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verb[with object]Northern Irish
Carry (someone) by supporting them under the armpits.‘help me oxtercog Rory out to the van’
- ‘He had a vague recollection of being oxter-cogged by two young lassies wearing red and white outfits.’
- ‘Look, there's one o' those animals getting oxtercogged by the police.’
- ‘“Hang on,” Da said. “We'll oxtercog you out of here.”’
- ‘Two local punters at the bar, without interrupting their banter, each grabbed him by the armpit and oxter cogged him out the door.’
- ‘He had to be 'oxter-cogged along' until he got to the pier.’
Late 19th century: from oxter + cog, from the idea of locking one's shoulder into someone's armpit like a cog fitting into a wheel.
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