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My wife cries five loaves a penny; i. e. She is in travail. 'Tis good fish, if it were but caught.
It is spoken of any considerable good that one hath not, but talks moze of, nues for, or endeavours after. A future gooing which is tá be catched, if á man can, is but little worth. Fo-morrow morning I found an horse-shoe. The fox was sick, and he knew not where :
He clapp'd his hand on his tail, and swore it was there. That which one most forehets soonest comes to pass.
Quod quisque vitet nusquam, homini satis cantum est in horas. Hor.
way to be gone is not to stay here.
do not bite. 'Tis a sorry goose that will not baste herself. I care no more for it than a goose-t—d for the Thames. Let him set up shop on Goodwin's sands.
This is a piece of country wit; there being an equivoque in the word Goodwin, which is a surname, and also signifies gaining wealth He would live in a gravel-pit.
Spoken of a wary, sparing, niggardly person. This growed by night.
Spoken of a crooked stick or tree, it could not see to grow. Great doings at Gregory's; heat the oven twice for a custard. He that swallowed a gudgeon.
He hath swore desperately, viz. to that which there is a great presump tion is false : swallowed a false oath. The devil's guts. i. e. The surveyor's chain. A good fellow lights his candle at both ends. God help the fool, quoth Pedley.
This Pedley was a natural fool himself, and yet had usually this expression in his mouth. Indeed, none are more ready to pity the folly of other, than those who have but a small measure of wit themselves.
He is very poor ; his hood is full of holes.
When spendthrifts come to borrow money, they commor!y zsher in their
errand with some frivolous discourse in commendation of the person inoy
With a little more pains, she that flatters might do things neatly. He came in hosed and shod.
He was born to a good estate. He came into the world as a bee into the hive; or into a house, or into a trade or employment.
Knock under the board. He must do so that will not drink le
сир. As good a knave I know, as a knave I know not. A horse-kiss. A rude kiss, able to beat one's teeth out.
His house stands on my lady's ground.
In the east part of England, where they use the word mauther for a girl, they have a fond old saw of this nature, viz :—Wenches are tinkers' bitches, girls are pedlars' trulls, and modhdhers are honest men's daughters. He'll laugh at the wagging of a straw. Neither lead nor drive. An untoward, unmanageable person, To play least in sight. He has given him leg bail. 1. e. decamped.
2. To go as if dead lice dropped out of him.
He is so poor, lean, and weak, that he cannot maintain his lice. Thou'lt lie all manner of colours but blue, and that is gone to
the litting. i. e. dying. Tell a lie, and find the troth. Listeners never hear good of themselves. To lie in bed, and forecast. Sick of the Lombard fever, or of the idles. She hath been at London to call a strea a straw, and a waw a
This the common people use in scorn of those who having been at London, are ashamed to speak their own country dialect. She looked on me as a cow on a bastard calf. Somerset. She lives by love and lumps in corners. I love thee like pudding; if thou wert pie I would eat thee. Every one that can lick a dish; as much as to say, every one
simpliciter, tag-rag and bobtail. 'Tis a lightening before death.
This is generally observed of sick persons, that a little before they dia, their pains leave them, and their understanding and memory retiin to them; as a candle just before it goes out gives a great tiaze.
The best dog leap the stile first. 2. (. Let the worthiest
person take place. You'd do well in lubberland, where they have half a crown a day for sleeping.
MAXFIELD measure, heap and thrutch. i. e. thrust. Chesh.
i. e. you are mad. To handle without mittens. He was born in a mill. i. e. He's deaf. Sampson was a strong man, yet could he not pay money
before he had it.
You carve me a great heap: I suppose some bride at first, thinking to speak elegantly and finely, might use that expression; and so it was taken up in drollery; or else it is only a droll, made to abuse country brides, affecting fine language. This maid was born odd.
Spoken of a maid who lives to be old, and cannot get a husband.
N. NIPENCE nopence, half a groat lacking twopence. Would No I thank you had never been made. His nose will abide no jests. Doth your nose swell (or eek, i. e. itch] at that? I had rather it had wrung you by the nose than me by the
belly. i. e, a f-t. 'Tis the nature of the beast.
Q. A SMALL officer. Once out, and always out. Old enough to lie without doors. Old muck-hills will bloom. Old man, when thou diest, give me thy doublet. An old woman in a wooden ruff. i. e. In an antique dress. It will do with an onion. To look like an owl in an ivy-bush. To walk by owl-light. He has a good estate, but that the right owner keeps it from
him. How do you after your oysters ? All one ; but their meat goes two ways.
A veaze, in Italian vescia, is crepitus ventris. So it signifes, peas are fls.
Some have it, Go pipe at Colston, &c. It is spoken in derision to people that busy themselves about matters of no concernment. He has p~s'd his tallow.
This is spoken of bucks who grow lean after rutting time, and may bo applied to men. To piss down one's back. i. e. to flatter. Such a reason piss'd my goose. He plays you as fair as if he picked your pocket. He has been seeking the placket. If you be not pleased, put your hand in your pocket, and
please yourself. A jeering expression to such as will not be pleased with the reasonabio offers of others. As plum as a jugglem ear. i. e. a quagmire. Devonsh.