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Victorian Slang of the Week


belt—1) a heavy blow, often with a fist, 1864.  “After he tripped Henry, I gave him a belt to the head.”

         2)under one’s belt—within the belly, 1839.  “after having a few under the belt, he had the courage to approach the girl”

               3) wear the belt, to be the best in his field, 1865.  Seems to come from boxing area, where the winner was awarded with a jeweled belt

                                                    4)belt, to flog with a belt

                                                    5)belt, to guzzle liquor, 1845.  Also to belt the bottle, to drink heavily

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