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~Loony~, a silly fellow, a natural. Corruption of LOONEY TICK (lunatic).Sometimes corrupted to LOOBY.~Loose.~ _See_ ON THE LOOSE.~Loose-box~, a brougham or other vehicle kept for the use of a _dame decompagnie_. A more vulgar appellation is “mot-cart,” the contemptuoussobriquet applied by the envious mob to a one-horse covered carriage.~Loose-box~, a stable in which a horse is not tethered, but remainsloose.~Loot~, swag or plunder; also used as a verb. The word came much intovogue during the latest Chinese campaign.~Lope~, this old form of leap is often heard in the streets. To LOPE isalso to steal. _German_, LAUFEN.~Lop-sided~, uneven, one side larger than the other. _See JacobFaithful._~Lord~, a humpbacked man. _See_ MY LORD.~Lord~, “drunk as a LORD,” a common saying, probably referring to thefacilities a man of fortune has for such a gratification; perhaps a slysarcasm at the supposed habits of the aristocracy. This phrase had itsorigin in the old hard drinking days, when it was almost compulsory on aman of fashion to get drunk regularly after dinner.~Lord-mayor’s-fool~, an imaginary personage who likes everything that isgood, and plenty of it.~Lothario~, a “gay” deceiver; generally a heartless, brainless villain.~Loud~, flashy, showy, as applied to dress or manner. _See_ BAGS.~Lour~, or LOWR, money; “gammy LOWR,” bad money. From the WallachianGipsy word, LOWE, coined money. Possibly connected with the French,LOUER, to hire.—_Ancient Cant_ and _Gipsy_.~Louse-trap~, a small-tooth comb.—_Old Cant._ _See_ CATCH-’EM-ALIVE.~Love~, at billiards, rackets, and many other games, nothing: fivepoints to none would be “five LOVE,”—a LOVE game being when one playerdoes not score at all. The term is also used at whist, “six LOVE,” “fourLOVE,” when one side has marked up six, four, or any other number, andthe other none. A writer in the _Gentleman’s Magazine_ for July, 1780,
derives it either from LUFF, an old Scotch word for the hand, or fromthe _Dutch_, LOEF, the LOOF, weather-gauge (_Sewell’s Dutch Dictionary_,4to, 1754); but it more probably, from the sense of the following,denotes something done without reciprocity.~Love~, “to do a thing for LOVE,” _i.e._, for nothing. A man is said tomarry for LOVE when he gets nothing with his wife; and an Irishman, withthe bitterest animosity against his antagonist, will fight him for LOVE,_i.e._, for the mere satisfaction of beating him, and not for a stake.~Loveage~, tap droppings, a mixture of stale spirits, sweetened and soldto habitual dram-drinkers, principally females. Called also “alls.”~Low-water~, but little money in pocket, when the finances are at a lowebb.~Lubber~, a clown, or fool.—_Ancient Cant_, LUBBARE. Among seamen anawkward fellow, a landsman.~Lubber’s hole~, an aperture in the maintop of a ship, by which a timidclimber may avoid the difficulties of the “futtock shrouds;” hence as asea-term the LUBBER’S HOLE represents any cowardly way of evading duty.~Luck~, “down on one’s LUCK,” wanting money, or in difficulty.~Lucky~, “to cut one’s LUCKY,” to go away quickly. _See_ STRIKE.~Ludlam’s dog.~ An indolent, inactive person is often said to be “aslazy as LUDLAM’S DOG, which leaned its head against the wall to bark.”