Cache-Control: public, max-age=1024000 Cant terms for Miscellaneous Expressions
18th Century Thieves Cant
Misc : Clubs and Societies
BINGO-CLUBa Club of Geneva Drinkers.1737
BOTHERAMSA convivial society.1811
CAT AND BAGPIPEAN SOCIETYA society which met at their office in the great western road: in their summons, published in the daily papers, it was added, that the kittens might come with the old cats without being scratched.1811
COMUSS COURTA social meeting formerly held at the Half Moon tavern Cheapside.1811
FINISHThe finish; a small coffee-house in Coven 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 Carpenters coffee- house.1811
HUGOTONTHEONBIQUIFFINARIANSA society existing in 1748.1811
HUM-DRUMSor Hums; a Society of Gentlemen, who meet near the Charter-House, or at the Kings Head in St. Johns Street. Less of Mystery, and more of Pleasantry than the Free Masons.1737
KILL CARE CLUBThe members of this club, styled also the Sons of Sound Sense and Satisfaction, met at their fortress, the Castle-tavern, in Paternoster-row.1811
KIT-CAT CLUBA society of gentlemen, eminent for wit and learning, who in the reign of queen Anne and George I. met at a house kept by one Christopher Cat. The portraits of most of the members of this society were painted by Sir Godfrey Kneller, of one size; thence still called the kit-cat size.1811
LOBONIAN SOCIETYA society which met at Lob Hall, at the King and Queen, Norton Falgate, by order of Lob the great.1811
LUMBER TROOPA club or society of citizens of London.1811
MACCARONIAn Italian paste made of flour and eggs. Also a fop: which name arose from a club, called the Maccaroni Club, instituted by some of the most dressy travelled gentlemen about town, who led the fashions; whence a man foppishly dressed, was supposed a member of that club, and by contraction styled a Maccaroni.1811
MEN OF KENTMen born east of the river Medway, who are said to have met the Conqueror in a body, each carrying a green bough in his hand, the whole appearing like a moving wood; and thereby obtaining a confirmation of their ancient privileges. The inhabitants of Kent are divided into Kentish men and men of Kent. Also a society held at the Fountain Tavern, Bartholomew Lane, A.D. 1743.1811
MUGGLETONIANSThe sect or disciples of Lodowick Muggleton.1811
ODDFELLOWSA convivial society; the introduction to the most noble grand, arrayed in royal robes, is well worth seeing at the price of becoming a member.1811
PISCINARIANSA club or brotherhood, A.D. 1743.1811
PIZZY CLUBA society held, A. D, 1744, at the sign of the Tower, on Tower Hill: president, Don Pizzaro.1811
PREADAMITE QUACABITESThis great and laudable society (as they termed themselves) held their grand chapter at the Coal-hole.1811
ROYAL STAG SOCIETYWas held every Monday evening, at seven oclock, at the Three tuns, near the Hospital Gate, Newgate-street.1811
RUSSIAN COFFEE-HOUSEThe Brown Bear in Bow-street, Covent Garden, a house of call for thief-takers and runners of the Bow street justices.1811
RUSSIAN COFFEE-HOUSEa name given by some punster of the family, to the Brown Bear public-house in Bow-street, Covent-garden.1819
SCALD MISERABLESA set of mock masons, who, A.D. 1744, made a ludicrous procession in ridicule of the Free Masons.1811
SPOUTING CLUBA meeting of apprentices and mechanics to rehearse different characters in plays: thus forming recruits for the strolling companies.1811
Misc : Documents
BLACK and WHITEunder ones Hand, or in Writing.1737
BLACK AND WHITEIn writing. I have it in black and white; I have written evidence.1811
BLOT THE SKRIPand jark it, i.e. to stand engaged, or be bound for any Body.1737
CHANTa cipher, initials, or mark of any kind, on a piece of plate, linen, or other article; any thing so marked is said to be chanted.1819
FASTNERa Warrant.1737
FASTNERA warrant.1811
FIDDLEa Writ to Arrest.1737
GYBEor JYBE; any Writing or Pass sealed.1737
GYBE, or JYBEAny writing or pass with a seal.1811
JUKRUMa Licence.1737
JUKRUMA licence.1811
SCREEVEa letter, or written paper.1819
