from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who has to jump the gutters: a contemptuous name for a lackey or foot-boy.
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Remember how soon you grew shabby, threadbare and out at heels; was forced to borrow an old livery coat to make your appearance while you were looking for a place, and sneak to every house where you have an old acquaintance to steal you a scrap, to keep life and soul together, and, upon the whole, were in the lowest station of life, which, as the old ballad says, is that of a skip-kennel turned out of place.
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