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18th Century Thieves Cant
Food and Drink
Food and Drink : Ale, Beer and Porter
ACT OF PARLIAMENTA military term for small beer, five pints of which, by an act of parliament, a landlord was formerly obliged to give to each soldier gratis.1811
BELCHany sort of Malt-liquor so called.1737
BELCHAll sorts of beer; that liquor being apt to cause eructation.1811
BENE BOWSEGood beer, or other strong liquor. Cant.1811
BUBStrong beer.1811
ENGLISH MANUFACTUREAle, Beer, or Cyder.1737
HARDStale beer, nearly sour, is said to be hard. Hard also means severe: as, hard fate, a hard master.1811
HUM CAPVery old and strong beer, called also stingo. See STINGO.1811
HUM-CAPold, mellow, and very strong Beer.1737
HUMMING LIQUORDouble Ale, Stout, Pharaoh.1737
HUMMING LIQUORDouble ale, stout pharaoh. See PHARAOH.1811
KNOCK DOWNvery strong Ale or Beer.1737
KNOCK ME DOWNStrong ale or beer, stingo.1811
LUSHStrong beer.1811
LUSHbeer or liquor of any kind.1819
NAPPY ALEStrong ale.1811
NAPPY-ALEvery strong, heady.1737
OIL OF BARLEY, or BARLEY BROTHStrong beer.1811
OYL OF BARLEYstrong Drink.1737
PHARAOHvery strong Malt Drink.1737
PHARAOHStrong malt liquor.1811
ROT GUTSmall beer; called beer-a-bumble--will burst ones guts before it will make one tumble.1811
ROT-GUTvery small or thin Beer.1737
STINGOStrong beer, or other liquor.1811
STITCH-BACKvery strong Ale.1737
STITCHBACKStrong ale.1811
SWIPESPursers swipes; small beer: so termed on board the kings ships, where it is furnished by the purser.1811
TAPLASHThick and bad beer.1811
THREE THREADShalf common Ale, and half Stout or double Beer.1737
THREE THREADSHalf common ale, mixed with stale and double beer.1811
WATER BEWITCHEDVery weak punch or beer.1811
WHIP-BELLY VENGEANCE, or pinch-gut vengeanceWeak or sour beer.1811
Food and Drink : Brandy and Gin
BINGOGeneva, or Brandy.1737
BINGOBrandy or other spirituous liquor. Cant.1811
BLUE RUINGin. Blue ribband; gin.1811
BRANDYBrandy is Latin for a goose; a memento to prevent the animal from rising in the stomach by a glass of the good creature.1811
BUMBOBrandy, water, and sugar; also the negro name for the private parts of a woman.1811
COLD-TEABrandy. A couple of cold Words, a Curtain-Lecture. Cold Iron, a derisory Periphrasis for a Sword.1737
CONNY WABBLEEggs and brandy beat up together. IRISH.1811
COOL NANTSBrandy.1811
COOL TANKARDWine and water, with lemon, sugar, and burrage.1811
CRANKGin and water; also, brisk, pert.1811
DIDDLEGeneva, a Liquor very much drank by the lowest Rank of People1737
DRAINGin: so called from the diuretic qualities imputed to that liquor.1811
FRENCH CREAMBrandy; so called by the old tabbies and dowagers when drank in their tea.1811
FRENCH CREAMBrandy; so called by the old tabbies and dowagers when drank in their tea.1811
LIGHTNINGGin. A flash of lightning; a glass of gin.1811
LINE OF THE OLD AUTHORa Dram of Brandy.1737
LINE OF THE OLD AUTHORA dram of brandy.1811
MAXgin or hollands.1819
RAG WATERGin, or any other common dram: these liquors seldom failing to reduce those that drink them to rags.1811
RAG-WATERa common sort of strong Water.1737
RED RIBBINBrandy.1811
RIBBINBlue ribbin. Gin. The cull lushes the blue ribbin; the silly fellow drinks common gin.1811
RUM NANTZGood French brandy. CANT.1811
RUM-NANTZtrue French Brandy.1737
SKY BLUEGin.1811
SUIT AND CLOAKgood Store of Brandy or any agreeable Liquor.1737
TAPERed tape; brandy. Blue or white tape; gin.1811
WHITE TAPEGeneva.1811
WHITE WOOLGeneva.1811
Food and Drink : Drink Containers
BAWDY-HOUSE BOTTLEA very small bottle; short measure being among the many means used by the keepers of those houses, to gain what they call an honest livelihood: indeed this is one of the least reprehensible; the less they give a man of their infernal beverages for his money, the kinder they behave to him.1811
BAWDY-HOUSE-BOTTLEa very small one.1737
BLACK JACKA jug to drink out of, made of jacked leather.1811
BLACK-JACKa leather-Jug to drink in.1737
BORACHIOA skin for holding wine, commonly a goats; also a nick name for a drunkard.1811
BOUNCING CHEATA bottle; from the explosion in drawing the cork. CANT.1811
BRUSHERA bumper, a full glass. See BUMPER.1811
BUBBERa drinking Bowl; also a great Drinker, also one who steals plate from public Houses.1737
BUBBERA drinking bowl; also a great drinker; a thief that steals plate from public houses. CANT.1811
BUMPERA full glass; in all likelihood from its convexity or bump at the top: some derive it from a full glass formerly drunk to the health of the pope--AU BON PERE.1811
CLANKA silver tankard. CANT.1811
DEAD-MENempty Pots or Bottles ona Tavern Table.1737
