clouting lay n.
(UK Und.) the stealing of handkerchiefs.
|Hell Upon Earth 3: Some are good Workmen at Clouting; which is, taking Handkerchiefs out of Folks Pockets.|
|Life of Thomas Neaves 11: At first he began to Play at small Game, viz. to go a Clouting (that is picking Handkerchiefs out of Men’s Pockets).|
|Hist. of Highwaymen &c. 444: He first went a Clouting, that is, picking Handkerchiefs out of Pockets.|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Clouting Lay. Picking pockets of Handkerchiefs.|
|,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn).|
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|