By Eric Partridge
Drawn from the Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, with the emphasis at the expressions used or coined earlier than 1914.
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Gen. with a preceding adj. or a sequent adj. g. ‘The house was a crazy affair of old corrugated iron’. 2. 19–20. If used euphemistically, the term is ineligible; but if used lazily, the term is s. affair of honour . A duel resulting in an innocent man’s death: ca 1800–70. Coll. The Routledge dictionary of historical slang 32 affidavit men . 17–18. (cf. ) affigraphy , see AFFYGRAPHY. afflicke *, a thief, is either c. 17. Rowlands, in Martin Mark-all. But see FLICK. afflicted . 19–20; ob. Orig. euphemistic.
An accomplice: with TILER following, a pickpocket’s assistant. 3. A foreman: workmen’s (–1903); ob. Adam; adam , v. (Gen. ” “Yes…and by a RUM TOM PAT too”’; †by 1850. Ex Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve . To believe: rhyming s. (–1914). 2. 19–20. Adam and Eve’s togs . Nudity: proletarian London (–1909); slightly ob. cf. BIRTHDAY SUIT. The Routledge dictionary of historical slang 24 Adamizing . A cadet’s being lowered naked on to the parade ground at night, he being able to return only by presenting himself to the guard: Sandhurst: ca 1830–55.
The Routledge dictionary of historical slang 18 accumulator . (Racing) a better carrying forward a win to the next event: from ca 1870. ace, king, queen, jack . 19–20. ace of spades . 19. 2. 19–20. F. , ‘Hence, to play one’s ace and take the Jack=to receive a man’. 3. A widow: low (–1811); †by 1890. 4. A black-haired woman: proletarian (–1903). ace of, within an . E. ‘Facetious’ Tom Brown, 1704. Orig. ambs- or ames-ace. acid drop . A rating that’s always either arguing or quarreiling or complaining: naval: since ca 1900.