FACERA bumper, a glass filled so full as to leave no room for the lip. Also a violent blow on the face.1811
FLICKERa Drinking Glass. The Flicker snapt, the Glass is broken. Nim the Flicker. Steal the Glass. Rum Flicker, a large Glass or Rummer. Queer Flicker, a green or ordinary Glass.1737
FLICKERA drinking glass. CANT.1811
GREY BEARDEarthen jugs formerly used in public house for drawing ale: they had the figure of a man with a large beard stamped on them; whence probably they took the name: see BEN JONSONS PLAYS, BARTHOLOMEW FAIR, &c. &c. Dutch earthen jugs, used for smuggling gin on the coasts of Essex and Suffolk, are at this time called grey beards.1811
JINGLE BOXESLeathern jacks tipped with silver, and hung with bells, formerly in use among fuddle caps. CANT.1811
JINGLE-BOXESLeathern Jacks tipt and hung with Silver Bells, formerly in use among Fuddle-caps.1737
MARINE OFFICERAn empty bottle: marine officers being held useless by the seamen. SEA WIT.1811
RABBITSwooden Cans to drink out of, once used on the Roads, now almost laid by.1737
ROMERa drinking Glass; also wider.1737
SCOTCH PINTA bottle containing two quarts.1811
SOLDIERS BOTTLEA large one.1811
SOLDIERS-BOTTLEa large one.1737
STOUPA vessel to hold liquor: a vessel containing a size or half a pint, is so called at Cambridge.1811
TALL BOYA bottle, or two-quart pot.1811
TALL-BOYa Pottle or two Quart Pot.1737
WHISKINA shallow brown drinking bowl.1811
WHISKINSshallow, brown Bowls to drink out of.1737
Food and Drink : Drink in General
BOOSE, or BOUSEDrink.1811
BOWSEDrink, or to drink; see Benbowse [[Bene-Bowse]] and Rumbowse [[Rumbowse is not actually defined]].1737
BUBdrink. Rumbub very good Tipple.1737
BUBa low expression signifying drink.1819
FUDDLEDrink. This is rum Fuddle, this is excellent Tipple.1737
FUDDLEDrunk. This is rum fuddle; this is excellent tipple, or drink. Fuddle; drunk. Fuddle cap; a drunkard.1811
GUZZLELiquor. To guzzle; to drink greedily.1811
RUM-SQUEEZEmuch Wine or good Liquor given among the Fidlers.1737
SLUICE YOUR GOBTake a hearty drink.1811
SWIGa draught of Liquor; To swig it off; To drink it all up.1737
SWIGA hearty draught of liquor.1811
TAPLASHwretched, sorry Drink, or Hogwash.1737
TO SOAKTo drink. An old soaker; a drunkard, one that moistens his clay to make it stick together.1811
TO SWILLTo drink greedily.1811
WIBBLEsad Drink.1737
WIBBLEBad drink.1811
Food and Drink : Drink Measures
BRUSHERa very full Glass of Liquor.1737
COGUEof brandy, a small Cup or Dram.1737
COGUEA dram of any spirituous liquor.1811
DRAMA glass or small measure of any spirituous liquors, which, being originally sold by apothecaries, were estimated by drams, ounces, &c. Dogs dram; to spit in his mouth, and clap his back.1811
GAGEA quart pot, or a pint; also a pipe. CANT.1811
GILLa Quartern (of Brandy, Wine etc.) also a homely Woman.1737
NYP, or NIPA half pint, a nip of ale: whence the nipperkin, a small vessel.1811
SIZE OF ALEHalf a pint. Size of bread and cheese; a certain quantity. Sizings: Cambridge term for the college allowance from the buttery, called at Oxford battles.1811
SNOUTa Hogshead.1737
SNOUTA hogshead. CANT.1811
Food and Drink : Drinkers and Drunkards
ALTITUDESThe man is in his altitudes, i.e. he is drunk.1811
BINGO BOYA dram drinker. Cant.1811
BINGO MORTA female dram drinker. Cant.1811
BINGO-BOYa great Geneva Drinker.1737
BINGO-MORTa She Brandy Drinker.1737
BUNG YOUR EYEDrink a dram; strictly speaking, to drink till ones eye is bunged up or closed.1811
ENSIGN BEARERA drunken man, who looks red in the face, or hoists his colours in his drink.1811
GOOD FELLOWa Pot Companion or Friend of the Bottle.1737
GUZZLE GUTSOne greedy of liquor.1811
NAZIE-COVEa Drunkard.1737
NAZY-MORTa she Drunkard.1737
NAZY-NABSDrunken Coxcombs.1737
PISS MAKERA great drinker, one much given to liquor.1811
RATa drunken Man or Woman taken up by the Watch, and carried by the Constable to the Compter. To smell a Rat, To suspect a Trick.1737
RATA drunken man or woman taken up by the watch, and confined in the, watch-house. CANT. To smell a rat; to suspect some intended trick, or unfair design.1811
SOULone that loves Brandy.1737
SWILL TUBA drunkard, a sot.1811
TICKLE PITCKEBA thirsty fellow, a sot.1811
TICKLE-PITCHERa Tosspot, or Pot-companion. A lewd Man or Woman.1737
TIPLERa Fuddle-cap, or Toss pot.1737
TIPPLERSSots who are continually sipping.1811
TOPEto drink. An old Toper; a staunch Drunkard. To tope it about, or Dust it about; To drink briskly about.1737
TOPEROne that loves his bottle, a soaker. SEE TO SOAK.1811
TOSS POTA drunkard.1811
VICE ADMIRAL OF THE NARROW SEASA drunken man that pisses under the table into his companions shoes.1811
WET-QUAKERa Drunkard of that Sect.1737
Food and Drink : Drinking Places
