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  • n. Plural form of patterer.


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  • The patterers were the brainy, sophisticated ones — the self-proclaimed aristocracy of the street.

    The Gentleman Grafter

  • Songs, "three yards for a penny," were always safe; but when doubtful stories were promulgated, Jemmy directed his patterers to work new districts far distant from where the direful deeds were supposed to originate.

    James Catnach, Ballad-monger, Part 1

  • Ah! those was the days and nights, too, for the flying stationers and standing patterers, Sir.

    James Catnach, Ballad-monger, Part 2

  • It was such an eye as never failed, with paupers, poets, and patterers.

    James Catnach, Ballad-monger, Part 2

  • Mayhew and the patterers might have been surprised at just how far Joe has taken this gent thing.

    The Gentleman Grafter

  • (In spite of the polished ways of the patterers, their typical abode was the “vagrant hovel.”)

    The Gentleman Grafter

  • For the most part — unlike the costermongers, say (itinerant fruit and vegetable sellers who generally were born and bred to the trade) — the patterers willingly took to the street “from a natural love of what they call ‘roving.’”

    The Gentleman Grafter

  • In “dress and appearance,” Mayhew writes, many of the patterers resembled the “gent.”

    The Gentleman Grafter

  • In a category all to themselves were the street sellers, whom Mayhew divides into two main groups: the patterers, as he calls them, and everyone else.

    The Gentleman Grafter

  • The next one to it, "Raindrops, Special, extra loud patterers."

    More Tales in the Land of Nursery Rhyme


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