A Dictionary of Modern Slang, Cant, and Vulgar Words, Used at the Present Day in the Streets of London; the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge; the Houses of Parliament; the Dens of St. Giles; and the Palaces of St. James

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Side 43 - ... another is gone, and so take another road." The works of Hoyland and Borrow supply other instances. I cannot close this subject without drawing attention to the extraordinary fact, that actually on the threshold of the gibbet the sign of the vagabond is to be met with ! " The murderer's signal is even exhibited from the gallows • as a red handkerchief held in the hand of the felon about to be executed is a token that he dies without having betrayed any professional secrets."* Since the first...
Side 299 - Magna Charta. An Exact Facsimile of the Original Document in the British Museum, printed on fine plate paper, nearly 3 feet long by 2 feet wide, with the Arms and Seals emblazoned in Gold and Colours. Price 5s. The Roll of Battle Abbey...
Side 5 - Cant' is, by some people, derived from one Andrew Cant, who, they say, was a presbyterian minister in some illiterate part of Scotland, who by exercise and use had obtained the faculty, alias gift, of talking in the pulpit in such a dialect, that it is said he was understood by none but his own congregation, and not by all of them.
Side 154 - Whom bishops govern and whom priests advise ; Wherein are various states and due degrees, The bench for honour, and the stall for ease ; That ease be mine, which, after all his cares, The pious, peaceful prebendary shares.
Side 217 - To cheese converted, what can be its boast? What, but the common virtues of a post ! If drought o'ertake it faster than the knife, Most fair it bids for stubborn length of life, And, like the oaken...
Side 277 - DICTIONARY OF AMERICANISMS. A Glossary of Words and Phrases colloquially used in the United States. By John Russell Bartlett.
Side 56 - I may note," says a writer of the time, "that the rabble first changed their title, and were called the 'mob' in the assemblies of this [The Green Ribbon] Club. It was their beast of burden, and called first ' mobile vulgus,' but fell naturally into the contraction of one syllable, and ever since is become proper English."* Yet we find considerably later a writer in The Spectator speaking of ' mob' as still only struggling into existence.
Side 281 - DECKER'S (Thomas) English Villanies, eight several times prest to Death by the Printers, but still reviving again, are now the eighth time (as at the first) discovered by Lanthorne and Candle-light, &c., 4x0.
Side 135 - Now, my brethren," said he, " if you are satisfied with the security, down with the DUST." DUST, a disturbance, or noise, " to raise a dust,
Side 177 - Lingua Franca phrase for an eating-house. The well-known " Nix Mangiare" stairs at Malta derive their name from the endless beggars •who lie there and shout, "Nix mangiare," ie,

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