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APO kets, which they threw into the eyes of any person they intended to rob; and running away, their accomplices (pretending to assist and pity the half-blinded person)
took that opportunity of plundering him. ANABAPTIST. A pickpocket caught in the fact, and punish
ed with the discipline of the pump or horse-pond. Anchor. Bring your a-se to an anchor, i.e. sit down. To let
go an anchor to the windward of the law; to keep within
the letter of the law. Sea wit. ANGLERS. Pilferers, or petty thieves, who, with a stick
having a hook at theend, steal goods out of shop-windows, grates, &c.; also those who draw in or entice unwary per
sons to prick at the belt, or such like devices. ANGLING FOR FARTHINGS. Begging out of a prison win
dow with a cap, or box, let down at the end of a long
string. ANKLE. A girl who is got with child, is said to have sprained
her ankle. ANODYNE NECKLACE. A halter. ANTHONY or TANTONY Pig. The favourite or smallest pig
in the litter.- To follow like a tantony pig, i. e. St. Anthony's pig; to follow close at one's heels. St. Anthony the hermit was a swineherd, and is always represented with a swine's bell and a pig. Some derive this saying from a privilege enjoyed by the friars of certain convents in England and France (sons of St. Anthony), whose swine were permitted to feed in the streets. These swine would follow any one having greens or other provisions, till they obtained some of them; and it was in those days considered
an act of charity and religion to feed them. TO KNOCK ANTHONT. Said of an in-kneed person, or one
whose knees knock together; to cuft*Jonas. See Jonas. APE LEAder. An old maid; their punishment after
death, for neglecting increase and multiply, will be, it is
said, leading apes in hell. A POSTLES. To maneuvre the apostles, i. é. rob Peter to
pay Paul; that is, to borrow money of one man to pay
another. APOSTLES. (Cambridge.) Men who are plucked, refused
their degree. APOTHECARY. To talk like an apothecary; to use hard or
gallipot words : from the assumed gravity and affectation of knowledge generally put on by the gentlemen of this profession, who are commonly as superficial in their learn
ing as they are pedantic in their language. APOTHECARY'S BILL. A long bill.
APOTHECARY's, or LAW LATIN. Barbarous Latin, vulgarly
called Dog Latin, in Ireland Bog Latin. APPLE CART. Down with his apple-cart; knock or throw
him down. APPLE DUMPLIN SHOP. A woman's bosom. APPLE-PYE BED. A bed made apple-pye fashion, like what
is called a turnover apple-pye, where the sheets are so doubled as to prevent any one from getting at his length between them : a common trick played by frolicsome country lasses on their sweethearts, male relations, or
visitors. April Fool. Any one imposed on, or sent on a bootless
errand, on the first of April; which day it is the custom among the lower people, children, and servants, by dropping empty papers carefully doubled up, sending persons on absurd messages, and such like contrivances, to impose on every one they can, and then to salute them with the title of April Fool. This is also practised in Scot
land under the title of Hunting the Gowke. AFRON STRING HOLD. An estate held by a man dur
ing his wife's life. AQUA PUMPAGINIS. Pump water. Apothecaries Latin. ARBOR VITÆ. A man's penis. ARCH DUKE. A comical or eccentric fellow. . ARCH ROGUE, DIMBER DAMBER UPRIGHT MAN. The
chief of a gang of thieves or gypsies. Arch Dell, or Arch Doxy, signities the same in rank among
the female canters or gypsies. ARD. Hot. Cant. ARMOUR. In his armour, pot valiant: to fight in armour;
to make use of Mrs. Philips's ware. See C--D--M. ARK. A boat or wherry. Let us take an ark and winns, let
us take a sculler. Cant. ARK RUFFIANS. Rogues who, in conjunction with water
men, robbed, and sometimes murdered, on the water, by picking a quarrel with the passengers in a boat, boarding it, plundering, stripping, and throwing them overboard, &c.
A species of badger. Cant. ARRAH NOW.
An unmeaning expletive, frequently used by the vulgar Irish. ARS MUSICA. A bum fiddlle. ARSE. To hang an arse ; to hang back, to be afraid to ad
He would lend his a--e,and sh-te through his ribs; a saying of any one who lends his money inconsiderately. He would lose his a--e if it was loose ; said of a careless
person. A--e about ; turn round. ARSY VÀRSEY. To fall arsy varsey, i. e. head over heels.
the line, or in a hot latitude. It is performed thus: A man
over his muscles as himself. ARTICLES. Breeches; coat, waistcoat, and articles. ARTICLE. A wench. A prime article. A handsome girl.
