knock in the cradle n.
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Knock in the Cradle, a Fool.|
|New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
to be stupid.
|Wandring Whore I 12: My Maiden-head? He that think’s I had my Maiden head after thirteen, has had a knock in the Cradle, and merits cutting of the Simples.|
|‘Knave out of Doors’ in Rump Poems and Songs (1662) ii 27: She and her Maid gave him the Whip; / And beat his head so addle; / You’d think he had a knock in the Cradle.|
|Sir Martin Mar-all IV i: You are one that had a Knock in your Cradle, a conceited Lack-wit.|