One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A thick heavy stick or bar used as a weapon; a bludgeon.
club, bludgeon, stick, truncheon, baton, blackthorn, mace, batView synonyms
- ‘With respect, the use of a knife as opposed to the use of a cosh in their minds is clearly something quite different.’
- ‘He said he had been threatened with guns, knives and hammers and attacked with a cosh in the past.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Under the settee in the lounge officers also found a machete and two wooden coshes.’
- ‘But there is no doubt that my client used the cosh and probably struck Mr Bourne about the head.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He said: ‘We want to take away the potential for knives, coshes and an array of other items to be used in crime.’’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He is also charged with possession of two coshes.’
- ‘A jury convicted him in May of illegally possessing the gas, a lock knife and a cosh at the airport.’
- ‘It was claimed in court that he probably struck the first blow with an extended cosh.’
- ‘It houses thousands of weapons, including guns and ammunition, knives, knuckledusters, coshes, crossbows and swords.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘When the lockers were later searched coshes, knives, bayonets, and swords were found.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘‘They brought coshes, lead piping and cut-down billiard cues with them.’’
- ‘Some were armed with bottles and others brandished weapons including coshes or iron bars, a screwdriver and a knife.’
Hit (someone) on the head with a cosh.
hit over the head, hit on the head, hit, strike, buffet, bang, knock, thwack, slug, welt, cuff, punch, smashView synonyms
- ‘He yelled before he was coshed on the head, by a blunt object.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They threatened to cosh him if he refused to hand over the phone.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Sorry, it feels like somebody coshed me from behind.’
- ‘The men rushed into the shop, coshed the manager, and attacked Mr Chapman and another assistant.’
- ‘Detectives in Accrington today renewed their appeal for information about a robbery in which a shopkeeper was believed to be coshed with a gun.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A conspiratorial hush proceeds to cosh the masses, precipitating a muffled ripple of applause as the Mayor and his entourage take to the stand.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.
From cos + -h for hyperbolic. Compare with coth.
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