Main definitions of cosh in English

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cosh1

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’
    • ‘It was claimed in court that he probably struck the first blow with an extended cosh.’
    • ‘He said he had been threatened with guns, knives and hammers and attacked with a cosh in the past.’
    • ‘But there is no doubt that my client used the cosh and probably struck Mr Bourne about the head.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘He has also been fined and jailed for having weapons including a pistol, coshes and saw-blades.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A jury convicted him in May of illegally possessing the gas, a lock knife and a cosh at the airport.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘They brought coshes, lead piping and cut-down billiard cues with them.’’
    • ‘Under the settee in the lounge officers also found a machete and two wooden coshes.’
    • ‘It houses thousands of weapons, including guns and ammunition, knives, knuckledusters, coshes, crossbows and swords.’
    • ‘When the lockers were later searched coshes, knives, bayonets, and swords were found.’
    • ‘He is also charged with possession of two coshes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some were armed with bottles and others brandished weapons including coshes or iron bars, a screwdriver and a knife.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sorry, it feels like somebody coshed me from behind.’
    • ‘He was coshed over the head by two balaclava clad men who made off with the money.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘If D coshes V and he dies, D would be liable for murder as he intended to cause grievous bodily harm.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The men rushed into the shop, coshed the manager, and attacked Mr Chapman and another assistant.’
    • ‘A conspiratorial hush proceeds to cosh the masses, precipitating a muffled ripple of applause as the Mayor and his entourage take to the stand.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

cosh

/kɒʃ/

Main definitions of cosh in English

: cosh1cosh2

cosh2

Mathematics
  • Hyperbolic cosine.

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

cosh

/kɒʃ//kɒˈseɪtʃ/