1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue eBook

Francis Grose
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Affidavit men.  Knights of the post, or false witnesses,
  said to attend Westminster Hall, and other courts of
  justice, ready to swear any thing for hire.

After-clap.  A demand after the first given in has been
  discharged; a charge for pretended omissions; in short,
  any thing disagreeable happening after all consequences of
  the cause have been thought at an end.

Against the grain.  Unwilling.  It went much against
  the grain with him, i.e. it was much against his
  inclination, or against his pluck.

Agog, all-A-gog.  Anxious, eager, impatient:  from the
  Italian AGOGARE, to desire eagerly.

Aground.  Stuck fast, stopped, at a loss, ruined; like a
  boat or vessel aground.

Air and exercise.  He has had air and exercise, i.e. he
  has been whipped at the cart’s tail; or, as it is generally,
  though more vulgarly, expressed, at the cart’s a-se.

Alderman.  A roasted turkey garnished with sausages;
  the latter are supposed to represent the gold chain worn
  by those magistrates.

Aldgate.  A draught on the pump at Aldgate; a bad bill
  of exchange, drawn on persons who have no effects of the

Ale draper.  An alehouse keeper.

Ale post. A may-pole.

All-A-mort.  Struck dumb, confounded.  What, sweet
  one, all-a-mort?  Shakespeare.

All holiday.  It is all holiday at Peckham, or it is all holiday
  with him; a saying signifying that it is all over
  with the business or person spoken of or alluded to.

All hollow.  He was beat all hollow, i.e. he had no
  chance of conquering:  it was all hollow, or a hollow thing,
  it was a decided thing from the beginning.  See hollow.

All Nations.  A composition of all the different spirits
  sold in a dram-shop, collected in a vessel into which
  the drainings of the bottles and quartern pots are emptied.

Alls.  The five alls is a country sign, representing five human
  figures, each having a motto under him.  The first
  is a king in his regalia; his motto, I govern all:  the second,
  a bishop in pontificals; motto, I pray for all:  third,
  a lawyer in his gown; motto, I plead for all:  fourth:  a
  soldier in his regimentals, fully accoutred; motto, I
  fight for all:  fifth, a poor countryman with his scythe
  and rake; motto, I pay for all.

ALTAMEL.  A verbal or lump account, without particulars,
  such as is commonly produced at bawdy-houses,
  spunging-houses, &c.  Vide Dutch reckoning.

Altitudes.  The man is in his altitudes, i.e. he is drunk.

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