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Belly Plea (Grose 1811 Dictionary)

Belly Plea

The plea of pregnancy, generally adduced by female felons capitally convicted, which they take care to provide for, previous to their trials; every gaol having, as the Beggar’s Opera informs us, one or more child getters, who qualify the ladies for that expedient to procure a respite.

Definition taken from The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, originally by Francis Grose.

Belly Cheat * Belly Timber

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Bellows
Bellower
Bellowser
Belly
Bellyfull
Belly Cheat
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Belly Timber
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Bell Wether
Bene
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Bene Cove
Bene Darkmans
Bene Feakers
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