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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Everybody's under the cosh financially these days.
▪ Guided by the sound, Dunn moved in and whacked him on the head with a spring-loaded cosh.
▪ He was still turning when the cosh struck him behind the ear.
▪ In a crisis it could have doubled as a draught excluder or, if the pub got rough, as a cosh.
▪ The Millwall brick, for example, was a newspaper folded again and again and squashed together to form a cosh.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

cosh \cosh\ n. a piece of leather-covered metal with a flexible handle; used for hitting people. [slang]

Syn: blackjack, sap.


cosh \cosh\ v. 1. .


cosh \cosh\ v. t. to hit (someone) with a cosh or similar bludgeon, usually on the head. [slang]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"stout stick," 1869, of unknown origin.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A weapon made of leather-covered metal similar to a blackjack. 2 Any of various sorts of blunt instrument such as bludgeon, truncheon or the like). vb. (context transitive English) To strike with a weapon of this kind. Etymology 2

sym. (context trigonometry English) The symbol of the hyperbolic function hyperbolic cosine.

  1. n. a piece of metal covered by leather with a flexible handle; used for hitting people [syn: blackjack, sap]

  2. v. hit with a cosh, usually on the head


Cosh may refer to:

  • cosh (mathematical function), hyperbolic cosine, a mathematical function with notation cosh(x)
  • A type of blunt weapon
  • Slang for chlorpromazine, an antipsychotic drug
  • Harry and Cosh, a British children's television series
  • Cosh Boy, a 1953 British film
  • Chrome OS Shell

Usage examples of "cosh".

Outside was young Sisyphus Cassius with a short, thick, ugly cosh in his hand.

Laura swung herself aside, and, as the cosh ascended, ready to be brought down across her skull, she turned and caught young Cassius a full-arm back-hander across the nose and mouth, and then flung herself upon him.

Dazed and bruised, nevertheless she recovered first, and, picking up the cosh which he had dropped, she hurled it over the tops of the nearest trees.

He dropped the cosh and dipped his hand beneath his jacket and it was my turn to hesitate.

The gun butt was considerably harder than the cosh and I regretfully decided I had fractured his skull.

She flushed, mortified at her own churlishness, and wanted to cosh him at the same time for making her so very much aware of it.

No, it was definitely a heavy rubber cosh or a sandbag, something of that sort.

He saw uncertainty then, as if she were arguing with herself whether or not to cosh him on the head if she could manage it.

She wished it would tip over and he would cosh himself on his damned head.

Even when he behaves in a manner that provokes one to the point of madness and wanting to cosh him, he is still wonderful.

I would rather cosh your thick head and heave you and all your damned women into the sea.

I am unable to jerk up one of the apple trees and cosh you with the trunk.

One sailor missed him, his cosh taking him on the shoulder instead of the head.

Half-turning, Pearce saw Charlie Taverner go down to a cosh, now lifted for a follow-up blow.

The man tugging the other end left himself wide open to half a dozen fists, forcing him to relinquish his cosh just to defend himself.