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EQUIPT. Rich; also, having new clothes. Well equipt; full of money, or well dressed. The cull equipped me with a brace of meggs; the gentleman furnished me with a couple of guineas.
ESSEX LION. A calf; Essex being famous for calves, and chiefly supplying the London markets.
ESSEX STILE. A ditch; a great part of Essex is low marshy ground, in which there are more ditches than stiles. ETERNITY Box. A coffin.
EVES. Hen roosts.
EVE'S CUSTOM-HOUSE, where Adam made his first entry. The monosyllable.
EVES DROPPER. One that lurks about to rob hen-roosts; also a listener at doors and windows, to hear private conversation.
EVIL. A halter. Cant. Also a wife.
EWE. A white ewe; a beautiful woman. An old ewe, drest lamb fashion; an old woman, drest like a young girl. EXECUTION DAY. Washing day.
EXPENDED. Killed: alluding to the gunner's accounts, wherein the articles consumed are charged under the title of expended. Sea phrase.
EYE.. It's all my eye and Betty Martin. It's all nonsense, all mere stuff.
EYE-SORE. A disagreeable object. It will be an eye-sore as long as she lives, said by a man whose wife was cut for a fistula in ano.
FACE-MAKING. Begetting children. To face it out; to
FADGE. It won't fadge; it won't do. A farthing.
him, he is my fag; whence, perhaps, fagged out, for jaded or tired. To stand a good fag; not to be soon tired. FAGGER. A little boy put in at a window to rob the house. FAGGOT. A man hired at a muster to appear as a soldier. To faggot in the canting sense, means to bind: an allusion to the faggots made up by the woodmen, which are all bound. Faggot the culls; bind the men.
FAITHFUL. One of the faithful; a taylor who gives long credit. His faith has made him unwhole; i. e. trusting too much, broke him.
FAIR. A set of subterraneous rooms in the Fleet Prison. FAKEMENT. A counterfeit signature. A forgery. Tell
the macers to mind their fakements; desire the swindlers to be careful not to forge another person's signature. FALLALLS. Ornaments, chiefly women's, such as ribands, necklaces, &c.
FALLEN AWAY FROM A HORSE LOAD TO A CART LOAD. A saying on one grown fat.
FAMILY MAN. A thief or receiver of stolen goods.
FAM LAY. Going into a goldsmith's shop, under pretence of buying a wedding ring,and palming one or two,by daubing the hand with some viscous matter.
FAMS, or FAMBLES. Hands. Famble cheats; rings or gloves. Cant.
To shake hands: figuratively, to agree or make up a difference. Famgrasp the cove; shake hands with the fellow.
FAMILY OF LOVE. Lewd women; also, a religious sect. FANCY MAN. A man kept by a lady for secret services. TO FAN. To beat any one. I fanned him sweetly; I beat him heartily.
FANTASTICALLY DRESSED, with more rags than ribands. FART. He has let a brewer's fart, grains and all; said of one who has bewrayed his breeches.
Piss and fart,
Sound at heart.
Res saluberrima est lumbis.
I dare not trust my a-se with a fart: said by a person troubled with a looseness.
FART CATCHER. A valet or footman, from his walking be hind his master or mistress.
FARTLEBERRIES. Excrement hanging about the anus.
FASTNER. A warrant.
FAT. The last landed, inned, or sto wed, of any sort of merchandise so called by the water-side porters, carmen, &c. All the fat is in the fire; that is, it is all over with us: a saying used in case of any miscarriage or disappointment in an undertaking; an allusion to overturning the frying pan into the fire. Fat, among printers, means void spaces.
AS FAT AS A HEN IN THE FOREHEAD. A saying of a meagre person.
FAT CULL. A rich fellow.
FAT HEADED. Stupid.
FAULKNER. A tumbler, juggler, or shewer of tricks ; perhaps because they lure the people, as a faulconer does his hawks. Cant.
FAYTORS, Or FATORS. Fortune tellers.
FAWNEY RIG. A common fraud, thus practised: A fellow drops a brass ring, double gilt, which he picks up before the party meant to be cheated, and to whom he disposes of it for less than its supposed, and ten times more than its real, value. See MONEY DROPPER.
FAWNEY. A ring.
FEAGUE. To feague a horse; to put ginger up a horse's fundament, and formerly, as it is said, a live eel, to make him lively and carry his tail well; it is said, a forfeit is incurred by any horse-dealer's servant, who shall shew a horse without first feaguing him. Feague is used, figura tively, for encouraging or spiriting one up.
To FEATHER ONE'S NEST. To enrich one's self.