SCRIPa Shred or Scrap of Paper. As, The Cully did freely blot the Scrip, and tipt me 40 Hogs; One enterd into Bond with me for 40 Shillings.1737
SCRIPA scrap or slip of paper. The cully freely blotted the scrip, and tipt me forty hogs; the man freely signed the bond, and gave me forty shillings.--Scrip is also a Change Alley phrase for the last loan or subscription. What does scrip go at for the next rescounters? what does scrip sell for delivered at the next day of settling?1811
SQUEEZING OF WAXbeing bound for any Body; also sealing of Writings.1737
TICKRUMa Licence.1737
TICKRUMA licence.1811
VESSELS OF PAPERHalf a quarter of a sheet.1811
Misc : Greetings
BENE-DARKMANSgood Night.1737
HOW DOST DO MY BUFFa familiar Salutation among the Canting Tribe.1737
Misc : Happy and Sad
NUTSIt was nuts for them; i.e. it was very agreeable to them.1811
NUTSFond; pleased. Shes nuts upon her cull; shes pleased with her cully. The coves nutting the blowen; the man is trying to please the girl.1811
NUTS UPON ITto be very much pleased or gratified with any object, adventure, or overture; so a person who conceives a strong inclination for another of the opposite sex, is said to be quite nutty, or nuts upon him or her.1819
NUTS UPON YOURSELFa man who is much gratified with any bargain he has made, narrow escape he has had, or other event in which he is interested, will express his self-satisfaction or gladness by declaring that he is, or was, quite nuts upon himself.1819
Misc : Houses and Shops
BOOTH a House, as Heave the Booth; Rob the House.1737
CABINa house.1819
CASE a House, Shop, or Warehouse; also a Bawdy-house. As Toute the Case, view, mark, or eye the House or Shop. Tis all Bob; now let us dub the Gigg of the Case; now the Coast is clear, let us fall on, and break open the door of the House.1737
CASEA house; perhaps from the Italian CASA. In the canting lingo it meant store or ware house, as well as a dwelling house. Tout that case; mark or observe that house. It is all bob, now lets dub the gig of the case; now the coast is clear, let us break open the door of the house.1811
CHANDLER-KENa chandler's shop. 1819
DORSEa lodging ; to dorse with a woman, signifies to sleep with her.1819
GENTRY COVE KENA gentlemans house. CANT.1811
GENTRY-COVE-KEN a Noblemans or Gentlemans House.1737
KEN a House. A bob-Ken, or a Bowman-ken, a good or well furnished House; also a House that harbours Rogues and Thieves. Biting the Ken, robbing the House, tis a bob Ken, Brush upon the Sneak, i.e., Tis a good House, go in and tread softly. We have bit the Ken, The House is robbd, or the Business is done.1737
KENA house. A bob ken, or a bowman ken; a well-furnished house, also a house that harbours thieves. Biting the ken; robbing the house. CANT.1811
KENa house ; often joined to other descriptive terms, as, flash-ken, a bawdy-ken, &c.1819
KNACK SHOP a Toy-shop, freighted with pretty Devices to pick Pockets1737
KNACK SHOPA toy-shop, a nick-nack-atory.1811
LIBBEN a private Dwelling-House.1737
LIBBENA private dwelling-house. CANT.1811
LIBKENA house to lie in. CANT.1811
LIBKIN a House to lie in; also a Lodging.1737
LOBKINA house to lie in: also a lodging.1811
LUSH-CRIB or LUSH-KENa public-house, or gin-shop.1819
NlCKNACKATORYA toyshop.1811
PANNYA house. To do a panny: to rob a house. See the Sessions Papers. Probably, panny originally meant the butlers pantry, where the knives and forks, spoons, &c. are usually kept The pigs frisked my panney, and nailed my screws; the officers searched my house, and seized my picklock keys. CANT.1811
PANNYa house.1819
RED LATTICEA public house.1811
SPELLthe play-house.1819
SQUARE-CRIBa respectable house, of good repute, whose inmates, their mode of life and connexions, are all perfectly on the square. See Cross-crib.1819
SWAG a Shop. Rum Swag; Full of rich Goods.1737
SWAGA shop. Any quantity of goods. As, plant the swag; conceal the goods. Rum swag; a shop full of rich goods. CANT.1811
Misc : Lies
CANTERBURY STORYA long roundabout tale.1811
CLANKERa swinging Lye.1737
CLANKERA great lie.1811
COKERa Lye. Rum Coker, a whisking Lye.1737
COKERA lie.1811
GAMMONflattery; deceit; pretence; plausible language ; any assertion which is not strictly true. or professions believed to be insincere, as, I believe you're gammoning, or, that's all gammon, meaning, you are no doubt jesting with me, or, that's all a farce. To gammon a person, is to amuse him with false assurances, to praise, or flatter him, in order to obtain some particular end ; to gammon a man to any act, is to persuade him to it by artful language, or pretence; to gammon a shopkeeper, &c., is to engage his attention to your discourse, while your accomplice is executing some preconcerted plan of depredation upon his property ; a thief detected in a house which he has entered, upon the sneak, for the purpose of robbing it, will endeavour by some gammoning story to account for his intrusion, and to get off with a good grace; a man who is, ready at invention, and has always a flow of plausible language on these occasions, is said to be a prime gammoner ; to gammon kishy or queer, is to pretend drunkenness, or sickness, for some private end.1819
GUNa Lie.1737
HUMMERa great Lye, a Rapper.1737
HUMMERA great lye, a rapper. See RAPPER.1811
RAPPERa swinging great Lye.1737
RAPPERA swinging great lie.1811
STRETCHto tell a Lye; as, He stretcht hard; He told a whicking Lye.1737
SWINDGING-CLAPSwindging Fellow, Swindging Lye; a very great one.1737
TARADIDDLEA fib, or falsity.1811
WHISKERa great Lye.1737
WHISKERA great lie.1811
WHITE LIEA harmless lie, one not told with a malicious intent, a lie told to reconcile people at variance.1811
WRINKLEto lie, or utter a falsehood.1819
WRINKLEan untruth.1819
WRINKLERa person prone to lying; such a character is called also a gully, which is probably an abbreviation of Gulliver, and from hence, to gully signifies to lie, or deal in the marvellous.1819
Misc : Miscellaneous
JUDGEMENTprudence ; economy in acting ; abilities, (the result of long experience,) for executing the most intricate and hazardous projects ; any thing accomplished in a masterly manner, is, therefore, said to have been done with judgement; on concerting or planning any operations, one party will say, I think it would be judgement to do so and so, meaning expedient to do it.1819
Misc : Miscellaneous Adjectives
BENDERan ironical word used in conversation by flash people ; as where one party affirms or professes any thing which the other believes to be false or insincere, the latter expresses his incredulity by exclaiming bender! or, if one asks another to do any act which the latter considers unreasonable or impracticable, he replies, O yes, I'll do it - bender ; meaning, by the addition of the last word, that, in fact, he will do no such thing.1819
BENEor BIEN; good, Pike on the Bene, i.e. Run away as fast as you can.1737
BENEGood--BENAR. Better. Cant.1811
BENESHIPvery good, very well. Beneshiply Worshipfully.1737
BENESHIPLYWorshipfully. Cant.1811
ELFA fairy or hobgoblin, a little man or woman.1811
GINGERLYgently, soft, easily.1737
GINGERLYSoftly, gently, tenderly. To go gingerly to work: to attempt a thing gently, or cautiously.1811
GLIBsmooth, without a Rub.1737
GLIBSmooth, slippery. Glib tongued; talkative.1811
KELTERas, Out of Kelter, Out of sorts.1737
KELTERCondition, order. Out of kelter; out of order.1811
LUMBtoo much.1737
LUMBToo much.1811
MYNABSme, myself.1819
OLD-DOG AT ITgood or expert.1737
OUT-AND-OUTquite; completely; effectually. See Serve and Fake.1819
PLUMMYIt is all plummy; i.e. all is right, or as it ought to be.1811
PLUMMYRight; very good; as it should be; expressing your approbation of any act, or event, you will say, That's plummy, or It's all plummy; meaning it is all right.1819
PRIMEBang up. Quite the thing. Excellent. Well done. Shes a prime piece; she is very skilful in the venereal act. Prime post. Shes a prime article.1811
PRIMEIn a general sense, synonymous with plummy; any thing very good of its kind, is called a prime article. Any thing executed in a stylish or masterly manner, is said to be done in prime twig. See Fakement, and Gammon The Twelve.1819
