Posts Tagged ‘Gaol’

In 1811 slang what is a Gentleman of the Three Ins?

Gentleman of the Three Ins: In debt, in gaol, and in danger of remaining there for life. Or, in gaol, indicted, and in danger of being hanged in chains. Gaol => jail

What does it mean to polish the king’s iron with your eyebrows?

What does it mean to “polish the king’s iron”, or to “polish the king’s iron with your eyebrows?” “To be in gaol (jail).  Looking out through iron grated windows with your face pressed to the bars.