a (female) vampire; most probably from a child's mispronunciation of beautiful as in 'bloofer lady'
"the child... gave as his reason for being away that a 'bloofer lady' had asked him to come for a walk... The wounds seem such as might be made by a rat or a small dog..." (Bram Stoker, 'Dracula', Ch. XIII)
An unpleasant oily or volatile biochemical substance produced or believed to be produced by tomcats – probably from a misreading of Christopher Smart’s ‘My Cat Jeoffry’ (‘Jubilate Agno’ 1759-63), line 6: “For he rolls upon prank to work it in.”
“I don’t like this new After-Shave Balsam. It smells like cat prank.”
A job which, on the face of it, seems to have been done OK, but which may lack the traditional thoroughness or certainty associated with work done in countries like Britain, Germany etc., especially in the 19th century.
"I've fixed the bathroom taps - everything seems to be working fine, but it's an Italian job, so we'd better keep an eye on it."