QUEERbad; counterfeit; false; unwell in health.1819
ROCK'Dsuperannuated, forgetful, absent in mind ; old lags are commonly said to be thus affected, probably caused by the sufferings they have undergone.1819
RUMgallant, fine, rich, best or excellent.1737
RUMFine, good, valuable.1811
RUMgood, in opposition to queer.1819
SHOOKsynonymous with rock'd.1819
SNIVan expression synonymous with bender, and used in the same manner.1819
STALE JESTold, dull.1737
TATS AND ALLan expression used out of flash, in the same manner as the word bender; and has a similar meaning.1819
TO THE NINES or TO THE RUFFIANThese terms are synonymous, and imply an extreme of any kind, or the superlative degree.1819
TRUMPERYold Ware, old Stuff.1737
WALKERan ironical expression, synonymous with bender, and used in the same manner.1819
YELLOWTo look yellow; to be jealous. I happened to call on Mr. Green, who was out: on coming home, and finding me with his wife, he began to look confounded blue, and was, I thought, a little yellow.1811
YELLOWjealous; a jealous husband is called a yellow gloak.1819
Misc : Miscellaneous Terms
ABEL-WACKETSBlows given on the palm of the hand with a twisted handkerchief, instead of a ferula; a jocular punishment among seamen, who sometimes play at cards for wackets, the loser suffering as many strokes as he has lost games.1811
AMUSE [in a Canting sense]to fling Dust in the Eyes; also to invent strange Tales to delude Shop keepers and others, from being upon their Guard.1737
ASSIGAn assignation.1811
ASSIG.An Assignation, Appointment or Meeting1737
AWAKEAcquainted with, knowing the business. Stow the books, the culls are awake; hide the cards, the fellows know what we intended to do.1811
AWAKEan expression used on many occasions; as a thief will say to his accomplice, on perceiving the person they are about to rob is aware of their intention, and upon his guard, state it, the cove's awake. To be awake to any scheme, deception, or design, means, generally, to see through or comprehend it.1819
BACONthe Prize, or whatever kind which Robbers make in their Enterprizes. He has saved his Bacon; i.e. He has himself escaped with the Prize, whence it is commonly used for any narrow Escape. The Cove has a bien squawl to maund Bacon; i.e. he has a good Voice to beg Bacon; used to jeer a bad Voice, or an indifferent Singer. The Bacon Sweard rakes in his Throttle; i.e. the Sweard of the Bacon sticks in his Throat; used to a person who has Hoarseness, or one, who at their Merry-Meetings, excuses himself from Singi1737
BACONHe has saved his bacon; he has escaped. He has a good voice to beg bacon; a saying in ridicule of a bad voice.1811
BAD HALFPENNYWhen a man has been upon any errand, or attempting any object which has proved unsuccessful or impracticable, he will say on his return, It's a bad halfpenny ; meaning he has returned as he went.1819
BAGGAGEas the heavy Baggage, the Children and Women who are unable to travel fast in Gangs of Gypsies, and Strowlers.1737
BAGGAGEHeavy baggage; women and children. Also a familiar epithet for a woman; as, cunning baggage, wanton baggage, &c.1811
BARNACLEa good Job, or a Snack easily got; so called from the Gratuity given to Jockeys, for buying and selling Horses.1737
BARNACLEA good job, or snack easily got: also shellfish growing at the bottoms of ships; a bird of the goose kind; an instrument like a pair of pincers, to fix on the noses of vicious horses whilst shoeing; a nick name for spectacles, and also for the gratuity given to grooms by the buyers and sellers of horses.1811
BETas secure the Bet, secure the Prize.1737
BETA wager.--TO BET. To lay a wager.1811
BLEW-JOHNWash, or After-wort.1737
BLOWas He has bit his blow, he has stollen the Goods, etc.1737
BLOWHe has bit the blow, i.e. he has stolen the goods. Cant.1811
BREAKING UP OF THE SPELLthe nightly termination of performance at the Theatres Royal, which is regularly attended by pickpockets of the lower order, who exercise their vocation about the doors and avenues leading thereto, until the house is emptied and the crowd dispersed.1819
