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  • n. The gallows.

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  • 'Here,' said he, taking some dice out of his pocket, 'here's the stuff. Here are the implements; here are the little doctors which cure the distempers of the purse. Follow but my counsel, and I will show you a way to empty the pocket of a queer cull without any danger of the nubbing cheat.'"

    "Nubbing cheat!" cries Partridge: "pray, sir, what is that?"

    "Why that, sir," says the stranger, "is a cant phrase for the gallows; for as gamesters differ little from highwaymen in their morals, so do they very much resemble them in their language.

    - Fielding, Tom Jones, VIII. xii.

    December 23, 2011