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cumshaw

[kuhm-shaw] /ˈkʌm ʃɔ/
noun
1.
a present; gratuity; tip.
Origin of cumshaw
dialectal Chinese
1810-1820
1810-20; < dialectal Chinese (Xiamen) kam siā, equivalent to Chinese gân xiè grateful thanks
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  • First, the doctor who had certified Ambassador cumshaw's death.

    Lone Star Planet Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
  • Mr. Thrombley took the call, and I asked him was Mr. cumshaw around.

    Lone Star Planet Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
  • And what other calls did you receive, prior to Mr. cumshaw's death?

    Lone Star Planet Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
  • "Present for Missy; cumshaw," says the pleasant voice, and what can you do?

    Peking Dust Ellen N. La Motte
  • "As I remarked before, it's up to you," cumshaw threw at me.

    The Lost Valley J. M. Walsh
  • cumshaw was inclined to argue, but the consensus of opinion was against him.

    The Lost Valley J. M. Walsh
  • Moira was visible in the near distance; the wattles had swallowed cumshaw.

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  • I smiled at her quaintness and made to follow her, but cumshaw interposed quickly.

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  • "In your father's day there was a wood hereabouts," I said to cumshaw presently.

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  • "Mr. cumshaw passed a pile in the bushes as we came along," I said off-handedly.

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British Dictionary definitions for cumshaw

cumshaw

/ˈkʌmʃɔː/
noun
1.
(used, esp formerly, by beggars in Chinese ports) a present or tip
Word Origin
C19: from pidgin English, from Chinese (Amoy) kam siā, from Mandarin kan hsieh grateful thanks
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