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Lexicon Balatronicum

A Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit and Pickpocket Eloquence

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Author: Francis Grose
Published: 1811
Language: English
Wordcount: 81,529 / 248 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 78.3
LoC Category: AG
Downloads: 871 3054
Genres: Reference, Humor

ry denomination. CANT.

AUTEM CACKLETUB. A conventicle or meeting-house for dissenters. CANT.


AUTEM DIVERS. Pickpockets who practice in churches; also churchwardens and overseers of the poor. CANT.

AUTEM GOGLERS. Pretended French prophets. CANT.

AUTEM MORT. A married woman; also a female beggar with several children hired or borrowed to excite charity. CANT.


AUTEM QUAVER TUB. A Quakers' meeting-house. CANT.

AWAKE. Acquainted with, knowing the business. Stow the books, the culls are awake; hide the cards, the fellows know what we intended to do.

BABES IN THE WOOD. Criminals in the stocks, or pillory.

BABBLE. Confused, unintelligible talk, such as was used at the building the tower of Babel.

BACK BITER. One who slanders another behind his back, i.e. in his absence. His bosom friends are become his back biters, said of a lousy man.

BACKED. Dead. He wishes to have the senior, or old square-toes, back



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