|EARNEST. A deposit in part of payment, to bind a bargain.
EARTH BATH. A Grave.
EASY. Make the cull easy or quiet; gag or kill him. As easy as pissing the
EASY VIRTUE. A lady of easy virtue: an impure or prostitute.
EAT. To eat like a beggar man, and wag his under jaw; a jocular reproach
to a proud man. To eat one’s words; to retract what one has said.
TO EDGE. To excite, stimulate, or provoke; or as it is vulgarly called, to
egg a man on. Fall back, fall edge; i.e. let what will happen. Some derive
to egg on, from the Latin word, AGE, AGE.
EIGHT EYES. I will knock out two of your eight eyes; a common Billingsgate
threat from one fish nymph to another: every woman, according to the
naturalists of that society, having eight eyes; viz. two seeing eyes, two
bub-eyes, a bell-eye, two pope’s eyes, and a ***-eye. He has fallen down
and trod upon his eye; said of one who has a black eye.
ELBOW GREASE. Labour. Elbow grease will make an oak table shine.
ELBOW ROOM. Sufficient space to act in. Out at elbows; said of an estate
that is mortgaged.
ELBOW SHAKER. A gamester, one who rattles Saint Hugh’s bones, i.e. the
ELLENBOROUGH LODGE. The King’s Bench Prison. Lord Ellenborough’s teeth;
the chevaux de frize round the top of the wall of that prison.
ELF. A fairy or hobgoblin, a little man or woman.
EMPEROR. Drunk as an emperor, i.e. ten times as drunk as a lord.
ENGLISH BURGUNDY. Porter.
ENSIGN BEARER. A drunken man, who looks red in the face, or hoists his
colours in his drink.
EQUIPT. Rich; also, having new clothes. Well equipt; full of money, or
well dressed. The cull equipped me with a brace of meggs; the gentleman
furnished me with. a couple of guineas.
ESSEX LION. A calf; Essex being famous for calves, and chiefly supplying
the London markets.
ESSEX STILE. A ditch; a great part of Essex is low marshy ground, in which
there are more ditches than Stiles.
ETERNITY Box. A coffin.
EVES. Hen roosts.
EVE’S CUSTOM-HOUSE, where Adam made his first entry.
EVES DROPPER. One that lurks about to rob hen-roosts; also a listener at
doors and windows, to hear private conversation.
EVIL. A halter. , Also a wife.
EWE. A white ewe; a beautiful woman. An old ewe, drest lamb fashion; an
old woman, drest like a young girl.
EXECUTION DAY. Washing day.
EXPENDED. Killed: alluding to the gunner’s accounts, wherein the articles
consumed are charged under the title of expended.
EYE. It’s all my eye and Betty Martin. It’s all nonsense, all mere stuff.
EYE-SORE. A disagreeable object.
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