By Francis Grose
A Dictionary of Buckish Slang, college Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence. Unabridged.
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Good friends. e. we are not even cousins in the fourth degree, or four times removed; that is, we have not the least friendly connexion. CATERPILLAR. A nick name for a soldier. In the year 1745, a soldier quartered at a house near Derby, was desired by his landlord to call upon him, whenever he came that way; for, added he, soldiers are the pillars of the nation. The rebellion being finished, it happened the same regiment was quartered in Derbyshire, when the soldier resolved to accept of his landlord's invitation, and accordingly obtained leave to go to him: but, on his arrival, he was greatly surprised to find a very cold reception; whereupon expostulating with his landlord, he reminded him of his invitation, and the circumstance of his having said, soldiers were the pillars of the nation.
Rogues who lurk about the entrances into dark alleys, and bye−lanes, to snatch cloaks from the shoulders of passengers. CLOD HOPPER. A country farmer, or ploughman. CLOD PATE. A dull, heavy booby. CLOD POLE. The same. CLOSE. As close as God's curse to a whore's a−se: close as shirt and shitten a−se. CLOSE−FISTED. Covetous or stingy. C 53 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue CLOSH. A general name given by the mobility to Dutch seamen, being a corruption of CLAUS, the abbreviation of Nicholas, a name very common among the men of that nation.
A jail bird, a person used to be kept in a cage; also, in the canting sense, guineas. CANDLESTICKS. Bad, small, or untunable bells. Hark! how the candlesticks rattle. CANDY. Drunk. IRISH. CANE. To lay Cane upon Abel; to beat any one with a cane or stick. CANK. Dumb. CANNISTER. The head. To mill his cannister; to break his head. CANNIKIN. A small can: also, in the canting sense, the plague. CANT. An hypocrite, a double−tongue palavering fellow. See PALAVER. CANT. To cant; to toss or throw: as, Cant a slug into your bread room; drink a dram.
1811 dictionary of the vulgar tongue; a dictionary of buckish slang, university wit, and pickpocket eloquence by Francis Grose