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October 26 , 2008

Universal Etymological English Dictionary (1737)


ABRAM, Naked, or having scarce Cloaths enough to hide Nakedness. – ABRAM-COVE, a lusty Rogue, with hardly any Cloaths on his Back: a Tatterdemallion. – ABRAM-MEN, Otherwise called Toms of Bedlam, shabby Beggars, patched and trick'd up with Ribbons, Red-Tape, Fox-tails, Rags of various Colours; pretending to be besides themselves, to palliate their Thefts of Poultry, Linnen, &c. A sort of itinerant Hedge-Robbers, and Strippers of Children, &c. – ACADEMY, a Bawdy House; a Receptacle for all sorts of Villains, where the Young Ones are initiated in the Canting Language, and all manner of Cheats and Impostures, and sorted into Tribes and Bands, according to their several Capacities for Mischief.

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