Main definitions of cosh in US English:

: cosh1cosh2

cosh1

noun

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

    • ‘He said he had been threatened with guns, knives and hammers and attacked with a cosh in the past.’
    • ‘It was claimed in court that he probably struck the first blow with an extended 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘With respect, the use of a knife as opposed to the use of a cosh in their minds is clearly something quite different.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is also charged with possession of two coshes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘They brought coshes, lead piping and cut-down billiard cues with them.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It houses thousands of weapons, including guns and ammunition, knives, knuckledusters, coshes, crossbows and swords.’
    • ‘Some were armed with bottles and others brandished weapons including coshes or iron bars, a screwdriver and a knife.’
    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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was coshed over the head by two balaclava clad men who made off with the money.’
    • ‘If D coshes V and he dies, D would be liable for murder as he intended to cause grievous bodily harm.’
    • ‘A conspiratorial hush proceeds to cosh the masses, precipitating a muffled ripple of applause as the Mayor and his entourage take to the stand.’
    • ‘Sorry, it feels like somebody coshed me from behind.’
    • ‘They threatened to cosh him if he refused to hand over the phone.’
    • ‘Detectives in Accrington today renewed their appeal for information about a robbery in which a shopkeeper was believed to be coshed with a gun.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    hit over the head, hit on the head, hit, strike, buffet, bang, knock, thwack, slug, welt, cuff, punch, smash
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Origin

Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

cosh

/käSH//kɑʃ/

Main definitions of cosh in US English:

: cosh1cosh2

cosh2

abbreviation

Mathematics
  • Hyperbolic cosine.

Origin

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

Pronunciation

cosh

/kɑʃ//käSH/