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THOROUGH-GOOD-NATURED WENCH. One who being asked to sit down, will lie down. THOROUGH GO NIMBLE.
A looseness, a violent purging. THOROUGH COUGH. Coughing and breaking wind backwards at the same time.
THOROUGH STITCH. To go thorough stitch; to stick at nothing, over shoes, over boots.
THOUGHT. What did thought do? lay in bed and besh-t himself, and thought he was up; reproof to any one who excuses himself for any breach of positive orders, by pleading that he thought to the contrary.
THREE TO ONE. He is playing three to one, though sure to lose; said of one engaged in the amorous congress. THREE-PENNY UPRIGHT. A retailer of love, who, for the sum mentioned, dispenses her favours standing against a wall. THREE-LEGGED MARE, or STOOL. The gallows, formerly consisting of three posts, over which were laid three transverse beams. This clumsy machine has lately given place to an elegant contrivance, called the new drop, by which the use of that vulgar vehicle a cart, or mechanical instru ment a ladder, is also avoided; the patients being left suspended by the dropping down of that part of the floor on which they stand. This invention was first made use of for a peer. See DROP.
Half common ale, mixed with stale and
To THROTTLE. To strangle.
THROTTLE. The throat, or gullet.
TO THRUM. To play on any instrument stringed with wire. A thrummer of wire; a player on the spinet, harpsichord, or guitar.
THUMB. By rule of thumb: to do any thing by dint of practice. To kiss one's thumb instead of the book; a vulgar expedient to avoid perjury in taking a false oath. THOMMIKINS. An instrument formerly used in Scotland, like a vice, to pinch the thumbs of persons accused of different crimes, in order to extort confession.
THUMP. A blow. This is better than a thump on the back with a stone; said on giving any one a drink of good liquor on a cold morning. Thatch, thistle, thunder, and thump; words to the Irish, like the Shibboleth of the Hebrews.. THUMPING. Great: a thumping boy."
THWACK. A great blow with a stick across the shoulders. TIB. A young lass
TIBBY. A cat.
TIB OF THE BUTTERY.
evening; the evening of the last day, or day of judgment: he will pay you on St. Tibb's eve. Irish.
TICK. To run o'tick; take up goods upon trust, to run in debt. Tick; a watch. See Sessions Papers.
TICKLE TEXT, A parson.
TICKLE PITCHER. A thirsty fellow, a sot.
TICKLE TAIL. A rod, or schoolmaster. A man's penis. TICKRUM. A licence.
TIFFING. Eating or drinking out of meal time, disputing or falling out; also lying with a wench. A tiff of punch, a small bowl of punch.
TILBURY. Sixpence; so called from its formerly being the fare for crossing over from Gravesend to Tilbury fort.
TILT. To tilt; to fight with a sword. To run full tilt against one; allusion to the ancient tilting with the lance. TILTER. A sword.
A light one-horse chaise without a head. TIMBER TOE. A man with a wooden leg.
To TIP. To give or lend. Tip me your daddle; give me your hand. Tip me a hog; give me a shilling. To tip the lion; to flatten a man's nose with the thumb, and at the same time to extend his mouth with the fingers, thereby giving him a sort of lion-like countenance. To tip the velvet; tonguing a woman. To tip all nine; to knock down all the nine pins at once, at the game of bowls or skittles: tipping, at these games, is slightly touching the tops of the pins with the bowl. Tip; a draught: don't spoil his tip.
TIP-TOP. The best: perhaps from fruit, that growing at the top of the tree being generally the best, as partaking most of the sun. A tip-top workman; the best, or most excellent workman.
TIPPERARY FORTUNE. Two town lands, stream's town, and ballinocack; said of Irish women without fortune. TIPPLE. Liquor.
TIPPLERS. Sots who are continually sipping.
TIPSEY. Almost drunk.
TIRING. Dressing: perhaps abbreviation of attiring. Tiring women, or tire women; women that used to cut ladies hair, and dress them.
TIT. A horse: a pretty little tit; a smart little girl. A tit, or tid bit; a delicate morsel. Tommy tit; a smart lively little fellow.
TIT FOR TAT. An equivalent.
To TITTER. To suppress a laugh.
TITTER TATTER. One reeling, and ready to fall at the least touch; also the childish amusement of riding upon the two ends of a plank, poised upon the prop underneath its centre, called also see-saw. Perhaps tatter is a rustic pronunciation of totter.
TITTLE-TATTLE. Idle discourse, scandal, women's talk, or small talk.
TITTUP. A gentle hand gallop, or canter.
TOAD EATER. A poor female relation, and humble companion, or reduced gentlewoman, in a great family, the standing butt, on whom all kinds of practical jokes are played off, and all ill humours vented. This appellation is derived from a 'mountebank's servant, on whom all experiments used to be made in public by the doctor, his master; among which was the eating of toads, formerly supposed poisonous. Swallowing toads is here figuratively meant for swallowing or putting up with insults, as disagreeable to a person of feeling as toads to the stomach.
