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NEVER TO BE WORTH A GROAT.
Said of any person
remarkably unsuccessful in his attempts or profession.
BоTCH. A nick name for a taylor.
BOTHERED OF BOTH-EARED. Talked to at both ears by different persons at the same time, confounded, confused. Irish phrase.
BOTHERAMS. A convivial society.
Void of wit.
BOTTOM. A polite term for the posteriors. Also, in the sporting sense, strength and spirits to support fatigue; as a bottomed horse. Among bruisers it is used to express a hardy fellow, who will bear a good beating. BOTTOMLESS PIT. The monosyllable.
BOUGHS.Wide in the boughs, with large hips and posteriors. BOUGHS. He is up in the boughs; he is in a passion.
TO BOUNCE. To brag or hector; also to tell an improbable story. To bully a man out of any thing. The kiddey bounced the swell of the blowen; the lad bullied the gentleman out of the girl.
BOUNCER. A large man or woman; also a great lie.
BOUNCING CHEAT. A bottle;
drawing the cork. Cant.
BOUNG. A purse. Cant.
from the explosion in
BOUNG NIPPER. A cut purse.
were worn at the girdle, from whence they were cut.
Boose, or BOUSE.
BOWSING KEN. An ale-house or gin-shop.
BOWSPRIT. The nose, from its being the most projecting part of the human face, as the bowsprit is of a ship. Bow-wow. The childish name for a dog; also a jeering appellation for a man born at Boston in America. Bow-wow MUTTON. Dog's flesh.
BOW-WOW SHOP. A salesman's shop in Monmouth-street; so called because the servant barks, and the master bites. See BARKER.
BOWYER. One that draws a long bow, a dealer in the marvellous, a teller of improbable stories,a liar : perhaps from the wonderful shots frequently boasted of by archers. To BOX THE COMPASS, To say or repeat the mariner's compass, not only backwards or forwards, but also to be able to answer any and all questions respecting its divisions. Sea term.
TO BOX THE JESUIT, AND GET COCK ROACHES. A sea term for masturbation; a crime, it is said, much practised by the reverend fathers of that society.
BRACE. The Brace tavern; a room in the S. E. corner of the
King's Bench, where, for the convenience of prisoners residing thereabouts, beer purchased at the tap-house was retailed at a halfpenny per pot advance. It was kept by two brothers of the name of Partridge, and thence called the Brace.
BRACKET-FACED. Ugly, hard-featured.
BRAGGET. Mead and ale sweetened with honey. BRAGGADOCIA. A vain-glorious fellow, a boaster. BRAINS. If you had as much brains as guts, what a clever fellow you would be! a saying to a stupid fat fellow. To have some guts in his brains; to know something. BRAN-FACED. Freckled. He was christened by a baker, he carries the bran in his face.
BRANDY-FACED. Red-faced, as if from drinking brandy. BRANDY. Brandy is Latin for a goose; a memento to prevent the animal from rising in the stomach by a glass of the good creature.
BRAT. A child or infant.
BRAY. A vicar of Bray; one who frequently changes his principles, always siding with the strongest party an allusion to a vicar of Bray, in Berkshire, commemorated in a well-known ballad for the pliability of his conscience. BRAZEN-FACED. Bold-faced, shameless, impudent. BREAD AND BUTTER FASHION. One slice upon the other. John and his maid were caught lying bread and butter fashion. To quarrel with one's bread and butter; to act contrary to one's interest. To know on which side one's bread is buttered'; to know one's interest, or what is best for one. It is no bread and butter of mine; I have no business with it; or rather, I won't intermeddle, because I shall get nothing by it.
BREAK-TEETH WORDS. Hard words, difficult to pronounce. BREAKING SHINS. Borrowing money; perhaps from the figurative operation being, like the real one, extremely disagreeable to the patient.
BREAD. Employment. Out of bread; out of employment. In bad bread; in a disagreeable scrape, or situation. BREAD BASKET. The stomach; a term used by boxers. I took him a punch in his bread basket; i. e. I gave him a blow in the stomach. BREAST FLEET. He or she belongs to the breast fleet; i.e. is a Roman catholic; an appellation derived from their custom of beating their breasts in the confession of their sins. BREECHED. Money in the pocket: the swell is well breeched, let's draw him; the gentleman has plenty of money in his pocket, let us rob him.
BREECHES. To wear the breeches; a woman who governs her husband is said to wear the breeches.
An edition of the Bible printed in 1598, wherein it is said that Adam and Eve sewed figleaves together, and made themselves breeches.
BREEZE. To raise a breeze; to kick up a dust or breed a disturbance.
BRIDGE. To make a bridge of any one's nose; to push the bottle past him, so as to deprive him of his turn of filling his glass; to pass one over. Also to play booty, or purposely to avoid winning. BRIM. (Abbreviation of Brimstone.) An abandoned woman; perhaps originally only a passionate or irascible woman, compared to brimstone for its inflammability. BRISKET BEATER. A Roman catholic. See BREAST FLEET, and CRAW THUMPer.
