Ambassador. A trick to duck some ignorant
landsman, frequently played on board ships in the warm
latitudes. It is thus managed: A large tub is filled with
water, and two stools placed on each side of it. Over
the whole is thrown a tarpaulin, or old sail: this is
kept tight by two persons, who are to represent the king
and queen of a foreign country, and are seated on the
stools. The person intended to be ducked plays the Ambassador,
and after repeating a ridiculous speech dictated
to him, is led in great form up to the throne, and seated
between the king and queen, who rising suddenly as soon
as he is seated, he falls backwards into the tub of water.
Ambassador of Morocco. A Shoemaker.
AMBIDEXTER. A lawyer who takes fees from both
and defendant, or that goes snacks with both parties
Amen curler. A parish clerk.
Amen. He said Yes and Amen to every thing;
he agreed to
AMINADAB. A jeering name for a Quaker.
Ames ace. Within ames ace; nearly, very near.
To amuse. To fling dust or snuff in
the eyes of the person
intended to be robbed; also to invent some plausible tale,
to delude shop-keepers and others, thereby to put them
off their guard. Cant.
Amusers. Rogues who carried snuff or dust
in their pockets,
which they threw into the eyes of any person they
intended to rob; and running away, their accomplices
(pretending to assist and pity the half-blinded person)
took that opportunity of plundering him.
Anabaptist. A pickpocket caught in the fact,
with the discipline of the pump or horse-pond.
Anchor. Bring your a-se to an anchor, i.e.
sit down. To let
go an anchor to the windward of the law; to keep within
the letter of the law. Sea wit.
Anglers. Pilferers, or petty thieves, who,
with a stick
having a hook at the end, steal goods out of shop-windows,
grates, &c.; also those who draw in or entice unwary persons
to prick at the belt, or such like devices.
Angling for FARTHINGS. Begging out
of a prison window
with a cap, or box, let down at the end of a long
Ankle. A girl who is got with child, is
said to have sprained
Anodyne necklace. A halter.