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Thread #62257   Message #3697423
Posted By: MartinRyan
27-Mar-15 - 04:16 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: The Twang Man
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Twang Man
"cully-and-twang" was very old slang for a whore and her customer (in reverse order!). A "twangman" was more than likely her pimp. The other explanation you hear is that "twang" was a kind of toffee sold in the street - but I haven't seen any evidence of its use.

The "Billy-in-the-bowl" phrase for a legless beggar was common enough, alright.