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FIRE SHIP. A wench who has the venereal disease. FIRE SHOVEL. He or she when young, was fed with a fire shovel; à saying of persons with wide mouths.

FISH. A seaman. A scaly fish; a rough, blunt tar. To. have other fish to fry; to have other matters to mind, something 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.

FLABAGASTED. 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. Sea 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 gentleman 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


Next for his favourite mot (1) the kiddey (2)looks about,

And if she's in a flash panney (3) he swears he'll have her out;
So he fences (4) all his togs (5) to buy her duds,(6) anh then
Hefrisks (7) his master's lob (8) to take her from the bawdy ken (9).


FLASH. A periwig. Rum flash; a fine long wig. Queer flash; a miserable weather-beaten caxon.

To FLASH. 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.

FLASH 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.

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FLAYBOTTOMIST. A bum-brusher, or schoolmaster.
TO FLAY, or FLEA, THE FOX. To vomit.

FLEA BITE. A trifling injury. To send any one away with
a flea in his ear; to give any one a hearty scolding.
To FLEECE. To rob, cheat, or plunder.

FLEMISH ACCOUNT. A losing, or bad account.
FLESH BROKER. A match-maker, a bawd.
FLICKER. A drinking glass. Cant.

FLICKERING. Grinning or laughing in a man's face. FLICKING. Cutting. Flick me some panam and caffan ; 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 refused to work for the wages settled by law. Those who submitted, 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.


TO FLOG. To whip.

FLOGGER. A horsewhip. Cant.

FLOGGING CULLY. A debilitated lecher, commonly an old


FLOGGING COVE. The beadle, or whipper, in Bridewell.
FLOGGING STAKE. The whipping-post.

TO FLOOR. To knock down. Floor the pig; knock down 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.


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. 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 meetings, mounted on brooms.

FLY SLICERS. Life-guard men, from their sitting on horseback, 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 CAMPS. Beggars plying in a body at funerals. FLYING GIGGERS. Turnpike gates.

FLYING HORSE. A lock in wrestling, by which he who uses it throws his adversary over his head.

FLYING PASTY. Sirreverence wrapped in paper and thrown over a neighbour's wall.

FLYING PORTERS. Cheats who obtain money by pretending 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.

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FOB. A cheat, trick, or contrivance. I will not be fobbed off 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 unslaked 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 FOOT,OTPAW. Give us your fore foot; 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 improved 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, OF 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.
FOYST. A pickpocket, cheat,or rogue. See WorTON'S GANG,
To FoYST. To pick a pocket.

FOYSTED IN. Words or passages surreptitiously interpolated 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.



FREE AND EASY JOHNS. A society which meet at the Hole in the Wall, Fleet-street, to tipple porter, and sing bawdry. FREE BOOTERS. Lawless robbers and plunderers: originally soldiers who served without pay, for the privilege of plundering the enemy.

FREEHOLDER. He whose wife accompanies him to the alehouse.

FREEMAN'S QUAY. Free of expence. To lush at Freeman's Quay; to drink at another's cost.

FREEZE. A thin, small, hard cider, much used by vintners and coopers in parting their wines, to lower the price of them, and to advance their gain. A freezing vintner; a vintner who balderdashes his wine.

FRENCH CREAM. Brandy; so called by the old tabbies and dowagers when drank in their tea.

FRENCH DISEASE. The venereal disease, said to have been imported from France. French gout; the same,

He suffered by a blow over the snout with a French faggot-stick; i. e. he lost his nose by the pox.

FRENCH LEAVE. To take French leave; to go off without taking leave of the company: a saying frequently applied to persons who have run away from their creditors. FRENCHIFIED. Infected with the venereal disease. The mort is Frenchified: the wench is infected.

FRESH MILK. Cambridge new comers to the university. FRESHMAN. One just entered a member of the university. FRIBBLE. An effeminate fop; a name borrowed from a celebrated character of that kind, in the farce of Miss in her 'Teens, written by Mr. Garrick.

FRIDAY-FACE. A dismal countenance. Before, and even long after the Reformation,Friday was a day of abstinence, or jour maigre. Immediately after the restoration of king Charles II. a proclamation was issued, prohibiting all publicans from dressing any suppers on a Friday.

TO FRIG. Figuratively used for trifling. FRIG PIG. A trifling, fiddle-faddle fellow. FRIGATE. A well-rigged frigate; a well-dressed wench. FRISK. To dance the Paddington frisk; to be hanged. TO FRISK. Used by thieves to signify searching a person whom they have robbed. Blast his eyes! frisk him. FROE, OF VROE. A woman, wife, or mistress. Brush to your froe, or bloss, and wheedle for crop; run to your mistress, and sooth and coax her out of some money. Dutch. FROGLANDER. A Dutchman.

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