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Eight Eyes (Grose 1811 Dictionary)

Eight Eyes

I will knock out two of your eight eyes; a common Billingsgate threat from one fish nymph to another: every woman, according to the naturalists of that society, having eight eyes; viz. two seeing eyes, two bub-eyes, a bell-eye, two pope’s eyes, and a ***-eye. He has fallen down and trod upon his eye; said of one who has a black eye.

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

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