Green’s Dictionary of Slang

Five hundred years of the vulgar tongue

‘Quite simply the best historical dictionary of English slang there is, ever has been […] or is ever likely to be’​ — Journal of English Language and Linguistics

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shaver, n.2 1. [early 17C] a thief. 2. [mid-17C–18C] a roisterer. 3. [late 17C–19C] a cheat, a grasping tradesman. 4. [19C] someone who discounts a promissory note at a very high rate of interest. 5. [early 19C] a merchant or shopkeeper who charges high prices. 6. [mid-19C] a bank that issues discounted notes. 7. [2010s] an edged weapon.
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