Green’s Dictionary of Slang

buttock n.

also buttocks, buttock-whore

(UK Und.) a prostitute, esp. one who dispenses her favours for free; also as adj.

implied in buttock-banqueting
[UK]R. Brome Covent-Garden Weeded IV i: Thou hadst been better have bit off the dugs of thy Damme, thou pin-buttock Jade thou, than have snapt a bit of mine from me.
[UK]Bartholomew Faire in C. Hindley Old Bk Collector’s Misc. 4: Their buttocks walk up and down the Fair very demurely.
[UK]Wandring Whore III 12: Johanna White, a buttock-whore.
[Ire]Head Canting Academy (2nd edn) 81: This Buttock so bold, her name was call’d Siss, / By Quiffing with Cullies three pounds she hath got.
[UK]C. Sackville ‘A Faithful Catalogue’ in Lord Poems on Affairs of State (1968) IV 198: Thy rammish, spendthrift buttock, tis well known, / Her nauseous bait has made thee swallow down, / Though mumbled and spit out by half the town.
[UK]Motteux (trans.) Pantagruelian Prognostications (1927) II 693: Those whom Venus is said to rule, as punks, jilts, flirts, queans, morts, doxies, strumpets, buttocks, blowings.
[UK]N. Ward ‘A Trip to Jamaica’ in Writings (1704) 167: They are Stigmatiz’d with Nick-Names [...] as Unconscionable Nan, Salt Beef Peg, Buttock de-Clink Jenny.
[UK]T. Brown Letters from the Dead to the Living in Works (1760) II 263: Leaving me sometimes not one pair of tractable buttocks in my vaulting-school.
[UK] ‘The Female Scuffle’ in Farmer Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) IV 213: The Bauds and Buttocks that liv’d there around, / Came all to the Case, both Pockey and Sound.
[UK]C. Hitchin Conduct of Receivers and Thief-Takers 6: He had Impudence and Courage enough, to attack the Cull, until the Buttock had made her escape.
[UK] in D’Urfey Pills to Purge Melancholy V 243: This Buttocks so bold she named was Siss.
[UK]J. Dalton Narrative of Street-Robberies 60: A Buttock, One that dispenses her Favours without Advantage.
[UK]Life and Character of Moll King 12: We had ne’er a Queer Cull, a Buttock, or a Porpus, amongst them, but all as Rum and as Quiddish as ever Jonathan sent to be great Merchants in Virginia.
[UK](con. 1710–25) Tyburn Chronicle ii in Groom (1999) xxviii: A Buttock A Street-walker.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK] ‘The Bowman Prigg’s Farewell’ in Wardroper (1995) 283: Then aideu to all kins and knots, / To kid-layers, files and trapanners, / To the buttocks and other fine flats / And all fellow men that have manners.
[Scot]Burns ‘The Fornicator’ Secret Cabinet (1979) 70: With rueful face and signs of grace, I paid the buttock-hire* (*fine for fornication).
[UK] Song No. 25 Papers of Francis Place (1819) n.p.: To the buttocks that pad it all night.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Satirist (London) 24 Mar. 518/2: ‘If any body tries to prevent selling even a piece of a buttock, it's very like I shall commit a breach of the peace’.

In compounds

buttock and file (n.) [file n.1 (1); Ware and others define it as ‘a shoplifter’ but Partridge (DU) rejects this as erroneous, however see sense 1]

1. (UK und.) an act of shoplifiting by a prostitute.

[UK]Wandring-Whores Complaint 3: Ruth. [I] went to a Linnen-Drapers and cheapned several sorts of Linnen [...] sometimes the shop-lift helps me, when the Buttock and Fyle fails me. Bawd. [...] I know you’r as good at the Fyle as Isbel, I and the Buttock too.

2. (UK und.) a prostitute who doubles as a pickpocket, usu. with the help of her man.

