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Examples from the Web for coign
Warde, from some coign of vantage, had seen a boy leave his house.The Hill
Horace Annesley Vachell
There was a rush for the coign of vantage, and a great levelling of glasses.The Relief of Mafeking
Here he paused, and from his coign of vantage looked and listened.Openings in the Old Trail
He likes to dwell with them and to inspect them from every coign of vantage.
The prodigy had edged away from his seat to a coign of vantage.The Imported Bridegroom
- variant spellings of quoin
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Word Origin and History for coign
archaic spelling of quoin (q.v.), surviving only in Shakespeare's coign of vantage ("Macbeth" I.vi.), popularized by Sir Walter Scott, properly "a projecting corner" (for observation).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper