Green’s Dictionary of Slang

parson n.

[the parson supposedly ‘sets people in the right way’]

[late 18C–early 19C] a signpost, esp. a finger-post.

In derivatives

parsoned (adj.)

[late 19C] married.

In compounds

Parson Palmer (n.) [a real-life, if forgotten, clergyman]

[mid-18C–early 19C] anyone who stops the communal glass circulating by talking before passing it on.

parson’s barn (n.)

[late 18C–early 19C] a place that is ‘never so full but there is still room for more’ (Grose, 1788).

parson’s face (n.)

1. [1900s] (US) a bullock’s head as used in cooking.

2. see minister’s face n.

parson’s mousetrap (n.) [the role played by a clergyman in solemnizing the wedding ceremony + mousetrap n. (1)]

[late 17C–early 19C] marriage.

parson’s nose (n.) (also deacon’s nose) [the religious official varies according to one’s faith, so pope’s nose under pope n. is usu. Protestant use]

[mid-19C+] the rump of a chicken, duck, goose or other poultry; usu. in Catholic use (cf. bishop’s nose n.).

parson’s week (n.) [irrespective of other duties, the clergyman’s trad. ‘working day’ is Sunday]

[late 18C+] Monday to Saturday, esp. a holiday that lasts from Monday to Saturday.

parson’s wife (n.) [pun on SE vicar’s/Vicker’s + gin n.1 (1)/SE gin]

[1920s+] (Aus.) gin, esp. Vicker’s Gin.

Parson Trulliber (n.) [‘the pig-feeding and the pig-headed’ (Hotten, 1873); note epon. character in Fielding’s Joseph Andrews (1742)]

[mid-19C] a rude, vulgar country clergyman.