Thieves' Slang

2 terms

Parish prig

or parish bull , a parson.—Thieves' cant.

Swim

“a good swim ,” a good run of luck, a long time out of the policeman's clutches.—Thieves' term. Among anglers “a good swim ” is a good pitch for a part where fish are plentiful—that is, because a lot of fish keeping together are called a swim. Thus one who is in luck, is well connected, or is doing a good business, is said to be in a good swim.