them, and demand payment as porters. FLYING STATIONERS. Ballad-singers and hawkers of penny
histories. FLYMSEY. A bank note. Fos. A cheat, trick, or contrivance. I will not be fobbed off
so; I will not be thus deceived with false pretences. The
fob is also a small breeches pocket for holding a watch. Fog. Smoke. Cant. Fogey. Old Fogey. A nick name for an invalid soldier:
derived from the French word fougeur, fierce or fiery. FOGLE. A silk handkerchief. FOGRAM. An old fogram ; a fusty old fellow. Fogus. Tobacco. Tip me a gage of fogus ; give me a
pipe of tobacco. Cant. Fool. A fool at the end of a stick; a fool at one end, and
a maggot at the other; gibes on an angler. Fool FINDER. A bailiff. FOOLISH. An expression among impures, signifying the
cully who pays, in opposition to a flash man. Is he
foolish or flash ? Foot Pads, or Low Pads. Rogues who rob on foot. Foot WABBLER. A contemptuous appellation for a foot soldier, commonly used by the cavalry.
Footman's Mawnd. An artificial sore made with un
slaked lime, soap, and the rust of old iron, on the back
of a beggar's hand, as if hurt by the bite or kick of a horse. Footy DESPICABLE. A footy fellow, a despicable fellow;
from the French foutüe. Fore Foor,or Paw. Give us your forefoot; give us your hand. FOREMAN OF THE Jury. One who engrosses all the talk
to himself, or speaks for the rest of the company. Fork. A pickpocket. Let us fork him; let us pick his pocket.—' The newest and most dexterous way, which is,
to thrust the fingers strait, stiff, open, and very quick, • into the pocket, and so closing them, hook what can ( be held between them.' N. B. This was taken from a book written many years ago : doubtless the art of picking pockets, like all others, must have been much iniproved
since that time. Forlorn Hope. A gamester's last stake. FORTUNE HUNTERS. Indigent men, seeking to enrich
themselves by marrying a woman of fortune. FORTUNE TELLER, or CUNNING MAN. A judge, who tells
every prisoner his fortune, lot or doom. To go before the fortune teller, lambskin men, or conjuror; to be tried at
an assize. See LAMBSKIN MEN. Foul. To foul a plate with a man, to take a dinner with him. FOUL-MOUTHED. Abusive. FOUNDLING. A child dropped in the streets, and found, and
educated at the parish expence. Fousil. The name of a public house, where the Eccen
trics assemble in May's Buildings, St. Martin's Lane. Fox. A sharp, cunning fellow. Also an old term for a
sword, probably a rusty one, or else from its being dyed red with blood; some say this name alluded to certain swords of remarkable good temper, or metal, marked with the
figure of a fox, probably the sign, or rebus, of the maker. Fox's Paw. The vulgar pronunciation of the French
words faux pás. He made a confounded fox's paw. FOXED. Intoxicated. Foxey. Rank. Stinking. Foxing A Boot. Mending the foot by capping it. Forst. A pickpocket, cheat,or rogue. See Wotton's GANG. To FOyst. To pick a pocket. FOYSTED IN. Words or passages surreptitiously interpola.
ted or inserted into a book or writing. FRATERS. Vagabonds who beg with sham patents, or briefs,
for hospitals, fires, inundations, &c. Free. Free of fumblers hall; a saying of one who cannot get his wife with child,