BULKERone that lodges all Night on Shop windows and bulkheads.1737
BULKEROne who lodges all night on a bulk or projection before old-fashioned shop windows.1811
BUSTLEany object effected very suddenly, or in a hurry, is said to be done upon the bustle. To give it to a man upon the bustle, is to obtain any point, as borrowing money, &c., by some sudden story or pretence, and affecting great haste, so that he is taken by surprise, and becomes duped before he has time to consider of the matter.1819
CANKDumb. The Culls Cank; the Rogues Dumb; a Term used by Canters, when one of their Fraternity, being apprehended, upon Examination, confesses nothing.1737
CANTan Hypocrite, a Dissembler, a double-tongud, whining Person1737
CANTAn hypocrite, a double-tongue palavering fellow. See PALAVER.1811
CATMATCHwhen a Rook or Cully is engagd amongst bad Bowlers.1737
CATTINGdrawing a Fellow thro a Pond with a Cat. Also whoring.1737
COLT BOWLLaid short of the jack by a colt bowler, i.e. a person raw or unexperienced in the art of bowling.1811
COLT-BOWLlaid short of the Jack, by a [COLT-BOWLER]1737
COME TO THE MARKto abide strictly by any contract previously made ; to perform your part manfully in any exploit or enterprise you engage in; or to offer me what I consider a fair price for any article in question.1819
CONTRE-TEMPSa fruitless Attempt, or at an unseasonable Time1737
CONVENIENCYA necessary. A leathern conveniency, a coach.1811
CONVENIENCYA necessary. A leathern conveniency, a coach.1811
COURT-TRICKSState-Policy etc.1737
CRAB 'Daffronted; out of humour; sometimes called, being in Crab-street.1819
CUFFIN-QUIRESee Quire Cuffin.1737
DAWBa Bribe, a Reward for secret Service; as, The Cull was gybbed, because he could not dawb. The Rogue was punished, because he had no Pence to bribe off his Sentence.1737
DICKY or DICK IN THE GREENvery bad or paltry ; any thing of an inferior quality, is said to be a dicky concern.1819
DING DONGHelter skelter, in a hasty disorderly manner.1811
DINGABLEany thing considered worthless, or which you can well spare, having no further occasion for it, is declared to be dingable. This phrase is often applied by sharps to a fiat whom they have cleaned out; and by abandoned women to a keeper, who having spent his all upon them, must be discarded, or ding'd as soon as possible.1819
DO IT UPto accomplish any object you have in view ; to obtain any thing you were in quest of, is called doing it up for such a thing ; a person who contrives by nob-work, or ingenuity, to live an easy life, and appears to improve daily in circumstances, is said to do it up in good twig.1819
DOLLOPa dollop is a large quantity of any thing ; the whole dollop means the total quantity.1819
DOWN AS A HAMMER, DOWN AS A TRIPPETThese are merely emphatical phrases, used out of flash, to signify being down, leary,fly, or awake to any matter, meaning, or design.1819
DRIZlace, as sold on cards by the haberdashers, &c.1819
DRUMMONDany scheme or project considered to be infallible, or any event which is deemed inevitably certain, is declared to be a Drummond; meaning, it is as sure as the credit of that respectable banking-house, Drummond and Co.1819
EARNESTPart or Share. Tip me my Earnest, Give me my Snack or Dividend.1737
EARNESTA deposit in part of payment, to bind a bargain.1811
EDGEas, Fall Back, fall Edge; i.e. At all Adventures; used to express a villainous and daring Resolution for Mischief, whatever may be the Consequence.1737
FADGEas, It wont fadge or do.1737
FADGEIt wont fadge; it wont do. A farthing.1811
FANCYany article universally admired for its beauty, or which the owner sets particular store by, is termed a fancy article ; as, A fancy clout, is a favourite handkerchief, &c. ; so a woman who is the particular favourite of any man, is termed his fancy woman, and vice versa.1819
FLANDERS-PiecesPictures that look fair at a Distance, but coarser near at Hand.1737
