Cadgers

cadge

1 [kaj]
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; perhaps to be identified with Middle English caggen to tie, of uncertain origin

cadger, noun
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cadge (kædʒ)
 
vb
1.  to get (food, money, etc) by sponging or begging
 
n
2.  (Brit) a person who cadges
3.  informal (Brit) on the cadge engaged in cadging
 
[C17: of unknown origin]

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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.
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