Cache-Control: public, max-age=1024000 Cant terms for Death
18th Century Thieves Cant
Death : Death
BACKEDdead; as He wishes the Senior backed, i.e. He longs to have his Father upon Six Mens Shoulders. His Backs up, a taunting Expression.1737
BACKEDDead. He wishes to have the senior, or old square-toes, backed; he longs to have his father on six mens shoulders; that is, carrying to the grave.1811
BARREL FEVERHe died of the barrel fever; he killed himself by drinking.1811
BEDPut to bed with a mattock, and tucked up with a spade; said of one that is dead and buried. You will go up a ladder to bed, i.e. you will be hanged. In many country places, persons hanged are made to mount up a ladder, which is afterwards turned round or taken away, whence the term, Turned off.1811
BUCKETTo kick the bucket; to die.1811
COOL CRAPEA shroud.1811
COOL-CRAPEWhen a Person dies, he is said to be put into his Cool-crape1737
CROAKto die.1819
DUSTMANA dead man: your father is a dustman.1811
EARTH BATHA Grave.1811
ETERNITY BoxA coffin.1811
GRIMOld Mr. Grim; death.1811
GRINTo grin in a glass case; to be anatomized for murder: the skeletons of many criminals are preserved in glass cases, at Surgeons hall.1811
GROUND SWEATA grave.1811
GROUND-SWEATa Grave.1737
KINGDOM COMEHe is gone to kingdom come, he is dead.1811
OTTOMISEDTo be ottomised; to be dissected. Youll be scragged, ottomised, and grin in a glass case: youll be hanged, anatomised, and your skeleton kept in a glass case at Surgeons Hall.1811
PEG TRANTUMSGone to Peg Trantums; dead.1811
PEG-TRANTUMSas Gone to Peg-Trantums, dead.1737
SHOVELTo be put to bed with a shovel; to be buried. He or she was fed with a fire-shovel; a saying of a person with a large mouth.1811
SMABBLED, or SNABBLEDKilled in battle.1811
STONE-DEADquite dead.1737
USED UPKilled: a military saying, originating from a message sent by the late General Guise, on the expedition at Carthagena, where he desired the commander in chief to order him some more grenadiers, for those he had were all used up.1811
WOODEN HABEASA 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.1811
Death : Hanging
ACORNYou will ride a horse foaled by an acorn, i.e. the gallows, called also the Wooden and Three-legged Mare. You will be hanged.--See THREE-LEGGED MARE.1811
BEILBYS BALLHe will dance at Beilbys ball, where the sheriff pays the music; he will be hanged. Who Mr. Beilby was, or why that ceremony was so called, remains with the quadrature of the circle, the discovery of the philosophers stone, and divers other desiderata yet undiscovered.1811
BEILBYS BALLHe will dance at Beilbys ball, where the sheriff pays the music; he will be hanged. Who Mr. Beilby was, or why that ceremony was so called, remains with the quadrature of the circle, the discovery of the philosophers stone, and divers other desiderata yet undiscovered.1811
CHATESthe Gallows.1737
CHATES or CHATTSThe gallows. CANT.1811
CRAPthe gallows.1819
DANCE UPON NOTHINGTo be hanged.1811
DANGLEto be hanged: I shall see you dangle in the sheriffs picture frame; I shall see you hanging on the gallows.1811
DEADLY NEVERGREEN, that bears fruit all the year The gallows, or three-legged mare. See THREE-LEGGEB MARE.1811
DROPThe new drop; a contrivance for executing felons at Newgate, by means of a platform, which drops from under them: this is also called the last drop. See LEAF. See MORNING DROP.1811
FRUMMAGEMMDchoaked, strangled, or hanged.1737
FRUMMAGEMMEDChoaked, strangled, suffocated, or hanged. CANT.1811
GREGORIAN TREEThe gallows: so named from Gregory Brandon, a famous finisher of the law; to whom Sir William Segar, garter king of arms (being imposed on by Brooke, a herald), granted a coat of arms.1811
HEMPEN FEVERA man who was hanged is said to have died of a hempen fever; and, in Dorsetshire, to have been stabbed with a Bridport dagger; Bridport being a place famous for manufacturing hemp into cords.1811
HOLBORN HILLTo ride backwards up Holborn hill; to go to the gallows: the way to Tyburn, the place of execution for criminals condemned in London, was up that hill. Criminals going to suffer, always ride backwards, as some conceive to increase the ignominy, but more probably to prevent them being shocked with a distant view of the gallows; as, in amputations, surgeons conceal the instruments with which they are going to operate. The last execution at Tyburn, and consequently of this procession, was in the year 1811
JAMMEDHanged. CANT.1811
LADDERTo go up the ladder to rest; to be hanged.1811
