badge-cove

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

badge-cove (plural badge-coves)

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

References[edit]

Grose, Francis, The Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue / Lexicon Balatronicum: A Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence: altered and enlarged (London; 1811)