Cobblers

cobbler

[kob-ler]
noun
1.
a person who mends shoes.
2.
a deep-dish fruit pie with a rich biscuit crust, usually only on top.
3.
an iced drink made of wine or liquor, fruits, sugar, etc.
4.
a fabric rejected because of defective dyeing or finishing.
5.
a mummichog.
6.
Archaic. a clumsy workman.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English cobelere, equivalent to cobel (< ?) + -ere -er1

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cobbler1 (ˈkɒblə)
 
n
a person who makes or mends shoes
 
[C13 (as surname): of unknown origin]

cobbler2 (ˈkɒblə)
 
n
1.  a sweetened iced drink, usually made from fruit and wine or liqueur
2.  chiefly (US) a hot dessert made of fruit covered with a rich cakelike crust
 
[C19: (for sense 1) perhaps shortened from cobbler's punch; (for both senses) compare cobble (vb)]

cobblers (ˈkɒbləz)
 
pl n
1.  rubbish; nonsense: a load of old cobblers
2.  See testicle another word for testicles
 
interj
3.  an exclamation of strong disagreement
 
usage  The use of cobblers meaning "nonsense" is so mild that hardly anyone these days is likely to be offended by it. Most people are probably unaware of its rhyming-slang association with ``balls'', and therefore take it at its face value as a more colourful synonym for ``nonsense''. The classic formulation "a load of (old) cobblers" seems to be particularly popular in the tabloid press

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cobbler
1287, cobelere "one who mends shoes," of uncertain origin. "The cobbler should stick to his last" (ne sutor ultra crepidam) is from the anecdote of Gk. painter Apelles. [The quote is variously reported: Pliny ("Natural History" XXXV.x.36) has ne supra crepidam judicaret, while Valerius Maximus (VIII.xiii.3)
gives supra plantam ascendere vetuit.] The meaning "pie" is Amer.Eng. 1859, perhaps related to 14c. cobeler "wooden bowl."
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