kibosh, in another London broadside

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Sat Jun 16 15:30:55 UTC 2012

Previously I reported on a broadside (dated c. 1830, "evidently referring to the Reform Bill agitation," by John Ferguson) that used kibosh as follows:
"...It would put on the kibosh like winking / That is if they was to introduce the lash."
The kibosh, i.e., the lash (or korbadj kurbach kourbach qirbach qurbash courbache corbage kurbash kurbash kurbaj),

Another broadside, probably from a later 19th-century date, uses kibosh. Again, apparently with Cockney dialect.

Thomas Crampton.  COLLECTION. A collection of ballads printed in London. Formed by T. Crampton
Book 7 v. ; fol.
London, v. 3, no. 48 and and v. 7, no, 242 and 284 (two copies of a different printing than in vol. 3)

The Lairy Man

But let this be your plan!
Put up with no kibosh-e-ry
And look vell after posh-er-y
And cut teetotal slosh-e-ry
At knock-'em-downs and Tiddlywink,
To be sharp you must'nt shrink,
But be a brick and sport your chink.
To vin must be your plan.
And at set-to's and cock fighting,
You must take delight in
But take care to be right in,
And every kidment scan.
And bullying and chaffing, too,
By you must be well known.
Your head must be used to bruis-e-ry.
And be as hard as stone.
Put the kibosh on the dib-be-ry.
Know a joey from a Tib-be-ry,
And now and then have a black eye,
To be a Lairy man.

Stephen Goranson

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