|SACHEVEREL. The iron door, or blower, to the mouth of a stove: from a
divine of that name, who made himself famous for blowing the coals of
dissension in the latter end of the reign of queen Ann.
SACK. A pocket. To buy the sack: to get drunk. To dive into the sack; to
pick a pocket. To break a bottle in an empty sack; a bubble bet, a sack
with a bottle in it not being an empty sack.
SAD DOG. A wicked debauched fellow; one of the ancient family of the sad
dogs. Swift translates it into Latin by the words TRISTIS CANIS.
SADDLE. To saddle the spit; to give a dinner or supper. To saddle one’s
nose; to wear spectacles. To saddle a place or pension; to oblige the
holder to pay a certain portion of his income to some one nominated by the
donor. Saddle sick: galled with riding, having lost leather.
SAINT. A piece of spoilt timber in a coach-maker’s shop, like a saint,
devoted to the flames.
SAINT GEOFFREY’S DAY. Never, there being no saint of that name:
tomorrow-come-never, when two Sundays come together.
SAINT LUKE’S BIRD. An ox; that Evangelist being always represented with an
SAINT MONDAY. A holiday most religiously observed by journeymen
shoemakers, and other inferior mechanics. a profanation of that day, by
working, is punishable by a line, particularly among the gentle craft. An
Irishman observed, that this saint’s anniversary happened every week.
SAL. An abbreviation of SALIVATION. In a high sal; in the pickling tub, or
under a salivation.
SALESMAN’S DOG. A barker. Vide BARKER.
SALMON-GUNDY. Apples, 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. of France, and by her brought into France.
SALMON or SALAMON. The beggars’sacrament or oath.
SALT. Lecherous. A salt bitch: a bitch at heat, or proud bitch. Salt eel;
a rope’s end, used to correct boys, &c. at sea: you shall have a salt eel
SAMMY. Foolish. Silly.
SANDWICH. Ham, 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.
SANDY PATE. A red haired man or woman.
SANGAREE. Rack punch was formerly so called in bagnios.
SANK, SANKY, or CENTIPEE’S. A taylor employed by clothiers in making
SAPSCULL. A simple fellow. Sappy; foolish.
SATYR. A libidinous fellow: those imaginary things are by poets reported
to be extremely salacious.
SAUCE BOX. A term of familiar raillery, signifying a bold or forward
SAVE-ALL. A kind of candlestick used by our frugal forefathers, to burn
snuffs and ends of candles. Figuratively, boys running about gentlemen’s
houses in Ireland, who are fed on broken meats that would otherwise be
wasted, also a miser.
SAUNTERER. An idle, lounging fellow; by some derived from SANS TERRE;
applied to persons, who, having no lands or home, lingered and loitered
about. Some derive it from persons devoted to the Holy Land, SAINT TERRE,
who loitered about, as waiting for company.
SAW. An old saw; an ancient proverbial saying.
SAWNY or SANDY. A general nick-name for a Scotchman, as Paddy is for an
Irishman, or Taffy for a Welchman;
Sawny or Sandy being the familiar abbreviation or diminution of Alexander,
a very favourite name among the Scottish nation.
SCAB. A worthless man or woman.
SCALD MISERABLES. A set of mock masons, who, A.D. 1744, made a ludicrous
procession in ridicule of the Free Masons.
SCALDER. A clap. The cull has napped a scalder; the fellow has got a clap.
SCALY. Mean. Sordid. How scaly the cove is; how mean the fellow is.
SCALY FISH. An honest, rough, blunt sailor.
SCAMP. A highwayman. Royal scamp: a highwayman who robs civilly. Royal
foot scamp; a footpad who behaves in like manner.
TO SCAMPER. To run away hastily.
SCANDAL BROTH. Tea.
SCANDAL PROOF. One who has eaten shame and drank after it, or would blush
at being ashamed.
SCAPEGALLOWS. One who deserves and has narrowly escaped the gallows, a
slip-gibbet, one for whom the gallows is said to groan.
SCAPEGRACE. A wild dissolute fellow.
SCARCE. To make one’s self scarce; to steal away.
SCARLET HORSE. A high red, hired or hack horse: a pun on the word HIRED.
SCAVEY. Sense, knowledge. “Massa, me no scavey;” master, I don’t know
(NEGRO LANGUAGE) perhaps from the French SCAVOIR.
SCHEME. A party of pleasure.
SCHISM MONGER. A dissenting teacher.
SCHISM SHOP. A dissenting meeting house.
A SCOLD’S CURE. A coffin. The blowen has napped the scold’s cure; the
bitch is in her coffin.
SCHOOL OF VENUS. A bawdy-house.
SCHOOL BUTTER. Cobbing, whipping.
SCONCE. The head, probably as being the fort and citadel of a man: from
SCONCE, an old name for a fort, derived from a Dutch word of the same
signification; To build a sconce: a military term for bilking one’s
quarters. To sconce or skonce; to impose a fine. ACADEMICAL PHRASE.
SCOT. A young bull.
SCOTCH GREYS. Lice. The headquarters of the Scotch greys: the head of a
man full of large lice.
SCOTCH PINT. A bottle containing two quarts.
SCOTCH BAIT. A halt and a resting on a stick, as practised by pedlars.
SCOTCH CHOCOLATE. Brimstone and milk.
SCOTCH FIDDLE. The itch.
SCOTCH MIST. A sober soaking rain; a Scotch mist will wet an Englishman to
SCOTCH WARMING PAN. A wench; also a fart.
SCOUNDREL. A man void of every principle of honour.
SCOUR. To scour or score off; to run away: perhaps from SCORE; i.e. full
speed, or as fast as legs would carry one. Also to wear: chiefly applied
to irons, fetters, or handcuffs, because wearing scours them. He will
scour the darbies; he will be in fetters. To scour the cramp ring; to wear
bolts or fetters, from which, as well as from coffin hinges, rings
supposed to prevent the cramp are made.
SCOURERS. Riotous bucks, who amuse themselves with breaking windows,
beating the watch, and assaulting every person they meet: called scouring
SCOUT. A college errand-boy at Oxford, called a gyp at Cambridge. Also a
watchman or a watch. .
SCRAGGY. Lean, bony.
SCRAGG’EM FAIR. A public execution.
