Green’s Dictionary of Slang

limb n.

1. as euph.

(a) the penis.

[UK]Rochester in Works (1999) 86: ‘A Satyr on Charles II’ Imploying Hands, Armes, Fingers, Mouth and thighs, / To raise the Limb which shee each Night enjoyes.
[UK] ‘Mary And The Frozen Limb’ Lummy Chaunter 65: This lily-white hand, which I’m tenderly pressing, / Will soon freeze the limb which we melted just now.
‘The Frozen Limb’ in Voluptuous Night (Horntip Coll.) 95: And this delicate hand that I’m so ardently pressing / Can soon freeze the limb that we melted just now?

(b) an erection.

Bazarov A Rube’s Story 🌐 Baby sprouts a limb when’er he likes an’ shoots his pint a’ jism on the quarter-hour.

2. a mischievous boy, a ‘young rascal’ [abbr. SE limb of Satan].

[UK]Jonson Staple of News III ii: She had it from a limb o’ the school, she says, a little limb of a nine year old.
[UK]A. Smith Lives of Most Noted Highway-men, etc. I 117: Why I’m a limb of St. Peter too.
[UK]Foote The Minor 91: Let’s go see Foote! ah, Foote’s a precious limb!
[Scot]J. Hogg Wool-Gatherer 125: How can ye [...] come rinning to me wi’ a hizzy an’ bairn at your tail [...] I’ll sooner see you an’ her, an’ that little limb, a’ hung up by the links o’ the neck.
[UK]Dickens Oliver Twist (1966) 212: ‘Now listen, you young limb,’ whispered Sikes.
[UK]C.S. Calverley ‘Gemini and Virgo’ Works (1901) 3: He was what nurses call a ‘limb’; / One of those small misguided creatures.
[US]B. Harte ‘Jim’ Poems 52: Why, you limb. You ornery, / Derned old Long-legged Jim!
[Ind]H. Hartigan Stray Leaves (2nd ser.) 230: ‘Oh, then, the divil rackit ye, ye born limb,’ his troop sergeant-major would say to him.
[UK]G.R. Sims ‘Little Jim’ Ballads of Babylon 109: Our little Jim / Was such a limb / His mother scarce could manage him.
[Aus]‘Rolf Boldrewood’ Robbery Under Arms (1922) 41: Don’t you think you and I and this devil’s limb enough for this precious trade of ours?
[UK] ‘The Man-Trap’ in ‘F. Anstey’ Mr Punch’s Model Music Hall 94: Now I’ve grown into an awful young limb.
[Aus]C. Crowe Aus. Sl. Dict. 45: Limb, a troublesome youngster.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 10 Sept. 40/4: When Billo, full up to the brim, / An’ smellin’ all sweet from the spree, / A’ callin’ ’is ’Liza a limb / Lets loose on the kiddies an’ me.
[Ire]K.F. Purdon Dinny on the Doorstep 167: ‘You young limb!’ was all she said.
[US]Z.N. Hurston Drenched in Light (1995) 947: She’s de wustest lil’ limb dat ever drawed bref.
[US]Wood & Goddard Dict. Amer. Sl.
[US]Z.N. Hurston Bone of Contention (1995) 975: You impident limb you.

In phrases

limb of the bar (n.)

a barrister.

[UK]W.H. Ireland Scribbleomania 260: As a limb of the Bar, I with honour renown ’em .
limb of the law (n.) [SE limb, an extension, a branch]

a lawyer, spec. a second-rate attorney or any legal functionary, incl. the police.

[UK]Newcastle Courant 24 Mar. 4/1: [advert for Gentleman’s Mag.] On Dryden’s Monument; two tainted Limbs of the Law.
[UK]Smollett Sir Launcelot Greaves I 248: ‘True!’ (exclaimed the other limb of the law) ‘and, for contempt of the law, attachment may be had against justices of peace in Banco Regis.’.
[UK]Foote Lame Lover in Works (1799) II 92: Well said, my young limb of the law.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Limb of the law, an inferior, or pettyfogging attorney.
[UK]Harris’s List of Covent-Garden Ladies 65: She either keeps, or is kept by a certain limb of the law.
[UK]Sporting Mag. Jan. I 226/2: This honest limb of the law is married.
[UK]B.H. Malkin (trans.) Adventures of Gil Blas (1822) I 312: Do you take us for ribs of the limbs of the law? for attorney’s wives?
[UK]Egan Boxiana III 210: Jack and his pal, a limb of the law, were screwed up the whole of the darkey in the compter.
[US]Ely’s Hawk & Buzzard (NY) Sept. 1 n.p.: A very ridiculous scene that occurred between a limb of the law and a Delancey-street land holder.
[UK] ‘The Gentleman in Black’ Bentley’s Misc. IV 620: Seeing you dressed all in black, I of course mistook you for a limb of the law.
[UK]Punch 24 July I 22: ‘Set by Holloway’s Ointment’ — ‘a limb of the law’.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 22 Mar. 3/3: It was suggested by a facetious ‘limb of the law’ [...] that the summons was wrong altogether.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.
[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict.
Soldiers’ Jrnl (VA) 5 Oct. 4/3: Suppose a soldier be a ‘limb of the law’ and gets killed or wounded [etc.] .
[US]Letters by an Odd Boy 162: A lawyer [is] ‘a limb-of-the-law,’ a surgeon, ‘a saw bones;’ a fiddler, ‘a catgut-scraper; ‘and a cheap concert, ‘a ha’porth of liveliness.’.
Wkly Arizona (Tucson, AZ) 25 Feb. 3/1: The briefless ‘limb of the law’ [...] pricked up his ears and started westward.
[US]Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 14 Jan. 11/4: A well directed blow under the chin [...] sent the limb of the law in a heap among the scattered law papers .
[UK]Sporting Gaz. (London) 8 Sept. 1097/2: Occasionally a member of this disreputable clientele [i.e. racecourse swindlers] oversteps the bounds of prudence, and is roughly treated by the limbs of the law.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 20 June 6/3: Four or five years ago, Mr. Edward Nesbitt was a promising young limb of the law in Adelaide. He was sworn in as solicitor, and began to make fame and money.
[Aus]Dead Bird (Sydney) 9 Nov. 2/3: [of a policeman] Not a little disappointed the limb of the law scribbled on a piece of paper in a feminine hand.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 1 Apr. 1/4: A novel point was raised by a limb of the law who was defending a man charged with drunkenness.
[US]Austin’s Hawaiian Wkly (HI) 17 June 11/2: A limb of the law who was engaged on the case.
[UK]D. Stewart Shadows of the Night in Illus. Police News 29 June 12/2: ‘I know you are a crafty, unscrupulous limb of the law’.
[US]Day Book (Chicago) 8 Apr. n.p.: ‘Big case, Merton,’ briskly announced the wizened old limb of the law.
[US]Ade Hand-made Fables 188: Him and the Limb of the Law went out to Lunch at a Club where some of the Lockers were still doing Business.
[US]Wood & Goddard Dict. Amer. Sl.
[UK]Derby Dly Teleg. 6 Oct. 8/1: Of course the limbs of the law are pretty nippy blighters.
[US]J. Archibald ‘Klump a la Carte’ Popular Det. July 🌐 The decided blonde put up quite a fuss before consenting to accompany the limbs of the law.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).