Costermongers’ Back Slang

137 terms


a “crib,”—a house.Costermongers' Back Slang.


to look.Costermongers' Back Slang.

Cool him

look at him. A phrase frequently used when one costermonger warns another of the approach of a policeman, or when any person worthy of notice passes by. When any old lady has been bargaining with a costermonger, and leaves his barrow without purchasing, the proprietor of the barrow will call out to the rest, “cool  the delo nammow,” which, though it means literally nothing beyond “Look at the old woman,” conveys to them an intimation that she is, from their point of view, a nuisance, and should be treated as such.Costermongers' Back Slang.

Dab tros

a bad sort.Costermongers' Back Slang.


a bad one, sometimes a bad market.Costermongers' Back Slang.


bread.Costermongers' Back Slang.


or dab , a bed; “I'm off to the deb ,” I'm going to bed.Costermongers' Back Slang.

Delo nammow

an old woman.Costermongers' Back Slang.


gold.Costermongers' Back Slang.


good.Costermongers' Back Slang.