Dictionary of Obsolete and Provincial English: Containing Words from the English Writers Previous to the Nineteenth Century which are No Longer in Use, Or are Not Used in the Same Sense. And Words which are Now Used Only in the Provincial Dialects, Volume 2

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H. G. Bohn, 1857 - English language - 1039 pages
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Page 532 - Here Mr. Jackson smiled once more upon the company; and, applying his left thumb to the tip of his nose, worked a visionary coffee-mill with his right hand, thereby performing a very graceful piece of pantomime (then much in vogue,
Page 491 - on Mayday, making a procession to this hill with May gads, as they call them, in their hands : this is a white willow wand, the bark peeled off, tied round with cowslips, a thyrsus of the Bacchanals : at night they have a bonfire and other merriment, which is really a sacrifice or religious festival.
Page 850 - Come, come, man, you must e'en fall to visiting our wives, eating at our tables, drinking tea with our virtuous relations after dinner, dealing cards to 'em, reading plays and gazets to 'em, picking fleas out of their shocks for 'em, collecting receipts, new songs, women, pages, and footmen for 'em.
Page 968 - But in the plays which have been wrote of late, there is no such thing as perfect character, but the two chief persons are most commonly a swearing, drinking, whoring ruffian for a
Page 721 - A game wherein a round box bowle is with a mallet strucke through a high arch of yron (standing at either end of an ally one) which he that can do at the fewest blowes, or at the number agreed on, winnes.
Page 491 - And, come, I will go get a leaf of brass. And with a gad of steel will write these words. And lay it by.
Page 577 - The three-hoop' d pot shall have ten hoops ; and I will make it felony to drink small beer.
Page 817 - good and hot; let the cream cool a little before you put it into the sack; then stir all together over the coals, till it be as thick as you would have it ; if you take some amber and musk, and grind it small with sugar, and strew it on the top
Page 569 - cloath or a piece of a boulter over the mouth of the bottle, and let so much run through as you will drink at that time, keeping the rest close, for so it will keep both the spirit, odor, and virtue of the wine and spices.
Page 691 - that loves an inch of raw mutton, better than an ell of Friday [or fried] stockfish; and the first letter of my name begins with

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