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Very Merry Chase Regency Romance Era Lexicon Of Relevant Terms

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OAF. A silly fellow.

OAFISH. Simple.

OAK. A rich man, a man of good substance and credit.

OATS. He has sowed his wild oats; he is staid, or sober, having left off his wild tricks.

OAR. To put in one’s oar; to intermeddle, or give an opinion unasked: as, To be sure, you must put in your oar!

OFFICE. To give the office; to give information, or make signs to the officers to take a thief.

OGLES. Eyes. Rum ogles; fine eyes.

OIL OF BARLEY, or BARLEY BROTH. Strong beer.

OIL OF GLADNESS. I will anoint you with the oil of gladness; ironically spoken for, I will beat you.

OLD. Ugly.

OLD DOG AT IT. Expert, accustomed.

OLD HAND. Knowing or expert in any business.

OLD HARRY. A composition used by vintners to adulterate their wines; also the nick-name for the devil.

OLD MR. GORY. A piece of gold.

OLD NICK. The Devil: from NEKEN, the evil spirit of the north.

ON THE SHELF. An old maid

ONE IN TEN. A parson: an allusion to his tithes.

ORIGINAL. An unusual or unique lady who stands out from the crowd.

OUT AT HEELS, OR OUT AT ELBOWS. In declining circumstances.

OUTRUN THE CONSTABLE. A man who has lived above his means, or income, is said to have outrun the constable.
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