all the world is but a slang-tree

1. slang : the special vocabulary of low , illiterate , or disreputable persons ; low , illiterate language (1758)

2. slang , adj.  Slangy : 1758 . Rakish , impertinent

3. slang : to remain in debt (v.i.) ca. 1770-1800 . 2. to exhibit at a fair (1789) ; 3. to cheat , swindle , defraud (1812) ; 4. to fetter  ( ca. 1810-1850) ; 6 . to abuse , scold violently ( 1844 )

4. out on the slang : to travel as a salesman

5. slang-dipper ; -dropper : A slang dipper is one who gilds metal chains for the purpose of selling them as gold . A slang dropper is the man who disposes of them , as he usually does by pretending to pick [one] up in the street under the nose of his victim [whom]  he immediately asks to put a value on ( 1935 )

6. slang it : to use false weights

7. slang the maulies : to shake hands ( London 1871 )

8. slang-tree : a stage

9. slang-tree , climb the : to perform ( mid C. 19-20 )

10. slanging : 1. exhibiting at a fair or market; 2. abuse ; violent scolding

11. slangs : fetters ; leg-irons ( 1810 )

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