Bowie Knife to Brag
Bowie Knife A long, stout knife, carried by hunters in the Western States of America. So called from Colonel James Bowie, one of the most daring characters of the States. Born in Logan, co. Kentucky. A bowie knife has a horn handle, and the curved blade is 15 in. long, and 1 1/4 wide at the hilt. (Bowie to rhyme with showy. )
Bowing We uncover the head when we wish to salute anyone with respect; but the Jews, Turks, Siamese, etc., uncover their feet. The reason is this: With us the chief act of investiture is crowning or placing a cap on the head; but in the East it is putting on the slippers. To take off our symbol of honour is to confess we are but the humble servant of the person whom we thus salute. (Bowing to rhyme with ploughing or plowing.)
Bowled He was bowled out. A term in cricket. (Pronounce bold.)
Bowling Tom Bowling. The type of a model sailor in Smollett's Roderick Random. (To rhyme with
Here a sheer hulk lies poor Tom Bowling,
Bowls They who play bowls must expect to meet with rubbers. Those who touch pitch must expect to
defile their fingers. Those who enter upon affairs of chance, adventure, or dangerous hazard must make
up their minds to encounter crosses, losses, or difficulties. Those who play with edged instruments must
expect to get cut. Soldiers in battle must look out for wounds, gamblers for losses, libertines for diseases.
Bowyer God The same as the archer god, meaning Cupid. (Bower to rhyme with grower. )
Box I've got into the wrong box. I am out of my element. Lord Lyttelton used to say he ought to have been brought up to some business; that whenever he went to Vauxhall and heard the mirth of his neighbours, he used to fancy pleasure was in every box but his own. Wherever he went for happiness, he somehow always got into the wrong box. (See Christmas Box. )
Box and Cox The two chief characters in John M. Morton's farce, usually called Box and Cox.
Box the Compass Repeat in order the 32 points. (Spanish, boxar, to sail round.)
Box Days Two days in spring and autumn, and one at Christmas, during vacation, in which pleadings may be filed. This custom was established in 1690, for the purpose of expediting business. Each judge has a private box with a slit, into which informations may be placed on box days, and the judge, who alone has the key, examines the papers in private.
Box Harry (To ), among commercial travellers, is to shirk the table d'hôte and take something substantial for tea, in order to save expense. Halliwell says, to take care after having been extravagant. To box a tree is to cut the bark to procure the sap, and these travellers drain the landlord by having a cheap tea instead of an expensive dinner. To box the fox is to rob an orchard.
Boy in sailor language has no reference to age, but only to experience in seamanship. A boy may be
fifty or any other age. A crew is divided into able seamen, ordinary seamen, and boys or greenhorns. A
boy is not required to know anything about the practical working of the vessel, but an able seaman
must know all his duties and be able to perform them.
A boy does not ship to know anything.
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