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’.
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.
Calash – A covering for the head, usually worn by ladies to protect their head-dresses when going to evening parties, the theatre, etc. Catch a Weasel Asleep – Referring to something impossible or unlikely, usually used in regard to someone who is always alert and seldom or never caught off guard. Cracker – A poor white person of the South, named after the crackling whips used by rural Southerners.
California Widow – A woman separated from her husband, but not divorced. “You can’t come it over me so.” Caporal – The ranch foreman or roundup boss. Cardinal – The name of a woman’s cloak, from the red or scarlet habit worn by cardinals. Catawampous – Fiercely, eagerly, awry, cockeyed, crooked, skewed.
Cubby-Hole or Cubby-House – A snug place for a child. Curry Favor – To seek or gain favor by flattery, caresses, kindness. Profanity was frowned upon by polite society and old west cowboys rarely would swear in front of a lady.
“Ol’ Bill is a regular curly wolf, especially when he’s drinkin’ whiskey.” Curmudgeon – An avaricious, churlish fellow, a miser. Also called “cushie.” Cuss Words – The swear words back then are pretty much the same as they are now, though they were not used as prevalently back then. Cut Stick – To be off, to leave immediately and quickly.
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.
As young women increasingly put off having children while they pursue their careers, the age at which young people get married increases, too, so young men can postpone growing up as long as they want.