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DOC DISHCLOUT. A dirty, greasy woman.

He has made a napkin of his dishclout; a saying of one who has Inarried his cook maid. To pin a dishclout to a man's tail; a punishment often threatened by the female servants in a kitchen, to a man who pries too minutely into the secrets of that

place. DISMAL Dirty. The psalm sung by the felons at the gal

lows, just before they are turned off. DISPATCHES. A mittimus, or justice of the peace's warrant,

for the commitment of a rogue. Ditto. "A suit of ditto; coat, waistcoat, and breeches, all

of one colour. DisPATCHERS. Loaded or false dice. Distracted Division. Husband and wife fighting. Dive. To dive; to pick a pocket. To dive for a dinner;

to go down into a cellar to dinner. A dive, is a thief who stands ready to receive goods thrown out to him by a little

boy put in at a window. Cant. Diver. A pickpocket; also one who lives in a cellar. Divide. To divide the house with one's wife; to give her

the outside, and to keep all the inside to one's self, i.e. to

turn her into the street. Do. To do any one; to rob and cheat him. I have done

him; I have robbed him. Also to overcome in a boxing match: witness those laconic lines written on the field of battle, by Humphreys to his patron.---'Sir, I have done

the Jew. TODO OVER. Carries the same meaning, but is not so briefly

expressed: the former having received the polish of the

present times. Doash. A cloak. Cant. Dobin Rig. Stealing ribbands from haberdashers early in

the morning or late at night; generally practised by wo

men in the disguise of maid servants. To Dock. To lie with a woman. The cull docked the dell all the darkmans; the fellow laid with the wench all night. Docked smack smooth; one who has suffered an amputation of his penis from a venereal complaint. He must go into dock; a sea phrase, signifying that the person spoken of must undergo a salivation. Docking is also à punishment inflicted by sailors on the prostitutes who have infected them with the venereal disease; it consists in cut, ting off all their clothes, petticoats, shift and all, close to

their stays, and then turning them into the street DOCTOR. Milk and water, with a little rum, and some nutmeg; also the name of a composition used by distillers,


DOM to make spirits appear stronger than they really are, or,

in their phrase, better proof. DOCTORS. Loaded dice, that will run but two or three

chances. They put the doctors upon him ; they cheated

him with loaded dice. Dodsey. A woman : perhaps a corruption of Doxey. Cant. Dog BUFFERS. Dog stealers, who kill those dogs not ad

vertised for, sell their skins, and feed the remaining dogs

with their flesh. DOG IN A DOUBLET. A daring, resolute fellow. In Ger

many and Flanders the boldest dogs used to hunt the boar. having a kind of buff doublet buttoned on their bodies, Rubens has represented several so equipped, so has Sney

ders. Dog. An old dog at it; expert or accustomed to any thing.

Dog in a manger; one who would prevent another from enjoying what he himself does not want: an allusion to the well-known fable. The dogs have not dined ; a common saying to any one whose shirt hangs out behind. To dog, or dodge; to follow at a distance. To blush like a blue dog, i. e. not at all. To walk the black dog on any one ; a punishment inflicted in the night on a fresh prisoner, by his comrades,in case of his refusal to pay the usual

footing or garnish. Dog Latin. Barbarous Latin, such as was formerly used

by the lawyers in their pleadings. Doc's Portion. A lick and a smell. He comes in for only

a dog's portion; a saying of one who is a distant admirer or dangler after women.

See DANGLER. Dog's Rig. To copulate till you are tired, and then turu

tail to it. Dog's Soup. Rain water. Dog VANE. A cockade. Sea term. Dogged. Surly. Doggess, Dog's WIFE or LADY, PUPPY'S MAMMA. Jocular ways of calling a wor

of calling a woman a bitch. DOLL. Bartholomew doll; a tawdry, over-drest woman,

like one of the children's dolls at Bartholomew fair. To mill doll; to beat hemp at Bridewell, or any other house

of correction. DOLLY. A Yorkshire dolly ; a contrivance for washing, by

means of a kind of wheel fixed in a tub, which being turned about, agitates and cleanses the linen put into it, with

soap and water. DOMINE DO LITTLE. An impotent old DOMINEER. To reprove or command


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haughty manner. Don't think as how you shall domineer

here. DOMMERER. A beggar pretending that his tongue has been

cut out by the Algerines, or cruel and blood-thirsty Turks,

or else that he was born deaf and dumb. Cant. Done, or DONE OVER. Robbed: also, convicted or han

: ged. Cant.-See Do. DONE UP. Ruined by gaming and extravagances. Modern.

term. DONKEY, Donkey Dick. A he, or jack ass: called don

key, perhaps, from the Spanish or don-like gravity of

that animal, intitled also the king of Spain's trumpeter. DOODLE. A silly fellow, or noodle: see Noodle. 'Also a

child's penis. Doodle doo, or Cock a doodle doo; a

childish appellation for a cock, in imitation of its note DOODLE SACK. A bagpipe. Dutch. Also the private parts

of a woman. Dopey. A beggar's trull. DOT AND GO ONE. To waddle: generally applied to persons

who have one leg shorter than the other, and who, as the sea phrase is, go upon an uneven keel. Also a jeering appellation for an inferior writing-master, or teacher of

arithmetic. DOUBLE. To tip any one the double; to run away in his or

her debt. DOUBLE JUGG. A man's backside. Cotton's Virgil. Dove-TAIL. A species of regular answer, which fits into

the subject, like the contrivance whence it takes its name : Ex. Who owns this? The dovetail is, Not you by your

asking. Douglas. Roby Douglas, with one eye and a stinking

breath ; the breech. Sea wit. Dowdy. A coarse, vulgar-looking woman. Down HILLS. Dice that run low. Down. Aware of a thing. Knowing it. There is no down.

A cant phrase used by house-breakers to signify that the persons belonging to any house are not on their guard, or that they are fast asleep, and have not heard any noise

to alarm them. To Dowse. To take down : as, Dowse the pendant. Dowse

your dog vane; take the cockade out of your hat. Dowse

the glim ; put out the candle.
DowSE ON THE Chops. A blow in the face.
Dowser. Vulgar pronunciation of douceur.
Doxies. She beggars, wenches, whores.




DRO DRAB. 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 or 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, le 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.

. Draper. An ale draper; an alehouse keeper. 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 hand

kerchief. 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 en

abled 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.


DU C DROP IN THE EYE. Almost drunk, Dropping MEMBER. A man's yard with a gonorrhea. Drop Coves. Persons who practice the fraud of drop

ping 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 die 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 sign

nify 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 prosti

tute; Drury-lane and its environs were formerly the re

sidence 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.
Due Lay. Robbing houses by picking the locks.
DUB THE JIGGER. Open the door. Cant.

Dub O'Th' Hick. A lick on the head.
DUBBER. A picker of locks. Cant.
Duce. Two-pence.
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 widdle 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 T2


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