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4 wth of before ye the thing beguiled
of othr mens insatble desire of re-
venge, wholly beguiled church & state
of ye benefit of all my retractions &
concessions K. Charles



BEETLEHE’ADED. adj. [from beetle and head.] Loggerheaded;
wooden headed; having a head stupid, like the head of a wooden
A whoreson, beetleheaded, flap-ear’d knave.
Shakesp Taming of the Shrew.

BA’NDOG. n.s.


BAN’DOG. n.s. [from ban or band, and dog. The original of this
word is very doubtful. Caius, de canibus Britannicis, derives it
from band, that is, a dog chained up. Skinner inclines to deduce
it from bana, a murderer. May it not come from ban a curse,
as we say a curst cur; or rather from baund, swelled or large, a
Danish word; from whence, in some counties, they call a great
nut a ban-nut.] A kind of large dog.
The time of night when Troy was set on fire,
The time when screech-owls cry, and bandogs howl.
Shakesp. Henry VI. p. ii.
Or privy, or pert, if any bin,
We have great bandogs will tear their skin. Spens. Pastorals.
[Bandog may be a dog of bad omen
the scriech owl, wch is reckon’d so, being added.
For In Scotland thee ^common people observe
that before a person’s death
happens, some dog, & genlly
it is a strange dog, comes ^at the dead of night &
howles three or four times
at ye door ^ and yn goes off […].

BA’FFLE. n.s.


BA’FFLE. n.s. [from the verb.] A defeat.
It is the skill of the disputant that keeps off a baffle. South.
The authors having missed of their aims, are fain to retreat
with frustration and a baffle. South.



BA’CKFRIEND. n.s. [from back and friend.] A friend back-
wards; that is, an enemy in secret.
Set the restless importunities of talebearers and backfriends
against fair words and professions. L’Estrange.
Far is our church from encroaching upon the civil power;
as some who are backfriends to both, would maliciously insinu-
ate. South.