Where is an “Anabaptist” a pickpocket caught in the act, and “moving the apostles” cant for robbing Peter to pay Paul?
Where do “barking irons” get you killed, and who would be most likely to do business with a “bat”?
In Regency England, of course, but more significantly, in Grose’s Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1811 edition). This marvelous resource is available through Project Gutenberg, and will offer endless entertainment for any who peruse its pages. Barking irons are guns, and a bat…? A streetwalker, who like a bat, moves out at sundown to transact her business.
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