Definitions

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  • n. The night.

Etymologies

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From dark + man + 's.

Examples

  • I knew what a " darkmans-budge " was — defined here as " one that slides into a House in the dusk, to let in more Rogues to rob " — simply by having read Dickens ' s " Oliver Twist " back in high school.

    When Sounds Make Sense

  • And then I could slooshy his bolshy lumpy boots beating off, him going huh huh huh into the darkmans, and it was only about seven seconds after that I slooshied the millicent-van draw up with a filthy great dropping siren-howl, like some bezoomny animal snuffing it.

    Where's the show?

  • If the Irish did not cut their throats in the darkmans—that is their flash lingo for night—the North Country would.

    Morgan’s Run

  • Bein darkmans then, bouse, mort, and ken [33] the bien coue's bingd awast; [34]

    Musa Pedestris - Three Centuries of Canting Songs and Slang Rhymes [1536 - 1896]

  • ‘Well, for all that, ’ said the other, ‘I think we should be down upon the fellow one of these darkmans, and let him get it well.

    Chapter XXVIII

  • 'Come, old mort,' said the leader, in a very different tone to the one in which he addressed his young guest, 'tout the cobble-colter; are we to have darkmans upon us?

    Venetia

  • Men were men then, and fought other in the open field, and there was nae milling in the darkmans.

    Guy Mannering

  • 'Well, for all that,' said the other, 'I think we should be down upon the fellow one of these darkmans and let him get it well.'

    Guy Mannering — Complete

  • _cace_ (or _case_) = a sleeping apartment or place -- ward, barn, or inn: _darkmans_ = night + Lat. _casa_ = house etc.

    Musa Pedestris - Three Centuries of Canting Songs and Slang Rhymes [1536 - 1896]

  • 1Men were men then, and fought other in the open field, and there was nae milling in the darkmans.

    Chapter XXVIII

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