Toss the Turk
DESCRIPTION: "One evening lately I dressed up nately, With Sunday clothes, plug had and all." The singer meets a gang which intends to rob him. But he backs up against a wall, and beats them off using tricks he learned at Donegal.
AUTHOR: Tom Cannon (lyrics and music adaption)
EARLIEST DATE: 1877 (sheet music)
FOUND IN: US(MW)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Dean, pp. 114-115, "Toss the Turk" (1 text)
NOTES [44 words]: Eric Partridge's A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English lists "Turk" as a gutter word for an Irishman, though it cannot trace it before 1949. This song gives evidence that it is much older, since "Toss the Turk" seems to mean "rob the Irishman." - RBW
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