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tosh1

[tosh] /tɒʃ/
noun, Chiefly British Informal.
1.
nonsense; bosh.
Origin of tosh1
1890-1895
1890-95; perhaps blend of trash + bosh1

tosh2

[tosh] /tɒʃ/ Scot.
verb (used with object)
1.
to make neat or tidy.
adjective
2.
neat; tidy.
Origin
1770-80; origin uncertain
Related forms
toshly, adverb
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  • How tiresome is the tosh written in the papers and spoken in Parliament about the war!

  • Into that tosh the house was invited to pour any fluid that could be spared.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • How dare you decide in this cold-blooded way whether I am to be called—ah—tosh—or—ah—Porker!

    First Plays A. A. Milne
  • "Not that particular kind of tosh, perhaps," agreed Mackenzie.

  • The war's produced a little fine poetry, among a sea of tosh—a thing here and there; but mostly—oh, good Lord!

  • Think twice, John Spens,” gasped tosh, “afore you pray for rain this nicht.

    The Little Minister J. M. Barrie
British Dictionary definitions for tosh

tosh

/tɒʃ/
noun
1.
(slang, mainly Brit) nonsense; rubbish
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for tosh
adj.

"neat, clean, trim," 1776, Scottish, of unknown origin.

n.

"valuables collected from drains," 1852, London slang, of unknown origin.

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