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Crinkum Crankum--A woman's commodity--See Spectator. Crispin--A shoemaker: from a romance, wherein a prince of that name is said to have exercised the art and mystery of a shoemaker, thence called the gentle craft: or rather from the saints Crispinus and Crispianus, who according to the legend, were brethren born at Rome, from whence they travelled to Soissons in France, about the year 303, to propagate the Christian religion; but, because they would not be chargeable to others for their maintenance, they exercised the trade of shoemakers: the governor of the town discovering them to be Christians, ordered them to be beheaded, about the year 303; from which time they have been the tutelar saints of the shoemakers.Crispin’s Holiday--Every Monday throughout the year, but most particularly the 25th of October, being the anniversary of Crispinus and Crispianus. Croaker--One who is always foretelling some accident or misfortune: an allusion to the croaking of a raven, supposed ominous.
To Crow--To brag, boast, or triumph--To crow over any one; to keep him in subjection: an image drawn from a cock, who crows over a vanquished enemy--To pluck a crow; to reprove any one for a fault committed, to settle a dispute--To strut like a crow in a gutter; to walk proudly, or with an air of consequence.
Croakumshire--Northumberland, from the particular croaking the pronunciation of the people of that county, especially about Newcastle and Morpeth, where they are said to be born with a burr in their throats, which prevents their pronouncing the letter r.
Croakers--Forestallers, called also Kidders and Tranters. Crocodiles’ Tears--The tears of a hypocrite--Crocodiles are fabulously reported to shed tears over their prey before they devour it.
Crummy--Fat, fleshy--A fine crummy dame; a fat woman--He has picked up his crumbs finely of late; he has grown very fat, or rich, of late.
Crump--One who helps solicitors to affidavit men, or false witnesses.—'I wish you had, Mrs--Crump;' a Gloucestershire saying, in answer to a wish for any thing; implying, you must not expect any assistance from the speaker--It is said to have originated from the following incident: One Mrs--Crump, the wife of a substantial farmer, dining with the old Lady Coventry, who was extremely deaf, said to one of the footmen, waiting at table, 'I wish I had a draught of small beer,' her modesty not permitting her to desire so fine a gentleman to bring it: the fellow, conscious that his mistress could not hear either the request or answer, replied, without moving, 'I wish you had, Mrs--Crump.' These wishes being again repeated by both parties, Mrs--Crump got up from the table to fetch it herself; and being asked by my lady where she was going, related what had passed--The story being told abroad, the expression became proverbial. A Crush--A very successful party where there is no room to circulate.