“He did the “clean thing” and turned himself in.” Clip – A blow or a stroke with the hand. Also refers to running away – to “cut and run.” Clitchy – Clammy, sticky, glutinous.
Cut A Figure – To make an appearance, either good or bad.
Cut A Caper – The act of dancing in a frolicksome manner Cut a Dash or Cut a Swathe – Make a great show; to make a figure.
Cattle Baron – A cattle owner with numerous herds of stock, welding power and influence in an area. Catstick – A bat used by boys in a game at ball Catty-Cornered – Diagonally across. Chinking And Daubing – The process of filling with clay the interstices between the logs of cabins. Copper a Bet – Betting to lose, or being prepared against loss. Crackerbox – A rodeo rider’s term for a bronc saddle.
“The Courthouse is catty-cornered from the drugstore.” Cavort – To frolic or prance about, to be lively, having fun. Chirk – To make a peculiar noise by placing the tongue against the roof of the mouth, to urge horses on. Choke the Horn – To grab the saddle horn, something no cowboy wants to be seen doing. “I’m just coppering my bets.” Copperhead – Northern person with Southern, anti-Union sympathies. “She couldn’t hold a candle to that beauty across the room.” Coverlid – A bed-quilt, counterpane. Cowboy Up – Tuff-up, get back on yer horse, don’t back down, don’t give up, and do the best you can with the hand you’re dealt, give it all you’ve got. Cow Grease – Butter, also called “cow salve.” Cowhand – A cowboy, also called cowpoke, cowprod, and cowpuncher. Cracklings – Cinders, the remains of a wood fire Crack Up – To brag or boast. A common scythe with a light frame-work, used for cutting grain instead of the sickle.
Cut Up – To criticize with severity; as, “he was severely cut up in the newspapers.” Cut Up Shines – To cut capers, play tricks.
“He sure is cutting a swell with the ladies.” Cut His Suspenders – A departed cowboy. “I knew him by the cut of his jib.” Cutting Horse – A horse with the ability to cut cows out of a herd.This “serenade” is continued night after night until the party is invited in and handsomely entertained. Clean his/your plow – To get or give a thorough whippin’. Clean Thing – Denotes propriety or what is honorable. Clothes-Horse – A frame-work for hanging clothes on to dry after they have been washed and ironed, in the form of an opening screen. California Prayer Book – Gambling term for a deck of cards. Cannon – A revolver Can Openers – Spurs Can’t Come It – Cannot do it. Crowbait – Derogatory term for a poor-quality horse. Cruller – A cake made of a strip of sweetened dough, boiled in lard, the two ends of which are twisted or curled together. Cut And Come Again – Implying that having cut as much as you pleased, you may come again; in other words, plenty; no lack; always a supply Cut And Dried – Ready made. “You can’t sneak up on that dude any sooner than you can catch a weasel asleep.” Catgut – Rawhide rope. To be made a tool or instrument to accomplish the purpose of another. Copper – A copper coin such as the American penny or British. There are several definitions of this word dating back before the 17th Century, however this was the definition in the Old West, and could have been derived from “Cracker Cowboys” of Florida, which used whips and dogs to capture cattle instead of lasso’s. The Catholic Church was for centuries at the center of the development of the values, ideas, science, laws, and institutions which constitute Western civilization.