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TIBDY. A cat.
TIB OF THE BUTTERY.'. A goose. Cant.---Saint Tibb's

evening; the evening of the last day, or day of judgment:

he will pay you on St. Tibb's eve. Irish. TICK. To run o'tick; take up goods upon trust, to run in

debt. Tick; a watch. See Sessions Papers. TICKLE TEXT. A parson. TICKLE PITCHER. A thirsty fellow, a sot. TICKLE TAIL. A rod, or schoolmaster. A man's penis. TICKRUM. A licence. TIDY. Neat. Tiffing. Eating or drinking out of meal time, disputing

or falling out; also lying with a wench. A tiff of punch,

a small bowl of punch. TILBURY. Sixpence; so called from its formerly being the

for crossing over from Gravesend to Tilbury fort. TILT. To tilt; to fight with a sword. To run full tilt

against one; allusion to the ancient tilting with the lance. TILTER. A sword. Tim Whisky. A light one-horse chaise without a head. Timber Toe. A man with a wooden leg. TINY. Little. To Tip. To give or lend. Tip me your daddle ; give me

your hand. Tip me a hog; give me a shilling. To tip the lion; to flatten a man's nose with the thumb, and at the same time to extend his mouth with the fingers, thereby giving him a sort of lion-like countenance. To tip the velvet; tonguing a woman. To tip all nine; to knock down all the nine pins at once, at the game of bowls or skittles: tipping, at these games, is slightly touching the tops of the pins with the bowl. Tip; a draught: don't

spoil his tip. TIP-TOP. The best : perhaps from fruit, that growing at

the top of the tree being generally the best, as partaking most of the sun. tip-top workman; the best, or most

excellent workman. TIPPERARY FORTUNE. Two town lands, stream's town,

and ballinocack; said of Irish women without fortune. TIPPLE. Liquor. TIPPLERS. Sots who are continually sipping. TIPSEY. Almost drunk. Tiring. Dressing: perhaps abbreviation of attiring. Tir

ing women, or tire women; women that used to cut la

dies hair, and dress them. Tit. A horse ; a pretty little tit; a smart little girl. A tit,

or tid bit; a delicate morsel. Tommy tit; a smart lively little fellow.


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TIT FOR Tat. An equivalent.
To TITTER. To suppress a laugh.
Titter TATTER. One reeling, and ready to fall at the least
: touch ; also the childish amusement of riding upon the

two ends of a plank, poised upon the prop underneath its centre, called also see-saw. Perhaps tatter is a rustic pro

nunciation of totter. TITTLE-TATTLE. Idle discourse, scandal, women's talk,

or small talk. Titrup. A gentle hand gallop, or canter. Tizzy. Sixpence. Toad Eater. A poor female relation, and humble compa

nion, or reduced gentlewoman, in a great family, the standing butt, on whom all kinds of practical jokes are played off, and all ill humours vented. This appellation is derived from a mountebank's servant, on whom all experiments used to be made in public by the doctor, his master; among which was the eating of toads, formerly supposed poisonous. Swallowing toads is here figuratively meant for swallowing or putting up with insults, as disagreeable to a per

son of feeling as toads to the stomach. TOAD. Toad in a hole; meat baked or boiled in pye-crust.

He or she sits like a toad on a chopping-block; a saying of any who sits ill on horseback. As much need of it as a toad of a side-pocket; said of a person who desires any thing for which he has no real occasion. As full of

inoney as a toad is of feathers. TOAST.' A health ; also a beautiful woman whose health is

often drank by men. The origin of this term (as it is said) was this: a beautiful lady bathing in a cold bath, one of her admirers out of gallantry drank some of the water: whereupon another of her lovers observed, he never drank in the morning, but he would kiss the toast, and immedia

ately saluted the lady. TOASTING IRON, or CHEESE TOASTER. A sword. Toby Lay. The highway: High toby man; a highway

man. Low toby man; a footpad. TOBACCO. A plant, once in great estimation as a medicine :

Tobacco hic
Will make you well if you be sick.

Tobacco hic

If you be well will make you sick. 'Toddy. Originally the juice of the cocoa tree, and afterwards

rum, water, sugar, and nutmeg. Toddle. To walk away. The cove was touting, but

stagging the traps he toddled; he was looking out, and seeing the officers he walked away.


