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A DICTIONARY HISTORICAL AND COMPARATIVE OF THE
HETERODOX SPEECH OF ALL CLASSES OF SOCIETY

FOR MORE THAN THREE HUNDRED YEARS

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A. Dictionary of Slams and its · Analogues. .

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CE A BIG THING ON ICE, subs. phr. (American). A profitable venture; a good thing; also

B.T.I. 1890. GUNTER, Miss Nobody, xx. In the hall, prominently posted up by a wag, under new memberships, is a notice: FOR ELECTION. Gussie de P. Van Beekman, vice Baron Bassington, of Harrowby Castle, England. ON ICE. ICKEN, adj. (American thieves').—

Oak. ICKEN-BAUM = Oak-tree. [From the German].—MATSELL

(1859). ICTUS, subs. (legal).-A lawyer.

For synonyms see GREEN-BAG

[A corruption of juris consultas]. IDEA-Pot (or -Box), subs. (old). —

The head. For synonyms see
CRUMPET.-GROSE (1785); MAT-

SELL (1859).
IDENTICAL, subs. (colloquial).—

Generally THE IDENTICAL = the self-same; the person, point, argument, or action in question.

VOL. IV.

1664. BUTLER, Hudibras, pt. ii, c. i, I. 149. The beard's Th’ IDENTIQUE beard

you

knew. 1891. N. GOULD, Double Event, p. 283. "I'm THE IDENTICAL' said Jack. | DESIRE, subs. phr. (rhyming). —A

fire. IGNORAMUS, subs.(old: now literary).

-A stupid and unlettered person, male or female: first applied to ignorant lawyers. [From Latin= we ignore (it), the endorsement by which a grand jury threw out a bill].

1569. ERASMUS, Praise of Folly. Tr. (Reeves & Turner] p. 64.

The lawyer who is so silly. .

as to be IGNORAMUS to a proverb.

1621. BURTON, Anat. Mel. Pt. 2. Sec. 2, Mem. 4, Vol. i, p. 425 (1827). Let them go as they are in the catalogue of IGNORAMUS.

1670. SHADWELL, Sullen Lovers, iv, p. 58. The greatest Owl. . . . Rascal, Oaf, IGNORAMUS.

1690. B.E. Dict. Cant. Crew. s.v. 6.1733. R. NORTH, Examen, I, ii. 82. If he had declared otherwise he would have been an IGNORAMUS.

1785. GROSE, Vulg. Tongue, s.v. 1811. Lex. Bal. s.v.

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