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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Thieves’ Latin.
 
Slang; dog, or dog’s Latin; gibberish.   1
        “What did actually reach his ears was disguised so completely by the use of cant words and the thieves’ Latin, called slang, that he … could make no sense of the conversation.”—Sir W. Scott: Redgauntlet, chap. xiii.
        “He can vent Greek and Hebrew as fast as I can thieves’ Latin.”—Sir W. Scott: Kenilworth, chap. xxix.
 


 Thief.Thieves on the Cross, 

 
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