under the cosh

Definition of under the cosh

British, informal

  1. :  in a difficult situation They put us under the cosh for most of the game.

Word by Word Definitions

underplay
  1. :  in or into a position below or beneath something

    :  below or short of some quantity, level, or limit

    :  in or into a condition of subjection, subordination, or unconsciousness

  1. :  below or beneath so as to be overhung, surmounted, covered, protected, or concealed by

    :  subject to the authority, control, guidance, or instruction of

    :  receiving or undergoing the action or effect of

  1. :  lower in rank or authority :  subordinate

coshplay
  1. :  a weighted weapon similar to a blackjack

  1. :  to strike or assault with or as if with a cosh


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