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Definition of cosh

 (Entry 1 of 2)

chiefly British
: a weighted weapon similar to a blackjack


coshed; coshing; coshes

Definition of cosh (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

chiefly British
: to strike or assault with or as if with a cosh

Examples of cosh in a Sentence

Verb He was coshed on the head.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Although Napoli spent most of the first half and chunks of the second half under the cosh, Mertens was constantly causing trouble for the Salzburg defenders up the other end., "Red Bull Salzburg 2-3 Napoli: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Dries Mertens Stars for I Partenopei," 23 Oct. 2019 Estranged allies of the BJP have come under the cosh, too, including two prominent figures in Hindu nationalist politics in the state of Maharashtra. The Economist, "The Indian government’s anti-corruption campaign revs up," 29 Aug. 2019 As a manager, a man who handles himself very well in press conferences, even when under the cosh., "5 Reasons Why Steve Bruce Is the Perfect Fit for Newcastle United," 11 July 2019 After weathering an early barrage from Spurs, United grew into the game and their younger stars stood up to the challenge and had their opponents under the cosh for good spells of the first half and deservedly led at after 45 minutes., "Tottenham 1-2 Man Utd: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Angel Gomes Grabs Late Winner," 25 July 2019 The Yellow Submarine were truly under the cosh and would've been thankful to go in all square at the interval., "Real Madrid in Disarray After Falling to Late Villarreal Winner," 13 Jan. 2018 One position the Eagles are reportedly keen on strengthening is in goal, with current number one Wayne Hennessey being viewed as too unreliable, leaving Palace considerably vulnerable when under the cosh., "Crystal Palace Promise Their Number One Spot in Talks With Young Arsenal Goalkeeping Target," 29 May 2018 Woods, who won the last of his 14 majors 10 years ago, was under the cosh from the start, amassing a triple-bogey seven at the first and adding a bogey at the second. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "US Open: Tiger Woods set to miss cut, Dustin Johnson leads at Shinnecock," 15 June 2018 Madrid were under to cosh, and struggling to keep pace with Jurgen Klopp's electrifying Reds., "The Bitterest Pill: Why Real Madrid's Victory in UCL Final Belies Liverpool's True Quality," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of cosh


1869, in the meaning defined above


1896, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cosh


perhaps from Romani kaš, kašt stick, piece of wood

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27 Jan 2020

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“Cosh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cosh

 (Entry 1 of 2)

British : a small, heavy weapon that is shaped like a stick



English Language Learners Definition of cosh (Entry 2 of 2)

British, informal : to hit (someone) with a cosh

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