SCRAP. A villainous scheme or plan. He whiddles the whole scrap; he
discovers the whole plan or scheme.
SCRAPE. To get into a scrape; to be involved in a disagreeable business.
SCRAPER. A fiddler; also one who scrapes plates for mezzotinto prints.
SCRAPING. A mode of expressing dislike to a person, or sermon, practised
at Oxford by the students, in scraping their feet against the ground
during the preachment; frequently done to testify their disapprobation of
a proctor who has been, as they think, too rigorous.
SCRATCH. Old Scratch; the Devil: probably from the long and sharp claws
with which he is frequently delineated.
SCRATCH LAND. Scotland.
SCRATCH PLATTER, or TAYLOR’S RAGOUT. Bread sopt in the oil and vinegar in
which cucumbers have been sliced.
SCREEN. A bank note. Queer screens; forged bank notes. The cove was
twisted for smashing queer screens; the fellow was hanged for uttering
forged bank notes.
SCREW. A skeleton key used by housebreakers to open a lock. To stand on
the screw signifies that a door is not bolted, but merely locked.
TO SCREW. To copulate. A female screw; a common prostitute. To screw one
up; to exact upon one in a bargain or reckoning.
SCREW JAWS. A wry-mouthed man or woman.
SCRIP. A 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?
SCROBY. To be tipt the scroby; to be whipt before the justices.
SCROPE. A farthing. .
SCRUB. A low mean fellow, employed in all sorts of dirty work.
SCRUBBADO. The itch.
SCULL. A head of a house, or master of a college, at the universities.
SCULL, or SCULLER. A boat rowed by one man with a light kind of oar,
called a scull; also a one-horse chaise or buggy.
SCULL THATCHER. A peruke-maker.
SCUM. The riff-raff, tag-rag, and bob-tail, or lowest order of people.
SCUT. The tail of a hare or rabbit; also that of a woman.
SCUTTLE. To scuttle off; to run away. To scuttle a ship; to make a hole in
her bottom in order to sink her.
SEA CRAB. A sailor.
SEA LAWYER. A shark.
SEALER, or SQUEEZE WAX. One ready to give bond and judgment for goods or
SECRET. He has been let into the secret: he has been cheated at gaming or
horse-racing. He or she is in the grand secret, i.e. dead.
SEEDY. Poor, pennyless, stiver-cramped, exhausted.
SEES. The eyes. See DAYLIGHTS.
SERVED. Found guilty. Convicted. Ordered to be punished or transported. To
serve a cull out; to beat a man soundly.
SERAGLIO. A bawdy-house; the name of that part of the Great Turk’s palace
where the women are kept.
SEND. To drive or break in. Hand down the Jemmy and send it in; apply the
crow to the door, and drive it in.
SET. A dead set: a concerted scheme to defraud a person by gaming.
SETTER. A bailiff’s follower, who, like a setting dog follows and points
the game for his master. Also sometimes an exciseman.
TO SETTLE. To knock down or stun any one. We settled the cull by a stroke
on his nob; we stunned the fellow by a blow on the head.
SEVEN-SIDED ANIMAL. A one-eyed man or woman, each having a right side and
a left side, a fore side and a back side, an outside, an inside, and a
SHABBAROON. An ill-dressed shabby fellow; also a mean-spirited person.
SHAFTSBURY. A gallon pot full of wine, with a cock.
To SHAG. To copulate. He is but bad shag; he is no able woman’s man.
SHAG-BAG, or SHAKE-BAG. A poor sneaking fellow; a man of no spirit: a term
borrowed from the cock-pit.
SHAKE. To shake one’s elbow; to game with dice. To shake a cloth in the
wind; to be hanged in chains.
SHAKE. To draw any thing from the pocket. He shook the swell of his fogle;
he robbed the gentleman of his silk handkerchief.
SHALLOW PATE. A simple fellow.
SHALLOW. A WHIP hat, so called from the want of depth in the crown. LILLY
SHALLOW, a WHITE Whip hat.
SHAM. A cheat, or trick. To cut a sham; to cheat or deceive. Shams; false
sleeves to put on over a dirty shirt, or false sleeves with ruffles to put
over a plain one. To sham Abram; to counterfeit sickness.
TO SHAMBLE. To walk awkwardly. Shamble-legged:
one that walks wide, and shuffles about his feet.
SHANKER. A venereal wart.
SHANKS. Legs, or gams.
SHANKS NAGGY. To ride shanks naggy: to travel on foot.
SHANNON. A river in Ireland: persons dipped in that river are perfectly
and for ever cured of bashfulness.
SHAPES. To shew one’s shapes; to be stript, or made peel, at the
SHAPPO, or SHAP. A hat: corruption of CHAPEAU. .
SHARK. A sharper: perhaps from his preying upon any one he can lay hold
of. Also a custom-house officer, or tide-waiter. Sharks; the first order
of pickpockets. BOW-STREET TERM, A.D. 1785.
SHARP. Subtle, acute, quick-witted; also a sharper or cheat, in opposition
to a flat, dupe, or gull. Sharp’s the word and quick’s the motion with
him; said of any one very attentive to his own interest, and apt to take
all advantages. Sharp set; hungry.
SHARPER. A cheat, one that lives by his wits. Sharpers tools; a fool and
SHAVER. A cunning shaver; a subtle fellow, one who trims close, an acute
cheat. A young shaver; a boy.
SHAVINGS. The clippings of money.
SHE HOUSE. A house where the wife rules, or, as the term is, wears the
SHE LION. A shilling.
SHE NAPPER. A woman thief-catcher; also a bawd or pimp.
SHEEP’S HEAD. Like a sheep’s head, all jaw; saying of a talkative man or
SHEEPISH. Bashful. A sheepish fellow; a bashful or shamefaced fellow. To
cast a sheep’s eye at any thing; to look wishfully at it.
SHEEPSKIN FIDDLER. A drummer.
SHELF. On the shelf, i.e. pawned.
SHERIFF’S JOURNEYMAN. The hangman.
SHERIFF’S BALL. An execution. To dance at the sheriff’s ball, and loll out
one’s tongue at the company; to be hanged, or go to rest in a horse’s
night-cap, i.e. a halter.
SHERIFF’S BRACELETS. Handcuffs.
