bang straw

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

bang straw (plural bang straws)

  1. (idiomatic, archaic) A farmer's servant, especially a thresher.
    • (Can we date this quote?)
      ...he fancied his little stick even on shipboard. With this he sprung onto the bulwark and roared out to Williams: 'I've not struck, sir! Tell your bloody bang-straws to try and hit my stick!'

References[edit]

Grose, Francis, The Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue / Lexicon Balatronicum: A Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence: altered and enlarged (London; 1811)