TOAD. Toad in a hole; meat baked or boiled in pye-crust. He or she sits like a toad on a chopping-block; a saying of any who sits ill on horseback. As much need of it as a toad of a side-pocket; said of a person who desires any thing for which he has no real occasion. As full of money as a toad is of feathers.
TOAST. A health; also a beautiful woman whose health is often drank by men. The origin of this term (as it is said) was this a beautiful lady bathing in a cold bath, one of her admirers out of gallantry drank some of the water: whereupon another of her lovers observed, he never drank in the morning, but he would kiss the toast, and immediately saluted the lady.
TOASTING IRON, or CHEESE TOASTER. A sword.
High toby man; a highway
Low toby man; a footpad.
TOBACCO. A plant, once in great estimation as a medicine
Will make you well if you be sick.
If you be well will make you sick.
TODDY. Originally the juice of the cocoa tree, and afterwards rum, water, sugar, and nutmeg.
TODDLE. To walk away. The cove was touting, but stagging the traps he toddled; he was looking out, and seeing the officers he walked away.
TODGE. Beat all to a todge: said of any thing beat to mash. TOGE. A coat. Cant.
TOGEMANS. The same. Cant.
ToGs. Clothes. The swell is rum-togged. The gentleman is handsomely dressed.
TOKEN. The plague: also the venereal disease. She tipped him the token; she gave him a clap or pox.
TOL, or TOLEDO. A sword: from Spanish swords made at Toledo, which place was famous for sword blades of an extraordinary temper.
TOLLIBAN RIG. A species of cheat carried on by a woman, assuming the character of a dumb and deaf conjuror.
TOM T-DMAN.. A night man, one who empties necessary
TOMBOY. A romping girl, who prefers the amusement used by boys to those of her own sex.
TOM OF BEDLAM. The same as Abram man.
TOM CONY. A simple fellow.
TOM LONG. A tiresome story teller. It is coming by Tom Long, the carrier; said of any thing that has been long expected.
TOM THUMB. A dwarf, a little hop-o'my-thumb.
TOMMY, Soft Tommy, or white Tommy; bread is so called by sailors, to distinguish it from biscuit. Brown Tommy; ammunition bread for soldiers; or brown bread given to convicts at the hulks.
TO-MORROW COME NEVER. When two Sundays come together; never. **
TONGUE. Tongue enough for two sets of teeth said of a talkative person. As old as my tongue, and a little older than my teeth; a dovetail in answer to the question, How old are you? Tongue pad; a scold, or nimble-tongued
TONY. A silly fellow, or ninny. A mere tony: a simple
TOOLS. The private parts of a man.
TOOL. The instrument of any person or faction, a cat's paw. See CAT'S PAW.
TOOTH MUSIC. Chewing.
TOOTH-PICK. A large stick. An ironical expression.
TOP ROPES. To sway away on all top ropes; to live riotously or extravagantly.
To Top. To cheat, or trick: also to insult: he thought to have topped upon me. Top; the signal among taylors for snuffing the candles: he who last. pronounces that
word, is obliged to get up and perform the operation. to be topped, to be hanged. The cove was topped for smashing queer screens; he was hanged for uttering forged bank notes.
TOP DIVER. A lover of women. An old top diver; one' who has loved old hat in his time.
TOP HEAVY. Drunk.
TOP LIGHTS. The eyes. Blast your top lights. See CURSE. TOP SAIL. He paid his debts at Portsmouth with the topr sail; i. e. he went to sea and left them unpaid. So soldiers are said to pay off their scores with the drum; that is, by marching away.
TOPER. One that loves his bottle, a soaker. See To SOAK. TOPPING FELLOW. One at the top or head of his profes
TOPPING CHEAT. The gallows. Cant. TOPPING COVE. The hangman. TOPPING MAN. A rich man. TorsY-TURVY. The top side the other way; i. e. the wrong side upwards; some explain it, the top side turf ways, turf being always laid the wrong side upwards. TORCHECUL. Bumfodder.
FORMENTER OF SHEEP SKIN. A drummer.
TORMENTER of CATGUT.
TORY. An advocate for absolute monarchy and church power; also an Irish vagabond, robber, or rapparee. Toss POT. A drunkard.
Toss OFF. Manual pollution.
TOTTY-HEADED. Giddy, hare-brained.
TOUCH. To touch; to get money from any one; also to arrest. Touched in the wind; wind; broken-winded. Touched in the head; insane, crazy. To touch up a woman; to have carnal knowledge of her. Touch bone and whistle; any one having broken wind backwards, - according to the vulgar law, may be pinched by any of the company fill he has touched bone (i. e. his teeth) and
TOUCH BUN FOR LUCK. See BUN..
TOUT. A look-out house, or eminence. TOUTING. (From tueri, to look about.) Publicans forestalling guests, or meeting them on the road, and begging their custom; also thieves or smugglers looking out to see that the coast is clear. Touting ken; the bar of a public house.
Tow Row. A grenadier. The tow row club; a club or society of the grenadier officers of the line.