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on speculation for time, i. e. agrees with the seller, called a Bear, to take a certain sum of stock at a future day, at a stated price: if at that day stock fetches more than the price agreed on, he receives the difference; if it falls or is cheaper, he either pays it, or becomes a lame duck, and waddles out of the Alley. See LAME DUCK and BEAR. BULL. A blunder; from one Obadiah Bull, a blundering lawyer of London, who lived in the reign of Henery VII.: by a bull,is now always meant a blunder made by an Irishman. A bull was also the name of false hair formerly much worn by women. To look like bull beef, or as bluff as bull beef; to look fierce or surly. Town bull, a great whore-master.
BULL. A crown piece. A half bull; half a crown.
BULL CALF. A great hulkey or clumsy fellow.
BULL CHIN. A fat chubby child.
BULL HANKERS. Persons who over-drive bulls, or fre-quent bull baits.
BULL'S EYE. A crown-piece.
BULL'S FEATHER. A horn: he wears the bull's feather; he is a cuckold.
To BULLOCK. To hector, bounce, or bully.
BULLY. A cowardly fellow, who gives himself airs of great bravery. A bully huff cap; a hector. See HECTOR. BULLY BACK. A bully to a bawdy-house; one who is kept in pay, to oblige the frequenters of the house to submit to the impositions of the mother abbess, or bawd; and who also sometimes pretends to be the husband of one of the ladies, and under that pretence extorts money from greenhorns,or ignorant young men, whom he finds with her. See GREENHORN.
BULLY COCK. One who foments quarrels in order to rob the persons quarrelling.
BULLY RUFFIANS. Highwaymen who attack passengers with oaths and imprecations.
BULLY TRAP. A brave man with a mild or effeminate appearance, by whom bullies are frequently taken in.
BUM. the breech, or backside.
TO BUM. To arrest a debtor.
The gill bummed the
swell for a thimble; the tradesman arrested the gentle
man for a watch.
BUM TRAP. A sheriff's officer who arrests debtors.
Ware hawke! the bum traps are fly to our panney; keep a good look out, the bailiffs know where our house is situated.
BUM BAILIFF. A sheriff's officer, who arrests debtors'; so called perhaps from following his prey, and being at their bums, or, as the vulgar phrase is, hard at theira-ses. Blackstone says, it is a corruption of bound bailiff, from their being obliged to give bond for their good behaviour. BUM BRUSHER. A schoolmaster. BUM BOAT. A boat attending ships to retail greens, drams, &c. commonly rowed by a woman; a kind of floating chandler's shop.
BUM FODDER. Soft paper for the necessary house or torchecul.
BUMFIDDLE. The backside, the breech. See ARS MUSICA. BUMBо. Brandy, water, and sugar; also the negro name for the private parts of a woman.
BUMKIN. A raw country fellow.
BUMPER. A full glass; in all likelihood from its convexity or bump at the top: some derive it from a full glass formerly drunk to the health of the pope-au bon pere. BUMPING. A ceremony performed on boys perambulating the bounds of the parish on Whit-monday, when they have their posteriors bumped against the stones marking the boundaries, in order to fix them in their memory. BUN. A common name for a rabbit, also for the monosyllable. To touch bun for luck; a practice observed among sailors going on a cruize. BUNDLING. A man and woman sleeping in the same bed, he with his small clothes, and she with her petticoats on; an expedient practised in America on a scarcity of beds, where, on such an occasion, husbands and parents frequently permitted travellers to bundle with their wives and daughters. This custom is now abolished. See Duke of Rochefoucalt's Travels in America.
BUNG UPWARDS. Said of a person lying on his face. BUNG YOUR EYE. Drink a dram; strictly speaking, to drink till one's eye is bunged up or closed.
BUNT. An apron.
BUNTER. A low dirty prostitute, half whore and half beggar. BUNTLINGS. Petticoats. Cant.
BURN CRUST. A jocular name for a baker.
BURN THE KEN. Strollers living in an alehouse without paying their quarters, are said to burn the ken. Cant. BURNING SHAME. A lighted candle stuck into the parts of a woman, certainly not intended by nature for a candlestick.
BURNER. A clap. The blowen tipped the swell a burner; the girl gave the gentleman a clap.
BURNER. He is no burner of navigable rivers; i. e. he is no conjuror, or man of extraordinary abilities; or rather, he is but a simple fellow. See THAMES.
BURNT. Poxed or clapped. He was sent out a sacrifice, and came home a burnt offering; a saying of seamen who have caught the venereal disease abroad. He has burnt his fingers; he has suffered by meddling. BURR. A hanger on, or dependant; an allusion to the field burrs, which are not easily got rid of. Also the Northumbrian pronunciation: the people of that country, but chiefly about Newcastle and Morpeth, are said to have a burr in their throats, particularly called the Newcastle burr.
BUSHEL BUBBY. A full breasted woman.
BUSK. A piece of whalebone or ivory, formerly worn by women, to stiffen the fore part of their stays: hence the toast-Both ends of the busk.
