Main definitions of cosh in English

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noun

British
informal
  • A thick, heavy stick or bar used as a weapon.

    ‘the defendants deny having a self-loading pistol and a telescopic cosh’
    • ‘The cosh and the teargas, he said, were left over from his evening job as a bouncer, and he had just forgotten to unpack them before travelling.’
    • ‘‘They brought coshes, lead piping and cut-down billiard cues with them.’’
    • ‘Officers acting on a tip-off swooped on a gang of robbers, believed to be armed with knives and coshes, just after they had held up a security van.’
    • ‘He said: ‘We want to take away the potential for knives, coshes and an array of other items to be used in crime.’’
    • ‘Weapons wanted in the amnesty include those with a blade or sharp point, such as knives and machetes, CS gas canisters, coshes and knuckle dusters.’
    • ‘He said he had been threatened with guns, knives and hammers and attacked with a cosh in the past.’
    • ‘Under the settee in the lounge officers also found a machete and two wooden coshes.’
    • ‘A jury convicted him in May of illegally possessing the gas, a lock knife and a cosh at the airport.’
    • ‘When the lockers were later searched coshes, knives, bayonets, and swords were found.’
    • ‘But there is no doubt that my client used the cosh and probably struck Mr Bourne about the head.’
    • ‘He has also been fined and jailed for having weapons including a pistol, coshes and saw-blades.’
    • ‘Masked men armed with a machete and cosh burst into a busy town centre amusement arcade and forced terrified staff to open the safe and hand over a large amount of cash.’
    • ‘It houses thousands of weapons, including guns and ammunition, knives, knuckledusters, coshes, crossbows and swords.’
    • ‘With respect, the use of a knife as opposed to the use of a cosh in their minds is clearly something quite different.’
    • ‘More than 260 knives, coshes, guns and bayonets went on show yesterday as West Yorkshire Police revealed the potentially lethal array of weapons handed in during an amnesty.’
    • ‘He is also charged with possession of two coshes.’
    • ‘Some were armed with bottles and others brandished weapons including coshes or iron bars, a screwdriver and a knife.’
    • ‘It was claimed in court that he probably struck the first blow with an extended cosh.’
    club, bludgeon, stick, truncheon, baton, blackthorn, mace, bat
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verb

[with object]British
informal
  • Hit (someone) on the head with a cosh.

    ‘the other coshed him and he fell unconscious’
    • ‘Each member brought a particular skill to the gang, which successfully robbed the night mail train to London, causing serious head injuries when they coshed the train driver, who never fully recovered.’
    • ‘Fourteen years after this was made, the idea of robberies from trains, and indeed coshing drivers - coolly omitted from the professor's sophistical account of what harm his thieves have really done - lost a smidgen of its innocence.’
    • ‘Sorry, it feels like somebody coshed me from behind.’
    • ‘The columnist coshed me on the back of the head and, while I was out, dumped me in the uncharted territory of his foreign policy mistakes.’
    • ‘I always tend to choose chairs which allow me to see the whole room and that I feel uncomfortable standing on the street with my back exposed in case someone comes and coshes me.’
    • ‘If D coshes V and he dies, D would be liable for murder as he intended to cause grievous bodily harm.’
    • ‘He was coshed over the head by two balaclava clad men who made off with the money.’
    • ‘Detectives in Accrington today renewed their appeal for information about a robbery in which a shopkeeper was believed to be coshed with a gun.’
    • ‘The men rushed into the shop, coshed the manager, and attacked Mr Chapman and another assistant.’
    • ‘They threatened to cosh him if he refused to hand over the phone.’
    • ‘He yelled before he was coshed on the head, by a blunt object.’
    • ‘A conspiratorial hush proceeds to cosh the masses, precipitating a muffled ripple of applause as the Mayor and his entourage take to the stand.’
    hit over the head, hit on the head, hit, strike, buffet, bang, knock, thwack, slug, welt, cuff, punch, smash
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Phrases

  • under the cosh

    • informal Under pressure; in a difficult situation.

      ‘car dealers are under the cosh right now’
      • ‘Shell-shocked Derby spent the remainder of the first-half under the cosh.’
      • ‘The psychological effect on farmers, already economically under the cosh, was frightening.’
      • ‘The visitors are really under the cosh at the moment.’
      • ‘In a game dominated by the weather Portarlington were under the cosh for most of the game.’
      • ‘There are also well-grounded suspicions that they are used for internal repression to keep the extremist factions under the cosh.’
      • ‘They are not the only public sector workers who are under the cosh.’
      • ‘He wrote sympathetically about highlanders under the cosh from rapacious landlords.’
      • ‘Our defence has been under the cosh, leaking goals.’
      • ‘We are really under the cosh in terms of costs.’
      • ‘However, not all suppliers are under the cosh or close to bankruptcy.’
      hard-pressed, troubled, in difficulties, under pressure, under stress, with one's back to the wall, in a tight corner, in a tight spot
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Origin

Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

cosh

/kɒʃ/

Main definitions of cosh in English

: cosh1cosh2

cosh2

Pronunciation /kɒʃ//kɒˈseɪtʃ/

abbreviation

Mathematics
  • Hyperbolic cosine.

Origin

From cos + -h for hyperbolic. Compare with coth.

Pronunciation

cosh

/kɒʃ//kɒˈseɪtʃ/