To codge?

Towse my.cache at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 11 20:55:04 UTC 2010

Perhaps he was saying "cadge together" and the pronunciation -- heard
on BBC radio news -- got in the way.

On Tue, May 11, 2010 at 9:46 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:
> A British Liberal Democratic politician (perhaps its current leader),
> talking about why he wanted to take time to discuss the question of
> forming a coalition government, said (BBC radio news, heard in
> Boston):  "If you codge these things together ...".  Presumably here
> having the same meaning as "cobble", "2. To put together or join
> roughly or clumsily" -- that is, don't be hasty in repairing the situation.
> I don't see "codge" in the OED.  There are about 188 Google hits for
> "codge together", some not appearing to have the connotation of
> "roughly, in haste", but merely "collecting, gathering from
> miscellaneous handy bits."
> Joel
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