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1A person who is too ill to leave their bed.
- ‘Well you'd better not come here or you'll finish up a cot-case and I'll be a nervous wreck!’
- ‘Shot, gassed and riddled with shrapnel, his father comes back from the Great War a cot-case who has to be nursed on the tribal lands by his wife through his fits and moods until he finally succumbs to his injuries at the age of 39.’
- ‘He has now been telling Australia and the world that we are an economic cot-case.’
- ‘Financially, they are cot-cases.’
- 1.1 A person who is incapacitated by alcohol.
- ‘There are plenty of highly intelligent individuals who are functional cot-cases.’
- 1.2 An eccentric or mad person.
- ‘It takes a certain kind of nerdy, self-obsessed cot-case to join.’
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