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SILENCE. To silence a man; to knock him down, or stun
him. Silence in the court, the cat is pissing; a gird upon
any one requiring silence unnecessarily.
SILK SNATCHERS. Thieves who snatch hoods or bonnets
from persons walking in the streets.
SILVER LACED. Replete with lice. The cove's kickseys
are silver laced: the fellow's breeches are covered with
SIMEONITES, (at Cambridge,) the followers of the Rev.
Charles Simeon, fellow of King's College, author of
Skeletons of Sermons, and preacher at Trinity church; they
are in fact rank methodists.
SIMKIN. A foolish fellow.
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SIMON. Sixpence. Simple Simon: a natural, a silly fellow;
Simon Suck-egg, sold his wife for an addle duck-egg.
TO SIMPER. To smile: to simper like a firmity kettle.
SIMPLETON. Abbreviation of simple Tony or Anthony, a
foolish fellow.
SIMPLES. Physical herbs; also follies. He must go to
Battersea, to be cut for the simples Battersea is a place
famous for its garden grounds, some of which were formerly
appropriated to the growing of simples for apothecaries,
who at a certain season used to go down to select their
stock for the ensuing year, at which time the gardeners
were said to cut their simples; whence it became
a popular joke to advise young people to go to Battersea,
at that time, to have their simples cut, or to be cut for
the simples.
TO SING. To call out; the coves sing out beef; they call
out stop thief.
TO SING SMALL. To be humbled, confounded, or abashed,
to have little or nothing to say for one's-self.
SINGLE PEEPER. A person having but one eye.
SINGLETON. A very foolish fellow; also a particular kind
of nails.
SINGLETON. A corkscrew, made by a famous cutler of
that name, who lived in a place called Hell, in Dublin;
his screws are remarkable for their excellent temper.
SIR JOHN. The old title for a country parson: as Sir John
of Wrotham, mentioned by Shakespeare.
SIR LOIN. The sur, or upper loin.
SIR REVERENCE. Human excrement, a t d.
SIR TIMOTHY. One who, from a desire of being the head
of the company, pays the reckoning, or, as the term is,
stands squire. See SQUIRE.
SITTING BREECHES. One who stays late in company, is
said to have his sitting breeches on, or that he will sit
longer than a hen.
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SIX AND EIGHT-PENCE. An attorney, whose fee on several
occasions is fixed at that sum.
SIX AND TIPS. Whisky and small beer. IRISH.
SIXES AND SEVENS. Left at sixes and sevens: i.e. in
confusion; commonly said of a room where the furniture,
is scattered about; or of a business left unsettled.
SIZE OF ALE. Half a pint. Size of bread and cheese; a
certain quantity. Sizings: Cambridge term for the college
allowance from the buttery, called at Oxford battles.
To SIZE. (CAMBRIDGE) To sup at one's own expence. If a
MAN asks you to SUP, he treats you; if to SIZE, you pay
for what you eat liquors ONLY being provided by the
SIZAR (Cambridge). Formerly students who came to the
University for purposes of study and emolument.
But at present they are just as gay and dissipated as their
fellow collegians. About fifty years ago they were on a
footing with the servitors at Oxford, but by the exertions
of the present Bishop of Llandaff, who was himself a
sizar, they were absolved from all marks of inferiority
or of degradation. The chief difference at present between
them and the pensioners, consists in the less
amount of their college fees. The saving thus made induces
many extravagant fellows to become sizars, that
they may have more money to lavish on their dogs,
SKEW. A cup, or beggar's wooden dish.
SKEWVOW, or ALL ASKEW. Crooked, inclining to one side.
SKIN. In a bad skin; out of temper, in an ill humour.
Thin-skinned: touchy, peevish.
SKIN. A purse. Frisk the skin of the stephen; empty
the money out of the purse. Queer skin; an empty
SKIN FLINT. An avaricious man or woman,
SKINK. To skink, is to wait on the company, ring the bell,
stir the fire, and snuff the candles; the duty of the youngest
officer in the military mess. See BOOTS.
SKINS. A tanner.
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SKIP JACKS. Youngsters that ride horses on sale, horse-
dealers boys. Also a plaything made for children with
the breast bone of a goose.
SKIP KENNEL. A footman.
SKIPPER. A barn. CANT. Also the captain of a Dutch
TO SKIT. To wheedle. CANT.
SKIT. A joke. A satirical hint.
SKULKER. A soldier who by feigned sickness, or other
pretences, evades his duty; a sailor who keeps below in
time of danger; in the civil line, one who keeps out of
the way, when any work is to be done. To skulk; to
hide one's self, to avoid labour or duty.
SKY FARMERS. Cheats who pretend they were farmers
in the isle of Sky, or some other remote place, and were
ruined by a flood, hurricane, or some such public calamity:
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