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TO WHIP Off. To run away, to drink off greedily, to

snatch. He whipped away from home, went to the alehouse, where he whipped off a full tankard, and coming

back whipped off a fellow's hat from his head. WHIP-BELLY VANGBance, or pinch.gut vengeance, of

which he that gets the most has the worst share. Weak or

four beer.
WHIPPER-SNAPPER. A diminutive fellow,
WHIPSHIRE. Yorkshire,
WHIPSTER. A sharp or subtle fellow.
Whips SYLLABUB. A Aimsy, frothy discourse or treatise,

without solidity.
WHIRLYGIGS. Testicles.
WHISK. A little inconsiderable impertinent fellow.
WHISKER. A great lye.
WHISKER SPLITTER. A man of intrigue.
WHISKIN. A shallow brown drinking bowl.
WHISKY. A malt spirit much drank in Ireland; also a one-

horse chaise. See Tim WHISKY.
Whistle. The throat, To wet one's whistle ; to drink.
WHISTLING SHOP. Rooms in the King's Bench prison

where drams are privately fold. Whit. [i. e. Whittington's.] Newgate. Cant.--Five

rumpadders are rubbed in the darkmans out of the whit, and are piked into the deuseaville ; five highwaymen broke out of Newgate in the night, and are gone into the coun

try. WHITE FEATHER. He has a white feather ; he is a coward :

an allusion to a game cock, where having a white feather

is a proof he is not of the true game breed, WhļTE-LIVERED. Cowardly, malicious. White Lye. A harmless lye, one not told with a malici.

ous intent, a lye told to reconcile people at variance. WHITE SERJEANT. A man fetched from the cavern or ale

house by his wife, is said to be arrested by the white ser

jeant. WHITI SWELLING. Ą woman big with child is said to

have a white swelling. WHITE TAPE. Genevi. WHITE WOOL. Geneva.

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WHITECHAPIL.

WHITECHAPEL. Whitechapel portion; two smocks, and

what nature gave. Whitechapel breed ; fat, ragged, and faucy: see St. Giles's BREED. Whitechapel beau; one who dresses with a needle and thread, and undreffes with a knife. To play at whit Whitechapel fashion; i, e, aces

and kings first. WHITECHAPEL Pxovince. A club or brotherhood under

the government of a prætor. WHITEWASHED. One who has taken the benefit of an act

of insolvency, to defraud his creditors, is faid to have

been whitewashed. WHITTILITZ. A follower of George Whitfield, a me

thodift. WHITHER-GO-YB. A wife: wives being sometimes apt to

question their husbands whither they are going. WHITTINGTON'S COLLEGE. Newgate : built or repaired

by the famous Lord Mayor of that name. WHORE's BIRD. A debauched fellow, the largest of all

birds. He fings more like a whore's bird than a canary

bird ; said of one who has a strong manly voice. WHORE's CURSE. A piece of gold coin, value five shillings

and three-pence, frequently given to women of the town by such as professed always to give gold, and who before

the introduction of those pieces always gave half a guinca. Whora's KITLING, or WHORE's Son. A bastard, WHORE-MONGER. - A man that keeps more than one mif.

trefs. A country gentleman, who kept a female friend, being reproved by the parson of the parish, and styled a whore-monger, asked the parfon whether he had a cheese in his house; and being answered in the affirmative, • Pray,' says he, 'does that one cheese make you a cheese

monger?' WHORE-PIPE. The penis, Whow BALL. A milk-maid: from their frequent use of the

word whow, to make the cow stand still in milking ; Ball

is the supposed name of the cow, WIPBLE. Bad drink. WIBLING'S Witch. The four of clubs : from one James

Wibling, who in the reign of King James I. grew rich by private gaming, and was commoniy observed to have that card, and never to lose a game but when he had it

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not. Wicket. A casement; also a little door. Widow's WEEDS. Mourning clothes of a peculiar fashion,

denoting her state. A grass widow ; a discarded mistress. A widow bewitched ; a woman whose husband is abroad,

and said, but not certainly known, to be dead. Wife in WATER COLOURS.. A mistress, or concubine :

water colours being, like their engagements, easily effaced

or dissolved. WIGANNOWNS. A man wearing a large wig. WIGSBY. Mr. Wigsby; a man wearing a wig. Wild Roguês. Rogues trained up to stealing from their

cradles. Wild SQUIRT. A looseness. WILD-GOOSE CHASE. A tedious uncertain pursuit, like

the following a flock of wild geefe, who are remarkably

ihy: WILLING Tit. A free horse, or a coming girl. Willow. Poor, and of no reputation. To wear the willow ;