FLAT-MOVEAny attempt or project that miscarries, or any act of folly or mismanagement in human affairs is said to be a flat move.1819
GEEas It wont Gee, it wont hit, or go.1737
GEEIt wont gee; it wont hit or do, it does not suit or fit.1811
GRUB STREET NEWSLying intelligence.1811
GRUB street-Newsfalse, forgd News.1737
GUNa view; look; observation; or taking notice ; as, there is a strong gun at us, means, we are strictly observed. To gun any thing, is to look at or examine it.1819
HAMMERISHdown as a hammer.1819
HANKHe has a Hank upon him; He has an Advantage, or will make him do what he pleases.1737
HANKHe has a hank on him; i.e. an ascendancy over him, or a hold upon him. A Smithfield hank; an ox, rendered furious by overdriving and barbarous treatment. See BULL HANK.1811
HANKto have a person at a good hank, is to have made any contract with him very advantageous to yourself; or to be able from some prior cause to command or use him just as you please ; to have the benefit of his purse or other services, in fact, upon your own terms.1819
HIS-NABShim, or himself; a term used by way of emphasis, when speaking of a third person.1819
HODGE PODGEAn irregular mixture of numerous things.1811
HODGE-PODGEsee Hotch-Potch.1737
IN HUCKSTERS Handsat a desperate Pass, or Condition, or in a fair way to be lost.1737
INCHING-INEncroaching upon.1737
IT IS ALL BOBi.e. All is Safe.1737
IT REVIVES THE COCKLES OF MY HEARTsaid of agreeable News, or a Cup of Comfort, Wine or Cordial Water.1737
JILTEDabused by such a one [[i.e. by a JILT]]; also deceived or defeated in ones Expectation, expecially in Amours.1737
JILTEDRejected by a woman who has encouraged ones advances.1811
LANDas, How lies the Land? How stands the Reckoning? Who has any Land in Appleby? a Question askd the Man, at whose Door the Glass stands long.1737
LANDHow lies the land? How stands the reckoning? Who has any land in Appleby? a question asked the man at whose door the glass stands long, or who does not ciculate it in due time.1811
LARE-OVERsaid when the true Name of the Things must (in Decency) be concealed.1737
LEATHER-LANEany thing paltry, or of a bad quality, is called a Leather-lane concern.1819
LICKTas Womens Faces with a Wash.1737
LIGSee Lib.1737
LILLa pocket-book.1819
LOCKas, He stood a queer Lock; i.e. He stood an indifferent Chance, etc.1737
MOVEany action or operation in life; the secret spring by which any project is conducted, as, There is move in that business which you are not down to. To be flash to every move upon the board, is to have a general knowledge of the world, and all its numerous deceptions.1819
NIX or NIX MY DOLLnothing.1819
NODHe is gone to the land of nod; he is asleep.1811
OLIVERthe moon.1819
OLIVER IS IN TOWNa phrase signifying that the nights are moonlight, and consequently unfavourable to depredation.1819
OLIVER WHIDDLESthe moon shines.1819
OLIVER'S UPthe moon has risen.1819
ONE UPON YOUR TAWa person who takes offence at the conduct of another, or conceives himself injured by the latter, will say, never mind, I'll be one upon your taw ; or, I'll be a marble on your taw; meaning, I'll be even with you some time.1819
PHENIX MENSee Firedrakes.1737
PIT-MANa pocket-book worn in the bosom-pocket.1819
POUND ITTo ensure or make a certainty of any thing; thus, a man will say, I 'll pound it to be so ; taken, probably from the custom of laying, or rather offering ten pounds to a crown at a cock-match, in which case, if no person takes this extravagant odds, the battle is at an end. This is termed pounding a cock.1819
POUNDABLEAny event which is considered certain or inevitable, is declared to be poundable, as the issue of a game, the success of a bet, &c.1819
PRIGSTARa Rival in Love.1737
PRIGSTARA rival in love.1811
