Printers' Slang and Terminology

2 terms

Gods

the quadrats used by printers in throwing on the imposing stone, similar to the movement in casting dice.—Printers' term.
the people in the upper gallery of a theatre; “up amongst the gods ,” a seat amongst the persons in the gallery—so named from the high position of that part, and the blue sky generally painted on the ceiling of the theatre; termed by the French, “paradis.”

Stab

Stab  yourself and pass the dagger,” help yourself and pass the bottle.—Theatrical Slang.
“on the stab ,” i.e., paid by regular weekly wages on the “establishment,” of which word stab  is an abridgment.—Printer's term.