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Abraham-men

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The Abraham-men were a class of beggars claiming to be lunatics allowed out of restraint, in the Tudor and Stuart periods in England.

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Google previewA Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant Embracing English, American, and Anglo-Indian Slang, Pidgin English, Tinkers' Jargon and Other Irregular Phraseology (1889)

by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland

Abraham-men, the term being applied subsequently to lame or sick beggars, or those shamming distress. The begging impostors designated as Abram-men were well known in the sixteenth century, and are mentioned in the " Fraternitie of ...

Google previewA Glossary and Etymological Dictionary of Obsolete and Uncommon Words, Antiquated Phrases and Proverbs Illustrative of Early English Literature (1834)

by William Toone

ABRAHAM-MEN, a cant term for idle and thievish' vagabonds, who formerly went about the country half naked, or drest in fantastical attire, pretending to have ...

Google previewA glossary and etymological dictionary of obsolete and uncommon words (1834)

by William Toone

- Abraham-men, a cant term for idle and thievish vagabonds, who formerly went about the country half naked, or drest in fantastical attire, pretending to have ...

Google previewA glossary and etymological dictionary (1834)

of obsolete and uncommon words, antiquated phrases, and proverbs illustrative of early English literature, comprising chiefly those not to be found in our ordinary dictionaries; with historical notices of ancient customs and manners by William Toone

" These Abraham-men be those that fayn themselves to have been mad. and have been ...

Google previewChambers' Encyclopaedia (1874)

A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge for the People ...

ABORIGINES— ABRAHAM-MEN. ABRAHAM ITES— ABSCESS. ABSCISSA— ABSORPTION. ABSTINENCE— ABUTMENT. ABYDOS— ABYSSINIA. ACACIA— . Lincoln's administration, slavery was abolished, January 1, 1863. ABORIGINES ...

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