Black Friars to Black Sheep
Black Friars The Dominicans were formerly so called in England.
Black Friday December 6th, 1745, the day on which the news arrived in London that the Pretender had reached Derby.
Black Game Heath-fowl; in contradistinction to red game, as grouse. The male bird is called a blackcock.
Black Genevan (A ). A black preaching gown; once used in some Anglican churches, and still used by
some Dissenters in the pulpit. So called from Geneva, where Calvin preached in such a robe.
The Nonconformist divine leaves his vestry in his black Genevan, toadied by his deacons and elders.- Newspaper paragraph, July 18th, 1885 (on Sunday bands).
Black-guards Those horse-boys and unmilitary folk, such as cooks with their pots, pans, and other
kitchen utensils, which travel with an army, and greatly impede its march.
Black Hole of Calcutta A dark cell in a prison into which Suraja Dowlah thrust 146 British prisoners.
Next morning only twenty-three were found alive (1756).
Black Horse The 7th Dragoon Guards, or the Princess Royal's D.G. Their facings are black. Also called Strawboots, The Blacks.
Black Jack Black Jack rides a good horse (Cornish). The miners call blende or sulphide of zinc Black Jack, the occurrence of which is considered by them a favourable indication. The blende rides upon a lode of good ore.
Black Jack (A ). A large leather gotch for beer and ale, so called from the outside being tarred.
Black Joke An old tune, now called The Sprig of Shillelagh. Tom Moore has adapted words to the tune, beginning, Sublime was the warning which Liberty spoke.
Black Leg A swindler, especially in cards and races. Also, one who works for less than trade-union
wages; a non-union workman.
Pledging the strikers not to return to work so long as a single Black-leg was retained in the service.- Nineteenth Century, February, 1891, p. 243.
Black Letter The Gothic or German type. So called because of its black appearance. The initial items of this book are now called black letter, sometimes called Clarendon type.
Black Letter Day An unlucky day; one to be recalled with regret. The Romans marked their unlucky
days with a piece of black charcoal, and their lucky ones with white chalk.
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