BOWSING KENan Ale-house.1737
BOWSING KENAn ale-house or gin-shop.1811
HEDGE ALEHOUSEA small obscure alehouse.1811
HEDGE-TAVERNor Alehouse; a jilting, sharping Tavern, or blind Ale-house.1737
MUMPERS HALLseveral Ale-houses in and about this City and Suburbs, in Alleys, and By-places, much used by them, and resorted to in the Evening, where they will be very merry, drunk, and frolicksome.1737
MUMPERS HALLAn alehouse where beggars are harboured.1811
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.1811
TOUTING-KENa Tavern or Ale-house Bar.1737
WASTEHouse of waste; a tavern or alehouse, where idle people waste both their time and money.1811
WHISTLING SHOPRooms in the Kings Bench and Fleet prison where drams are privately sold.1811
Food and Drink : Drunk
CHIRPING MERRYExhilarated with liquor. Chirping glass, a cheerful glass, that makes the company chirp like birds in spring.1811
CHIRPING-MERRYvery pleasant over a Glass of good Liquor.1737
CLEARVery drunk. The cull is clear, lets bite him; the fellow is very drunk, lets cheat him. CANT.1811
CROWN OFFICEas, He is got into the Crown Office, i.e. Hes got drunk.1737
CUTDrunk. Deep Cut, very Drunk. Cut in the Leg or Back, the same. To Cut, also signifies to speak. To Cut bene, to speak gently, civilly or kindly; To Cut bene (or benar) Whidds, to give good Words. To Cut queere Whids, to give ill Language. A Blow with a Stick or Cane, is also called a Cut. As, I took him a Cut cross the Shoulders.1737
CUTDrunk. A little cut over the head; slightly intoxicated. To cut; to leave a person or company. To cut up well; to die rich.1811
DAVIDS SOWAs drunk as Davids sow; a common saying, which took its rise from the following circumstance: One David Lloyd, a Welchman, who kept an alehouse at Hereford, had a living sow with six legs, which was greatly resorted to by the curious; he had also a wife much addicted to drunkenness, for which he used sometimes to give her due correction. One day Davids wife having taken a cup too much, and being fearful of the consequences, turned out the sow, and lay down to sleep herself sober in the stye. A comp1811
DROP IN HIS EYEalmost drunk.1737
DROP IN THE EYEAlmost drunk.1811
DRUNKDrunk as a wheel-barrow. Drunk as Davids sow. See DAVIDS SOW.1811
EMPERORDrunk as an emperor, i.e. ten times as drunk as a lord.1811
FLOOR'Da person who is so drunk, as to be incapable of standing, is said to be floor'd.1819
GUNas Hes in the Gun; hes in Liquor.1737
GUNHe is in the gun; he is drunk: perhaps from an allusion to a vessel called a gun, used for ale in the universities.1811
HALF SEAS OVERalmost drunk.1737
HALF SEAS OVERAlmost drunk.1811
HAREas he has swallowd a Hare, he is very drunk.1737
HAREHe has swallowed a hare; he is drunk; more probably a HAIR, which requires washing down,1811
HICKEYTipsey; quasi, hickupping.1811
HOCKEYDrunk with strong stale beer, called old hock. See HICKEY.1811
HOCUSdisguised in Liquor; drunk.1737
LUSHto drink ; speaking of a person who is drunk, they say, Alderman Lushington is concerned, or, he has been voting for the Alderman.1819
LUSH or LUSHYdrunk, intoxicated.1819
LUSHEYDrunk. The rolling kiddeys hud a spree, and got bloody lushey; the dashing lads went on a party of pleasure, and got very drunk.1811
LUSHY-COVEa drunken man.1819
MAUDLIN DRUNKCrying drunk: perhaps from Mary Magdalene, called Maudlin, who is always painted in tears.1811
MAULDswinglingly drunk, or soundly beat.1737
MAULEDExtremely drunk, or soundly beaten.1811
MAWDLINweepingly drunk.1737
MELLOWAlmost drunk.1811
NAZYDrunken. Nazy cove or mort; a drunken rogue or harlot. Nazy nabs; drunken coxcombs.1811
PINIn or to a merry pin; almost drunk: an allusion to a sort of tankard, formerly used in the north, having silver pegs or pins set at equal distances from the top to the bottom: by the rules of good fellowship, every person drinking out of one of these tankards, was to swallow the quantity contained between two pins; if he drank more or less, he was to continue drinking till he ended at a pin: by this means persons unaccustomed to measure their draughts were obliged to drink the whole tankard. Hence 1811
SACKalso signifies to be drunk; As, He bought the Sack; i.e. He got drunk.1737
SUCKYdrunkish, maudling, half-Seas over.1737
SURVEYOR OF THE HIGHWAYSOne reeling drunk.1811
TIPSEYAlmost drunk.1811
TIPSYalmost drunk.1737
TOP HEAVYDrunk.1811
WOMBLE-TY-CROPTthe Indisposition of a Drunkard after a Debauch in Wine or other Liquors: As, He is Womble-ty Cropt; He is Cropsick, etc.1737
WRAPT UP IN WARM FLANNELDrunk with spirituous liquors. He was wrapt up in the tail of his mothers smock; saying of any one remarkable for his success with the ladies. To be wrapt up in any one: to have a good opinion of him, or to be under his influence.1811
