Regency Romance Era Thieves and Sporting Slang F

A Very Merry Chase Regency Romance Era Lexicon Of Relevant Terms

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FACE-MAKING. Begetting children. To face it out; to persist in a falsity. No face but his own: a saying of one who has no money in his pocket or no court cards in his hand.

FACER. A bumper, a glass filled so full as to leave no room for the lip. Also a violent blow on the face.

FADGE. It won’t fadge; it won’t do. A farthing.

FAGGER. A little boy put in at a window to rob the house.

FAGOT. A bundle of sticks, twigs, or branches bound together and used as fuel or a torch.

FAITHFUL. One of the faithful; a taylor who gives long credit.

FAIR. A set of subterraneous rooms in the Fleet Prison.

FAIT ACCOMPLI. An accomplished fact.

FAKEMENT. A counterfeit signature. A forgery.

FALDEROLS. Ornaments or accessories, chiefly women’s, such as ribbons and necklaces.

FAM LAY. Going into a goldsmith’s shop, under pretence of buying a wedding ring, and palming one or two, by daubing the hand with some viscous matter.

FAMS, or FAMBLES. Hands. Famble cheats; rings or gloves.

FAMGRASP. To shake bands: figuratively, to agree or make up a difference. Famgrasp the cove; shake hands with the fellow.

FANCY MAN. A man kept by a lady for secret services.

FARO. A card game where gamblers place bets on cards as they are drawn from a banker’s deck.

FASTNER. A warrant.

FAT CULL. A rich fellow.

FAT HEADED. Stupid.

FAULKNER. A tumbler, juggler, showman.

FAYTORS, or FATORS. Fortune tellers.

FAWNEY RIG. A common fraud, thus practised: A fellow drops a brass ring, double gilt, which he picks up before the party meant to be cheated, and to whom he disposes of it for less than its supposed, and ten times more than its real, value.

FAWNEY. A ring.

FEATHER ONE’S NEST. To enrich one’s self.

FEATHER-BED LANE. A rough or stony lane.

FEINT. A sham attack on one part, when a real one is meant at another.

FEN. A bawd, or common prostitute.

FENCE. To pawn or sell to a receiver of stolen goods. Also a form of sword fighting with long, thin, pointed blades.

FENCING KEN. The magazine, or warehouse, where stolen goods are secreted.

FERMERDY BEGGARS. All those who have not fake sores.

FERRET. A tradesman who sells goods to young unthrift heirs, at excessive rates, and then continually duns them for the debt.

FETCH. A trick, wheedle, or invention to deceive.

FICHU. A cloth worn about the neck to cover a modest lady’s bosom. Usually silk, lace or muslin.

FIDDLE FADDLE. Trifling discourse, nonsense.

FIDDLESTICK’S END. Nothing; the end of the ancient fiddlesticks ending in a point; hence metaphorically used to express a thing terminating in nothing.

FIDLAM BEN. General thieves; called also St. Peter’s sons, having every finger a fish-hook.

FIDDLER’S MONEY. All sixpences: sixpence being the usual sum paid by each couple, for music at country wakes and dances.

FIDDLER’S FARE. Meat, drink, and money.

FIDDLER’S PAY. Thanks and wine.

FIGDEAN. To kill.

FIGGER. A little boy put in at a window to hand out goods to the diver.

FIGGING LAW. The art of picking pockets.

FIGURE DANCER. One who alters figures on bank notes, converting tens to hundreds.

FILCH, or FILEL. A beggar’s staff, with an iron hook at the end, to pluck clothes from an hedge, or any thing out of a casement.

FILCHER. Thief.

FILCHING COVER. A man thief.

FILCHING MORT. A woman thief.

FINGER IN EYE. To put finger in eye; to weep: commonly applied to women.

FINGER POST. A parson: so called, because he points out a way to others which he never goes himself. Like the finger post, he points out a way he has never been, and probably will never go, i.e. the way to heaven.

FIRE A SLUG. To drink a dram.

FIRE PRIGGERS. Villains who rob at fires under pretence of assisting in removing the goods.

FIRE SHIP. A wench who has the venereal disease.

FIT. Suitable. It won’t fit; It will not suit or do.

FIVE SHILLINGS. The sign of five shillings, i.e. the crown. Fifteen shillings; the sign of the three crowns.

FLAM. A lie, or sham story. To flam; to hum, to amuse, to deceive. Flim flams; idle stories.

FLAMBEAU. Torch or lantern used to light mansions or the streets at night.

FLAP DRAGON. A clap, or pox.

FLARE. To blaze, shine or glare.

FLASH. Knowing. Understanding another’s meaning.

FLASH CULL. An ostentatious man, who shows off his wealth or other enviable attributes.

FLASH PATTER. To speak the slang language.

FLASH PANNEYS. Houses to which thieves and prostitutes resort.

FLASH KEN. A house that harbours thieves.

FLASH LINGO. The canting or slang language.

FLASH MAN. A bully to a bawdy house. A prostitute’s bully.

FLAT. A bubble, gull, or silly fellow.

FLAT COCK. A female.

FLAWD. Drunk.

FLEA BITE. A trifling injury.

FLEECE. To rob, cheat, or plunder.

FLEMISH ACCOUNT. A losing, or bad account.

FLESH BROKER. A matchmaker, a bawd.

FLICKERING. Grinning or laughing in a man’s face.

