A New and Comprehensive

Vocabulary of the Flash Language


a hat
To kelp a person is to move your hat to him.
a shirt
a house
Often joined to other descriptive terms, as in a flash-ken, a bawdy-ken, etc.
a coloured pocket-handkerchief of cotton or linen


a sixpence
When speaking of compound sums only, as, three and a kick is three and sixpence, etc.
1 breeches
Speaking of a purse, etc taken from the breeches pocket, they say,
It was got from the kickseys, there being no cant term for the breeches pocket.
whence kick in aussie english
2 to pick the pockets of breeches
To turn out a man's kickseys in which operation it is necessary to turn those pockets inside out in order to get at the contents.
a child of either sex
But particularly applied to a boy who commences thief at an early age, and when by his dexterity he has become famous, he is called by his acquaintances the kid so and so, mentioning his sirname.
a thief of the lower order
Who when he is breeched, by a course of successful depredation, dresses in the extreme of vulgar gentility and affects a knowingness in his air and conversation which renders him in reality an object of ridicule. Such a one is pronounced by his associates of the same class a flash‑kiddy or a rolling‑kiddy. My kiddy is a familiar term used by these gentry in addressing each other.
kid rig
to obtain goods by means of a false pretence
Meeting a child in the streets who is going on some errand, and by a false but well fabricated story, obtaining any parcel or goods it may be carrying. This game is practised by two persons, who have each their respective parts to play, and even porters and other grown persons are sometimes defrauded of their load by this artifice. To kid a person out of anything is to obtain it from him by means of a false pretence, as that you were sent by a third person, etc.
Such impositions are all generally termed the kid rig.


a young lad
a church or chapel
to steal , take , receive , accept
According to the sense it is used in. To knap a clout is to steal a pocket-handkerchief. To knap the swag from your pall is to take from him the property he has just stolen, for the purpose of carrying it. To knap seven or fourteen pen'worth is to receive sentence of transportation for seven or fourteen years. To knap the glim is to catch the venereal disease. In making a bargain, to knap the sum offered you, is to accept it. Speaking of a woman supposed to be pregnant, it is common to say,
I believe Mr Knap is concerned, meaning that she has knap'd.
knapping a jacob from a danna-drag
borrowing a short ladder
This is a curious species of robbery, or rather borrowing without leave, for the purpose of robbery. It signifies taking away the short ladder from a nightman's cart while the men are gone into a house, the privy of which they are employed emptying, in order to effect an ascent to a one‑pair‑of‑stairs window or to scale a garden‑wall, etc, after which the ladder, of course, is left to rejoin its master as it can.
knife it
stow it
See cheese it for more information.
knuck ~ knuckler , knuckling-cove
a pickpocket
Or person professed in the ‘knuckling art’.
to pick pockets
Chiefly applied to the more refined branch of that art, namely extracting notes, loose cash, etc from the waistcoat or breeches pockets, whereas buzzing is used in a more general sense.