Food and Drink : Food
ALDERMANA roasted turkey garnished with sausages; the latter are supposed to represent the gold chain worn by those magistrates.1811
BELLY TIMBERFood of all sorts.1811
BEVERAn Afternoons Lunchion.1737
BEVERAn afternoons luncheon1811
BLOODY-JEMMYa sheep's head.1819
BONNY-CLAPPERsowre Butter-milk.1737
BOW-WOW MUTTONDogs flesh.1811
BUBBLE AND SQUEAKBeef and cabbage fried together. It is so called from its bubbling up and squeaking whilst over the fire.1811
BULL-DOGa sugar-loaf.1819
BUM-CHARTERa name given to bread steeped in hot water, by the first unfortunate inhabitants of the English Bastile, where this miserable fare was their daily breakfast, each man receiving with his scanty portion of bread, a quart of boil'd water from the cook's coppers!1819
CAFFANCheese. CANT.1811
CAG MAGGBits and scraps of provisions. Bad meat.1811
CAGG MAGGSOld Lincolnshire geese, which having been plucked ten or twelve years, are sent up to London to feast the cockneys.1811
CAPTAIN LIEUTENANTMeat between veal and beef, the flesh of an old calf; a military simile, drawn from the officer of that denomination, who has only the pay of a lieutenant, with the rank of captain; and so is not entirely one or the other, but between both.1811
CASHor Cassan, cheese.1737
CASH, or CAFFANCheese; CANT. See CAFFAN.1811
CAZcheese; As good as caz, is a phrase signifying that any projected fraud or robbery may be easily and certainly accomplished ; any person who is the object of such attempt, and is known to be an easy dupe, is declared to be at good at caz, meaning that success is certain.1819
CHOUDERA sea-dish, composed of fresh fish, salt pork, herbs, and sea-biscuits, laid in different layers, and stewed together.1811
COLCANNONPotatoes and cabbage pounded together in a mortar, and then stewed with butter: an Irish dish.1811
COLT VEALCoarse red veal, more like the flesh of a colt than that of a calf.1811
CRACKERCrust, sea biscuit, or ammunition loaf; also the backside. Farting crackers; breeches.1811
CRACKERa small loaf, served to prisoners in jails, for their daily subsistence.1819
CROWDYOatmeal and water, or milk; a mess much eaten in the north.1811
DEVILThe gizzard of a turkey or fowl, scored, peppered, salted and broiled: it derives its appellation from being hot in the mouth.1811
FIELD LANE DUCKA baked sheeps head.1811
FLUMMERYOatmeal and water boiled to a jelly; also compliments, neither of which are over-nourishing.1811
FURMITY, or FROMENTYWheat boiled up to a jelly. To simper like a furmity kettle: to smile, or look merry about the gills.1811
GALIMAUFREYA hodgepodge made up of the remnants and scraps of the larder.1811
GEORGYa quartern-loaf.1819
GERMAN DUCKHalf a sheeps head boiled with onions.1811
GINGERBREADA cake made of treacle, flour, and grated ginger; also money. He has the gingerbread; he is rich.1811
GRUBto eat, to dine, etc.1737
GRUBVictuals. To grub; to dine.1811
GRUBvictuals of any kind ; to grub a person, is to diet him, or find him in victuals ; to grub well, is to eat with an appetite.1819
GRUNTERS GIGA smoaked hogs face.1811
GRUNTING PECKPork, bacon, or any kind of hogs flesh.1811
GUTLINGeating much.1737
GUTTING AN OYSTEReating it.1737
HASTY PUDDINGOatmeal and milk boiled to a moderate thickness, and eaten with sugar and butter. Figuratively, a wet, muddy road: as, The way through Wandsworth is quite a hasty pudding. To eat hot hasty pudding for a laced hat, or some other prize, is a common feat at wakes and fairs.1811
HODMANDODSSnails in their shells.1811
IRISH APRICOTSPotatoes. It is a common joke against the Irish vessels, to say they are loaded with fruit and timber, that is, potatoes and broomsticks. Irish assurance; a bold forward behaviour: as being dipt in the river Styx was formerly supposed to render persons invulnerable, so it is said that a dipping in the river Shannon totally annihilates bashfulness; whence arises the saying of an impudent Irishman, that he has been dipt in the Shannon.1811
LAMBS WOOLApples roasted and put into strong ale.1811
LOBSCOUSEA dish much eaten at sea, composed of salt beef, biscuit and onions, well peppered, and stewed together.1811
LOLLIPOPSSweet lozenges purchased by children.1811
MIDSHIPMANS WATCH AND CHAINA sheeps heart and pluck.1811
MURPHY's COUNTENANCEa pig's face.1819
NORFOLK CAPONA red herring.1811
OLD PEGGPoor Yorkshire cheese, made of skimmed milk.1811
PAPBread sauce; also the food of infants. His mouth is full of pap; he is still a baby.1811
PAPLERMilk pottage.1811
PECKVictuals. Peck and booze; victuals and drink.1811
