Jordeloo

(3 syl.). Notice given to passengers when dirty water was thrown from chamber windows into the street. Either “Gare de l'eau,” or else “Jorda' lo!” the mutula being usually called the “Jordan.”

“At ten o'clock at night the whole cargo is flung out of a back window that looks into some street or lane, and the maid calls ‘Gardy loo’ to the passengers.” —Smollett: Humphrey Clinker.

“The lass had made the Gardy loo out of the wrong window.” —Sir W. Scott: Heart of Midlothian.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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