BUSS BEGGAR. An old superannuated fumbler, whom none but beggars will suffer to kiss them.
BUS-NAPPER. A constable. Cant.
BUS-NAPPER'S KENCHIN. A watchman. Cant.
Busy. As busy as the devil in a high wind; as busy as a hen with one chick.
BUTCHER'S DOG. To be like a butcher's dog, i. e. lie by the beef without touching it; a simile often applicable to married men.
BUTCHER'S HORSE. That must have been a butcher's horse, by his carrying a calf so well; a vulgar joke on an awkward rider.
BUTT. A dependant, poor relation, or simpleton, on whom all kinds of practical jokes are played off; and who serves as a butt for all the shafts of wit and ridicule. BUTTER BOX. A Dutchman, from the great quantity of butter eaten by the people of that country.
BUDTERED BUN. One lying with a woman that has just lain with another man, is said to have a buttered bun. BUTTER AND EGGS TROT. A kind of short jogg trot,such as is used by women going to market, with butter and eggs. She looks as if butter would not melt in her mouth, yet I warrant you cheese would not choak her; a saying of a demure looking woman, of suspected character. Don't make butter dear; a gird at the patient angler. BUTTOCK. A whore. Cant.
BUTTOCK BROKER. A bawd, or match-maker. Cant.
BUTTOCK BALL. The amorous congress.
BUTTOCK AND FILE. A common whore and a pickpocket. Cant.
BUTTOCK AND TWANG, or DOWN BUTTOCK AND SHAM
BUTTON. A bad shilling, among coiners. His a-se makes buttons; he is ready to bewray himself through fear. Cant. BUZMAN. A pickpocket. Cant.
BUZZARD. A simple fellow. A blind buzzard: a purblind man or woman. BYE BLOW. A bastard.
CABBAGE. Cloth, stuff, or silk purloined by taylors from their employers, which they deposit in a place called hell, or their eye: from the first, when taxed, with their knavery, they equivocally swear, that if they have taken any, they wish they may find it in hell; or, alluding to the second, protest, that what they have over and above is not more than they could put in their eye. When the scrotum is relaxed or whiffled, it is said they will not cabbage. CAB. A brothel. Mother: how many tails have you in your cab? how many girls have you in your bawdy house? CACAFEUGO. A sh-te-fire, a furious braggadocio or bully huff.
CACKLE. To blab, or discover secrets. The cull is leaky, and cackles; the rogue tells all. Cant. See LEAKY. CACKLER. A hen.
CACKLER'S KEN. A hen roost.
CACKLING CHEATS. Fowls.
CACKLING FARTS. Eggs. Cant.
CADDEE. A helper. An under-strapper.
CADGE. To beg. Cadge the swells; beg of the gentlemen. CAFFAN. Cheese. Cant.
CAGG. To cagg; a military term used by the private soldiers, signifying a solemn vow or resolution not to get drunk for a certain time; or, as the term is, till their cagg is out: which vow is commonly observed with the strict
est exactness. Ex. I have cagg'd myself for six months. Excuse me this time, and I will cagg myself for a year. This term is also used in the same sense among the common people of Scotland, where it is performed ✰ with divers ceremonies.
CAG. To be cagged. To be sulky or out of humour. The cove carries the cag; the man is vexed or sullen.
CAG MAGG. Bits and scraps of provisions. Bad meat. CAGG MAGGS. Old Lincolnshire geese, which having been plucked ten or twelve years, are sent up to London to feast the cockneys.
CAKE, or CAKEY. A foolish fellow.
CALF-SKIN FIDDLE. A drum. To smack calf's skin; to kiss the book in taking an oath. It is held by the St. Giles's casuists, that by kissing one's thumb instead of smacking calf's skin, the guilt of taking a false oath is avoided.
CALVES. His calves are gone to grass; a saying of a man with slender legs without calves. Veal will be cheap, calves fall; said of a man whose calves fall away. CALVES HEAD CLUB. A club instituted by the Independents and Presbyterians, to commemorate the decapitation of King Charles I. Their chief fare was calves heads; and they drank their wine and ale out of calves skulls. CALIBOGUS. Rum and spruce beer, American beverage. CALLE. A cloak or gown. Cant.
CAMBRIDGE FORTUNE. A wind-mill and a water-mill, used to signify a woman without any but personal endow
CAMBRIDGE OAK. A willow.
CAMBRADE. A chamber fellow; a Spanish military term. Soldiers were in that country divided into chambers, five men making a chamber, whence it was generally used to signify companion.
CAMESA. A shirt or shift. Cant. Spanish.
CAMP CANDLESTICK. A bottle, or soldier's bayonet. CAMPBELL'S ACADEMY. The hulks or lighters, on board of which felons are condemned to hard labour. Mr. Campbell was the first director of them. See AcaDEMY and FLOATING ACADEMY.
CANARY BIRD. A jail bird, a person used to be kept in a cage; also, in the canting sense, guineas.
CANDLESTICKS. Bad, small, or untunable bells. Hark! how the candlesticks rattle.