PEGOld Peg; poor hard Suffolk or Yorkshire cheese. A peg is also a blow with a straightarm: a term used by the professors of gymnastic arts. A peg in the day-light, the victualling office, or the haltering-place; a blow in the eye, stomach, or under the ear.1811
POPES NOSEThe rump of a turkey.1811
POPLERSPottage. CANT.1811
PROGMeat. Rum Prog., nice eating. The Cull tipt us rum Prog; the Gentleman, so serve a Turn; a Cats Foot.1737
PROGProvision. Rum prog; choice provision. To prog; to be on the hunt for provision: called in the military term to forage.1811
RABBITA Welch rabbit; bread and cheese toasted, i.e. a Welch rare bit. Rabbits were also a sort of wooden canns to drink out of, now out of use.1811
ROGUM POGUM, or DRAGRUM POGRAMGoats beard, eaten for asparagus; so called by the ladies who gather cresses, &c. who also deal in this plant.1811
RUM RUFF PECKWestphalia ham. CANT.1811
RUM-BOOZING-WELTSBunches of Grapes.1737
SALMON-GUNDYApples, onions, veal or chicken, and pickled herrings, minced fine, and eaten with oil and vinegar; some derive the name of this mess from the French words SELON MON GOUST, because the proportions of the different ingredients are regulated by the palate of the maker; others say it bears the name of the inventor, who was a rich Dutch merchant; but the general and most probable opinion is, that it was invented by the countess of Salmagondi, one of the ladies of Mary de Medicis, wife of King Henry IV.1811
SANDmoist sugar.1819
SANDWICHHam, dried tongue, or some other salted meat, cut thin and put between two slices of bread and butter: said to be a favourite morsel with the Earl of Sandwich.1811
SCRATCH PLATTER, or TAYLORS RAGOUTBread sopt in the oil and vinegar in which cucumbers have been sliced.1811
SMASHLeg of mutton and smash: a leg of mutton and mashed turnips. SEA TERM.1811
SPATCH COCK[Abbreviation of DISPATCH COCK.] A hen just killed from the roost, or yard, and immediately skinned, split, and broiled: an Irish dish upon any sudden occasion.1811
STARING QUARTERAn ox cheek.1811
SUGAR SOPSToasted bread soked in ale, sweetened with sugar, and grated nutmeg: it is eaten with cheese.1811
TOADToad 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 money as a toad is of feathers.1811
TOMMYSoft 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.1811
TWISThalf Tea, half Coffee: Likewise Brandy and Eggs mixed. Hot-Pot. Also to Eat; as, To twist lustily; To feed like a Farmer.1737
TWISTto eat heartily.1737
WATCH, CHAIN, AND SEALSA sheeps head And pluck.1811
WELCH RABBIT, [ie. a Welch rare-bit] Bread and cheese toasted. See RABBIT.--The Welch are said to be so remarkably fond of cheese, that in cases of difficulty their midwives apply a piece of toasted cheese to the janua vita to attract and entice the young Taffy, who on smelling it makes most vigorous efforts to come forth.1811
WOBBLEto boil. The Pot wobbles; i.e. The Pot boils; the Meat is enough.1737
YARMOUTH CAPONA red herring: Yarmouth is a famous place for curing herrings.1811
YARMOUTH PYEA pye made of herrings highly spiced, which the city of Norwich is by charter bound to present annually to the king.1811
YARMOUTH-CAPONa red Herring.1737
YARMOUTH-PYEmade of Herrings, highly spicd, and presented by the City of Norwich annually to the King, on pain of forfeiting their Charter.1737
Food and Drink : Mixed Drinks
ALL NATIONSA composition of all the different spirits sold in a dram-shop, collected in a vessel into which the drainings of the bottles and quartern pots are emptied.1811
BISHOPA mixture of wine and water, into which is put a roasted orange. Also one of the largest of Mrs. Philipss purses, used to contain the others.1811
BRAGGETMead and ale sweetened with honey.1811
CALIBOGUSRum and spruce beer, American beverage.1811
COBBLERS PUNCHTreacle, vinegar, gin, and water.1811
DOCTORMilk and water, with a little rum, and some nutmeg; also the name of a composition used by distillers, to make spirits appear stronger than they really are, or, in their phrase, better proof.1811
FLIPSmall beer, brandy, and sugar: this mixture, with the addition of a lemon, was by sailors, formerly called Sir Cloudsly, in memory of Sir Cloudsly Shovel, who used frequently to regale himself with it.1811
HOT POTAle and brandy made hot.1811
HUCKLE MY BUFFBeer, egg, and brandy, made hot.1811
HUMPTEY-DUMPTEYAle boild with Brandy.1737
PUNCHA liquor called by foreigners Contradiction, from its being composed of spirits to make it strong, water to make it weak, lemon juice to make it sour, and sugar to make it sweet. Punch is also the name of the prince of puppets, the chief wit and support of a puppet-show. To punch it, is a cant term for running away. Punchable; old passable money, anno 1695. A girl that is ripe for man is called a punchable wench. Coblers Punch. Urine with a cinder in it.1811
