Cache-Control: public, max-age=1024000 Cant terms for Punishments
18th Century Thieves Cant
Punishment : Branding
BADGEis used in a Canting Sense, for Burning in the Hand or Cheek (as it used to be) as he has got his Badge and piked away; He has been burned in the Hand, etc. and is just set at Liberty.1737
BADGEA 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.1811
CHARACTEREDBurnt in the Hand; as, They have pawnd the Character upon him; i.e. They have burnt the Rogue in the Hand.1737
CHARACTERED, or LETTEREDBurnt in the hand. They have palmed the character upon him; they have burned him in the hand, CANT.--See LETTERED.1811
JUGGLERS BOXThe engine for burning culprits in the hand. CANT.1811
Punishment : Fetters
BARNACLESthe Irons worn in Goal by Felons. A Pair of Spectacles is also called Barnacles; as I saw the Cuffin Quire with his Nose Barnacled, making out the Coves Dispatches, i.e. I saw the Justice of Peace with his Spectacles on making out his Mittimus.1737
BODY-SLANGSSee Slangs.1819
CHIVE his DarbiesTo saw asunder his Irons or Fetters.1737
CLINKERSthe Irons Felons wear in Goals.1737
CLINKERSA kind of small Dutch bricks; also irons worn by prisoners; a crafty fellow.1811
CRAMP RINGSBolts, shackles, or fetters. CANT.1811
CRAMP-RINGSBolts or Shackles.1737
DARBIESIrons, Shackles or Fetters.1737
DARBIESFetters. CANT.1811
KINGS PLATEFetters.1811
RUFFLESHandcuffs. CANT.1811
SLANGA fetter. Double slanged; double ironed. Now double slanged into the cells for a crop he is knocked down; he is double ironed in the condemned cells, and ordered to be hanged.1811
SLANGSfetters, or chains of any kind used about prisoners; body-slangs are body-irons used on some occasions.1819
WIFEA fetter fixed to one leg.1811
Punishment : Pillory
BABES IN THE WOODCriminals in the stocks, or pillory.1811
HARMANSthe Stocks.1737
HARMANSThe stocks. CANT.1811
NAB THE STOOPto stand in the pillory. CANT.1811
NORWAY NECKCLOTHThe pillory, usually made of Norway fir.1811
NUT-CRACKERSa Pillory, The Cull lookt thro the Nut-crackers, i.e. The Rogue stood in the Pillory.1737
NUTCRACKERSThe pillory: as, The cull peeped through the nutcrackers.1811
OVERSEERA man standing in the pillory, is, from his elevated situation, said to be made an overseer.1811
PENANCE BOARDThe pillory.1811
PENNANCE BOARDa Pillory.1737
PICTURE FRAMEThe sheriffs picture frame; the gallows or pillory.1811
RUFFAn ornament formerly worn by men and women round their necks. Wooden ruff; the pillory.1811
STOOPThe pillory. The cull was served for macing and nappd the stoop; he was convicted of swindling, and put in the pillory.1811
STOOPthe pillory is called the stoop ; to be stoop'd, is to be set on the pillory.1819
STOOP-NAPPERS, or OVERSEERS OF THE NEW PAVEMENT Persons set in the pillory. CANT.1811
STOOPING-MATCHthe exhibition of one or more persons on the pillory. See Push.1819
SURVEYOR OF THE PAVEMENTOne standing in the pillory.1811
WOODTo look through the wood; to stand in the pillory. Up to the arms in wood; in the pillory.1811
WOODEN PARENTHESISthe pillory.1811
WOODEN-RUFFa Pillory. He wore the Wooden-ruff; He stood in the Pillory.1737
Punishment : Prisons and Imprisonment
BASTILEgenerally called, for shortness, the Steel; a cant name for the House of Correction, Cold-BathFields, London.1819
BLOCK-HOUSESPrisons, Houses of Correction, etc.1737
BOARDING SCHOLARSBridewell-Birds.1737
BOARDING SCHOOLBridewell, Newgate, or any other prison, or house of correction.1811
BOARDING-SCHOOLBridewell [[prob. rdg; orig. Briedwell]] or New Prison, or any Work-house, or House of Correction, for Vagrants, Beggars and Villains, etc.1737
CITY COLLEGENewgate.1811
COLLEGENewgate; New College, the Royal-Exchange.1737
COLLEGENewgate or any other prison. New College: the Royal Exchange. Kings College: the Kings Bench prison. He has been educated at the steel, and took his last degree at college; he has received his education at the house of correction, and was hanged at Newgate.1811
ELLENBOROUGH LODGEThe Kings Bench Prison. Lord Ellenboroughs teeth; the chevaux de frize round the top of the wall of that prison.1811
FAIRA set of subterraneous rooms in the Fleet Prison.1811
HATCHESas, Under the Hatches, in Trouble or Prison.1737
HATCHESUnder the hatches; in trouble, distress, or debt.1811
IN LOBS POUNDlaid by the Heels, or clapd up in Jail.1737
IRON-DOUBLETa Prison.1737
JAYL BIRDSPrisoners.1737
