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[koin] /kɔɪn/
noun, verb (used with object)
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Examples from the Web for coign
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  • The window was a coign of vantage, commanding the corner of Carewe and Main streets.

    The Two Vanrevels Booth Tarkington
  • Warde, from some coign of vantage, had seen a boy leave his house.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • As Mrs. Robins fortunately was not hurt, we were all able to enjoy the spirited scene from our coign of vantage.

    Italian Days and Ways Anne Hollingsworth Wharton
  • There was a rush for the coign of vantage, and a great levelling of glasses.

    The Relief of Mafeking Filson Young
  • He likes to dwell with them and to inspect them from every coign of vantage.

  • The prodigy had edged away from his seat to a coign of vantage.

    The Imported Bridegroom Abraham Cahan
  • Our idea was that we could be indulgent spectators, regarding from some coign of vantage the antics of the foolish crowd.

    Idle Ideas in 1905 Jerome K. Jerome
  • "The same," panted Ricketts, from his coign of disadvantage.

    A Little Book of Christmas John Kendrick Bangs
  • Meanwhile the cavalry replaced their guns behind the women's waggons and fired on us from that coign of vantage.

  • There was no conversation with the hostess—only, as I observed from my coign of vantage, an exchange of compliments and flattery.

    John Marvel, Assistant Thomas Nelson Page
British Dictionary definitions for coign


variant spellings of quoin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for coign

archaic spelling of quoin (q.v.), surviving only in Shakespeare's coign of vantage ("Macbeth", popularized by Sir Walter Scott, properly "a projecting corner" (for observation).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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