SHERIFF’S HOTEL. A prison.
SHERIFF’S PICTURE FRAME. The gallows.
TO SHERK. To evade or disappoint: to sherk one’s duty.
TO SHERRY. To run away: sherry off.
SHIFTING. Shuffling. Tricking. Shifting cove; i.e. a person who lives by
SHIFTING BALLAST. A term used by sailors, to signify soldiers, passengers,
or any landsmen on board.
SHILLALEY. An oaken sapling, or cudgel: from a wood of that name famous
for its oaks. IRISH.
SHILLY-SHALLY. Irresolute. To stand shilly-shally; to hesitate, or stand
SHINDY. A dance. .
SHINE. It shines like a shitten barn door.
SHIP SHAPE. Proper, as it ought to be. ,
SH-T SACK. A dastardly fellow: also a non-conformist. This appellation is
said to have originated from the following story:--After the restoration,
the laws against the non-conformists were extremely severe. They sometimes
met in very obscure places: and there is a tradition that one of their
congregations were assembled in a barn, the rendezvous of beggars and
other vagrants, where the preacher, for want of a ladder or tub, was
suspended in a sack fixed to the beam. His discourse that day being on the
last judgment, he particularly attempted to describe the terrors of the
wicked at the sounding of the trumpet, on which a trumpeter to a
puppet-show, who had taken refuge in that barn, and lay hid under the
straw, sounded a charge. The congregation, struck with the utmost
consternation, fled in an instant from the place, leaving their affrighted
teacher to shift for himself. The effects of his terror are said to have
appeared at the bottom of the sack, and to have occasioned that
opprobrious appellation by which the non-conformists were vulgarly
SH-T-NG THROUGH THE TEETH. Vomiting. Hark ye, friend, have you got a
padlock on your a-se, that you sh-te through your teeth? Vulgar address to
SHOD ALL ROUND. A parson who attends a funeral is said to be shod all
round, when he receives a hat-band, gloves, and scarf: many shoeings being
SHOEMAKER’S STOCKS. New, or strait shoes. I was in the shoemaker’s stocks;
i.e. had on a new pair of shoes that were too small for me.
TO SHOOLE. To go skulking about.
TO SHOOT THE CAT. To vomit from excess of liquor; called also catting.
SHOP. A prison. Shopped; confined, imprisoned.
SHOPLIFTER. One that steals whilst pretending to purchase goods in a shop.
SHORT-HEELED WENCH. A girl apt to fall on her back.
SHOT. To pay one’s shot; to pay one’s share of a reckoning.
Shot betwixt wind and water; poxed or clapped.
SHOTTEN HERRING. A thin meagre fellow.
To SHOVE THE TUMBLER. To be whipped at the cart’s tail.
SHOVE IN THE MOUTH. A dram.
SHOVEL. To be put to bed with a shovel; to be buried. He or she was fed
with a fire-shovel; a saying of a person with a large mouth.
SHOULDER FEAST. A dinner given after a funeral, to those who have carried
SHOULDER CLAPPER. A bailiff, or member of the catch club.
SHOULDER SHAM. A partner to a file. See FILE.
SHRED. A taylor.
SHRIMP. A little diminutive person.
TO SHUFFLE. To make use of false pretences, or unfair shifts. A shuffling
fellow; a slippery shifting fellow.
SHY COCK. One who keeps within doors for fear of bailiffs.
SICK AS A HORSE. Horses are said to be extremely sick at their stomachs,
from being unable to relieve themselves by vomiting. Bracken, indeed, in
his Farriery, gives an instance of that evacuation being procured, but by
a means which he says would make the Devil vomit. Such as may have
occasion to administer an emetic either to the animal or the fiend, may
consult his book for the recipe.
SIDE POCKET. He has as much need of a wife as a dog of a side pocket; said
of a weak old debilitated man. He wants it as much as a dog does a side
pocket; a simile used for one who desires any thing by no means necessary.
SIGN OF A HOUSE TO LET. A widow’s weeds.
SIGN OF THE: FIVE SHILLINGS. The crown.
TEN SHILLINGS. The two crowns.
FIFTEEN SHILLINGS. The three crowns.
SILENCE. To silence a man; to knock him down, or stun him. Silence in the
court, the cat is pissing; a gird upon any one requiring silence
SILENT FLUTE. See PEGO, SUGAR STICK, &c.
SILK SNATCHERS. Thieves who snatch hoods or bonnets from persons walking
in the streets.
SILVER LACED. Replete with lice. The cove’s kickseys are silver laced: the
fellow’s breeches are covered with lice.
SIMEONITES, (at Cambridge,) the followers of the Rev. Charles Simeon,
fellow of King’s College, author of Skeletons of Sermons, and preacher at
Trinity church; they are in fact rank methodists.
SIMKIN. A foolish fellow.
SIMON. Sixpence. Simple Simon: a natural, a silly fellow;
Simon Suck-egg, sold his wife for an addle duck-egg.
TO SIMPER. To smile: to simper like a firmity kettle.
SIMPLETON. Abbreviation of simple Tony or Anthony, a foolish fellow.
SIMPLES. Physical herbs; also follies. He must go to Battersea, to be cut
for the simples—Battersea is a place famous for its garden grounds, some
of which were formerly appropriated to the growing of simples for
apothecaries, who at a certain season used to go down to select their
stock for the ensuing year, at which time the gardeners were said to cut
their simples; whence it became a popular joke to advise young people to
go to Battersea, at that time, to have their simples cut, or to be cut for
TO SING. To call out; the coves sing out beef; they call out stop thief.
TO SING SMALL. To be humbled, confounded, or abashed, to have little or
nothing to say for one’s-self.
SINGLE PEEPER. A person having but one eye.
SINGLETON. A very foolish fellow; also a particular kind of nails.
SINGLETON. A corkscrew, made by a famous cutler of that name, who lived in
a place called Hell, in Dublin; his screws are remarkable for their
SIR JOHN. The old title for a country parson: as Sir John of Wrotham,
mentioned by Shakespeare.
SIR JOHN BARLEYCORN. Strong beer.
SIR LOIN. The sur, or upper loin.
SIR REVERENCE. Human excrement, a t—d.
