Random Quote #79 topic: vulgar-tongue, Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, Grose, Francis, 1731-1791
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COLLEGE COVE. The College cove has numbered him, and if he
is knocked down he'll be twisted; the turnkey of Newgate
has told the judge how many times the prisoner has been
tried before and therefore if he is found guilty, he certainly
will be hanged. It is said to be the custom of the Old Bailey
for one of the turnkeys of Newgate to give information to
the judge how many times an old offender has been tried,
by holding up as many fingers as the number of times the
prisoner has been before arraigned at that bar.



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