[UK]XV Comforts of Marriage 115: He turns Pad, and she Buttock and File (that is Highway-Man and Pick-Pocket-Whore ... according to the Canting of the Roguish Crew).
[[UK]Motteux (trans.) Pantagruelian Prognostications (1927) II 694: Pickpockets, divers, buttocking foils, thieves].
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: A Buttock and File, c. both Whore and Pickpocket Buttock and File.
[UK]N. Ward ‘A Walk to Islington’ in Writings (1704) 76: Buttocks and Files, House-Breakers and Padders, / With Prize-Fighters, Sweetners, and such sort of Traders.
[UK]Hell Upon Earth 3: The Buttock and File, that is, such as go abroad in a good borrow’d Habit, with a pretended Maid, who catching some senseless Woodcock in their wheedling Snare, bring him home, where, after a good Treat for Buttocking, they retaliate his Favour, by diving into his Breeches for the remainder of his Cash.
[UK]C. Hitchin Conduct of Receivers and Thief-Takers 12: As for the Buttocks, they will turn Files, alias Night-walking Pickpockets.
[UK]J. Sheppard Sheppard in Egypt 26: Their Places were sufficiently supplied with the Buttucks and Files of the Hundreds.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict.
[UK]Fielding Life of Jonathan Wild (1784) I 117: The same capacity which qualifies a Mill-ken, a Bridle-cull, or a Buttock and File, to arrrive at any degree of eminence in his profession, would likewise raise a man in what the world esteem a more honourable calling.
[UK](con. 1710–25) Tyburn Chronicle ii in Groom (1999) xxviii: A Buttock and File A Pick-pocket Whore.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]G. Andrewes Dict. Sl. and Cant.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.
[UK]‘Ducange Anglicus’ Vulgar Tongue 5: Buttock-and-File n. A shoplifter.
[UK]C. Whibley ‘Jonathan Wild’ A Book of Scoundrels 79: He lived on terms of intimacy with the mill-kens, the bridle-culls, the buttock-and-files of London.
buttock and twang (n.) [twang n.1 (2)]

1. a prostitute who does not double as a pickpocket.

[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Buttock and twang or a downright buttock and sham file, c. a Common Whore but no Pickpocket.
[UK]New Canting Dict.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Buttock and twang, or a down buttock and sham file, a common whore but no pickpocket.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.

2. a robbery executed by a prostitute who lures a customer, picked up in a tavern, into a dark alley where she picks his pocket and her male accomplice knocks down the victim so that both can escape.

[UK]J. Hall Memoirs (1714) 7: Buttock and Twang, Which is walking to be pick’d up, and frightning him that does it with her pretended Husband, after she has pick’d his Pocket, so that the Fool runs gladly away without his Watch or Money.
[UK]A. Smith Lives of Most Noted Highway-men, etc. I 165: She [went] upon the Buttock and Twang by Night; which is picking up a Cull, Cully, or Spark, and pretending not to expose her Face in a Public House, she takes him into some dark Alley, so whilst the decoy’d Fool is groping her with his Breeches down, she picks his Fob or Pocket, of his Watch or Money, and a giving a sort of a Hem as a signal she has succeeded in her Design, then the fellow with whom she keeps Company, he knocks down the gallant, and carries off the Prize.
[UK]C. Johnson Hist. of Highwaymen &c 365: She marry’d one Humphry Jackson, a Butcher, who was taught to leave off his Trade and go upon the Pad [...] while she went upon the Buttock and Twang.
buttock-ball (n.)

see separate entry.

buttock-banqueting (n.)

working as a prostitute.

Fardle Facions II viii 167: Whiche [wiues] maie neuertheless vse buttocke banquetyng abrode [F&H].

In phrases

SE in slang uses

In compounds

buttock and trimmings (n.)

an Irish wager, a rump of beef and a dozen of claret.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (1984) 166/2: late C.18–mid-19.
buttock penance (n.)

a caning or thrashing at school.

[UK]N. Ward ‘The Dancing-School’ in Writings (1704) 223: When School-Boys do plead their old Charter of Omnia Bene, in Opposition to the Tyrannical Injunction of Buttock Penance, Inflicted according to the Arbitrary Wills of those Grammarian Monarchs.