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A Dictionary of Buckish Slang, collage Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence. Unabridged.

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One that slips into houses B 32 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue in the dark, to steal cloaks or other clothes. Also lambs' fur formerly used for doctors' robes, whence they were called budge doctors. Standing budge; a thief's scout or spy. TO BUDGE. To move, or quit one's station. e. don't move from hence, stay here. BUDGET. A wallet. To open the budget; a term used to signify the notification of the taxes required by the minister for the expences of the ensuing year; as To−morrow the minister will go to the house, and open the budget.

To CAROUSE. To drink freely or deep: from the German word expressing ALL OUT. CARRIERS. A set of rogues who are employed to look out and watch upon the roads, at inns, in order to carry information to their respective gangs, of a booty in prospect. CARRIERS. Pigeons which carry expresses. CARRION HUNTER. An undertaker; called also a cold cook, and death hunter. See COLD COOK and DEATH HUNTER. CARROTS. Red hair. CARROTTY−PATED. Ginger−hackled, red−haired. See GINGER−HACKLED. CARRY WITCHET. A sort of conundrum, puzzlewit, or riddle.

The cull is leaky, and cackles; the rogue tells all. CANT. See LEAKY. CACKLER. A hen. CACKLER'S KEN. A hen roost. CANT. C 38 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue CACKLING CHEATS. Fowls. CANT. CACKLING FARTS. Eggs. CANT. CADDEE. A helper. An under−strapper. CADGE. To beg. Cadge the swells; beg of the gentlemen. CAFFAN. Cheese. CANT. CAGG. To cagg; a military term used by the private soldiers, signifying a solemn vow or resolution not to get drunk for a certain time; or, as the term is, till their cagg is out: which vow is commonly observed with the strictest exactness.

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