Provincial Slang

6 terms


soft hypocritical language. Also, to flatter, wheedle, or insinuate oneself.—Prov.


to strike, to beat.—Prov.
A lump. Clumpish; lumpish, stupid.

Marriage lines

a marriage certificate.—Provincial.


a first-rate man or article.—Provincial.


a derogatory expression for a person; “a rum, or odd, stick ,” a curious man. More generally a “poor stick.”—Provincial.
“cut your stick ,” be off, or go away; either simply equivalent to a recommendation to prepare a walking staff in readiness for a journey—in allusion to the Eastern custom of cutting a stick  before setting out—or from the ancient mode of reckoning by notches or tallies on a stick. In Cornwall the peasantry tally sheaves of corn by cuts in a stick , reckoning by the score. “Cut your stick ” in this sense may mean to make your mark and pass on—and so realize the meaning of the phrase, “in the nick (or notch) of time.” Sir J. Emerson Tennent considers the phrase equivalent to “cutting the connexion,” and suggests a possible origin in the prophet's breaking the staves of “Beauty” and “Bands,”—vide  Zech. xi. 10, 14.
to cheat; “he got stuck ,” he was taken in; “I'm stuck ,” a common phrase to express that the speaker has spent or lost all his money, and can neither play nor pay any longer. Stick , to forget one's part in a performance.—Theatrical. Stick  up, to place in an account; “stick  it up to me,” i.e., give me credit for it; stick  on, to overcharge or defraud; stick  up for, to defend a person, especially when slandered in his absence; stick  up to, to persevere in courting or attacking, whether in fisticuffs or argument; “to stick  in one's gizzard,” to rankle in one's heart; “to stick  to a person,” to adhere to one, to be his friend through adverse circumstances,—to “cotton” to him; “to stick one's spoon in the wall,” to die.


a stipendiary magistrate.—Provincial.