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TOWEL. An oaken towel, a cudgel. To rub one down with an oaken towel; to beat or cudgel him.

TOWER. Clipped money; they have been round the tower with it. Cant.

To TOWER. To overlook, to rise aloft as in a high tower. TOWER HILL PLAY. A slap on the face, and a kick on the breech.

Town. A woman of the town; a prostitute. To be on the town; to live by prostitution.

TOWN BULL. A common whoremaster. To roar like a
town bull; to cry or bellow aloud.
To TRACK. To go.
TRADING JUSTICES. Broken mechanics, discharged foot-
men, and other low fellows, smuggled into the commission
of the peace, who subsist by fomenting disputes, granting
warrants, and otherwise retailing justice: to the honour
of the present times, these nuisances are by no means so
common as formerly.

Track up the dancers; go up stairs.

TRADESMEN. Thieves. Clever tradesmen; good thieves. TRANSLATORS. Sellers of old mended shoes and boots, between coblers and shoemakers.

vamp, or alter.

To TRANSNEAR. To come up with any body.

TRAP. To understand trap; to know one's own interest.
TRAP STICKS. Thin legs, gambs: from the sticks with
which boys play at trap-ball.

TRAPS. Constables and thief-takers. Cant.

To TRAPAN. To inveigle, or ensnare.

TRAPES. A slatternly woman, a careless sluttish woman. TRAVELLER. To tip the traveller; to tell wonderful stories, to romance.

TRAVELLING PIQUET. A mode of amusing themselves, practised by two persons riding in a carriage, each reckoning towards his game the persons or animals that pass by on the side next them, according to the following


A parson riding a grey horse, with blue furniture; game.
An old woman under a hedge; ditto.

A cat looking out of a window; 60.

A man, woman, and child, in a buggy; 40.
A man with a woman behind him ; 30.

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A flock of geese; 10.

A post chaise; 5.

A horseman; 2.


A man or woman walking; 1.

TRAY TRIP. An ancient game like Scotch hop, played on a pavement marked out with chalk into different compartments.

TRENCHER CAP. The square cap worn by the collegians. at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

TRENCHER MAN. A stout trencher man; one who has a good appetite, or, as the term is, plays a good knife and fork.

TRESWINS. Threepence.

TRIB. A prison: perhaps from tribulation.

TRICKUM LEGIS. A quirk or quibble in the law.

TRIG. The point at which schoolboys stand to shoot their marbles at taw; also the spot whence bowlers deliver the bowl.

TO TRIG IT. To play truant. To lay a man trigging ; to knock him down.

TRIGRYMATE. An idle female companion.

TRIM. State, dress. In a sad trim; dirty.-Also spruce or fine: a trim fellow.


Like master, like man.

TRIMMING. Cheating, changing side, or beating. I'l trim his jacket; I'll thresh him. To be trimmed; to be shaved; I'll just step and get trimmed.

TRINE. To hang; also Tyburn.

TRINGUM TRANGUM. A whim, or maggot.

TRINING. Hanging.

TRINKETS. Toys, bawbles, or nicknacks.

TRIP. A short voyage or journey, a false step or stumble, an error in the tongue, a bastard. She has made a trip;

she has had a bastard.

TRIPE. The belly, or guts. Mr. Double Tripe; a fat man. Tripes and trullibubs; the entrails: also a jeering appellation for a fat man.

To TROLL. To loiter or saunter about.

TROLLY LOLLY, Coarse lace once much in fashion.
TROLLOP. A lusty coarse sluttish woman.

TROOPER. You will die the death of a trooper's horse, that is, with your shoes on; a jocular method of telling any one he will be hanged."

TROT. An old trot; a decrepit old woman. A dog trot; a gentle pace.



TROTTERS. Feet. To shake one's trotters at Bilby's ball, where the sheriff pays the fiddlers; perhaps the Bilboes ball, i. e. the ball of fetters: fetters and stocks were anciently called the bilboes.

To TROUNCE. To punish by course of law.

TRUCK. To exchange, swop, or barter; also a wheel such as ship's guns are placed upon.

TRULL. A soldier or a tinker's trull; a soldier or tinker's female companion.-Guteli, or trulli, are spirits like women, which shew great kindness to men, and hereof it is that we call light women trulls. Randle Holms's Academy of Armory.

TRUMPERY. An old whore, or goods of no value; rubbish.

TRUMPET. To sound one's own trumpet; to praise one's self.

TRUMPETER. The king of Spain's trumpeter; a braying ass. His trumpeter is dead, he is therefore forced to sound his own trumpet. He would make an excellent trumpeter, for he has a strong breath; said of one having a fætid breath.

TRUMPS. To be put to one's trumps: to be in difficulties, or put to one's shifts. Something may turn up trumps; something lucky may happen. All his cards are trumps:

...he is extremely fortunate. TRUNDLERS.


