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Knave In Grain (Grose 1811 Dictionary)

Knave In Grain

A knave of the first rate: a phrase borrowed from the dyehouse, where certain colours are said to be in grain, to denote their superiority, as being dyed with cochineal, called grain. Knave in grain is likewise a pun applied to a cornfactor or miller.

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

See also the definition in Nathan Bailey's 1736 dictionary of canting and thieving slang.

Knappers Poll * Knight of the Blade

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Nathan Bailey's 1736 Dictionary of canting and thieving slang

John S. Farmer's collection of canting songs and slang rhymes

Kip
Kiss Mine A-se
Kissing Crust
Kit
Kit-cat Club
Kitchen Physic
Kittle Pitchering
Kittys
Knack Shop
Knappers Poll
Knave In Grain
Knight of the Blade
Knight of the Post
Knight of the Rainbow
Knight of the Road
Knight of the Sheers
Knight of the Thimble
Knight of the Whip
Knight of the Trencher
Knight and Barrow Pig
Knob