PULLAn important advantage possessed by one party over another; as in gaming, you may by some slight, unknown to your adversary, or by a knowledge of the cards, &c., have the odds of winning considerably on your side; you are then said to have a great pull. To have the power of injuring a person, by the knowledge of any thing erroneous in his conduct, which leaves his character or personal safety at your mercy, is also termed having a pull upon him, that is (to use a vulgar phrase) that you have him under your thumb. A person speaking of any intricate affair, or feat of ingenuity, which he cannot comprehend, will say, There is some pull at the bottom of it, that I 'm not fly to.1819
PUSHa crowd or concourse of people, either in the streets, or at any public place of amusement, &c., when any particular scene of crowding is alluded to, they say, the push, as the push, at the spell doors ; the push at the stooping-match, &c.1819
QUOTASnack, Share, Part, Proportion or Dividend.1737
QUOTASnack, share, part, proportion, or dividend. Tip me my quota; give me part of the winnings, booty, or plunder. CANT.1811
RANKcomplete; absolute, downright, an emphatical manner of describing persons or characters, as a rank nose, a rank swell, &c. &c. 1819
ROMBOYLESWatch and Ward.1737
ROMBOYLESWatch and ward. Romboyled; sought after with a warrant.1811
RUGIts all a Rug, The Game is secured.1737
RUGIt is all rug; it is all right and safe, the game is secure. CANT.1811
RUGAsleep. The whole gill is safe at rug; the people of the house are fast asleep.1811
RUGGINS'Sto go to bed, is called going to Ruggins's.1819
RUM BOILEa Ward or Watch.1737
RUM QUIDSA great booty. CANT.1811
RUM SNITCHA smart fillip on the nose.1811
RUM-QUIDDSa great Booty, or large Snack.1737
RUM-SNITCHa good Fillip on the Nose.1737
RUN-RIOTto turn Spark, and run out of all.1737
SCANDAL PROOFOne who has eaten shame and drank after it, or would blush at being ashamed.1811
SCANDAL-PROOFa thorough-pacd Alsatian, or Minter; one hardend, or past Shame.1737
SCHOOLa party of persons met together for the purpose of gambling.1819
SCRAPETo get into a scrape; to be involved in a disagreeable business.1811
SETas Dead Set, a Term used by Thief-catchers when they have a Certainty of seizing zome of their Clients, in order to bring them to Justice.1737
SETA dead set: a concerted scheme to defraud a person by gaming.1811
SHOTas, To pay ones Shot; To pay ones Club or Proportion.1737
SHOTTo pay ones shot; to pay ones share of a reckoning. Shot betwixt wind and water; poxed or clapped.1811
SNACKShare or Part. To go snacks. To go halves, or Share and Share alike.1737
SNACKA share. To go snacks; to be partners.1811
SNITCHor Snitchel; a Filip on the Nose.1737
STAGa Term (inverting Qualities) used for an Enemy, a Pursuer; as, I spy a Stag, used by that notorious young Robber Shepherd, lately executed, when he first saw the Turnkey of Newgate, who pursud and took him after his first Escape from the Condemnd Hold.1737
STARTERa Question; also a Flincher. I am no Starter; I shant flinch, or cry to go home.1737
STASHTo stop. To finish. To end. The cove tipped the prosecutor fifty quid to stash the business; he gave the prosecutor fifty guineas to stop the prosecution.1811
STASHTo stash any practice, habit, or proceeding, signifies to put an end to, relinquish, or quash the same ; thus, a thief determined to leave off his vicious courses will declare that he means to stash (or stow) prigging. A man in custody for felony, will endeavour, by offering money, or other means, to induce his prosecutor's forbearance, and compromise the matter, so as to obtain his liberation ; this is called stashing the business. To stash drinking, card-playing, or any other employment you may be engaged in, for the time present, signifies to stow it, knife it, cheese it, or cut it, which are all synonymous, that is, to desist or leave off. See Wanted.1819
STRETCHA yard. The cove was lagged for prigging a peter with several stretch of dobbin from a drag; the fellow was transported for stealing a trunk, containing several yards of ribband, from a waggon.1811
STRETCHFive or ten stretch, signifies five or ten yards, &c.; so in dealing for any article, as linen, &c., I will give you three hog a stretch, means, I'll give three shillings a yard. See Hog. 1819