SIR TIMOTHY. One who, from a desire of being the head of the company, pays
the reckoning, or, as the term is, stands squire. See SQUIRE.
SITTING BREECHES. One who stays late in company, is said to have his
sitting breeches on, or that he will sit longer than a hen.
SIX AND EIGHT-PENCE. An attorney, whose fee on several occasions is fixed
at that sum.
SIX AND TIPS. Whisky and small beer. IRISH.
SIXES AND SEVENS. Left at sixes and sevens: i.e. in confusion; commonly
said of a room where the furniture, &c. is scattered about; or of a
business left unsettled.
SIZE OF ALE. Half a pint. Size of bread and cheese; a certain quantity.
Sizings: Cambridge term for the college allowance from the buttery, called
at Oxford battles.
To SIZE. (CAMBRIDGE) To sup at one’s 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.
SIZAR (Cambridge). Formerly students who came to the University for
purposes of study and emolument. But at present they are just as gay and
dissipated as their fellow collegians. About fifty years ago they were on
a footing with the servitors at Oxford, but by the exertions of the
present Bishop of Llandaff, who was himself a sizar, they were absolved
from all marks of inferiority or of degradation. The chief difference at
present between them and the pensioners, consists in the less amount of
their college fees. The saving thus made induces many extravagant fellows
to become sizars, that they may have more money to lavish on their dogs,
SKEW. A cup, or beggar’s wooden dish.
SKEWVOW, or ALL ASKEW. Crooked, inclining to one side.
SKIN. In a bad skin; out of temper, in an ill humour.
Thin-skinned: touchy, peevish.
SKIN. A purse. Frisk the skin of the stephen; empty the money out of the
purse. Queer skin; an empty purse.
SKIN FLINT. An avaricious man or woman,
SKINK. To 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.
SKINS. A tanner.
SKIP JACKS. Youngsters that ride horses on sale, horse-dealers boys. Also
a plaything made for children with the breast bone of a goose.
SKIP KENNEL. A footman.
SKIPPER. A barn. .—Also the captain of a Dutch vessel.
TO SKIT. To wheedle. .
SKIT. A joke. A satirical hint.
SKRIP. See SCRIP.
SKULKER. A soldier who by feigned sickness, or other pretences, evades his
duty; a sailor who keeps below in time of danger; in the civil line, one
who keeps out of the way, when any work is to be done. To skulk; to hide
one’s self, to avoid labour or duty.
SKY BLUE. Gin.
SKY FARMERS. Cheats who pretend they were farmers in the isle of Sky, or
some other remote place, and were ruined by a flood, hurricane, or some
such public calamity: or else called sky farmers from their farms being IN
NUBIBUS, ‘in the clouds.’
SKY PARLOUR. The garret, or upper story.
SLABBERING BIB. A parson or lawyer’s band.
SLAG. A slack-mettled fellow, one not ready to resent an affront.
SLAM. A trick; also a game at whist lost without scoring one. To slam to a
door; to shut it with violence.
SLAMKIN. A female sloven, one whose clothes seem hung on with a
pitch-fork, a careless trapes.
SLANG. A 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.
SLAP-BANG SHOP. A petty cook’s shop, where there is no credit given, but
what is had must be paid DOWN WITH THE READY SLAP-BANG, i.e. immediately.
This is a common appellation for a night cellar frequented by thieves, and
sometimes for a stage coach or caravan.
SLAPDASH. Immediately, instantly, suddenly.
SLASHER. A bullying, riotous fellow. IRISH.
SLAT. Half a crown. .
SLATE. A sheet. .
SLATER’S PAN. The gaol at Kingston in Jamaica: Slater is the deputy
SLATTERN. A woman sluttishly negligent in her dress.
SLEEPING PARTNER. A partner in a trade, or shop, who lends his name and
money, for which he receives a share of the profit, without doing any part
of the business.
SLEEPY. Much worn: the cloth of your coat must be extremely sleepy, for it
has not had a nap this long time.
SLEEVELESS ERRAND. A fool’s errand, in search of what it is impossible to
SLICE. To take a slice; to intrigue, particularly with a married woman,
because a slice off a cut loaf is not missed.
SLIPGIBBET. See SCAPEGALLOWS.
SLIPPERY CHAP. One on whom there can be no dependance, a shuffling fellow.
SLIPSLOPS. Tea, water-gruel, or any innocent beverage taken medicinally.
SLIPSLOPPING. Misnaming and misapplying any hard word; from the character
of Mrs. Slipslop, in Fielding’s Joseph Andrews.
SLOP. Tea. How the blowens lush the slop. How the wenches drink tea!
SLOPS. Wearing apparel and bedding used by seamen.
SLOP SELLER. A dealer in those articles, who keeps a slop shop.
SLOUCH. A stooping gait, a negligent slovenly fellow.
To slouch; to hang down one’s head. A slouched hat:
a hat whose brims are let down.
SLUBBER DE GULLION. A dirty nasty fellow.
SLUG. A piece of lead of any shape, to be fired from a blunderbuss. To
fire a slug; to drink a dram.
SLUG-A-BED. A drone, one that cannot rise in the morning.
SLUICE YOUR GOB. Take a hearty drink.
SLUR. To slur, is a method of cheating at dice: also to cast a reflection
on any one’s character, to scandalize.
SLUSH. Greasy dish-water, or the skimmings of a pot where fat meat has
SLUSH BUCKET. A foul feeder, one that eats much greasy food.
SLY BOOTS. A cunning fellow, under the mask of simplicity.
SMABBLED, or SNABBLED. Killed in battle.
TO SMACK. To kiss. I had a smack at her muns: I kissed her mouth. To smack
calves skin; to kiss the book, i.e. to take an oath. The queer cuffin bid
me smack calves skin, but I only bussed my thumb; the justice bid me kiss
the book, but I only kissed my thumb.
SMACKSMOOTH. Level with the surface, every thing cut away.
SMACKING COVE. A coachman.
SMALL CLOTHES. Breeches: a gird at the affected delicacy of the present
age; a suit being called coat, waistcoat, and articles, or small clothes.
SMART. Spruce, fine: as smart as a carrot new scraped.
SMART MONEY. Money allowed to soldiers or sailors for the loss of a limb,
or other hurt received in the service.
