1811 dictionary of the vulgar tongue; a dictionary of by Francis Grose

By Francis Grose

A Dictionary of Buckish Slang, college Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence. Unabridged.

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A castrated cock, also an eunuch. CAPRICORNIFIED. Cuckolded, hornified. CAPSIZE. To overturn or reverse. He took his broth till he capsized; he drank till he fell out of his chair. SEA TERM. CAPTAIN. Led captain; an humble dependant in a great family, who for a precarious subsistence, and distant hopes of preferment, suffers every kind of indignity, and is the butt of every species of joke or ill−humour. The small provision made for officers of the army and navy in time of peace, obliges many in both services to occupy this wretched station.

C 43 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue CAT CALL. A kind of whistle, chiefly used at theatres, to interrupt the actors, and damn a new piece. It derives its name from one of its sounds, which greatly resembles the modulation of an intriguing boar cat. CAT HARPING FASHION. Drinking cross−ways, and not, as usual, over the left thumb. SEA TERM. CAT IN PAN. To turn cat in pan, to change sides or parties; supposed originally to have been to turn CATE or CAKE in pan. CAT'S FOOT. To live under the cat's foot; to be under the dominion of a wife hen−pecked.

An abandoned woman; perhaps originally only a passionate or irascible woman, compared to brimstone for its inflammability. BRISKET BEATER. A Roman catholic. SEE BREAST FLEET, and CRAW THUMPER. BRISTOL MILK. A Spanish wine called sherry, much drunk at that place, particularly in the morning. BRISTOL MAN. The son of an Irish thief and a Welch whore. B 30 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue BRITISH CHAMPAIGNE. Porter. BROGANIER. One who has a strong Irish pronunciation or accent. BROGUE. A particular kind of shoe without a heel, worn in Ireland, and figuratively used to signify the Irish accent.

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