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Calf-skin Fiddle (Grose 1811 Dictionary)

Calf-skin Fiddle

A drum. To smack calf’s skin; to kiss the book in taking an oath. It is held by the St. Giles’s casuists, that by kissing one’s thumb instead of smacking calf’s skin, the guilt of taking a false oath is avoided.

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

Cake * Calves

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