SMASHER. A person who lives by passing base coin. The cove was fined in
the steel for smashing; the fellow was ordered to be imprisoned in the
house of correction for uttering base coin.
SMASH. Leg of mutton and smash: a leg of mutton and mashed turnips. SEA
TO SMASH. To break; also to kick down stairs.
To smash. To pass counterfeit money.
SMEAR. A plasterer.
SMEAR GELT. A bribe. GERMAN.
SMELLER. A nose. Smellers: a cat’s whiskers.
SMELLING CHEAT. An orchard, or garden; also a nosegay.
SMELTS. Half guineas.
SMICKET. A smock, or woman’s shift.
SMIRK. A finical spruce fellow. To smirk; to smile, or look pleasantly.
SMITER. An arm. To smite one’s tutor; to get money from him. ACADEMIC
SMITHFIELD BARGAIN. A bargain whereby the purchaser is taken in. This is
likewise frequently used to express matches or marriages contracted solely
on the score of interest, on one or both sides, where the fair sex are
bought and sold like cattle in Smithfield.
SMOCK-FACED. Fair faced.
TO SMOKE. To observe, to suspect.
SMOKER. A tobacconist.
SMOKY. Curious, suspicious, inquisitive.
SMOUCH. Dried leaves of the ash tree, used by the smugglers for
adulterating the black or bohea teas.
SMOUS. A German Jew.
SMUG. A nick name for a blacksmith; also neat and spruce.
SMUG LAY. Persons who pretend to be smugglers of lace and valuable
articles; these men borrow money of publicans by depositing these goods in
their hands; they shortly decamp, and the publican discovers too late that
he has been duped; and on opening the pretended treasure, he finds
trifling articles of no value.
SMUGGLING KEN. A bawdy-house.
TO SMUSH. To snatch, or seize suddenly.
SMUT. Bawdy. Smutty story; an indecent story.
SMUT. A copper. A grate. Old iron. The cove was lagged for a smut: the
fellow was transported for stealing a copper.
SNACK. A share. To go snacks; to be partners.
TO SNABBLE. To rifle or plunder; also to kill.
SNAFFLER. A highwayman. Snaffler of prances; a horse stealer.
TO SNAFFLE. To steal. To snaffle any ones poll; to steal his wig.
SNAGGS. Large teeth; also snails.
SNAKESMAN. See LITTLE SNAKESMAN.
SNAP DRAGON. A Christmas gambol: raisins and almonds being put into a bowl
of brandy, and the candles extinguished, the spirit is set on fire, and
the company scramble for the raisins.
TO SNAP THE GLAZE. To break shop windows or show glasses.
SNAPT. Taken, caught.
SNATCH CLY. A thief who snatches women’s pockets.
SNEAK. A pilferer. Morning sneak; one who pilfers early in the morning,
before it is light. Evening sneak; an evening pilferer. Upright sneak: one
who steals pewter pots from the alehouse boys employed to collect them. To
go upon the sneak; to steal into houses whose doors are carelessly left
SNEAKER. A small bowl.
SNEAKING BUDGE. One that robs alone.
SNEAKSBY. A mean-spirited fellow, a sneaking cur.
SNEERING. Jeering, flickering, laughing in scorn.
SNICKER. A glandered horse.
TO SNICKER, or SNIGGER. To laugh privately, or in one’s sleeve.
TO SNILCH. To eye, or look at any thing attentively: the cull snilches. .
SNIP. A taylor.
SNITCH. To turn snitch, or snitcher; to turn informer.
TO SNITE. To wipe, or slap. Snite his snitch; wipe his nose, i.e. give him
a good knock.
TO SNIVEL. To cry, to throw the snot or snivel about. Snivelling; crying.
A snivelling fellow; one that whines or complains.
TO SNOACH. To speak through the nose, to snuffle.
SNOB. A nick name for a shoemaker.
TO SNOOZE, or SNOODGE. To sleep. To snooze with a mort; to sleep with a
SNOOZING KEN. A brothel. The swell was spiced in a snoozing ken of his
screens; the gentleman was robbed of his bank notes in a brothel.
SNOW. Linen hung out to dry or bleach. Spice the snow; to steal the linen.
SNOUT. A hogshead. .
SNOWBALL. A jeering appellation for a negro.
TO SNUB. To check, or rebuke.
SNUB DEVIL. A parson.
SNUB NOSE. A short nose turned up at the end.
SNUDGE. A thief who hides himself under a bed, in Order to rob the house.
SNUFF. To take snuff; to be offended.
TO SNUFFLE. To speak through the nose.
SNUFFLES. A cold in the head, attended with a running at the nose.
SNUG. All’s snug; all’s quiet.
TO SOAK. To drink. An old soaker; a drunkard, one that moistens his clay
to make it stick together.
SOCKET MONEY. A whore’s fee, or hire: also money paid for a treat, by a
married man caught in an intrigue.
SOLDIER’S BOTTLE. A large one.
SOLDIER’S MAWND. A pretended soldier, begging with a counterfeit wound,
which he pretends to have received at some famous siege or battle.
SOLDIER’S POMATUM. A piece of tallow candle.
SOLDIER. A red herring.
SOLFA. A parish clerk.
SOLO PLAYER. A miserable performer on any instrument, who always plays
alone, because no one will stay in the room to hear him.
SOLOMON. The mass. .
SON OF PRATTLEMENT. A lawyer.
SONG. He changed his song; he altered his account or evidence. It was
bought for an old song, i.e. very cheap. His morning and his evening song
do not agree; he tells a different story.
SOOTERKIN. A joke upon the Dutch women, supposing that, by their constant
use of stoves, which they place under their petticoats, they breed a kind
of small animal in their bodies, called a sooterkin, of the size of a
mouse, which when mature slips out.
SOP. A bribe. A sop for Cerberus; a bribe for a porter, turnkey, or
SOPH. (Cambridge) An undergraduate in his second year.
SORREL. A yellowish red. Sorrel pate; one having red hair.
SORROW SHALL BE HIS SOPS. He shall repent this. Sorrow go by me; a common
expletive used by presbyterians in Ireland.
SORRY. Vile, mean, worthless. A sorry fellow, or hussy; a worthless man or
SOT WEED. Tobacco.
SOUL CASE. The body. He made a hole in his soul case; he wounded him.
