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Possibly a corruption of cage, from Old French.



cadge (plural cadges)

  1. (falconry) A circular frame on which cadgers carry hawks for sale.



cadge (third-person singular simple present cadges, present participle cadging or cadgin, simple past and past participle cadged)

  1. (Geordie) To beg.
    "Are ye gannin te cadge a lift of yoer fatha?"
  2. (US, Britain, slang) To obtain something by wit or guile; to convince people to do something they might not normally do.
    • 1956, James Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room, Penguin, 2001, Part One, Chapter 2,
      They moved about the bar incessantly, cadging cigarettes and drinks, with something behind their eyes at once terribly vulnerable and terribly hard.
    • 1960, Lionel Bart, “Food, Glorious Food,” song from the musical Oliver!
      There’s not a crust, not a crumb can we find,
      can we beg, can we borrow, or cadge []
  3. To carry hawks and other birds of prey.
  4. (Britain, Scotland, dialectal) To carry, as a burden.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)
  5. (Britain, Scotland, dialectal) To hawk or peddle, as fish, poultry, etc.
  6. (Britain, Scotland, dialectal) To intrude or live on another meanly; to beg.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wright to this entry?)


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