St Giles n.
[late 18C–mid-19C] the criminal slum, in the parish of St Giles, at the junction of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road, London, destroyed when New Oxford Street was cut through in 1847; used in combs. below.
[mid-19C] (UK Und.) a pickpocket who specializes in stealing handkerchiefs.
[18C–early 19C] criminals as a class.
[late 19C] a sprinkling of sand on the street.
[late 18C–mid-19C] slang, cant.