SOUL DOCTOR, or DRIVER. A parson.
SOUNDERS. A herd of swine.
SOUSE. Not a souse; not a penny. FRENCH.
SOW. A fat woman. He has got the wrong sow by the ear, he mistakes his
man. Drunk as David’s sow; see DAVID’S SOW.
SOW’S BABY. A sucking pig.
SOW CHILD. A female child.
SPADO. A sword. SPANISH.
SPANGLE. A seven shilling piece.
SPANK. (WHIP) To run neatly along, beteeen a trot and gallop. The tits
spanked it to town; the horses went merrily along all the way to town.
SPANISH. The spanish; ready money.
SPANISH COIN. Fair words and compliments.
SPANISH FAGGOT. The sun.
SPANISH GOUT. The pox.
SPANISH PADLOCK. A kind of girdle contrived by jealous husbands of that
nation, to secure the chastity of their wives.
SPANISH, or KING OF SPAIN’S TRUMPETER. An ass when braying.
SPANISH WORM. A nail: so called by carpenters when they meet with one in a
board they are sawing.
SPANKS, or SPANKERS. Money; also blows with the open hand.
SPARK. A spruce, trim, or smart fellow. A man that is always thirsty, is
said to have a spark in his throat.
SPARKISH. Fine, gay.
SPARKING BLOWS. Blows given by cocks before they close, or, as the term
is, mouth it: used figuratively for words previous to a quarrel.
SPARROW. Mumbling a sparrow; a cruel sport frequently practised at wakes
and fairs: for a small premium, a booby having his hands tied behind him,
has the wing of a cock sparrow put into his mouth: with this hold, without
any other assistance than the motion of his lips, he is to get the
sparrow’s head into his mouth: on attempting to do it, the bird defends
itself surprisingly, frequently pecking the mumbler till his lips are
covered with blood, and he is obliged to desist: to prevent the bird from
getting away, he is fastened by a string to a button of the booby’s coat.
SPARROW-MOUTHED. Wide-mouthed, like the mouth of a sparrow: it is said of
such persons, that they do not hold their mouths by lease, but have it
from year to year; i.e. from ear to ear. One whose mouth cannot be
enlarged without removing their ears, and who when they yawn have their
heads half off.
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.
TO SPEAK WITH. To rob. I spoke with the cull on the cherry-coloured
prancer; I robbed the man on the black horse. .
SPEAK. Any thing stolen. He has made a good speak; he has stolen something
SPECKED WHIPER. A coloured hankerchief. .
SPICE. To rob. Spice the swell; rob the gentleman.
SPICE ISLANDS. A privy. Stink-hole bay or dilberry creek.
TO SPIFLICATE. To confound, silence, or dumbfound.
SPILT. A small reward or gift.
SPILT. Thrown from a horse, or overturned in a carriage; pray, coachee,
don’t spill us.
SPINDLE SHANKS. Slender legs.
TO SPIRIT AWAY. To kidnap, or inveigle away.
SPIRITUAL FLESH BROKER. A parson.
SPIT. He is as like his father as if he was spit out of his mouth; said of
a child much resembling his father.
SPIT. A sword.
SPIT FIRE. A violent, pettish, or passionate person.
SPLICED. Married: an allusion to joining two ropes ends by splicing. SEA
SPLIT CROW. The sign of the spread eagle, which being represented with two
heads on one neck, gives it somewhat the appearance of being split.
SPLIT CAUSE. A lawyer.
SPLIT FIG. A grocer.
SPLIT IRON. The nick-name for a smith.
SPOONEY. (WHIP) Thin, haggard, like the shank of a spoon; also delicate,
craving for something, longing for sweets. Avaricious. That tit is damned
spooney. She’s a spooney piece of goods. He’s a spooney old fellow.
SPOIL PUDDING. A parson who preaches long sermons, keeping his
congregation in church till the puddings are overdone.
TO SPORT. To exhibit: as, Jack Jehu sported a new gig yesterday: I shall
sport a new suit next week. To sport or flash one’s ivory; to shew one’s
teeth. To sport timber; to keep one’s outside door shut; this term is used
in the inns of court to signify denying one’s self. N.B. The word SPORT
was in great vogue ann. 1783 and 1784.
SPUNGE. A thirsty fellow, a great drinker. To spunge; to eat and drink at
another’s cost. Spunging-house: a bailiff’s 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.
SPUNK. Rotten touchwood, or a kind of fungus prepared for tinder;
figuratively, spirit, courage.
SPOON HAND. The right hand.
TO SPOUT. To rehearse theatrically.
SPOUTING CLUB. A meeting of apprentices and mechanics to rehearse
different characters in plays: thus forming recruits for the strolling
SPOUTING. Theatrical declamation.
SPREAD EAGLE. A soldier tied to the halberts in order to be whipped; his
attitude bearing some likeness to that figure, as painted on signs.
SPREE. A frolic. Fun. A drinking bout. A party of pleasure.
SPRING-ANKLE WAREHOUSE. Newgate, or any other gaol: IRISH.
SQUAB. A fat man or woman: from their likeness to a well-stuffed couch,
called also a squab. A new-hatched chicken.
SQUARE. Honest, not roguish. A square cove, i.e. a man who does not steal,
or get his living by dishonest means.
SQUARE TOES. An old man: square toed shoes were anciently worn in common,
and long retained by old men.
SQUEAK. A narrow escape, a chance: he had a squeak for his life. To
squeak; to confess, peach, or turn stag. They squeak beef upon us; they
cry out thieves after us. .
SQUEAKER. A bar-boy; also a bastard or any other child. To stifle the
squeaker; to murder a bastard, or throw It into the necessary house.—Organ
pipes are likewise called squeakers. The squeakers are meltable; the small
pipes are silver. .
SQUEEZE CRAB. A sour-looking, shrivelled, diminutive fellow.
SQUEEZE WAX. A good-natured foolish fellow, ready to become security for
another, under hand and seal.
SQUELCH. A fall. Formerly a bailiff caught in a barrack-yard in Ireland,
was liable by custom to have three tosses in a blanket, and a squelch; the
squelch was given by letting go the corners of the blanket, and suffering
him to fall to the ground. Squelch-gutted; fat, having a prominent belly.
