Coshering

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Coshering (Old Law) A feudal prerogative of the lord of the soil entitling him to lodging and food at his tenant's house. "Sometimes he contrived, in deflance of the law, to live by coshering , that is to say, by quartering himself on the old tentants of his family, who, wretched as was their own condition, could not refuse a portion of their pittance to one whom they still regarded as their rightful lord."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n coshering In Ireland, an old feudal custom where-by the lord of the soil was entitled to lodge and feast himself and his followers at a tenant's house. It was the petty abuse of a right of all feudal lords everywhere to be entertained by their vassals when traveling near the vassals' territories. This tribute or exaction was afterward commuted for quit-rent.
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Usage

In literature:

Commissions were scattered profusely among idle cosherers who claimed to be descended from good Irish families.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
I coshered on him for a week.
"The Prose Works of Jonathan Swift, D.D., Vol. VII" by Jonathan Swift
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