Selected Flash Terms
Bottom - Stamina.
Claret - Blood.
Daffy - Gin.
Dominoes – Teeth, especially if discoloured.
Domino Box – The mouth and teeth.
Drawing the Cork - To draw blood, to give a bloody nose.
Facer - A blow in the face.
The Fancy - Collectively, comprised those who followed sporting events, particularly prizefighting.
Fib – (verb) To strike, beat, or deliver blows, 1665. Hence, Fibbing.
Flash - The slang, or sporting argot, used by this social set.
Gammon - plausible talk, humbug.
Gluttony – Fortitude in taking punishment.
Hell - A gaming house.
Ivories - Teeth.
Knowing One[s] – Person[s] professing to be knowledgeable on sporting intelligence (the odds men).
Level – Knock person down. Leveller – A knock-down blow.
Milling - Bareknuckle prizefighting. A term firmly appropriated by the Fancy as a verb to denote fighting, or as a noun signifying a beating.
Rhino - Money.
Ruffian – ‘A fellow regardless […] of the science […] who hits away’.
Serve Out – To punish, i.e. punish your opponent in the ring.
Settler - Something that settles an antagonist in an encounter or argument; a crushing or finishing blow
Shifting - Shuffling to evade blows. Somtimes implied running away.
Entire glossary availablle in Writing the Prizefight book, and Pierce Egan on Twitter