PURLAle in which wormwood has been infused, or ale and bitters drunk warm.1811
PURL ROYALCanary wine; with a dash of tincture of wormwood.1811
PURL-ROYALCanary with a Dash of Wormwood.1737
RUMBORum, water, and sugar; also a prison.1811
SANGAREERack punch was formerly so called in bagnios.1811
SIX AND TIPSWhisky and small beer. IRISH.1811
STEWED QUAKERBurnt rum, with a piece of butter: an American remedy for a cold.1811
TAPERed or White, Geneva, Aniseed, Clove water, so called by Canters and Villains, and the Renters of the Trap, etc. in Newgate, ans other Prisons.1737
TODDYOriginally the juice of the cocoa tree, and afterwards rum, water, sugar, and nutmeg.1811
TWISTA mixture of brandy, beer, and eggs. [also a mixture of tea and coffee]1811
Food and Drink : Non-alcoholic Drink
ADAMS ALEWater.1811
CAT LAPTea, called also scandal broth. See SCANDAL BROTH.1811
CONTENTA thick liquor, in imitation of chocolate, made of milk and gingerbread.1811
COW JUICEMilk.1811
DOGS SOUPRain water.1811
LAGWater; also last.1737
LAGEWater. CANT.1811
LAPPottage, Butter-milk, or Whey.1737
LAPButter-milk or whey. CANT.1811
MAHOMETAN GRUELCoffee: because formerly used chiefly by the Turks.1811
POMPAGINISAqua pompaginis; pump water. See AQUA.1811
SCOTCH CHOCOLATEBrimstone and milk.1811
SLIPSLOPSTea, water-gruel, or any innocent beverage taken medicinally.1811
SLOPTea. How the blowens lush the slop. How the wenches drink tea!1811
STEPNEYA decoction of raisins of the sun and lemons in conduit water, sweetened with sugar, and bottled up.1811
TWISTA 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.1811
YARUMMilk, or Food made of Milk.1737
YARUMMilk. CANT.1811
Food and Drink : Other Alcoholic Drink
BAPTIZED, OR CHRISTENEDRum, brandy, or any other spirits, that have been lowered with water.1811
BENE-BOWSEstrong Liquor.1737
COCK ALEA provocative drink.1811
CUP OF THE CREATUREstrong-Liquor.1737
CUP OF THE CREATUREA cup of good liquor.1811
FREEZEa thin, small, hard Cyder, much used by Vintners and Coopers in parting their Wines, to lower the Price of them, and to advance their Gain. A Freezing Vintner, a vintner that balderdashes his Wine.1737
FREEZEA thin, small, hard cider, much used by vintners and coopers in parting their wines, to lower the price of them, and to advance their gain. A freezing vintner; a vintner who balderdashes his wine.1811
GRAPPLE THE RAILSA cant name used in Ireland for whiskey.1811
GROGRum and water. Grog was first introduced into the navy about the year 1740, by Admiral Vernon, to prevent the sailors intoxicating themselves with their allowance of rum, or spirits. Groggy, or groggified; drunk.1811
KILL DEVILNew still-burnt rum.1811
MANUFACTUREany Liquor made of the Fruits of English Growth, as Ale, Beer, Cyder, etc.1737
MANUFACTURELiquors prepared from materials of English growth.1811
PERKINWater cyder.1811
PUG DRINKWatered cyder.1811
SOUTH-SEAa strong distilld Liquor, so called by the Inhabitants and Clients of Newgate, etc.1737
STINGOhumming, strong Liquor.1737
SUCKWine or strong Drink. This is rum Suck; It is excellent Tipple. Well go and Suck our Faces; but if they toute us, well take Rattle, and brush; Lets go to drink and be merry; but if we be smelt by the People of the House, we must scowre off. He loves to Suck his Face; He delights in Drinking.1737
SUCKStrong liquor of any sort. To suck the monkey; see MONKEY. Sucky; drunk.1811
SWIZZLEDrink, or any brisk or windy liquor. In North America, a mixture of spruce beer, rum, and sugar, was so called. The 17th regiment had a society called the Swizzle Club, at Ticonderoga, A. D. 1760.1811
WHISKYA malt spirit much drank in Ireland and Scotland; also a one-horse chaise. See TIM WHISKY.1811
Food and Drink : Other Drinking Terms
BEASTTo drink like a beast, i.e. only when thirsty.1811
BLACK EYEWe gave the bottle a black eye, i.e. drank it almost up. He cannot say black is the white of my eye; he cannot point out a blot in my character.1811
CAT HARPING FASHIONDrinking cross-ways, and not, as usual, over the left thumb. SEA TERM.1811
CATHARPIN FASHIONwhen People in Company drink cross, and not round about from the Right to the Left, or according to the Suns Motion.1737
CHAPTdry or thirsty.1737
DRAM-A-TICKA dram served upon credit.1811
DUST IT AWAYDrink quick about.1737
FELLOW COMMONERAn 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 250 l. 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.1811
GENTLEMAN COMMONERAn empty bottle; an university joke, gentlemen commoners not being deemed over full of learning.1811
