To codge?

Towse my.cache at GMAIL.COM
Thu May 13 05:04:22 UTC 2010

And I know "cadge" and before I'd posted, looked up the definition
with my quickie point'n'click

cadge (kăj)
intr. & tr.v., cadged, cadg·ing, cadg·es.
To beg or get by begging.

[Perhaps back-formation from obsolete cadger, peddler, from Middle
English cadgear.]

cadger cadg'er n.

SYNONYMS   cadge, beg, bum, mooch, panhandle. These verbs mean to ask
for or obtain by charity: cadged a meal; begging for change; bum a
ride; mooching food; homeless people forced to panhandle.

"Cadge together" is in current use and used in a begging and cobbling
together way that would make sense with his statement.

Sal Towse

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On Tue, May 11, 2010 at 5:17 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:
> At 5/11/2010 04:55 PM, Towse wrote:
>> Perhaps he was saying "cadge together" and the pronunciation -- heard
>> on BBC radio news -- got in the way.
> It was pretty clearly "codge" to my New York ears, but of course I
> don't know his pronunciations and I didn't see him spell it. Â And the
> Google hits are spelled "codge", and used with approximately the
> sense I received.
> I had looked at "cadge", and seen "I. Early senses. Â {dag}1. trans. ?
> To fasten, tie: cf. CADGEL v. (The early passages are obscure, and
> for one or other the senses drive, toss, shake, draw, have been
> proposed.) Obs." Â But I thought it was too obscure and uncertain, and
> this sense is unused since 1627 except for an 1875 dictionary of
> local dialect (I assume -- it's "Lanc. Gloss.")
> Joel
>> 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): Â "If you codge these things together ...". Â 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. Â 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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