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DRAE. 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 OF 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.
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 handkerchief. 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 enabled 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 let 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 IN THE EYE. Almost drunk.
DROPPING MEMBER. A man's yard with a gonorrhoea. DROP COVES. Persons who practice the fraud of dropping a ring or other article, and picking it up before the person intended to be defrauded, they pretend that the thing is very valuable to induce their gull to lend them money, or to purchase the article. See FAWNY RIG, and MONEY DROPPERS
TO DROP DOWN. To be dispirited. This expression is used by thieves to signify that their companion did not 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 hanged.
TO DRUB. To beat any one with a stick, or rope's end: perhaps a contraction of dry rub. It is also used to signify 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 VESTAL. A woman of the town, or prostitute; Drury-lane and its environs were formerly the residence 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.
DUB. A picklock, or master-key. Cant.
DUBLAY. Robbing houses by picking the locks.
DUB THE JIGGER. Open the door.
DUB O' TH' HICK. A lick on the head.
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 attempt 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
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. Short legs.
DUDDERS, OF WHISPERING DUDDERS. Cheats who travel 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.
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, OF 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 SWIFT. A stupid, sluggish fellow, one long going on an errand.
DUMB ARM. A lame arm.
DUMB-FOUNDED. Silenced, also soundly beaten.
DUMB WATCH. A venereal bubo in the groin.
DUMMEE. A pocket book. A dummee hunter. A pickpocket, 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 dumplin; 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 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 donnez, 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,
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. To diedunghill; to repent, or shew 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 DUB.
DURHAM MAN. Knocker kneed, he grinds mustard with bis 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.
DUTCH CONCERT. Where every one plays or signs a different tune.
DUTCH FEAST. Where the entertainer gets drunk before his guest.
DUTCH RECKONING, Or ALLE-MAL. A verbal or lump account, without particulars, as brought at spunging or bawdy houses.
DUTCHESS. A woman enjoyed with her pattens on, or by a man in boots, is said to be made a dutchess.
DIE HARD, OF GAME. To die hard, is to shew no signs of fear or contrition at the gallows; not to whiddle or squeak. This advice is frequently given to felons going to suffer the law, by their old comrades, anxious for the honour of the gang.
EARNEST. A deposit in part of payment, to bind a bargain.
EARTH BATH. A Grave.
EASY. Make the cull easy or quiet; gag or kill him. As easy as pissing the bed.
EASY VIRTUE. A lady of easy virtue: an impure or prostitute. EAT. To eat like a beggar man, and wag his under jaw; a jocular reproach to a proud man. To eat one's words; to retract what one has said.
To EDGE. To excite, stimulate, or provoke; or as it is vulgarly called, to egg a man on. Fall back, fall edge; i. e. let what will happen. Some derive to egg on, from the Latin word, age, age.
EIGHT EYES. I will knock out two of your eight eyes; a common Billingsgate threat from one fish nymph to another every woman, according to the naturalists of that society, having eight eyes; viz. two seeing eyes, two bubeyes, a bell-eye, two pope's eyes, and a ***-eye. He has fallen down and trod upon his eye; said of one who has a black eye.
ELBOW GREASE. Labour. Elbow grease will make an oak table shine.
ELBOW ROOM. Sufficient space to act in. Out at elbows; said of an estate that is mortgaged.
ELBOW SHAKER. A gamester, one who rattles Saint Hugh's bones, i. e. the dice.
ELLENBOROUGH LODGE. The King's Bench Prison. Lord Ellenborough's teeth; the chevaux de frize round the top of the wall of that prison.
ELF. A fairy or hobgoblin, a little man or woman.
EMPEROR. Drunk as an emperor, i. e. ten times as drunk as a lord.
ENGLISH BURGUNDY. Porter.
ENSIGN BEARER. A drunken man, who looks red in the face, or hoists his colours in his drink.