A Spanish wine called sherry, much drunk at that place, particularly in the morning. BRISTOL MAN. The son of an Irish thief and a Welch
BROGANIER. One who has a strong Irish pronunciation or
BROGUE. A particular kind of shoe without a heel, worn in Ireland, and figuratively used to signify the Irish accent.
BROTHER OF THE
BLADE. A soldier.
CoIF. A serjeant at law.
QUILL. An author.
STRING. A fiddler.
WHIP. A coachman.
BROTHER STARLING. One who lies with the same woman, that is, builds in the same nest.
BROUGHTONIAN. A boxer: a disciple of Broughton, who was a beef-eater, and once the best boxer of his day. BROWN BESS. A soldier's firelock. To hug brown Bess; to carry a firelock, or serve as a private soldier.
BROWN GEORGE. An ammunition loaf. A wig without powder; similar to the undress wig worn by his majesty. BROWN MADAM, or Miss BROWN. The monosyllable. BROWN STUDY. Said of one absent, in a reverie, or thoughtful.
BRUISER. A boxer; one skilled in the art of boxing; also an inferior workman among chasers.
BREWES, Or BROWES.
The fat scum from the pot in
which salted beef is boiled.
TO BRUSH. To run away. Let us buy a brush and lope; let us go away or off, To have a brush with a woman; to lie with her. To have a brush with a man; to fight with him. The cove cracked the peter and bought a brush; the fellow broke open the trunk, and then ran away. BRUSHER. A bumper, a full glass. A bumper, a full glass. See BUMPER.
BUB. Strong beer.
BUBBER. A drinking bowl; also a great drinker; a thief that steals plate from public houses. Cant.
THE BUBBLE. The party cheated, perhaps from his being like an air bubble, filled with words, which are only wind, instead of real property.
TO BAR THE BUBBLE. To except against the general rule, that he who lays the odds must always be adjudged the loser: this is restricted to betts laid for liquor. BUBBLY JOCK. A turkey cock. Scotch.
BUBBLE AND SQUEAK. Beef and cabbage fried together. It is so called from its bubbling up and squeaking whilst over the fire.
BUBE. The venereal disease.
BUCK. A blind horse; also a gay debauchee.
TO RUN A BUCK. To poll a bad vote at an election.-.Irish term.
BUCK BAIL. Bail given by a sharper for one of the gang. A BUCK OF THE FIRST HEAD. One who in debauchery surpasses the rest of his companions, a blood or choice. spirit. There are in London divers lodges or societies of Bucks, formed in imitation of the Free Masons: one was held at the Rose, in Monkwell-street, about the year 1705. The president is styled the Grand Buck. A buck sometimes signifies a cuckold.
BUCK'S FACE. A cuckold.
A lecherous old fellow.
BUCKEEN. A bully. Irish.
BUCKET. To kick the bucket; to die.
Buckinger was born without hands and legs; notwithstanding which he drew coats of arms very neatly, and could write the Lord's Prayer within the compass of a shilling; he was married to a tall handsome woman, and traversed the country, shewing himself for money. BUCKLES. Fetters.
BUDGE, OF SNEAKING BUDGE. One that slips into houses
in the dark, to steal cloaks or other clothes. Also lambs' fur formerly used for doctors' robes, whence they were called budge doctors. Standing budge; a thief's scout or spy.
TO BUDGE. To move, or quit one's station. Don't budge from hence; i. e. don't move from hence, stay here. BUDGET. A wallet. To open the budget; a term used to signify the notification of the taxes required by the minister for the expences of the ensuing year; as Tomorrow the minister will go to the house, and open the budget.
BUFE. A dog. Bufe's nob; a dog's head.
BUFF. All in buff; stript to the skin, stark naked. BUFF. To stand buff; to stand the brunt. To swear as a witness. He buffed it home; and I was served; he swore hard against me, and I was found guilty. BUFFER. One that steals and kills horses and dogs for their skins; also an inn-keeper: in Ireland it signifies a boxer.
BUFFER. A man who takes an oath generally applied to Jew bail.
BUFFLE-HEADED. Confused, stupid.
BUG. A nick name given by the Irish to Englishmen; bugs having, as it is said, been introduced into Ireland by the English. To BUG. A cant word among journeymen hatters, signifying the exchanging some of the dearest materials of which a hat is made for others of less value. Hats are composed of the furs and wool of divers animals among which is a small portion of beavers' fur. Bugging, is stealing the beaver,and substituting in lieu thereof an equal weight of some cheaper ingredient.-Bailiffs who take money to postpone or refrain the serving of a writ, are said to bug the writ.
BUG-HUNTER. An upholsterer.
BUGABOE. A scare-babe, or bully-beggar."
BUGGY. A one-horse chaise.
BUGGER. A blackguard, a rascal, a term of reproach. Mill the bloody bugger; beat the damned rascal.
BULK AND FILE. Two pickpockets; the bulk jostles the party to be robbed, and the file does the business. BULKER. One who lodges all night on a bulk or projection before old-fashioned shop windows.
BULL. An Exchange Alley term for one who buys stock