Hunting the Squirrel (Grose 1811 Dictionary)
Hunting the Squirrel
An amusement practised by
postboys and stage-coachmen, which consists in following
a one-horse chaise, anddriving it before them, passing close
to it, so as to brush the wheel, and by other means terrifying
any woman or person that may be in it. A man whose
turn comes for him to drink, before he has emptied his former
glass, is said to be hunted.
Definition taken from
The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue,
originally by Francis Grose.
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