GUTTING A QUART POTTaking out the lining of it: i. e. drinking it off. Gutting an oyster; eating it. Gutting a house; clearing it of its furniture. See POULTERER.1811
GUZZLINGdrinking much.1737
HANG IT UPScore it up: speaking of a reckoning.1811
HEEL TAPA peg in the heel of a shoe, taken out when it is finished. A person leaving any liquor in his glass, is frequently called upon by the toast-master to take off his heel-tap.1811
HERTFORDSHIRE KINDNESSDrinking twice to the same person.1811
HOT STOMACHHe has so hot a stomach, that he burns all the clothes off his back; said of one who pawns his clothes to purchase liquor.1811
ISLANDHe drank out of the bottle till he saw the island; the island is the rising bottom of a wine bottle, which appears like an island in the centre, before the bottle is quite empty.1811
MOLL THOMPSONS MARKM. T. i.e. empty: as, Take away this bottle, it has Moll Thompsons mark upon it.1811
MONKEYTo suck the monkey; to suck or draw wine, or any other liquor, privately out of a cask, by means of a straw, or small tube. Monkeys allowance; more kicks than halfpence. Who put that monkey on horseback without tying his legs? vulgar wit on a bad horseman.1811
NYP SHOPThe Peacock in Grays Inn Lane, where Burton ale is sold in nyps.1811
OLD HARRYA composition used by vintners to adulterate their wines; also the nick-name for the devil.1811
OLD-HARRYa Composition used by Vintners when they bedevil their Wines.1737
PARELLWhites of eggs, bay salt, milk, and pump water, beat together, and poured into a vessel of wine to prevent its fretting.1811
REMEMBER PARSON MELHAMDrink about: a Norfolk phrase.1811
RUM SQUEEZEMuch wine, or good liquor, given among fiddlers. CANT.1811
To CAROUSETo drink freely or deep: from the German word expressing ALL OUT.1811
TO FIRE A SLUGTo drink a dram.1811
TO LUSHTo drink.1811
To MOP UPTo drink up. To empty a glass or pot.1811
WHETA mornings draught, commonly white wine, supposed to whet or sharpen the appetite.1811
Food and Drink : Related Terms
BANDSTo wear the bands, is to be hungry, or short of food for any length of time; a phrase chiefly used on board the hulks, or in jails.1819
CHAPTDry or thirsty.1811
DAMPERA luncheon, or snap before dinner: so called from its damping, or allaying, the appetite; eating and drinking, being, as the proverb wisely observes, apt to take away the appetite.1811
FIDLERS-PAYThanks and Wine.1737
GUT-FOUNDEREDexceeding hungry.1737
GUTFOUNDEREDExceeding hungry.1811
GUTSMy great guts are ready to eat my little ones; my guts begin to think my throats cut; my guts curse my teeth: all expressions signifying the party is extremely hungry.1811
HANG IT UPspeaking of the Reckoning at a Bowsing-Ken score it up.1737
HARTFORDSHIRE KINDNESSdrinking to the same Man again.1737
HIGH EATINGTo eat skylarks in a garret.1811
HORSES MEALA meal without drinking.1811
KICKSHAWSFrench dishes: corruption of quelque chose.1811
KITCHEN PHYSICFood, good meat roasted or boiled. A little kitchen physic will set him up; he has more need of a cook than a doctor.1811
KNIGHT OF THE TRENCHERA great eater.1811
LAGto make water. To lag spirits, wine, &c., is to adulterate them with water.1819
LENTEN FARESpare diet.1811
PETER LUGWho is Peter Lug? who lets the Glass stand at his Door.1737
PETER LUGWho is Peter Lug? who lets the glass stand at his door, or before him.1811
PLUCK THE RIBBONRing the Bell at the Tavern.1737
REMEMBER PARSON MALHAMq. d. Pray Sir drink about. A Norfolk Phrase.1737
SCRANa Reckoning at a Boozing-ken, etc.1737
SHOULDER FEASTA dinner given after a funeral, to those who have carried the corpse.1811
SINGLETONA corkscrew, made by a famous cutler of that name, who lived in a place called Hell, in Dublin; his screws are remarkable for their excellent temper.1811
SKINKTo skink, is to wait on the company, ring the bell, stir the fire, and snuff the candles; the duty of the youngest officer in the military mess. See BOOTS.1811
SKINKERthat fills the Glass or Cup. Who Skinks? Who pours out the Liquor.1737
SMOUCHDried leaves of the ash tree, used by the smugglers for adulterating the black or bohea teas.1811
SPUNGEto drink at others Cost1737
SPUNGEA thirsty fellow, a great drinker. To spunge; to eat and drink at anothers cost. Spunging-house: a bailiffs lock-up-house, or repository, to which persons arrested are taken, till they find bail, or have spent all their money: a house where every species of fraud and extortion is practised under the protection of the law.1811
STIRRUP CUPA parting cup or glass, drank on horseback by the person taking leave.1811
STOMACH WORMThe stomach worm gnaws; I am hungry.1811
STUMThe flower of fermenting wine, used by vintners to adulterate their wines.1811
