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cosh

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[kosh]Chiefly British Slang.
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noun
  1. a blackjack; bludgeon.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to hit on the head with a cosh.
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Origin of cosh

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1865–70; perhaps < Romany kosh, koshter stick

cosh

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[kosh]
noun Mathematics.
  1. hyperbolic cosine.
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Origin of cosh

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First recorded in 1870–75; cos(ine) + h(yperbolic)
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Related Words for cosh

business, staff, truncheon, nightstick, bash, clobber, pummel, whack, bludgeon, sap, cudgel, works, baton, mace, blackjack, hammer, quarterstaff, hickory, mallet, shillelagh

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Historical Examples of cosh

  • In his left pocket there was a cosh and in his right a revolver.

    Tartarin de Tarascon

    Alphonse Daudet

  • Copeland, Cosh, and M'Nair, along with their respective wives.

  • Cosh, a neddy, a life-preserver; any short, loaded bludgeon.

    The Slang Dictionary

    John Camden Hotten

  • Coshery, kosh′ėr-i, n. the ancient right of an Irish chief to quarter himself and his retainers on his tenantry—also Cosh′ering.

  • The cosh was a foot length of iron rod, with a knob at one end, and a hook (or a ring) at the other.

    A Child of the Jago

    Arthur Morrison


British Dictionary definitions for cosh

cosh

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noun
  1. a blunt weapon, often made of hard rubber; bludgeon
  2. an attack with such a weapon
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verb (tr)
  1. to hit with such a weapon, esp on the head
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Word Origin for cosh

C19: from Romany kosh, from koshter skewer, stick

cosh

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noun
  1. hyperbolic cosine; a hyperbolic function, cosh z = 1/2 (e z + e –z), related to cosine by the expression cosh i z = cos z, where i = √–1
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Word Origin for cosh

C19: from cos (ine) + h (yperbolic)
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Word Origin and History for cosh

n.

"stout stick," 1869, of unknown origin.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cosh in Science

cosh

  1. Abbreviation of hyperbolic cosine
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