SQUIB. A small satirical or political temporary jeu d’esprit, which, like
the firework of that denomination, sparkles, bounces, stinks, and
SQUINT-A-PIPES. A squinting man or woman; said to be born in the middle of
the week, and looking both ways for Sunday; or born in a hackney coach,
and looking out of both windows; fit for a cook, one eye in the pot, and
the other up the chimney; looking nine ways at once.
SQUIRE OF ALSATIA. A weak profligate spendthrift, the squire of the
company; one who pays the whole reckoning, or treats the company, called
SQUIRREL. A prostitute
SQUIRREL HUNTING. See HUNTING.
STAG. To turn stag; to impeach one’s confederates: from a herd of deer,
who are said to turn their horns against any of their number who is
TO STAG. To find, discover, or observe.
STAGGERING BOB, WITH HIS YELLOW PUMPS. A calf just dropped, and unable to
stand, killed for veal in Scotland: the hoofs of a young calf are yellow.
STALL WHIMPER. A bastard. .
STALLING. Making or ordaining. Stalling to the rogue; an ancient ceremony
of instituting a candidate into the society of rogues, somewhat similar to
the creation of a herald at arms. It is thus described by Harman: the
upright man taking a gage of bowse, i.e. a pot of strong drink, pours it
on the head of the rogue to be admitted
STALLING KEN. A broker’s shop, or that of a receiver of stolen goods.
STALLION. A man kept by an old lady for secret services.
STAMMEL, or STRAMMEL. A coarse brawny wench.
STAMP. A particular manner of throwing the dice out of the box, by
striking it with violence against the table.
STAND-STILL. He was run to a stand-still; i.e. till he could no longer
STAR GAZER. A horse who throws up his head; also a hedge whore.
TO STAR THE GLAZE. To break and rob a jeweller’s show glass.
STARCHED. Stiff, prim, formal, affected.
STARING QUARTER. An ox cheek.
START, or THE OLD START. Newgate: he is gone to the start, or the old
STARTER. One who leaves a jolly company, a milksop; he is no starter, he
will sit longer than a hen.
STARVE’EM, ROB’EM, AND CHEAT’EM. Stroud, Rochester, and Chatham; so called
by soldiers and sailors, and not without good reason.
STAR LAG. Breaking shop-windows, and stealing some article thereout.
STASH. To stop. To finish. To end. The cove tipped the prosecutor fifty
quid to stash the business; he gave the prosecutor fifty guineas to stop
STATE. To lie in state; to be in bed with three harlots.
STAY. A cuckold.
STAYTAPE. A taylor; from that article, and its coadjutor buckram, which
make no small figure in the bills of those knights of the needle.
STEAMER. A pipe. A swell steamer; a long pipe, such as is used by
gentlemen to smoke.
STEEL. The house of correction.
STEEL BAR. A needle. A steel bar flinger; a taylor, stay-maker, or any
other person using a needle.
STEENKIRK. A muslin neckcloth carelessly put on, from the manner in which
the French officers wore their cravats when they returned from the battle
STEEPLE HOUSE. A name given to the church by Dissenters.
STEPHEN. Money. Stephen’s at home; i.e. has money.
STEPNEY. A decoction of raisins of the sun and lemons in conduit water,
sweetened with sugar, and bottled up.
STEWED QUAKER. Burnt rum, with a piece of butter: an American remedy for a
STICKS. Household furniture.
STICKS. Pops or pistols. Stow your sticks; hide your pistols. See POPS.
STICK FLAMS. A pair of gloves.
STIFF-RUMPED. Proud, stately.
STINGRUM. A niggard.
STINGO. Strong beer, or other liquor.
STIRRUP CUP. A parting cup or glass, drank on horseback by the person
STITCH. A nick name for a taylor: also a term for lying with a woman.
STITCHBACK. Strong ale.
STIVER-CRAMPED. Needy, wanting money. A stiver is a Dutch coin, worth
somewhat more than a penny sterling.
STOCK. A good stock; i.e. of impudence. Stock and block; the whole: he has
lost stock and block.
STOCK DRAWERS. Stockings.
STOCK JOBBERS. Persons who gamble in Exchange Alley, by pretending to buy
and sell the public funds, but in reality only betting that they will be
at a certain price, at a particular time; possessing neither the stock
pretended to be sold, nor money sufficient to make good the payments for
which they contract: these gentlemen are known under the different
appellations of bulls, bears, and lame ducks.
STOMACH WORM. The stomach worm gnaws; I am hungry.
STONE. Two stone under weight, or wanting; an eunuch.
Stone doublet; a prison. Stone dead; dead as a stone.
STONE JUG. Newgate, or any other prison.
STONE TAVERN. Ditto.
STOOP-NAPPERS, or OVERSEERS OF THE NEW PAVEMENT. Persons set in the
STOOP. The pillory. The cull was served for macing and napp’d the stoop;
he was convicted of swindling, and put in the pillory.
STOP HOLE ABBEY. The nick name of the chief rendzvous of the ing crew of
beggars, gypsies, cheats, thieves, &c. &c.
STOTER. A great blow. Tip him a stoter in the haltering place; give him a
blow under the left ear.
STOUP. A vessel to hold liquor: a vessel containing a size or half a pint,
is so called at Cambridge.
STOW. Stow you; be silent, or hold your peace. Stow your whidds and
plant’em, for the cove of the ken can ’em; you have said enough, the man
of the house understands you.
STRAIT-LACED. Precise, over nice, puritanical.
STRAIT WAISTCOAT. A tight waistcoat, with long sleeves coming over the
hand, having strings for binding them behind the back of the wearer: these
waistcoats are used in madhouses for the management of lunatics when
STRAMMEL. See STAMMEL.
STRANGER. A guinea.
STRANGLE GOOSE. A poulterer.
To STRAP. To work. The kiddy would not strap, so he went on the scamp: the
lad would not work, and therefore robbed on the highway.
STRAPPER. A large man or woman.
STRAPPING. Lying with a woman. .
STRAW. A good woman in the straw; a lying-in woman. His eyes draw straw;
his eyes are almost shut, or he is almost asleep: one eye draws straw, and
t’other serves the thatcher.
STRETCH. A 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.
