Extravagance. Too much extravagance. “Are you going to put lace over the feather, isn't that rather _____?”
A talkative woman.
An 1875 term for a polished bald head.
A phrase meaning 'elderly,' because it 'makes the spectator giddy to think of the victim's years.'
Quarrels. A From Queen Victoria’s journal, More Leaves, published in 1884: “At five minutes to eleven rode off with Beatrice, good Sharp going with us, and having occasional _____ (a Scottish word for quarrels or rows, but taken from fights between dogs).. when we came near cottages.”
A society word meaning “smart.” 'The goods are not _____ enough for me.”
Why say you're going to fight when you could say you're going to _____ instead?
This low class phrase means 'thoroughly understood.'
'Satirical reference to enthusiasm.' Created by Braham the terror, whoever that is.
Popular until 1870, this phrase meant “Don’t lie to me!” From the practice of trying to pass off mutts as purebreds.
A term for especially tight pants.
Thieves used this term to indicate that they wanted “to go out the back way.”
Brave or fearless. 'What a _____ girl she is.'”
Use of this 1880 phrase indicated temporary melancholy.
Nineteenth century sailor slang for “A riotous holiday, a noisy day in the streets.”
A legal term from 1889 meaning “to prompt.”
A prominent nose.
A tavern term, popular from 1800 to 1840, that meant great fun.
“Absolutely perfect young females,” circa 1883.
Secret, shady, doubtful.
A delightful way to refer to your rather boring hands.
This phrase originated in London in 1882, and means “perfect, complete, unapproachable.”
When walking or otherwise getting around, you could ask people to let you pass, please. Or you could ask them to _____, which meant the same thing to Victorians.