SWAGa bundle, parcel, or package ; as a swag of snow, &c. The swag, is a term used in speaking of any booty you have lately obtained, be it of what kind it may, except money, as Where did you lumber the swag? that is, where did you deposit the stolen property ? To carry the swag is to be the bearer of the stolen goods to a place of safety. A swag of any thing, signifies emphatically a great deal. To have knap'd a good swag, is to have got a good booty.1819
TATTLEor Tattler; an Alarum, or striking Watch; or indeed any other Watch.1737
TEMPLE PICKLINGthe Pumping of Bailiffs, Bums, Setters, Pick-Pockets, etc.1737
THOROUGH PASSAGEin at one Ear and out at tother.1737
THOROUGH-COUGHfarting and coughing at the same time.1737
TINNYa fire; a conflagration.1819
TINT FOR TANTHit for Hit, Dash for Dash.1737
TIT-BITa fine Snack, or choice Morsel.1737
TORCH-CULBum sodder.1737
TRANTERSee Crocker.1737
TURKISH-Treatmentvery sharp or ill dealing in Business.1737
TURNIPSto give any body turnips signifies to turn him or her up, and the party so turned up, is said to have knap'd turnips.1819
TWADDLEPerplexity, confusion, or any thing else: a fashionable term that for a while succeeded that of BORE. See BORE.1811
WACKto sharp or divide any thing equally, as wack the blunt, divide the money, &c.1819
WACKa share or equal proportion as give me my wack, that is, my due part.1819
WARRENhe that is Security for Goods taken up on Credit, by extravagant young Gentlemen; also a Boarding-school, or a Bawdy-house, which are too much the same Thing.1737
WHITE-TAPESee Tape.1737
WINKa Signal or Intimation. He tipt the Wink; He gave the Sign or Signal.1737
WOOD (in a)or, In a Maze; In a Peck of Troubles; being in a Doubt, or at a Loss, what Course to take, by Reason of some very critical Turn in ones Affairs; or, among Canters, by being surprizd, and in great Danger of being taken, in a Robbery, or any other unlawful Act.1737
YORKa look, or observation; a flash-cove observing another person (a flat) who appears to notice or scrutinize him, his proceedings, or the company he is with, will say to his palls, That cove is yorking as strong as a horse, or, There is York-street concerned.1819
YOURNABSyourself; an emphatical term used in speaking to another person. 1819
Misc : Things
CRACKMANSHedges; as, The Cull thought to have lopd, by breaking thro the Crackmans; but we fetchd him back by a Nope on the Costard, which made him silent; i.e. The Gentleman thought to escape by breaking through the Hedges; but we brought him back by a great Blow on the Head, which laid him for Dead.1737
CUMPa Heap or Lump.1737
FERMEa Hole.1737
FERMEA hole. CANT.1811
LIFTERa Crutch.1737
LIFTERA crutch.1811
NAB-GIRDERa Bridle.1737
Misc : Time
DARKMANSthe Night; The Child of Darkmans or Darkness, a Bell-man.1737
DARKMANSThe night. CANT.1811
HOLIDAY-BOWLERa very bad Bowler. Blind Mans Holiday, when it is Night.1737
LIGHTMANSthe Day or Day-break.1737
YESTa Diminutive of Yesterday; a Day ago.1737
YESTA contraction of yesterday.1811
Misc : Weather
JERRYa fog or mist.1819
SCOTCH MISTA sober soaking rain; a Scotch mist will wet an Englishman to the skin.1811
SCOTCH-MISTa sober, soaking Rain.1737
ZNEESFrost, or Frozen; Zneesy weather; Frosty Weather.1737
ZNUZthe same as Znees.1737
Misc : Whimsies
CONUNDRUMSWhims, Maggots, and such like.1737
CONUNDRUMSEnigmatical conceits.1811
MOONSHINEA matter or mouthful of moonshine; a trifle, nothing. The white brandy smuggled on the coasts of Kent and Sussex, and the gin in the north of Yorkshire, are also called moonshine.1811
QUIBBLEto trifle or pun.1737
RANDLEA set of nonsensical verses, repeated in Ireland by schoolboys, and young people, who have been guilty of breaking wind backwards before any of their compa- nions; if they neglect this apology, they are liable to certain kicks, pinches, and fillips, which are accompanied with divers admonitory couplets.1811
RIGGame, Diversion, Ridicule. See Fun.1737
TRINGUM TRANGUMA whim, or maggot.1811
TRINGUM-TRANGUMa Whim or Maggot.1737
VAGARIESwild Rambles, extravagant Frolicks.1737
WHIMa Maggot.1737