cheese As good as caz, is a phrase signifying that any projected fraud or robbery may be easily and certainly accomplished. Any person who is the object of such attempt and is known to be an easy dupe, is declared to be as good as caz, meaning that success is certain.
a chandler's shop
1 a person's name , address , or designation
2 a cipher , initials , or mark of any kind on a piece of plate , linen , or other article Any thing so marked is said to be chanted.
3 an advertisement in a newspaper or hand-bill Also a paragraph in the newspaper describing any robbery or other recent event; any lost or stolen property, for the recovery of which, or a thief, etc., for whose apprehension a reward is held out by advertisement, are said to be chanted.
a watch box
chaunt a song
to sing To throw off a rum chaunt is to sing a good song.
a cant name for bow street Located in Covent Garden, London.
a knife To chiv a person is to stab or cut him with a knife.
obliterating identifying marks on stolen goods Obliterating the name and number on the movement on a stolen watch.Or the crest, cipher, etc, on articles of plate, and getting others engraved, so as to prevent their being identified, is termed having them bishop'd or christen'd.
a fellow prisoner in a jail , hulk , etc So there are new chums and old chums, as they happen to have been a short or a long time in confinement.
an item which may be easily purloined A thief observing any article in a shop, or other situation, which he conceives may be easily purloined, will say to his accomplice: I think there is so and so to come.
come ∼ come it
to divulge a secret To tell any thing of one party to another.They say of a thief who has turned evidence against his accomplices that he is coming all he knows, or that he comes it as strong as a horse.
come to the heath
to pay or give money Synonymous with tipping, from which word it takes its rise, there being a place called Tiptree Heath, I believe, in the county of Essex.
come to the mark
1 to abide strictly by any contract previously made
2 to perform your part manfully in any exploit or enterprise you engage in
3 to offer a fair price for any article in question
a cant word meaning involved The lovers of flash, by way of variation, adopt this term, for an illustration of which, see bolt‐in‐tun , Alderman Lushington , Mr. Palmer , etc.
1 the nose
2 a thief who impeaches his accomplices
3 a spy , informer , or tell-tale See nose, and wear it for more.
the master of a house or shop On other occasions, when joined to particular words, as a cross-cove, a flash cove, a leary‐cove, etc, it simply implies a man of these several descriptions. Sometimes, in speaking of any third person, whose name you are either ignorant of, or don't wish to mention, the word is adopted by way of emphasis, as may be seen under the word awake
to obscure the view of by-standers To stand in such a situation as to obscure your pall, who is committing a robbery, from the view of by standers or persons passing, is called covering him. Anybody whose dress or stature renders him particularly eligible for this purpose is said to be a good cover.
the mistress of a house or shop Used on other occasions in the same manner as cove when applied to a man.
to prevent the perfection or execution of any intended matter or business Saying anything offensive or unpleasant is called crabbing it or throwing a crab.To crab a person is to use offensive language or behaviour as will highly displease or put him in an ill humour.
affronted , out of humour Sometimes called being in crab-street.
to break open The crack is the game of house-breaking, whilst a crack is a breaking any house or building for the purpose of plunder.
crack a whid
to speak or utter As in He crack'd some queer whids meaning ‘ He dropt some bad or ugly expressions’. Crack a whid for me meaning ‘ Intercede’ or ‘ Put in a word for me’.
a small loaf Served to prisoners in jails for their daily subsistence.
a house Sometimes applied to shops, as in:A thimble‐crib is a watch‐maker's shop, a stocking‐crib is a hosier's, etc.
illegal or dishonest practices in general In opposition to the square. Any article which has been irregularly obtained is said to have been got upon the cross and is emphatically termed a cross article.
cross cove ~ cross mollisher
a man or woman who lives upon the cross
a house inhabited , or kept by family people See square crib.
to pick a pocket By crossing your arms in a particular position.