"To practise the most pinching parsimony, grudging even the scraps and orts, or remnants of food given to the cat" - Hollow ay {Norfolk).

A phrase applied to the village tailor going round from house to house for work.

"To be drunk." - Heywood'sPhiloconothista, 1635, p. 60.

An itinerant parson is said to " whip the cat."

"A trick practised on ignorant country fellows, vain of their strength, by laying a wager with them that they may be pulled through a pond by a cat. The bet being made, a rope is fixed round the waist of the party to be catted, and the end thrown across the pond, to which the cat is also fastened by a pack-thread, and three or four sturdy fellows are appointed to lead and ' whip the cat.' These, on a signal being given, seize the end of the cord, and, pretending to whip the cat, haul the astonished booby through the water." - Grose, 1785.