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 usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...Pie, subs, (colloquial).--(1) A magpie; and (2) a prating gossip. Wily Pie = a sly rogue. 1369. Chaucer, Troilus. iii. 527. Dredeles it clere was in the wynde Of every Pie, and every lette-game. rf.1529. Skelton, Balletys andDyties dyce, i. 24, 34. By theyr conusaunce knowing how they serue a Wily Py. 1577. Stanihurst, Desc. 0/Ireland, 13, Howbeit in the English pale to this day they use to tearme a slie cousener a WILIS PIE. .1580. Ballad of Troilus halliWell. Then Pandare. lyke a Wyly Pye... Slept to the tabell by and by, And forthe he blewe the candell.?J. M. S. Rawlinson, C258. The Pye hathe pecked you. 3. See Pi, subs., sense 1. More or less colloquial are: --To HAVE A FINGER IN THE PIE (or, indeed, any matter) = to meddle, to join in: cf. BOAT; TO Make A Pie = to combine with a view to profit; Like Pie = with N zest: cf. Jam; IN Spite Of The Pi E = obstinately (piE = the Book of the Offices of the Church); NOT TO COOK ANY OF THE PIE (American) = to abandon an enterprise, to take no further interest (mark Twain). 1601. Shakspeare, Henry VIII., i. 1. No man's Pie Is Preed From His ambitious Finger. 1603-15. Court Jos. I. (1848), 1. 37. If this earl should be found hereafter anyways privy thereto, it cannot be but that Beaumont's Hand Was In The Pie. 1608. Withal, Dictionary, 390. Pertinax in rem aliquam, that is fully bent to doe a thing, that will doe it, yea marie wilt he, maugre or In Spight Of The Pie. 1749. Smollett, Gil Bias routLedge, 169. It was but fair I should have A Finger In The Earnings. Ibid., 297. I was entitled to have A Finger In THE DISSIPATION. 1767. Ray, Proverbs bohn, 159. He had A Finger In The Pie when he burnt his nail off. 1842. Eg As, Byblow of the Jug. ii. She taught him soon to swear and lie, And tO...show more

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