SUPERNACOLUMGood liquor, of which there is not even a drop left sufficient to wet ones nail.1811
SUPERNACULUMnot so much as a Drop left to be poured upon the Thumb nail, so cleverly was the Liquor tipt off.1737
TEARS OF THE TANKARDDrops of the good Liquor that fall beside.1737
TEARS OF THE TANKARDThe drippings of liquor on a mans waistcoat.1811
TIFFINGEating or drinking out of meal time, disputing or falling out; also lying with a wench, A tiff of punch, a small bowl of punch.1811
To SIZE(CAMBRIDGE) To sup at ones own expence. If a MAN asks you to SUP, he treats you; if to SIZE, you pay for what you eat--liquors ONLY being provided by the inviter.1811
TO YAMTo eat or stuff heartily.1811
TOASTA 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 immediately saluted the lady.1811
TOOTH MusicChewing.1811
TOSTor Toast; to name or begin a new Health. Who tosts now? Who Christens the Health? An old Tost; A pert, pleasant, old Fellow.1737
TRENCHER MANA stout trencher man; one who has a good appetite, or, as the term is, plays a good knife and fork.1811
WAKEA country feast, commonly on the anniversary of the tutelar saint of the village, that is, the saint to whom the parish church is dedicated. Also a custom of watching the dead, called Late Wake, in use both in Ireland and Wales, where the corpse being deposited under a table, with a plate of salt on its breast, the table is covered with liquor of all sorts; and the guests, particularly, the younger part of them, amuse themselves with all kinds of pastimes and recreations: the consequence is generall1811
WALKING UP AGAINST THE WALLTo run up a score, which in alehouses is commonly recorded with chalk on the walls of the bar.1811
WALLTo walk or crawl up the wall; to be scored up at a public-nouse. Wall-eyed, having an eye with little or no sight, all white like a plaistered wall.1811
WEAR THE BANDSSee Bands.1819
WET QUAKEROne of that sect who has no objection to the spirit derived from wine.1811
WHEEL-BAND IN THE NICKregular drinking over the left Thumb.1737
WHEELBAND IN THE NICKRegular drinking over the left thumb.1811
WHITE SERJEANTA man fetched from the tavern or ale-house by his wife, is said to be arrested by the white serjeant.1811
WOLF IN THE STOMACHA monstrous or canine appetite.1811
WORD OF MOUTHTo drink by word of mouth, i.e. out of the bowl or bottle instead, of a glass.1811
YAMto eat heartily, to stuff lustily.1737
Food and Drink : Tobacco
CLOUDTobacco. Will you raise a Cloud? Will you smoak a Pipe?1737
CLOUDTobacco. Under a cloud; in adversity.1811
FID OF TOBACCOA quid, from the small pieces of tow with which the vent or touch hole of a cannon is stopped. SEA TERM.1811
FOGSmoke. CANT.1811
FOGUSTobacco. Tip me a Gage of Fogus, Give me a Pipe of Tobacco.1737
FOGUSTobacco. Tip me a gage of fogus; give me a pipe of tobacco. CANT.1811
FUNKTobacco Smoak.1737
FUNKTo smoke; figuratively, to smoke or stink through fear. I was in a cursed funk. To funk the cobler; a schoolboys trick, performed with assafoettida and cotton,which are stuffed into a pipe: the cotton being lighted, and the bowl of the pipe covered with a coarse handkerchief, the smoke is blown out at the small end, through the crannies of a coblers stall.1811
GAGEa Pot or Pipe. Tip me a Gage, give me a Pot or Pipe.1737
GAGE, or FOGUSA pipe of tobacco.1811
MUNDUNGUSBad or rank tobacco: from mondongo, a Spanish word signifying tripes, or the uncleaned entrails of a beast, full of filth.1811
ORGANA pipe. Will you cock your organ? will you smoke your pipe?1811
QUIDThe quantity of tobacco put into the mouth at one time. To quid tobacco; to chew tobacco. Quid est hoc? hoc est quid; a guinea. Half a quid; half a guinea. The swell tipped me fifty quid for the prad; the gentleman gave fifty pounds for the horse.1811
SOT WEEDTobacco.1811
STEAMERA pipe. A swell steamer; a long pipe, such as is used by gentlemen to smoke.1811
STEAMERa tobacco-pipe.1819
Food and Drink : Wine
BALDERDASHAdulterated wine.1811
BLACK STRAPBene Carlo wine; also port. A task of labour imposed on soldiers at Gibraltar, as a punishment for small offences.1811
BRISTOL MILKA Spanish wine called sherry, much drunk at that place, particularly in the morning.1811
CLARETFrench red wine; figuratively, blood. I tapped his claret; I broke his head, and made the blood run. Claret-faced; red-faced.1811
KILL PRIESTPort wine.1811
RED FUSTIANport wine.1811
RED-FUSTIANClaret, or red Port-Wine.1737
RUM BOOZEWine, or any other good liquor. Rum boozing welts; bunches of grapes. CANT.1811
RUM-BOOZEWine; also very good or string Drink.1737
RUM-GUTLERSCanary-Wine; also fine Eating.1737
SHAFTSBURYA gallon pot full of wine, with a cock.1811