LOBS POUNDA prison. Dr. Grey, in his notes on Hudibras, explains it to allude to one Doctor Lob, a dissenting preacher, who used to hold forth when conventicles were prohibited, and had made himself a retreat by means of a trap door at the bottom of his pulpit. Once being pursued by the officers of justice, they followed him through divers subterraneous passages, till they got into a dark cell, from whence they could not find their way out, but calling to some of their companions, swore they had got into Lob1811
LOUSE HOUSEThe round house, cage, or any other placeof confinement.1811
LUDS BULWARKLudgate Prison.1737
LUDS BULWARKLudgate prison.1811
NASKor Naskin; a Prison or Bridewell. The new Nask, Clerkenwell Bridewell: Tuttle Nask, the Bridewell in Tuttle-Fields: He napt it at the Nask; he was lasht at Bridewell.1737
NASK, or NASKINA prison or bridewell. The new nask; Clerkenwell bridewell. Tothil-fields nask; the bridewell at Tothil-fields. CANT.1811
NAVY OFFICEThe Fleet prison. Commander of the Fleet; the warden of the Fleet prison.1811
PITCHERNewgate in London is called by various names, as the pitcher, the stone pitcher, the start, and the stone jug, according to the humour of the speaker.1819
POLISHTo polish the kings iron with ones eyebrows; to be in gaol, and look through the iron grated windows. To polish a bone; to eat a meal. Come and polish a bone with me; come and eat a dinner or supper with me.1811
POUNDA prison. See LOBS POUND. Pounded; imprisoned. Shut up in the parsons pound; married. POWDER1811
QUEER KENA prison. CANT.1811
QUEERE-KENan ill House, a Prison or a place of Correction.1737
QUODNewgate; also a Prison, tho generally for Debt. The Poor Dabs in the Quod. the poor Rogue is in Limbo.1737
QUODNewgate, or any other prison. The dabs in quod; the poor rogue is in prison.1811
QUODa gaol. To quod a person is to send him to gaol. In quod, is in gaol.1819
REPOSITORYA lock-up or spunging-house, a gaol. Also livery stables where horses and carriages are sold by auction.1811
RUBS US TO THE WHITHe sends us to Newgate.1737
RUMBOa Prison or Goal.1737
SALT-BOXESthe condemned cells in Newgate are so called.1819
SHOPa Prison.1737
SHOPA prison. Shopped; confined, imprisoned.1811
SPRING-ANKLE WAREHOUSENewgate, or any other gaol: IRISH.1811
SPUNGING-HOUSEa By-prison.1737
STARTSee Pitcher.1819
START, or THE OLD STARTNewgate: he is gone to the start, or the old start. CANT.1811
STEELThe house of correction.1811
STONE DOUBLETa Prison.1737
STONE JUGNewgate, or any other prison.1811
TANGIERA room in Newgate, where debtors were confined, hence called Tangerines.1811
TRIBA prison: perhaps from tribulation.1811
TRIPa Prison. He is in Trib, for Tribulation; He is laid by the Heels, or in a great deal of Trouble.1737
WHITNewgate. As, Five Rum-padders, are rubd in the Darkmans and of the Whit, and are pikd into the Deuseaville; Five Highway-men in the Night broke newgate, and are gone into the Country.1737
WHIT[i. e. Whittingtons.] Newgate. Cant.--Five rum-padders are rubbed in the darkmans out of the whit, and are piked into the deuseaville; five highwaymen broke out of Newgate in the night, and are gone into the country.1811
WHITTINGTONS COLLEGENewgate; built or repaired by the famous lord mayor of that name.1811
WITNewgate, New Prison, or Bridewell. The same as Whit.1737
Punishment : Related Terms
BONEDSeized. apprehended, taken up by a constable. CANT.1811
BONEDtaken in custody, apprehended; Tell us how you was boned, signifies, tell us the story of your apprehension; a common request among fellow-prisoners in a jail, &c., which is readily complied with in general; and the various circumstances therein related afford present amusement, and also useful hints for regulating their future operations, so as to avoid the like misfortune.1819
BOWLED OUTa man who has followed the profession of thieving for some time, when he is ultimately taken, tried, and convicted, is said to be bowled out at last. To bowl a person out, in a general sense, means to detect him in the commission of any fraud or peculation, which he has hitherto practised without discovery.1819
DONEconvicted ; as, he was done for a crack, he was convicted of house-breaking.1819
DRAKEDducked; a discipline sometimes inflicted on pickpockets at fairs, races, &c.1819
GAMMON THE TWELVEa man who has been tried by a criminal court, and by a plausible defence, has induced the jury to acquit him, or to banish the capital part of the charge, and so save his life, is said, by his associates to have gammoned the twelve in prime twig, alluding to the number of jurymen.1819
GRABto seize; apprehend; take in custody; to make a grab at any thing, is to snatch suddenly, as at a gentleman's watch-chain, &c.1819
