badge-cove

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

badge-cove (plural badge-coves)

  1. (obsolete, slang, cant, 18th-19th century) A parish pensioner.
  2. (obsolete, 16th-18th century) A licensed (badged) beggar.

References[edit]

  • A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, 2002, Eric Partridge, Paul Beale