Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present; A Dictionary, Historical and Comparative, of the Heterodox Speech of All Classes of Society for More Than Three Hundred Years. with Synonyms in English, French, German, Italian, Etc Volume 5

Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present; A Dictionary, Historical and Comparative, of the Heterodox Speech of All Classes of Society for More Than Three Hundred Years. with Synonyms in English, French, German, Italian, Etc Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...Gil Bias routLedge, 338. Yet he was not so PigeonLivered as to surrender without an effort in my favour. 1836. Clarke, Ollapodiana Papers. One haw-buck dancer--a fellow whom I caught in several vulgar attempts to achieve a Pigeon-wing--came up to me with an impudent air. 1837. Barham, IngoUiby Ltgendt, 'Dead Drummer, ' n. 171. Tne PigeonToed step and the rollicking motion, Bespoke them two genuine sons of the ocean. Pigeon English (or Pidgin), sabs, phr, (colonial).--A jargon serving as a means of inter-communication between the Chinese and the English-speaking races all over the world: alike in Shanghai and San Francisco. A corruption of 'business-English '--business--bidginess--bidgin--pidgin--pigeon. Pigeon-hole, subs.phr. (printers').--I. An over-wide space between printed words; a Rat-hole (q.v.). 2. (Winchester College).--A small study. 3. (venery).--The female pudendum; the BREADWINNER (y.v.): see Monosyllable. PIGEON-HOLE SOLDIERS, subs. phr. (military).--Clerks and orderlies. 1871. Echo, i July, 'The Guards' Review.' Now and then I observed a little confusion, but this was caused by a number of Pigeon-hole Soldif.rs who scarcely ever do any duty in the ranks. Pigeon-pair, subs. phr. (old).--Twins of opposite sex. Pigeons lay two eggs which usually hatch as a pair. Pigeon's-milk, subs. phr. (common).--An imaginary product in quest of which fools are sent: cf. Strap-oil, Squad Umbrella, &c.--Grose (1785). Hence To Milk The Pigeon = to attempt impossibilities. The idea is old: cf. Aristophanes in Aves (line 1672). 1883. Frerb, Birds a/ Arista iii. p. 75. Here you shall domineer and rule the roast, With splendour and opulence and Pigeon's Milk. PlQQOT, verb, (political: obsolete).--To forge. A reminiscence of the Parnell Commission: the...show more

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  • Paperback | 186 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 340g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236647521
  • 9781236647528