GRAB'Dtaken, apprehended.1819
HOBBLEDtaken up, or in custody; to hobble a plant, is to spring it. See Plant.1819
MARRIEDPersons chained or handcuffed together, in order to be conveyed to gaol, or on board the lighters for transportation, are in the cant language said to be married together.1811
Mr PULLENSee Pull or Pull Up.1819
NIBB'Dtaken in custody.1819
NUBBING-KENthe Sessions House.1737
OLD DOSSBridewell.1811
PATTER'Dtried in a court of justice; a man who has undergone this ordeal, is said to have stood the patter.1819
PULLTo be pulled; to be arrested by a police officer. To have a pull is to have an advantage; generally where a person has some superiority at a game of chance or skill.1811
PULL or PULL UPto accost; stop; apprehend ; or take iato custody; as to pull up a Jack, is to stop a post-chaise on the highway. To pull a man, or have him pulled, is to cause his apprehension for some offence; and it is then said, that Mr. Pullen is concerned.1819
PULLED, PULLED UP or IN PULLTaken in custody; in confinement.1819
SCURF'Dtaken in custody.1819
STAND THE PATTERSee Patter'd.1819
TARRING AND FEATHERINGA punishment lately infliced by the good people of Boston on any person convicted, or suspected, of loyalty: such delinquents being stripped naked, were daubed all over wilh tar, and afterwards put into a hogshead of feathers.1811
THCMMIKINSAn instrument formerly used in Scotland, like a vice, to pinch the thumbs of persons accused of different crimes, in order to extort confession.1811
THUMMIKINSa Punishment (in Scotland) by hard squeezing or pressing of the Thumbs, to extort Confession, which stretches them prodigiously, and is very painful. In Camps, and on Board of Ships, lighted Matches are clapt between the Fingers to the same Intent.1737
TURNED UPAcquitted; discharged.1811
TURNED UPa person acquitted by a jury, or discharged by a magistrate for want of evidence, &c., is said to be turned up. See Swell.1819
Punishment : Transportation
BELLOWSERTransportation for life: i.e. as long.1811
BELLOWSERSee Wind. 1819
LAGto transport for seven years or upwards.1819
LAGa convict under sentence of transportation.1819
LAG SHIPa transport chartered by Government for the conveyance of convicts to New South Wales ; also, a hulk, or floating prison, in which, to the disgrace of humanity, many hundreds of these unhappy persons are confined, and suffer every complication of human misery.1819
LAGGING-DUESspeaking of a person likely to be transported, they say lagging dues will be concerned.1819
MARINATEDtransported into some Foreign Plantation.1737
OLD LAGa man or woman who has been transported, is so called on returning home, by those who are acquainted with the secret. See Lag.1819
To LUMP THE LIGHTERTo be transported.1811
WINDa man transported for his natural life, is said to be lag'd for his wind, or to have knap'd a winder, or a bellowser, according to the humour of the speaker.1819
WINDERTransportation for life. The blowen has napped a winder for a lift; the wench is transported for life for stealing in a shop.1811
Punishment : Whipping
AIR AND EXERCISEHe has had air and exercise, i.e. he has been whipped at the carts tail; or, as it is generally, though more vulgarly, expressed, at the carts a-se.1811
CARTED-WHOREwhippd publickly, and packd out of Town.1737
CARTINGThe punishment formerly inflicted on bawds, who were placed in a tumbrel or cart, and led through a town, that their persons might be known.1811
FLOGGto Whip1737
FLOGGERA horsewhip. CANT.1811
FLOGGING STAKEThe whipping-post.1811
FLOGGING-STAKEa whipping Post.1737
FLY-FLAPPEDWhipt in the stocks, or at the carts tail.1811
GUNNERS DAUGHTERTo kiss the gunners daughter; to be tied to a gun and flogged on the posteriors; a mode of punishing boys on board a ship of war.1811
HUEDseverely lashd or floggd. The Cove was Hued in the Naskin, The Rogue was severely lashd in Bridewell.1737
JIGGERA whipping-post. CANT.1811
NAB THE TEAZEto be privately whipped. CANT.1811
PUZZLING-STICKSthe triangles to which culprits are tied up, for the purpose of undergoing flagellation.1819
RUMP'Dflogged or scourged.1819
SCHOOL BUTTERCobbing, whipping.1811
SCROBYTo be tipt the scroby; to be whipt before the justices.1811
SPREAD EAGLEA soldier tied to the halberts in order to be whipped; his attitude bearing some likeness to that figure, as painted on signs.1811
TATto flog or scourge. 1819
TEAZEto flog, or whip.1819
TEIZETo-nap the teize; to receive a whipping. CANT.1811
To SHOVE THE TUMBLERTo be whipped at the carts tail.1811