FLICKING. Cutting.

FLING. To trick or cheat. He flung me fairly out of it: he cheated me out of it.

FLIP. Small beer, brandy, and sugar.

TO FLOG. To whip.

FLOGGER. A horsewhip.

FLOGGING CULLY. A debilitated lecher, commonly an old one.

FLOGGING COVE. The beadle, or whipper, in Bridewell.

FLOGGING STAKE. The whipping-post.

FLOOR. To knock down. Floor the pig; knock down the officer.

FLOURISH. To take a flourish; to enjoy a woman in a hasty manner, to take a flyer.

FLOUT. To jeer, to ridicule.

FLUMMERY. Oatmeal and water boiled to a jelly; also compliments, neither of which are over-nourishing.

FLUSH IN THE POCKET. Full of money, well-to-do, often refers to an unusal or temporary state of affairs. FLUSTERED. Drunk.

FLUX. To cheat, cozen, or over-reach; also to salivate. To flux a wig; to put it up in curl, and bake it.

FLY. Knowing. Acquainted with another’s meaning or proceeding. The rattling cove is fly.

FLY-BY-NIGHT. You old fly-by-night; an ancient term of reproach to an old woman, signifying that she was a witch, and alluding to the nocturnal excursions attributed to witches, who were supposed to fly abroad to their meetings, mounted on brooms.

FLY SLICERS. Life-guard men, from their sitting on horseback, under an arch, where they are frequently observed to drive away flies with their swords.

FLYER. To take a flyer; to enjoy a woman with her clothes on, or without going to bed.

FLYERS. Shoes.

FLY-FLAPPED. Whipt in the stocks, or at the cart’s tail.

FLYING GIGGERS. Turnpike gates.

FLYING HOUSE. A lock in wrestling, by which he who uses it throws his adversary over his head.

FLYING STATIONERS. Ballad-singers and hawkers of penny histories.

FLYMSEY or FLIMSEY. A bank note, i.e. folding or paper money.

FOB. A cheat, trick, or contrivance, I will not be fobbed off so; I will not be thus deceived with false pretences. Also a heavy ornament at the end of a watch chain.

FOG. Smoke.

FOGLE. A silk handkerchief,

FOGRAM. An old fogram; a fusty old fellow.

FOP. A man, often effeminate in taste, with exaggerated manners and clothing.

FOOT PADS. Thieves or rogues who rob on foot.

FORK. A pickpocket.

FORLORN HOPE. A gamester’s last stake.

FORTUNE HUNTERS. Indigent men or women, seeking to enrich themselves by marrying someone of fortune.

FORTUNE TELLER, or CUNNING MAN. A judge, who tells every prisoner his fortune, lot or doom.

FOUNDLING. An orphan, or abandoned child, who is then kept and educated at the parish expense.

FOX. A sharp, cunning fellow.

FOX’S PAW. The vulgar pronunciation of the French words faux pas. He made a confounded fox’s paw.

FOXED. Intoxicated.

FOXEY. Rank. Stinking.

FOYST or FOIST. A pickpocket, cheat, or rogue.

FOYSTED or FOISTED IN. Words or passages surreptitiously interpolated or inserted into a book or writing.

FRATERS. Vagabonds or con artists who beg with fraudulent credentials, or briefs, for hospitals, fires and other charitable causes.

FREE BOOTERS. Lawless robbers and plunderers: originally soldiers who served without pay, for the privilege of plundering the enemy.

FREEHOLDER. He whose wife accompanies him to the alehouse.

FREEMAN’S QUAY. Free of expence. To lush at Freeman’s Quay; to drink at another’s cost.

FRENCH CREAM. Brandy; so called by the old tabbies and dowagers when drank in their tea.

FRENCH DISEASE. The venereal disease, said to have been imported from France.

FRENCH LEAVE. AWOL. To take French leave; to go off without taking leave of the company: a saying frequently applied to persons who have run away from their creditors.

FRENCHIFIED. Infected with the venereal disease. The mort is Frenchified: the wench is infected.

FRIBBLE. An effeminate fop.

FRIDAY-FACE. A dismal countenance.

FRIG. Figuratively used for trifling.

FRIG PIG. A trifling, fiddle-faddle fellow.

FRIGATE. A well-rigged frigate; a well-dressed wench.

FRISK. Used by thieves to signify searching a person whom they have robbed.

FRAU or VRAU. A woman, wife, or mistress.

FROG. A person of France, referring to their taste for eating frog legs.

FROGLANDER. A Dutchman.

FROSTY FACE. One pitted with the small pox.

FROG’S WINE. Gin.

FRUMMAGEMMED. Choaked, strangled, suffocated, or hanged.

FUBSEY. Plump. A fubsey wench; a plump, healthy wench.

FUDDLE. Drunk. This is rum fuddle; this is excellent tipple, or drink.

FUDDLE CAP. A drunkard.

FUDGE. Nonsense.

FULHAMS. Loaded dice are called high and lowmen, or high and low fulhams; either because they were made at Fulham, or from that place being the resort of sharpers.

FUNDS. Government securities purchased by investors to earn dividends.

FUSS. A confusion, a hurry, an unnecessary to do about trifles.

FUSSOCK. A lazy fat woman. An old fussock; a frowsy old woman.

FUSTIAN. Bombast language.

FUZZ. To shuffle cards minutely: also, to change the pack.

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