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cadge1

[kaj] /kædʒ/
verb (used with object), cadged, cadging.
1.
to obtain by imposing on another's generosity or friendship.
2.
to borrow without intent to repay.
3.
to beg or obtain by begging.
verb (used without object), cadged, cadging.
4.
to ask, expect, or encourage another person to pay for or provide one's drinks, meals, etc.
5.
to beg.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; perhaps to be identified with Middle English caggen to tie, of uncertain origin
Related forms
cadger, noun

cadge2

[kaj] /kædʒ/
noun, Falconry.
1.
a frame on which hawks are carried to the field.
Origin
1605-15; apparently variant of cage
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  • To supplement these pie-and-beer meals, he tried to cadge food at court.
British Dictionary definitions for cadge

cadge

/kædʒ/
verb
1.
to get (food, money, etc) by sponging or begging
noun
2.
(Brit) a person who cadges
3.
(Brit, informal) on the cadge, engaged in cadging
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for cadge
v.

"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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for cadge

cadge

verb

To borrow; beg; bum, mooch (1800s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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