LEAFTo go off with the fall of the leaf; to be hanged: criminals in Dublin being turned off from the outside of the prison by the falling of a board, propped up, and moving on a hinge, like the leaf of a table. IRISH TERM.1811
MORNING DROPThe gallows. He napped the kings pardon and escaped the morning drop; he was pardoned, and was not hanged.1811
MORRISto hang dangling in the Air, to be executed.1737
NEW DROPThe scaffold used at Newgate for hanging of criminals; which dropping down, leaves them suspended. By this improvement, the use of that vulgar vehicle, a cart, is entirely left off.1811
NEWMANS LIFTThe gallows.1811
NUBBINGhanging. To be nubbed, to be hanged.1737
NUBBINGHanging. Nubbing cheat: the gallows. Nubbing cove; the hangman. Nubbing ken; the sessions house.1811
NUBBING-CHEATthe Gallows.1737
PADDINGTON FAIR DAYAn execution day, Tyburn being in the parish or neighbourhood of Paddington. To dance the Paddington frisk; to be hanged.1811
PADDINGTON-FAIRan Execution of Malefactors at Tyburn.1737
PISSHe will piss when he cant whistle; he will be hanged. He shall not piss my money against the wall; he shall not have my money to spend in liquor.1811
QUINSEYChoked by a hempen quinsey; hanged.1811
SCRAGGEM FAIRA public execution.1811
SCRAGGING-POSTthe gallows.1819
SHERIFFS BALLAn execution. To dance at the sheriffs ball, and loll out ones tongue at the company; to be hanged, or go to rest in a horses night-cap, i.e. a halter.1811
STRETCHINGhanging. He will stretch for it; He will be hangd.1737
STRETCHINGHanging. Hell stretch for it; he will be hanged for it. Also telling a great lie: he stretched stoutly.1811
SUS PER COLLHanged: persons who have been hanged are thus entered into the jailors books.1811
SUSPENCEOne in a deadly suspence; a man just turned off at the gallows.1811
THREE LEGGED STOOLor Three legged Mare; Tyburn.1737
THREE-LEGGED MARE, or STOOLThe gallows, formerly consisting of three posts, over which were laid three transverse beams. This clumsy machine has lately given place to an elegant contrivance, called the NEW DROP, by which the use of that vulgar vehicle a cart, or mechanical instrument a ladder, is also avoided; the patients being left suspended by the dropping down of that part of the floor on which they stand. This invention was first made use of for a peer. See DROP.1811
TO SWINGTo be hanged. He will swing for it; he will be hanged for it.1811
TOPPING CHEATThe gallows. CANT.1811
TOPPING-CHEATthe Gallows.1737
TRINEto hang; also Tyburn.1737
TRINETo hang; also Tyburn.1811
TUCKED UPHanged. A tucker up to an old bachelor or widower; a supposed mistress.1811
TWISTEDexecuted, hanged.1737
TWISTEDExecuted, hanged.1811
TYBURN TIPPETA halter; see Latimers sermon before. Edward VI. A. D. 1549.1811
WRY NECK DAYHanging day.1811
Death : Related Terms
COLLEGIATESthe Prisoners of the one, and the Shop-keepers of the other of those Places.1737
COLLEGIATESPrisoners of the one, and shopkeepers of the other of those places.1811
CRAMP WORDSSentence of death passed on a criminal by a judge. He has just undergone the cramp word; sentence has just been passed on him. CANT.1811
CRAMP-WORDSSentence of Death passed upon a Criminal by the Judge: as, He has just undergone the Cramp-Word; i.e. Sentence is just passed upon him.1737
DISMAL DITTYThe psalm sung by the felons at the gallows, just before they are turned off.1811
DISMAL-DITTYa Psalm at the Gallows1737
DISPATCHESa Mittimus, a Justice of Peaces Warrant to send a Rogue to Prison, etc1737
DISPATCHESA mittimus, or justice of the peaces warrant, for the commitment of a rogue.1811
GAOLERS COACHA hurdle: traitors being usually conveyed from the gaol, to the place of execution, on a hurdle or sledge.1811
GAOLERS-COACHa Hurdle.1737
MAIDEN SESSIONSA sessions where none of the prisoners are capitally convicted.1811
MAIDEN-SESSIONSwhen none are hangd.1737
NECK VERSEFormerly the persons claiming the benefit of clergy were obliged to read a verse in a Latin manuscript psalter: this saving them from the gallows, was termed their neck verse: it was the first verse of the fiftyfirst psalm, Miserere mei,&c.1811
OTTOMYThe vulgar word for a skeleton.1811
PITthe Hole under the Gallows, into which those that pay not the Fee, (viz. 6s. 8d.) are cast and buried.1737
PITThe pit is the hole under the gallows, where poor rogues unable to pay the fees are buried.1811
POSTas From Pillar to Post, from Constable to Constable.1737
TROUNCEDtroubled, cast in Law punished.1737