\ˈkäsh \

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


He was coshed on the head.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Woods, playing his first US Open since 2015 after multiple back surgeries, put himself under the cosh from the start. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "US Open: Savage Shinnecock Hills humbles golf stars," 14 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 Atleti found themselves under the cosh for the most part, with Cristiano Ronaldo finally making Los Blancos' dominance count shortly after half-time with a superb volley to mark his 650th career goal., "Atletico Boss Diego Simeone Left With 'Sour Taste' After Madrid Derby Ends in Stalemate," 9 Apr. 2018 Airlines, too, are under the cosh: United Airlines alone faces a $265 million hit, according to one analyst. Alan Murray, Fortune, "CEO Daily: Wednesday 30th August," 30 Aug. 2017

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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 Romany kaš, kašt stick, piece of wood

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English Language Learners Definition of cosh

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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

: to hit (someone) with a cosh

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