STRETCHING. Hanging. He’ll stretch for it; he will be hanged for it. Also
telling a great lie: he stretched stoutly.
STRIKE. Twenty shillings. .
STRIP ME NAKED. Gin.
STROKE. To take a stroke: to take a bout with a woman.
STROLLERS. Itinerants of different kinds. Strolling morts; beggars or
pedlars pretending to be widows.
STROMMEL. Straw. .
STRONG MAN. To play the part of the strong man, i.e. to push the cart and
horses too; to be whipt at the cart’s tail.
STRUM. A perriwig. Rum strum: a fine large wig.
To STRUM. To have carnal knowledge of a woman; also to play badly on the
harpsichord; or any other stringed instrument. A strummer of wire, a
player on any instrument strung with wire.
STRUMPET. A harlot.
STUB-FACED. Pitted with the smallpox: the devil ran over his face with
horse stabs (horse nails) in his shoes.
STUBBLE IT. Hold your tongue.
STULING KEN. See STALLING KEN.
STUM. The flower of fermenting wine, used by vintners to adulterate their
STUMPS. Legs. To stir one’s stumps; to walk fast.
STURDY BEGGARS. The fifth and last of the most ancient order of ers,
beggars that rather demand than ask .
SUCCESSFULLY. Used by the vulgar for SUCCESSIVELY: as three or four
landlords of this house have been ruined successfully by the number of
soldiers quartered on them.
SUCH A REASON PIST MY GOOSE, or MY GOOSE PIST. Said when any one offers an
SUCK. Strong liquor of any sort. To suck the monkey; see MONKEY. Sucky;
To SUCK. To pump. To draw from a man all be knows. The file sucked the
noodle’s brains: the deep one drew out of the fool all he knew.
SUCKING CHICKEN. A young chicken.
SUDS. In the suds; in trouble, in a disagreeable situation, or involved in
SUGAR STICK. The virile member.
SUGAR SOPS. Toasted bread soked in ale, sweetened with sugar, and grated
nutmeg: it is eaten with cheese.
SULKY. A one-horse chaise or carriage, capable of holding but one person:
called by the French a DESOBLIGEANT.
SUN. To have been in the sun; said of one that is drunk.
SUNBURNT. Clapped; also haying many male children.
SUNDAY MAN. One who goes abroad on that day only, for fear of arrests.
SUNNY BANK. A good fire in winter.
SUPERNACOLUM. Good liquor, of which there is not even a drop left
sufficient to wet one’s nail.
SUPOUCH. A landlady of an inn, or hostess.
SURVEYOR OF THE HIGHWAYS. One reeling drunk.
SURVEYOR OF THE PAVEMENT. One standing in the pillory.
SUS PER COLL. Hanged: persons who have been hanged are thus entered into
the jailor’s books.
SUSPENCE. One in a deadly suspence; a man just turned off at the gallows.
SUTRER. A camp publican: also one that pilfers gloves, tobacco boxes, and
such small moveables.
SWABBERS. The ace of hearts, knave of clubs, ace and duce of trumps, at
whist: also the lubberly seamen, put to swab, and clean the ship.
SWAD, or SWADKIN. A soldier. .
To SWADDLE. To beat with a stick.
SWADDLERS. The tenth order of the ing tribe, who not only rob, but beat,
and often murder passenges. . Swaddlers is also the Irish name for
SWAG. A shop. Any quantity of goods. As, plant the swag; conceal the
goods. Rum swag; a shop full of rich goods.
SWAGGER. To bully, brag, or boast, also to strut.
SWANNERY. He keeps a swannery; i.e. all his geese are swans.
SWEATING. A mode of diminishing the gold coin, practiced chiefly by the
Jews, who corrode it with aqua regia. Sweating was also a diversion
practised by the bloods of the last century, who styled themselves Mohocks:
these gentlemen lay in wait to surprise some person late in the night,
when surrouding him, they with their swords pricked him in the posteriors,
which obliged him to be constantly turning round; this they continued till
they thought him sufficiently sweated.
SWEET. Easy to be imposed on, or taken in; also expert, dexterous clever.
Sweet’s your hand; said of one dexterous at stealing.
SWEET HEART. A term applicable to either the masculine or feminine gender,
signifying a girl’s lover, or a man’s mistress: derived from a sweet cake
in the shape of a heart.
SWEETNESS. Guinea droppers, cheats, sharpers. To sweeten to decoy, or draw
in. To be sweet upon; to coax, wheedle, court, or allure. He seemed sweet
upon that wench; he seemed to court that girl.
SWELL. A gentleman. A well-dressed map. The flashman bounced the swell of
all his blunt; the girl’s bully frightened the gentleman out of all his
SWELLED HEAD. A disorder to which horses are extremely liable,
particularly those of the subalterns of the army. This disorder is
generally occasioned by remaining too long in one livery-stable or inn,
and often arises to that height that it prevents their coming out at the
SWIG. A hearty draught of liquor.
SWIGMEN. Thieves who travel the country under colour of buying old shoes,
old clothes, &c. or selling brooms, mops, &c. .
TO SWILL. To drink greedily.
SWILL TUB. A drunkard, a sot.
SWIMMER. A counterfeit old coin.
SWIMMER. A ship. I shall have a swimmer; a phrase used by thieves to
signify that they will be sent on board the tender.
TO SWING. To be hanged. He will swing for it; he will be hanged for it.
SWING TAIL. A hog.
TO SWINGE. To beat stoutly.
SWINGING. A great swinging fellow; a great stout fellow.
A swinging lie; a lusty lie.
SWINDLER. One who obtains goods on credit by false pretences, and sells
them for ready money at any price, in order to make up a purse. This name
is derived from the German word SCHWINDLIN, to totter, to be ready to
fall; these arts being generally practised by persons on the totter, or
just ready to break. The term SWINDLER has since been used to signify
cheats of every kind.
SWIPES. Purser’s swipes; small beer: so termed on board the king’s ships,
where it is furnished by the purser.
SWISH TAIL. A pheasant; so called by the persons who sell game for the
TO SWIVE. To copulate.
SWIZZLE. Drink, 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.
SWORD RACKET. To enlist in different regiments, and on receiving the
bounty to desert immediately.
SWOP. An exchange.
SYNTAX. A schoolmaster.
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