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cribbing

[krib-ing] /ˈkrɪb ɪŋ/
noun
1.
Veterinary Medicine. Also called crib-biting, wind-sucking. an injurious habit in which a horse bites its manger and as a result swallows air.
2.
Mining.
  1. a timber lining, closely spaced, as in a shaft or raise.
  2. pieces of timber for lining a shaft, raise, etc.
3.
Building Trades, Civil Engineering. a system of cribs, as for retaining earth or for a building or the like being moved or having its foundations rebuilt.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; crib + -ing1

crib

[krib] /krɪb/
noun
1.
a child's bed with enclosed sides.
2.
a stall or pen for cattle.
3.
a rack or manger for fodder, as in a stable or barn.
4.
a bin for storing grain, salt, etc.
5.
Informal.
  1. a translation, list of correct answers, or other illicit aid used by students while reciting, taking exams, or the like; pony.
  2. plagiarism.
  3. a petty theft.
6.
a room, closet, etc., in a factory or the like, in which tools are kept and issued to workers.
7.
a shallow, separate section of a bathing area, reserved for small children.
8.
any confined space.
9.
Slang. a house, shop, etc., frequented by thieves or regarded by thieves as a likely place for burglarizing.
10.
Building Trades, Civil Engineering. any of various cellular frameworks of logs, squared timbers, or steel or concrete objects of similar form assembled in layers at right angles, often filled with earth and stones and used in the construction of foundations, dams, retaining walls, etc.
11.
a barrier projecting part of the way into a river and then upward, acting to reduce the flow of water and as a storage place for logs being floated downstream.
12.
a lining for a well or other shaft.
13.
Slang. one's home; pad.
14.
Cribbage. a set of cards made up by equal contributions from each player's hand, and belonging to the dealer.
15.
a cheap, ill-kept brothel.
16.
a wicker basket.
17.
British, Australian. lunch, especially a cold lunch carried from home to work and eaten by a laborer on the job; snack.
verb (used with object), cribbed, cribbing.
18.
Informal. to pilfer or steal, especially to plagiarize (another's writings or ideas).
19.
to confine in or as if in a crib.
20.
to provide with a crib or cribs.
21.
to line with timber or planking.
verb (used without object), cribbed, cribbing.
22.
Informal.
  1. to use a crib in examinations, homework, translating, etc.
  2. to steal; plagiarize.
23.
(of a horse) to practice cribbing.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English cribbe, Old English crib(b); cognate with Dutch krib, German Krippe; cf. crèche
Related forms
uncrib, verb (used with object), uncribbed, uncribbing.
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British Dictionary definitions for cribbing

crib

/krɪb/
noun
1.
a child's bed with slatted wooden sides; cot
2.
a cattle stall or pen
3.
a fodder rack or manger
4.
a bin or granary for storing grain, etc
5.
a small crude cottage or room
6.
(US, informal) a house or residence
7.
(NZ) a weekend cottage: term is South Island usage only
8.
any small confined space
9.
(informal) a brothel
10.
a wicker basket
11.
a representation of the manger in which the infant Jesus was laid at birth
12.
(informal) a theft, esp of another's writing or thoughts
13.
(informal, mainly Brit) Also called (esp US) pony. a translation of a foreign text or a list of answers used by students, often illicitly, as an aid in lessons, examinations, etc
14.
short for cribbage
15.
(cribbage) the discard pile
16.
Also called cribwork. a framework of heavy timbers laid in layers at right angles to one another, used in the construction of foundations, mines, etc
17.
a storage area for floating logs contained by booms
18.
(Austral & NZ) a packed lunch taken to work
verb cribs, cribbing, cribbed
19.
(transitive) to put or enclose in or as if in a crib; furnish with a crib
20.
(transitive) (informal) to steal (another's writings or thoughts)
21.
(intransitive) (informal) to copy either from a crib or from someone else during a lesson or examination
22.
(transitive) to line (a construction hole) with timber beams, logs, or planks
23.
(intransitive) (informal) to grumble
Derived Forms
cribber, noun
Word Origin
Old English cribb; related to Old Saxon kribbia, Old High German krippa; compare Middle High German krēbe basket
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Word Origin and History for cribbing

crib

n.

Old English cribbe "manger, fodder bin in cowsheds and fields," from a West Germanic root (cf. Old Saxon kribbia "manger;" Old Frisian and Middle Dutch kribbe; Old High German krippa, German Krippe "crib, manger") probably related to German krebe "basket." Meaning "child's bed with barred sides" is 1640s; probably from frequent use in reference to the manger where infant Jesus was laid. Thieves' slang for "dwelling house" dates to at least 1812, but late 20c. use probably is independent. The Old High German version passed to French and became creche.

v.

"steal," 17c. from crib (n.) in a secondary sense "a basket;" this probably also is the source of student slang meaning "plagiarize" (1778). Related: Cribbed; cribbing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for cribbing

crib

noun
  1. A translation or a set of answers used to cheat on an examination (1827+ Students)
  2. A place where thieves and hoodlums congregate; cheap saloon: a sleazy crib on Second Ave (1857+ Underworld)
  3. A nightclub; dive: I am singing for coffee and cakes at a crib on Cottage Grove Avenue (1930s+)
  4. Home (1960s+ Teenagers)
verb
  1. : He cribbed on the econ exam and got caught (1778+)
  2. To steal (1748+)

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Encyclopedia Article for cribbing

crib

in agriculture, bin or large container for storing ear corn or other grain or a barred or slatted manger for the feeding of hay or other bulky fodder. Old-style cribs for unshelled corn, usually made of wood, have open or slat construction to ensure ventilation by the wind. Sometimes perforated clay or concrete block walls are used.

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