She's a a prime article (Whip slang), she's a devilish good
piece, a hell of a goer. Ask, or Ax my A--E. A common reply to any question;
still deemed wit at sea, and formerly at court, under the
denomination of selling bargains. See BargAIN. Assig. An assignation. ATHANASIAN WENCH, or QUICUNQUE VULT. A forward
girl, ready to oblige every man that shall ask her. AUNT. Mine aunt; a bawd or procuress: a title of eminence
for the senior dells, who serve for instructresses,midwives,
&c. for the dells. Cant. See DELLS.
ters of shops. Cant.
also churchwardens and overseers of the poor. Cant. AUTEM GOGLERS. Pretended French prophets. Cant. AUTEM MORT. A married woman; also a female beggar with several children hired or borrowed to excite charity.
books, the culls are awake; hide the cards, the fellows
BABES IN THE W00D. Criminals in the stocks, or pillory BABBLE. Confused, unintelligible talk, such as was used at
the building the tower of Babel. BACK Biter. One who slanders another behind his back,
i. e. in his absence. His bosom friends are become his back
biters, said of a lousy man. BACKED. Dead. He wishes to have the senior, or old
square-toes, backed , he longs to have his father on six
men's shoulders ; that is, carrying to the grave. BACK UP.
His back is up, i. e. he is offended or angry ; an expression or idea taken from a cat; that animal, when angry, always raising its back. An allusion also sometimes used to jeer a crooked man; as, So, Sir, I see somebody
has offended you, for your back is up. Bacon. He has saved his bacon; he has escaped. He has a
good voice to beg bacon ; a saying in ridicule of a bad voice, BACON-FACED. Full-faced. BACON FED.
Fat, greasy. Back GAMMON PLAYER. A sodomite. BACK DOOR (USHER, or GENTLEMAN OF THE). The same. BAD BARGAIN. One of his majesty's bad bargains; a
worthless soldier, a malingeror. See MALINGEROR. B&DGE. A term used for one burned in the hand. He has got
his badge, and piked; he was burned in the hand, and is
at liberty. Cant. BADGE-Coves. Parish Pensioners. Cant. BADGERS. A crew of desperate villains who robbed near
rivers, into which they threw the bodies of those they
murdered. Cant. BAG. He gave them the bag, i.e. left them. BAG OF NAILS. He squints like a bag of nails; i. e.
his eyes are directed as many ways as the points of a bag of nails. The old BAG OF NAILS at Pimlico; originally
the BACCHANALS. BAGGAGE. Heavy baggage; women and children. Also a
familiar epithet for a woman; as, cunning baggage,
wanton baggage, &c. BAKERS Dozen. Fourteen ; that number of rolls being al
lowed to the purchasers of a dozen. BAKER-KNEE'D. One whose knees knock together in
walking, as if kneading dough. BALDERDASH. Adulterated wine. BALLOCKS. The testicles of a man or beast ; also a vulgar
nick name for a parson. His brains are in his ballocks,
a cant saying to designate a fool. BALUM RANCUM. A hop or dance, where the women are
all prostitutes. N.B. The company dance in their birthday suits.
BAR BALSAM. Money. BAM. A jocular imposition, the same as a humbug. See
HUMBUG. ToBAm. To impose on any one by a falsity ; also to
jeer or make fun of any one. To BAMBOOZLE. To make a fool of any one, to humbug or
impose on him. BẠNAGHAN. He beats Banaghan; an Irish saying of one
who tells wonderful stories. Perhaps Banaghan was a
minstrel famous for dealing in the marvellous. BANDBOX. Mine a-se on a bandbox; an answer to the
offer of any thing inadequate to the purpose for which
it is proffered, like offering a bandbox for a seat. BANBURY STORY OF A COCK AND A BULL, A round,
about, nonsensical story. BANDOG. A bailiff or his follower ; also a very fierce
mastiff': likewise, a bandbox. Cant. BANG UP. (Whip.) Quite the thing, hellish fine. Well done. Compleat. Dashing. In a handsome stile. A bang up cove; a dashing fellow who spends his money freely. To bang up prime: to bring your horses up in a dashing or fine style: as the swell's rattler and prads are bang up prime; the gentleman sports an elegant carriage
aud fine horses. To Bang, To beat. BANGING. Great; a fine banging boy. BANG STRAW. A nick name for a thresher, but applied
to all the servants of a farmer. BANKRUPT CART. A one-horse chaise, said to be so
called by a Lord Chief Justice, from their being so frequently used on Sunday jaunts by extravagant shop
keepers and tradesmen. Banks's Horse. A horse famous for playing tricks, the
property of one Banks. It is mentioned in Sir Walter Raleigh's Hist. of the World, p. 178; also by Sir Ke.
nelm Digby and Ben Jonson. BANTLING. A young child. BANYAN Day. A sea term for those days on which no
meat is allowed to the sailors: the term is borrowed from the Banyans in the East Indies, a cast that eat no
thing that had life. BAPTIZED, OR CHRISTENED. Rum, brandy, or any other
spirits, that have been lowered with water. BARBER'S CHAIR, She is as common as a barber's chair, in
wnich a whole parish sit to be trimmed ; said of a pros
titute, BARBER'S SIGN. A standing pole and two wash balls.