A New and Comprehensive Vocabulary of the Flash Language
CHAUNT: a song; to chaunt is to sing; to throw off a rum chaunt, is to sing a good song.
CHEESE IT. The same as Stow it.
CHEESE THAT. See STOW THAT.
CHINA STREET: a cant name for Bow Street, Covent Garden.
CHIV: a knife; to chiv a person is to stab or cut him with a knife.
CHRISTEN: obliterating the name and number on the movement on a stolen watch; or the crest, cipher, etc., on articles of plate, and getting others engraved, so as to prevent their being identified, is termed having them bishop'd or christen'd.
CHUM: a fellow prisoner in a jail, hulk, etc.; so there are new chums and old chums, as they happen to have been a short or a long time in confinement.
CHURY: a knife.
CLEANED OUT: said of a gambler who has lost his last stake at play; also, of a flat who has been stript of all his money by a coalition of sharps.
CLOUT: a handkerchief of any kind.
CLOUTING: the practice of picking