A New and Comprehensive

Vocabulary of the Flash Language


any game
Some particular kinds of fraud and robbery are so termed when called by their flash titles, and others are called rig. Such as the letter‑racket and the order‑racket, or the kid‑rig, and the cat and kitten‑rig etc, but all these terms depend upon the fancy of the speaker. In fact any game may be termed a rig, a racket, a suit, a slum, etc, by prefixing thereto the particular branch of depredation or fraud in question, many examples of which occur in this work.
a rich or monied man
But generally used in conversation when a particular gentleman or person high in office is hinted at. Instead of mentioning his name, they say, the rag‑gorgy, knowing themselves to be understood by those they are addressing.
See cove and swell for more information.
to rob any person or place by open violence
Or suddenly snatching at something and running off with it, as:
I ramp'd him of his montra and Why did you not ramp his castor? etc.
A man convicted of this offence is said to have been done for a ramp. This audacious game is known by prigs as the ramp and is nearly similar to the rush.
complete , absolute , downright
An emphatical manner of describing persons or characters.
As in a rank nose, a rank swell, etc, etc.
a coach


a pocket-book
see dummy-hunters
one's due share of a booty etc on a division taking place
Give me my regulars meaning ‘ Give me my dividend’.
the length or continuance of a man's career in a system of wickedness
Which when he is ultimately bowled out is said to have been a long or a short reign according to its duration.
a stealer of dead bodies


money in general
Whether in coin or any other shape.
As a ridge‑montra means a gold watch, and a cly‑full of ridge means a pocket full of gold.
see racket
ringing ~ ringing-in
to exchange
Ringing the changes is a fraud practised by smashers, who when they receive good money in change of a guinea, etc, ring‑in one or more pieces of base with great dexterity, and then request the party to change them.
ringing castors
frequenting churches and other public assemblies
For the purpose of changing hats, by taking away a good hat and leaving a shabby one in its place; a petty game now seldom practised.
rise the plant
see plant


superannuated , forgetful , absent in mind
Old lags are commonly said to be thus affected, probably caused by the sufferings they have undergone.
horse and foot patrole
Who parade the roads round about London during the night for the prevention of robberies.
a gypsy
To patter romany is to talk the gypsy flash.
a small iron crow
rough-fam ~ rough-fammy
the waistcoat pocket
row in the boat
to go snacks , or have a share in the benefit
Arising from any transaction to which you are privy. To let a person row with you is to admit him to a share.


to go to bed
This is called going to Ruggins's.
In opposition to queer
rumble tumble
a stage-coach
flogged or scourged
a masquerade
nearly synonymous with the ramp
But the latter term ramp often applies to snatching at a single article, as a silk cloak, for instance, from a milliner’s shop-door. Whereas a rush may signify a forcible entry by several men into a detached dwelling-house for the purpose of robbing its owners of their money, etc. A sudden and violent effort to get into any place, or vice versâ to effect your exit, as from a place of confinement, etc is called rushing them or giving it to ’em upon the rush.
russian coffee-house
the brown bear public-house
A name given by some punster of the family to this establishment in Bow‑Street, Covent Garden, London.