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Posey (Grose 1811 Dictionary)

Posey

Poesy

A nosegay. I shall see you ride backwards up Holborn-hill, with a book in one hand, and a posey in t’other; i.e. I shall see you go to be hanged. Malefactors who piqued themselves on being properly equipped for that occasion, had always a nosegay to smell to, and a prayer book, although they could not read.

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

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