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
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.
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
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
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.