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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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  • cumshaw said something under his breath, but before I could drop on him for it Moira interposed.

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  • First, the doctor who had certified Ambassador cumshaw's death.

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  • cumshaw slipped off his horse with the quickness of thought.

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  • "I hope so," said cumshaw, in the manner of a man who has very grave doubts.

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  • "There's no smoke coming from it," cumshaw said comfortingly.

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  • "That's supposing they don't get tired and go home," said the cheerful Mr. cumshaw.

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  • Mr. Thrombley took the call, and I asked him was Mr. cumshaw around.

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  • cumshaw's mount made the descent in fine style, and the two men followed.

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  • After Mr. cumshaw had gone Bryce slipped back in his chair and laughed till his whole face creased up in rolls of quivering fat.

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  • "That's him," said Mr. cumshaw irreverently, and stirred something with his foot.

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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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