VAN. Madam Van; see MADAM.
VAN-NECK. Miss or Mrs. Van-Neck; a woman with large breasts; a bushel
VARDY. To give one’s vardy; i.e. verdict or opinion.
VARLETS. Now rogues and rascals, formerly yeoman’s servants.
VARMENT. (Whip and Cambridge.) Natty, dashing. He is quite varment, he is
quite the go. He sports a varment hat, coat, &c.; he is dressed like a
VAULTING SCHOOL. A bawdy-house; also an academy where vaulting and other
manly exercises are taught.
VELVET. To tip the velvet; to put one’s tongue into a woman’s mouth. To be
upon velvet; to have the best of a bet or match. To the little gentleman
in velvet, i. e. the mole that threw up the hill that caused Crop (King
William’s horse) to stumble; a toast frequently drank by the tories and
catholics in Ireland.
VENUS’S CURSE. The venereal disease.
VESSELS OF PAPER. Half a quarter of a sheet.
VICAR OF BRAY. See BRAY.
VICE ADMIRAL OF THE NARROW SEAS. A drunken man that pisses under the table
into his companions’ shoes.
VICTUALLING OFFICE. The stomach.
VINCENT’S LAW. The art of cheating at cards, composed of the following
associates: bankers, those who play booty; the gripe, he that betteth; and
the person cheated, who is styled the vincent; the gains acquired, termage.
VINEGAR. A name given to the person who with a whip in his hand, and a hat
held before his eye, keeps the ring clear, at boxing-matches and
cudgel-playing; also, in terms, a cloak.
VIXEN. A termagant; also a she fox, who, when she has cubs, is remarkably
TO VOWEL. A gamester who does not immediately pay his losings, is said to
vowel the winner, by repeating the vowels I. O. U. or perhaps from giving
his note for the money according to the Irish form, where the
acknowledgment of the debt is expressed by the letters I. O. U. which, the
sum and name of the debtor being added, is deemed a sufficient security
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