FEE, FAW, FUM. Nonsensical words, supposed in childish
FEINT. A sham attack on one part, when a real one is meant at another,
FELLOW COMMONER. An empty bottle: so called at the university of Cambridge, where fellow commoners are not in general considered as over full of learning. At Oxford an empty bottle is called a gentleman commoner for the same reason. They pay at Cambridge 2501. a year for the privilege of wearing a gold or silver tassel to their caps. The younger branches of the nobility have the
privilege of wearing a hat, and from thence are denominated HAT FELLOW COMMONERS.
FEN. A bawd, or common prostitute. To FENCE. To pawn or sell to a receiver of stolen goods. The kiddey fenced his thimble for three quids; the young fellow pawned his watch for three guineas. To fence invariably means to pawn or sell goods to a receiver. FENCING KEN. The magazine, or warehouse, where stolen goods are secreted.
FERME. A hole. Cunt.
FERMERDY BEGGARS. All those who have not the sham sores or clymes.
FERRARA. Andrea Ferrara; the name of a famous swordcutler: most of the Highland broad-swords are marked with his name; whence an Andrea Ferrara has become the common name for the glaymore or Highland broadsword. See GLAYMORE.
FERRET. A tradesman who sells goods to young unthrift heirs, at excessive rates, and then continually duns them for the debt. To ferret; to search out or expel any one from his hiding-place, as a ferret drives out rabbits; also to cheat. Ferret-eyed; red-eyed: ferrets have red eyes. FETCH. A trick, wheedle, or invention to deceive, FEUTERER. A dog-keeper: from the French vautrier, or vaultrier, one that leads a lime hound for the chase. To FIB. To beat. Fib the cove's quarron in the rumpad for the lour in his bung; beat the fellow in the highway for the money in his purse. Cant.--A fib is also a tiny lie. FICE, or FOYSE. A small windy escape backwards, more obvious to the nose than ears; frequently by old ladies charged on their lap-dogs. See FIZZLE.
FID OF TOBACco. A quid, from the small pieces of tow with which the vent or touch hole of a cannon is stopped. Sea term.
FIDDLE FADDLE. Trifling discourse, nonsense. A mere fiddle faddle fellow; a trifler.
FIDDLESTICK'S END. Nothing; the end of the ancient fiddlesticks ending in a point; hence metaphorically used to express a thing terminating in nothing.
FIDGETS. He has got the fidgets; said of one that cannot sit long in a place.
FIDLAM BEN. General thieves; called also St. Peter's sons, having every finger a fish-hook. Cant.
FIDDLERS MONEY. All sixpences: sixpence being the usual sum paid by each couple, for music at country wakes and hops. Fiddler's fare; meat, drink, and money. Fiddler's pay; thanks and wine.
FIELD LANE DUCK. A baked sheep's head.
FIERI FACIAS. A red-faced man is said to have been served with a writ of fieri facias.
FIGDEAN. To kill.
FIGGER. A little boy put in at a window to hand out goods to the diver. See DIVER.
FIGGING LAW. The art of picking pockets. Cant.
FIGURE DANCER. One who alters figures on bank notes, converting tens to hundreds.
FILCH, or FILEL. A beggar's staff, with an iron hook at the end, to pluck clothes from an hedge, or any thing out of a casement. Filcher; the same as angler. Filching cove; a man thief. Filching mort; a woman thief. FILE, FILE CLOY, or BUNGNIPPER. A pick pocket. To file; to rob or cheat. The file, or bungnipper, goes generally in company with two assistants, the adam tiler, and another called the bulk or bulker, whose business it is to jostle the person they intend to rob, and push him against the wall, while the file picks his pocket, and gives the booty to the adam tiler, who scours off with it. Cant. FIN. An arm. A one finned fellow; a man who has lost an arm. Sea phrase.
FINE. Fine as five pence. Fine as a cow-t-d stuck with primroses.
FINE. A man imprisoned for any offence. A fine of eightyfour months; a transportation for seven years.
FINGER IN EYE. To put finger in eye; to weep: commonly applied to women. The more you cry the less you'll p-ss; a consolatory speech used by sailors to their doxies. It is as great a pity to see a woman cry, as to see a goose walk barefoot; another of the same kind. FINGER POST. A parson: so called, because he points out. a way to others which he never goes himself. Like the finger post, he points out a way he has never been, and probably will never go, i. e. the way to heaven. FINISH. The finish; a small coffee-house in Covent-Garden market, opposite Russel-street, open very early in the morning, and therefore resorted to by debauchees shut out of every other house: it is also called Carpenter's coffeehouse. FIRING A GUN. Introducing a story by head and shoulders. A man wanting to tell a particular story, said to the company, Hark! did you not hear a gun ?-but now we are talking of a gun, I will tell you the story of one.
TO FIRE A SLUG. To drink a dram.
FIRE PRIGGERS. Villains who rob at fires, under pretence of assisting in removing the goods.