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KI’CKSHAW. n.s.

KI'CKSHAW. n.s. 1

KI’CKSHAW. n.s. [This word is supposed, I think with truth,
to be only a corruption of quelque chose, something; yet Milton
seems to have understood it otherwise; for he writes it kick-
shoe, and seems to think it used in contempt of dancing.]
I. Something uncommon; fantastical; something ridiculous.
Shall we need the monsieurs of Paris to take our hopeful
youth into their flight and prodigal custodies, and send them
over back again transformed into mimicks, apes, and kick
shoes?     Milton.
2. A dish so changed by the cookery that it can scarcely be
known.
Some pigeons, a couple of short-legged hens, a joint of
mutton, and any pretty little tiny kickshawsShakes. H. IV.
In wit, as well as war, they give us vigour;
Cressy was lost by kickshaws and soup-meagre. Fenton.