cadge

cadge
verb informal, chiefly Brit. ask for or obtain (something to which one is not strictly entitled).
noun Falconry a padded wooden frame on which hooded hawks are carried to the field.
Phrases
on the cadge informal seeking to obtain something without paying for it.
Derivatives
cadger noun
Origin
C17 (in the dialect sense 'carry about'): back-form. from the noun cadger, which denoted an itinerant dealer; the noun is appar. an alt. of cage, perh. confused with the dialect verb cadge 'carry about'.

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  • Cadge — Cadge, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. {Cadged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Cadging}.] [Cf. Scot. cache, caich, cadge, to toss, drive, OE. cachen to drive, catch, caggen to bind, or perh. E. cage. Cf. {Cadger}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To carry, as a burden. [Prov. Eng …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cadge — [kædʒ] v [I and T] [Date: 1600 1700; : Scottish English; Origin: cadger carrier, trader (15 19 centuries), from cadge to tie (14 19 centuries)] BrE informal to ask someone you know for something such as food, money, or cigarettes, because you do… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Cadge — Cadge, n. [Cf. 2d {Cadger}.] (Hawking) A circular frame on which cadgers carry hawks for sale. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cadge — to beg (1812), to get by begging (1848), of uncertain origin, perhaps a back formation from cadger itinerant dealer with a pack horse, mid 15c., which is perhaps from early 14c. cadge to fasten, to tie, of unknown origin …   Etymology dictionary

  • cadge — index request Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • cadge — [ kædʒ ] verb intransitive or transitive BRITISH INFORMAL OLD FASHIONED to MOOCH something from someone …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cadge — ► VERB informal ▪ ask for or obtain (something to which one is not entitled). DERIVATIVES cadger noun. ORIGIN from cadger, a northern English and Scottish word meaning «itinerant dealer» …   English terms dictionary

  • cadge — [kaj] vt., vi. cadged, cadging [< ?] to beg or get by begging; sponge cadger n …   English World dictionary

  • cadge — [c]/kædʒ / (say kaj) verb (cadged, cadging) –verb (t) 1. to obtain by imposing on another s generosity or friendship: *They cadge money from anyone known to have a job –gerald murnane, 1987. 2. to borrow without intent to repay. 3. to beg or… …  

  • cadge — [[t]kæ̱ʤ[/t]] cadges, cadging, cadged VERB If someone cadges food, money, or help from you, they ask you for it and succeed in getting it. [mainly BRIT, INFORMAL] [V n] Can I cadge a cigarette?... [V n from/off n] He could cadge a ride from… …   English dictionary

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