the human face.
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Clockmaker I 66: That will take the frown out of her frontispiece, and make her dial-plate as smooth as a lick of copal varnish.|
|Sixteen-String Jack 161: Elevate your hoptics to my dial plate, my hearty, doant you recollect us now [...] eh, old stick in the mud?|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 14 June 3/3: [She] nearly smashed Thomas Gilbert’s dial plate with a plated candlestick.|
|‘Scene in a London Flash-Panny’ Vocabulum 100: I will fix my diggers in your dial-plate, and turn it up with red.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 7 Apr. 4/2: He napped it heavily on the dial plate.|
|Dundee Courier 10 Sept. 3/2: One individual [...] received more than an equitable sharte of the blows [...] His ‘dial plate’ presented an appearance of a rather ornamental and fanciful character.|
|Sl. Dict. (1890) 44: [as cit. 1859].‘On the Trail’ in|
|Western Times 28 Nov. 7/4: Being ‘mellow’ he banged his dial-plate against a gas lamp post.|
to disfigure someone’s face.
|Lex. Balatronicum n.p.: Dial Plate. The face. To alter his dial plate; to disfigure his face.|