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• The gallows groans for you. **
An handsome bodied man in the face.
A jeer for those who lose the calves of their legs.
• The story is well known of the gentleman travelling in Scotland, who, desiring to have his bed warmed, the servant-maid dofts her clothes, and lays herself down in it awhile, In Scotland they have neither bellows, warming-pan, nor houses of office." -- Edition, 1768, p. 65. It is hardly necessary to remark, that the state of things on the other side the Tweed has greatly improved since the time of Ray, and that Scotland is now distinguished for refinement and delicacy.its capital even styled
the“ modern Athens." A Welch ejectment. Welch. A legal process, by which an obnoxious tenant is driven out, by
taking off the doors, windows, roof, &c. The fragrance of sanctity.- Spanish. Water bewitched.
A great lie.
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Highlander, or the dress of a naked Pict; upon the presumption
Not truly by the text, but newly by a glose :
Mirror for Magistrates.
true blue came to be a proverb, signifying one that is always the
Honest Whore. It was also the colour of beadles; whence they came in for the ap· pellation of blue-bottle. It is now applied to a certain party in
politics. To out-run the constable.
To run in debt. There is a bone for you to pick. The fire-side bettle.Guelic. He knows which side his bread is butlered. His eyes are like two burnt holes in a blanket.-Irish. A Cuckold. Dr. Johnson, Horne Tooke, Todd, and Archdeacon Nares, seem
to agree in deriving this word from ènckoo ; but, as Howell remarked two centuries ago, it more properly belongs to the adul. terer, the cuckoo being well known to be a bird that deposits its eggs in other birds' nests. The Romans used cuculus in its proper sense as adulterer, calling, with equal propriety, the cuckold himself carruca, or “hedge-sparrow," which bird is known to
adopt the other's spurious offspring. In French, German, and Italian, the name of cuckoo has evidently been derived from the
of its note; and in all these languages it is applied, in the same reproachful sense, to one whose wife has been unfaithful. Shakspeare says,
“There have been,
That little thinks she has been sluic'd in's absence.”
are branded with an appellation which clearly does not belong to them; secondly, they have to bear, without redress, (except occasionally a little solid pudding in the shape of damages) the
scorn and infamy of a crime which others have committed. , “ Ever since the reign of King Charles II." says Swift," the alder
man is made a cuckold, the deluded virgin is debauched, and
adultery and fornication are committed behind the scenes.”
D'Israeli, to show that scarcely any remarkable saying can be considered national, but that every one has some type or correspondent idea in other languages. In this instance, the Persians have, "To carry pepper to Hindostan;" the Hebrews, “To carry oil to a city of olives;” which is exactly the same idea,
clothed in oriental metaphor. To burn day light. Mercutio gives a full explanation of this phrase:
-" Come, we burn daylight, ho!"
Rom. Nay, that's not so. Merc. I mean, sir, in delay,
Rom. and Jul. 1. 4.
another eat. A dog's life hunger and case. To dine with duke Humphrey.
Those were said to dine with duke Humphrey, who, having no din
ner to eat, walked out the dinner hour in the body of St. Paul's church, where, it was erroneously believed, the duke was buried. The old church of St. Paul's was the exchange of former times, and a constant place of resort for business and amusement. Advertisements were fixed up there, bargains made, servants hired,
and politics discussed. To eat the calf in the cow's belly. To make both ends meet. Fair play is a jewel; don't pull my hair. He ping his faith on another man's sleeve. All is fish that comes to his net. The Blackguard. Originally a jocular name given to the lowest menjals of the court,
the carriers of coals and wood, turnspits, and labourers in the scullery, who followed the court in its perambulations, and thus
became observed. Such is the origin of this common term. I have other fish to fry. 'Tis a folly to fret ; grief's no comfort. Oat of the frying-pan into the fire. Go farther and fare worse. He cannot say bo to a goose. A rogue in grain. It is related that a Welch curate in the Isle of Grain, on the borders
of Kent, went stark mad, through the force of drink, and was sorely teased by his flock; by the young fry, especially. • Rogues," said the indignant Taffey," are to be found in all
parishes, but my parishioners are Rogues in Grain !" You hált before you are lame. All bring grist to your mill. To live from hand to mouth. I'll pledge you. An expression derived from the times when the Danes bore sway in
England. The old manner of pledging was thus: the person who was going to drink, asked the person who sat next him if he would pledge him ? on which, he answering he would, held up a knife, or sword, to guard him whilst he drank : for, such was the revengeful ferocity of the Danes, that they would often
stab a native, with a knife or dagger, while in the act of drink
ing. From this originated the custom of drinking healths. A Yorkshire tike. A tike here means a clown. Tike generally means, in the York
shire dialect, a great dog. We don't gather figs from thistles. To harp upon the same string. Riding the Stang. A custom I have often seen practised in the North of England, and,
in fact, assisted in; is when a woman has beaten her husband, and one rides upon a stang or long pole, where he proclaims, like a herald, the woman's name, and the nature of her misde
meanor. Too hasty to be a parish clerk.. To hit the nail on the head. Hobson's choice. A man is said to have Hobson's choice, when he must either take
what is left him, or none at all. Hobson was was à noted carrier in Cambridge in King James's time, who, by carrying and grazing, raised himself to a great estate, and did much good in the town, relieving the poor, and building a public conduit in the market place. It does not appear how the proverb arose; but, I think, I have read somewhere, it originated in the way Hobson let out his horses, compelling his customers to choose that next the
stable door, and no other. To hold with the hare, and run with the hounds. By hook or by crook. By one way or another. The phrase is very ancient, and erro
neously ascribed to two learned judges in the time of Charles I., Hooke and Crooke ; implying that a difficult cause was to be got either by Hooke or Crooke-by Brougham or Scarlet. Warton, however, has shewn that the phrase is of older date, and occurs
twice in Spenser, and once in Skelton.
To have children in old age.