angle for farthings

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angle for farthings

obsolete To beg out of a prison window with a receptacle of some kind, such as a box or cup on a string, like an angler trying to catch fish. Primarily heard in UK. Imagine the days when prisons looked out onto public streets, with the prisoners shouting down at you or angling for farthings. Just be glad you don't have to angle for farthings, sonny! Previous generations of criminals had it much harder than you! Back when this was still an active prison, people living in the neighborhood were constantly subject to prisoners angling for farthings.
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