TOP Todge. Beat all to a todge : said of any thing beat to mash: TOGE. A coat. Cant. TOGEMANS. The same. Cant. Togs. Clothes. Theswell is rum-togged. The gentleman

is handsomely dressed. TOKEN. The plague: also the venereal disease. She tip

ped him the token; she gave him a clap or pox. Tor, or TOLEDO. A sword: from Spanish swords made at

Toledo, which place was famous for sword blades of an

extraordinary temper. TOLLIBAN Rig. A species of cheat carried on by a woman,

assuming the character of a dunib and deaf conjuror. Tox T-DMAX. A night man, one who empties necessary

houses. TOMBOY. A romping girl, who prefers the amusement used

by boys to those of her own sex. TOM OF BEDLAM. The same as A bram man. Tom Cony. A simple fellow. Tom Long. A tiresome story teller. It is coming by Tom

Long, the carrier; said of any thing that has been long expected. TOMTHUMB.' A dwarf, a little hop-o'my-thumb. TOMMY: Soft Tommy, or white Tommy; bread is so called

by sailors, to distinguish it from biscuit. Brown Tommy; ammunition bread for soldiers; or brown bread given to

convicts at the hulks. T'o-MORROW COME NEVER. When two Sundays come together; never: Tongue. Tongue enough for two sets of teeth: said of a talkative person. As old as my tongue, and a little older than my

teeth ; a dovetail in answer to the question, How old are you? Tongue pad ; a scold, or nimble-tongued

person. Tony. A silly fellow, or uinny. A mere tony: a simple

ton. Tools. The private parts of a man. Tood. The instrument of any person or faction, a cat's

paw. See Cat's Paw. Tooth Music. Chewing. TOOTH-PICK. A large stick. An ironical expression. TOPPER. A violent blow on the head. Top Rores. To sway away on all top ropes; to live rio

tously or extravagantly. To Top. To cheat, or trick : also to insult: he thought to

have topped upon me. Top; the signal among taylors for snuffing the candles : he who last pronounces that


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word, is obliged to get up and perform the be topped, to be hanged. The cove was topped for smashing queer screens; he was hanged for uttering forged bank notes. Top Diver. A lover of women. An old top diver ; one

who has loved old hat in his time. TOP HEAVY. Drunk. Top Lights. The eyes. Blast your top lights. See Curse. Top SAIL. He paid his debts at Portsmouth with the top6. sail]; i. e. he went to sea and left them unpaid. So sol

diers are said to pay off their scores with the drum ; that

is, by marching away. TOPER. One that loves his bottle, a soaker. See To SOAK. TOPPING FELLOW. One at the top or head of his profes.

sion. TOPPING CHEAT. The gallows. Cant. TOPPING Cove. The hangman. Cant. Topping Man. A rich man. Topsy-TURVY. The top side the other way; i. e. the

wrong side upwards ; some explain it, the top side turf

ways, turf being always laid the wrong side upwards. TORCHECUL. Bumfodder. TORMENTER OF SHEEP SKIN. A drummer. TORMENter of CATGUT. A fiddler. Tory. An advocate for absolute monarchy and church

power; also an Irish vagabond, robber, or rapparee. Toss Por. A drunkard. Toss OFF. Manual pollution. TOTTY-HEADED. Giddy, hare-brained. Touch. To touch; to get money from any one; alsa

to arrest. Touched in the wind; broken-winded. Touched in the head ; insane, crazy. To touch up a woman; to have carnal knowledge of her. Touchbone and whistle; any one having broken wind backwards, according to the vulgar law, may be pinched by any of the company till he has touched bone (i. e, his teeth) and

whistled. Touch BUN FOR LUCK. See BUN. Tout. A look-out house, or eminence. TOUTING. (From tueri, to look about.) Publicans fore

stalling guests, or meeting them on the road, and begging their custom ; also thieves or smugglers looking out to see that the coast is clear. Touting ken; the bar of a public

house. Tow Row. A grenadier. The tow row club; a club or society of the grenadier officers of the line...,

TOWEL TRA 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 beHow aloud. To Track. To go. Track up the dancers; go up stairs.

Cant. Trading JUSTICE. 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 aré by no means so

common as formerly. TRADESMEN. Thieves. Clever tradesmen ; good thieves. TRANSLATORS. Sellers of old mended shoes and boots, be

tween coblers and shoemakers. TO TRANSMOGRAPHY, or TRANSMIGRIFY. To patch up, To TRANSNEAR. To come up with any body. TRANTER. See CROCKER. 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 sto

ries, 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 estimation :

vamp, or alter.

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.
A flock of sheep; 20.

A flock

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