E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A set of gamblers in Ireland, who played away even the clothes on their backs.
The karrows plaie awaie mantle and all to the bare skin, and then trusse themselves in straw or leaves. They wait for passengers in the high-waie, invite them to game upon the greene and aske no more but companions to make them sport. For default of other stuffe they pawne their glibs, the nailes of their fingers and toes, their dimissaries which they leefe or redeeme at the courtesy of the winner.Stanihurst.