One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A large marine fish with a small barbel on the chin.
Family Gadidae (the cod family): many genera and species, in particular the North Atlantic Gadus morhua, of great importance as a food fish. The cod family also includes the haddock, ling, pollack, whiting, and other food fishes
- ‘Some types of fish - such as cod, tuna or halibut - have less total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol than do meat and poultry.’
- ‘There were six-and seven-foot-long codfish weighing as much as 200 pounds.’
- ‘It is now illegal to fish for cod and lobsters are taken on a strict quota basis.’
- ‘Why is the government saying that, if the codfish come back, draggers will be allowed to take part in any future fishery?’
- ‘The threat of a ban on fishing for cod, whiting and haddock brings home the stark reality.’
- ‘I know you all love me, but I need to do something, not sit around her like a codfish in a tank.’
- ‘The deer were gone, and the codfish that sustained the local economy was mostly salted for export.’
- ‘Sunday breakfast is generally a big meal of salt codfish from Nova Scotia, egg sauce, boiled potatoes, cooked bananas, and avocado when in season.’
- ‘Following the collapse of white fish stocks like cod and haddock, the town has reinvented itself as the country's largest shellfish port.’
- ‘A more popular Creole dish is roasted breadfruit with salted codfish, onions, and peppers cooked in oil.’
- ‘Salt fish cakes are made from shredded salted codfish mashed together with boiled potatoes, onions, and pepper, then placed in a batter and fried.’
- ‘The happy family travel to the local steam baths and cleanse themselves before settling down to a meal of boiled codfish.’
- ‘Proteins that occur only in minor amounts can also be major food allergens, as has been shown for an allergen from codfish.’
- ‘Helen ordered the baked cod, which came with tomatoes and I think basil.’
- ‘I feel so numb that if someone where to beat me around the head with a 5 kilo codfish I wouldn't notice.’
- ‘Place the salted codfish into a bowl, breaking it into large chunks.’
- ‘We had the green onions for the softness, the beans and pistachios took care of the crunch - both of them complementing the pleasantly firm codfish really well.’
- ‘There were fresh shrimp, mussels, and codfish in the mix, and little fronds of carrot and fennel, all of which were nicely fried to a golden, tempura-like crispness.’
- ‘These larger animals include the great schools of fish, such as tuna, menhaden, cod and mackerel, which we catch for food.’
- ‘Populations of cod, haddock, halibut, red drum and yellowtail flounder are at record lows.’
- 1.1 Used in names of fishes that are similar or related to the cod, e.g. rock cod, tomcod.
- ‘Murray cod was listed as a threatened species under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act in July last year.’
- ‘And the Murray cod - a totem in both indigenous and settler cultures in these parts - has always been a prized food.’
Middle English: of unknown origin; one suggestion is that the word is the same as Old English cod(d) ‘bag’, because of the fish's appearance.
Not authentic; fake.‘a cod Mittel-European accent’
bogus, not genuine, sham, false, fake, fraudulent, forged, feigned, counterfeit, so-called, spurious, pseudoView synonyms
- ‘Curiously it's metropolitans in Belfast and Dublin who are the most ready to put on cod Fermanagh accents.’
- ‘The actor's cod British accent was perhaps questionable, but who cares?’
- ‘The biographer delicately demonstrates the impact of this tumultuous childhood on the poet's work, without resorting to cod psychology.’
- ‘There's an angry man sitting behind her, scowling, moaning, clutching his can of special brew and dispensing his own brand of cod philosophy.’
- ‘In the tradition of really silly cod spy thrillers, the villains are out to set the world aflame and the spy will have to use lots of high tech stuff to save us all.’
- ‘In the end it wasn't cod philosophy that got him the limelight, but a more potent source: his dysfunctional family.’
- ‘We can see through the pseudo-humility, cod philosophy and self-serving attempts to gain a reputation as a staunch supporter of charitable causes.’
- ‘The two-page special only ran in their English editions and was otherwise replaced by something else for fear of tarnishing their cod Scottish credentials.’
- ‘Oh, the novel has heaps of cod psychology thrown in so the hero is eternally conflicted.’
- ‘Minds doped up on this kind of cod theology have a hard time distinguishing between these men.’
- ‘The contemporary appeal of the cod memoirs of a parochial clergyman, covering 50 years of his apparently uneventful life, is open to question.’
- ‘The English character actors did their furrow-browed ancient Roman with cod fortitude.’
- ‘It is possible to abhor the national anthems and the cod patriotism when ‘our’ athlete wins, and the indifference to the sporting achievements of other nations.’
1British A joke or hoax.‘I suppose it could all be a cod’
practical joke, joke, prank, jape, stunt, antic, caperView synonyms
- ‘It's a bit of a marketing cod, because when you see this car in the flesh, it very much resembles a pumped-up version of the competition from the side and the rear.’
- ‘Just like the mail doesn't stop, the cods don't stop, either,’ he said.’
2Irish A foolish person.‘he's making a cod of himself’
- ‘The first thing that went through my head was ‘Is he trying to make a cod out of me?’’
verbcods, codding, codded[with object]British
Play a joke or trick on (someone)‘he was definitely codding them’
- ‘Getting money for elections from party headquarters, are you codding me?’
- ‘Our dear friends, through no fault of their own, ensure that we continue to cod ourselves.’
- ‘‘I was not codding dear my old boss when I gave you the tip,’ it read.’
- ‘Let's stop codding ourselves, these people are using that campaign to get themselves elected.’
- ‘I am not going to cod you, but if our plans work out we should be looking at a risk adjusted return on capital of about 15 per cent by 2006.’
- ‘Many people believe they were codded on May 17 last year.’
- ‘‘Anyone who thinks the builders would take this money off a new house price is codding themselves,’ he said.’
- ‘But I sometimes wonder if we are also easily codded.’
- ‘I'm codding myself that I'll shake it off in a few days.’
- ‘At this stage, are all the promises false, and who is codding who?’
- ‘‘So don't be codding yourself,’ he told her later the same day.’
- ‘The key message is the futility of trying to cod us that our various national identities can somehow be subsumed into something called the European Union.’
- ‘‘This report is delayed over two years now and I really think the people are being codded,’ he said.’
- ‘‘Whom do they think they are codding - hitting young people buying a first home is the last straw especially when prices are escalating at an enormous rate,’ he added.’
Late 17th century (denoting a person of a specified kind): of uncertain origin.
nounPlural codsmass nounBritish
Nonsense.nonsense, rubbish, balderdash, gibberish, claptrap, blather, bletherView synonyms
1960s: abbreviation of codswallop.
1Cash on delivery.
2North American Collect on delivery.
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