Cubby-Hole or Cubby-House – A snug place for a child. Curry Favor – To seek or gain favor by flattery, caresses, kindness. Profanity was frowned upon by polite society and old west cowboys rarely would swear in front of a lady. “Ol’ Bill is a regular curly wolf, especially when he’s drinkin’ whiskey.” Curmudgeon – An avaricious, churlish fellow, a miser. Also called “cushie.” Cuss Words – The swear words back then are pretty much the same as they are now, though they were not used as prevalently back then. Cut Stick – To be off, to leave immediately and quickly. California Prayer Book – Gambling term for a deck of cards. Cannon – A revolver Can Openers – Spurs Can’t Come It – Cannot do it. Crowbait – Derogatory term for a poor-quality horse. Cruller – A cake made of a strip of sweetened dough, boiled in lard, the two ends of which are twisted or curled together. Cut And Come Again – Implying that having cut as much as you pleased, you may come again; in other words, plenty; no lack; always a supply Cut And Dried – Ready made.
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This “serenade” is continued night after night until the party is invited in and handsomely entertained. Clean his/your plow – To get or give a thorough whippin’.
Clean Thing – Denotes propriety or what is honorable. Clothes-Horse – A frame-work for hanging clothes on to dry after they have been washed and ironed, in the form of an opening screen.
When a person attempts to effect a particular object, in which he fails, we say, “He can’t do it by a long chalk.” Chap – A boy, lad, a fellow. Chopper – The cowboy who cuts out the cattle during a roundup. Chuck – To throw, by a quick and dexterous motion, a short distance. Also called a “grub-line rider.” Chuck Wagon Chicken – Cowboys humorously used the term for fried bacon. Clap-Trap – An artifice for attracting applause, used chiefly in theatrical or political events. (Would rather sit around the coffee pot than help.) Coffin Varnish – Whiskey. Corn-Cracker – The nickname for a native of Kentucky.
Charivari – (Commonly pronounced shevaree.) – A custom of serenading the newly married with noise, including tin horns, bells, pans, kettles, etc. Later, applied to someone’s mouth that constantly makes noise. Coal-Hod – A kettle for carrying coals to the fire. Cocinero – The camp cook – also called “coosie” and “cusie.” Cocked Hat – To knock someone senseless or to shock him completely. Corn-Dodger – A kind of cake made of Indian corn, and baked very hard.
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Calash – A covering for the head, usually worn by ladies to protect their head-dresses when going to evening parties, the theatre, etc. Catch a Weasel Asleep – Referring to something impossible or unlikely, usually used in regard to someone who is always alert and seldom or never caught off guard. Cracker – A poor white person of the South, named after the crackling whips used by rural Southerners.