TRUNK. A nose. How fares your old trunk? does your nose still stand fast? an allusion to the proboscis or trunk of an elephant. To shove a trunk to introduce one's self unasked into any place or company. Trunk-maker like; more noise than work.


TRUSTY TROJAN, OF TRUSTY TROUT. A true friend. TRY ON. To endeavour. To live by thieving. Coves who try it on; professed thieves.


TU QUOQUE. The mother of all saints.
TUB THUMPER. A presbyterian parson.

TUCKED UP. Hanged. A tucker up to an old bachelor or widower; a supposed mistress.

TUFT HUNTER. An anniversary parasite, one who courts the acquaintance of nobility, whose caps are adorned with a gold tuft.

TUMBLER. A cart; also a sharper employed to draw in pigcons to game; likewise a posture-master, or rope-danTo shove the tumbler, or perhaps tumbril; to be whipt at the cart's tail.



TO TUNE. To beat: his father tuned him delightfully: per

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haps from fetching a tune out of the person beaten, or

from a comparison with the disagreeable sounds of instruments when tuning.

TO TUP. To have carnal knowledge of a woman.

TUP. A ram: figuratively, a cuckold.

TUP RUNNING. A rural sport practised at wakes and fairs in Derbyshire; a ram, whose tail is well soaped and greased, is turned out to the multitude; any one that can take him by the tail, and hold him fast, is to have him for his own.

T-D. There were four t-ds for dinner: stir t-d, hold t—d, tread t—d, and mus-t-d: to wit, a hog's face, feet and chitterlings, with mustard. He will never sh-e a seaman's t-d; i. e. he will never make a good seaman. TURF. On the turf; persons who keep running horses, or attend and bet at horse-races, are said to be on the turf. TURK. A cruel, hard-hearted man. Turkish treatment; barbarous usage. Turkish shore; Lambeth, Southwark, and Rotherhithe side of the Thames.


TURNCOAT. One who has changed his party from interested motives.

TURNED UP. Acquitted; discharged.


White or fair-haired.

TURNPIKE MAN. A parson; because the clergy collect their tolls at our entrance into and exit from the world. TUZZY-MUZZY. The monosyllable.

TWADDLE. Perplexity, confusion, or any thing else: a fashionable term that for a while succeeded that of bore. See BORE.



north country name for a tay

TWEAGUE. In a great tweague : in a great passion. Twea guey; peevish, passionate.

To TWEAK. To pull to tweak any one's nose.
TWELVER. A shilling.



TWIDDLE POOP. An effeminate looking fellow.

IN TWIG. Handsome; stilish. The cove is togged in twig; the fellow is dressed in the fashion.

To TWIG. To observe. Twig the cull, he is peery; ob serve the fellow, he is watching us. Also to disengage, snap asunder, or break off. To twig the darbies; to knock off the irons.

Twiss. (Irish) A jordan, or pot de chambre. A Mr. Richard




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Twiss having in his Travels" given a very unfavourable description of the Irish character, the inlrabitants of Dublin, by way of revenge, thought proper to christen this utensil by his name-suffice it to say that the baptismal rites were not wanting at the ceremony. On a nephew of this gentleman the following epigram was made by a fr end of outs:

Perish the country, yet my name

Shall ne'er in story be forgot,
But still the more increase in fame,

The more the country goes to pot.

TWIST. A mixture of half tea and half coffee; likewise brandy, beer, and eggs. A good twist; a good appetite. To twist it down apace; to eat heartily.

TWISTED. Executed, hanged.

To TwIT. To reproach a person, or remind him of favours conferred.

TWITTER. All in a twitter; in a fright. Twittering is, also the note of some small birds, such as the robin, &c. TWITTOC. Two. Cant.

TWO HANDED PUT. The amorous congress.

TWO THIEVES BEATING A ROGUE. A man beating his hands against his sides to warm himself in cold weather; called also beating the booby, and cuffing Jonas.

TWO TO ONE SHOP. A pawnbroker's: alluding to the three blue balls, the sign of that trade: or perhaps to its being two to one that the goods pledged are never redeemed.

TWO-HANDED. Great. A two-handed fellow or wench; a great strapping man or woman.

TYE. A neckcloth,

TYBURN BLOSSOM. A young thief or pickpocket, who in time will ripen into fruit borne by the deadly never-green. TYBURN TIPPET. A halter; see Latimer's sermon before Edward VI. A. D. 1549.

TYBURN TOP, or FORETOP. A wig with the foretop combed over the eyes in a knowing style; such being much worn by the gentlemen pads, scamps, divers, and other knowing hands.

TYKE. A dog, also a clown; a Yorkshire tyke.


VAGARIES. Frolics, wild rambles.



One who boasts

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