to be abandoned by a lover or mistress. Win. A penny." To Win. To steal. The cull has won a couple of rum

glimsticks; the fellow has stolen a pair of fine candlesticks. WIND. To raise the wind ; to procure money. WINDFALL. A legacy, or any accidental acceffion of pro

perty. WINDMILLS IN THE HEAD. Foolish projects, WINDOW Peeper. A collector of the window tax. WindWARD PASSAGE. One who uses or navigates the

windward paflage; a sodomite. WINDY. Foolish. A windy fellow; a simple fellow. Wink. To tip one the wink; to give a signál by winking the

eye. WINNINGS. Plunder, goods, or money acquired by theft. WINTER CRICKET. A taylor. WINTER'S DAY. He is like a winter's day, short and dirty. Wipe. A blow, or reproach. I'll give you a wipe on the

chops. That story gave him a fine wipe. WIPER. A handkerchief. Cant. H h 2

WIPER

Woo WIPER Drawer. A pickpocket, one who steals handker.

chiefs. He drew a broad, narrow, cam, or specked wiper ; he picked a pocket of a broad, narrow, cambrick, or

coloured handkerchief. To W.REDRAW. To lengthen out or extend any book, let

ter, or discourse. Wise. As wise as Waltham's calf, that ran nine miles to

fuck a bull. Wise Men op GOTHAM. Gotham is a village in Notting

hamshire : its magistrates are said to have attempted to hedge in a cuckow : a bush, called the cuckow's bush, is still hewn in support of the tradition. A thousand other

ridiculous stories are told of the men of Gotham. Wiseacre. A foolish conceited fellow. Wiseacre's HALL. Grelham college. Wır. He has as much wit as three folks, two fools and a

madman. WITCHER. Silver. Witcher bubber ; a silver bowl. Wit

cher tilter; a silver-hilted sword. Witcher cully; a filver

smith. TO WOBBLE. To boil. Pot wobbler; one who boils a pot. WOLF IN THE BREAST. An extraordinary mode of imposi

tion, sometimes practised in the country by strolling women, who have the knack of counterfeiting extreme pain, pretending to have a small animal calied a wolf in their

breatts, which is continually gnawing them. WOLF IN THE STOMACH. A monstrous or canine appetite. Wood. In a wood ; bewildered, in a maze, in a peck of

troubles, puzzled, or at a loss what course to take in any business. To look over the wood ; to ascend the pulpit, to preach : I Thall look over the wood at St. James's on Sunday next. To look through the wood; to stand in

the pillory. WOOD PECKER, A bystander, who bets whilft another

plays. WOODCOCK. A taylor with a long bill. WOODEN HABEAS A coffin. A man who dies in prison

is said to go out with a wooden habeas. He went out with a wooden habeas ; i. e. his coffin.

WOODEN W OR

Wooden Horse. To ride the wooden horse, was a military

punishment formerly in use. This horse consisted of two or more planks about eight feet long, fixed together so as to form a sharp ridge or angle, which answered to the body of the horse. It was supported by four posts, about fix feet long, for legs. A head, neck, and tail, rudely cut in wood, were added, which completed the appearance of a horse. On this sharp ridge delinquents were mounted, with their hands tied behind them; and to steady them (as it was said), and least the horse should kick them off, one or more firelocks were tied to each leg. In this situation they were sometimes condemned to fit an hour or two; but at length it having been found to injure the soldiers materially, and sometimes to rupture them, it was left off about the time of the accession of King George I. A wooden horse was standing in the Parade at Portsmouth as

late as the year 1750. WOODEN Ruff. The pillory. See NORWAY Neck

CLOTH.
Wooden SURTOUT. A coffin.
WOMAN OF THE Town, or WOMAN OF PLEASURE.

prostitute. WOMAN AND HER HUSBAND. A married couple, where

the woman is bigger than her husband. Woman's Con CIENCE. Never satisfied, WOMAN OF ALL WORK. Sometimes applied to a female ser

vant, who refuses none of her master's commands. WOMBLETY CRUPt. The indisposition of a drunkard after

a debauch, See CROPSICK. WOOLBIRD. A Theep.

A sheep. Cant. Wool GATHERING. Your wits are gone a wool gathering;

saying to an absent man, one in a reverie, or absorbed in

thought. WOOLLEY CROwn. A soft-headed fellow. WORD GRUBBERS, Verbal critics, and also persons who

use hard words in comuion discourse. WORD PECKER, A punter, one who plays upon words. WORD OF MOUTH. To drink by word of micuth ; i. e. out of the bowl or bottle iniiead of a glass.

WORLD.

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