Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A secret agreement; secret fraud; collusion.
- n. Specifically In law, a collusive agreement between two or more to prejudice a third person; deceitful contrivance.
- n. Same as covent.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Law) A collusive agreement between two or more persons to prejudice a third.
- n. obsolete Deceit; fraud; artifice.
“These were the real Dark Ages, when intimations were frequently made from the Glendevon and other pulpits that the minister and session would be glad to receive information against suspected witches, and when the common pricker who pricked poor witches "with lang preins of thrie inches" to discover the marks of Satan, was specially busy in the vale of Devon, where in a record year no less than sixteen of the local "covin" were burned.”
“Surely not; I naturally assumed – in keeping with the tawdry corporate sponsorship covin – that it was on consignment from ACoC.”
“The shearmen who cut the nap of woolen cloth were “wont to go to all the vadletts within the City of the same trade, and then, by covin and conspiracy between them made, they would order that no one among them should work, or serve his own master, until the said master and his servant, or vadlett, had come to an agreement.””
“Agesilaus took a counter oath: without fraud or covin to observe the armistice during the three months7 necessary to that transaction.”
“Catheringnettes, Lizzy and Lissy Mycock, from Street Flesh-shambles, were they moon at aube with hespermun and I their covin guardient, I would not know to contact such gretched youngsteys in my ways from Haddem or any suistersees or heiresses of theirn, claiming by, through, or under them.”
“AUGH!! oh well. i was just a little late to tutoring, but not too bad. covin left early cause he had no sleep.”
“The document was a release, given by Mrs. Stiles to the railway company, -- a printed form, with blanks to be filled in as the individual case should demand; a devilish engine of cozen and covin, constructed in cold blood by the railway company, and supplied to them”
“And when they espied the duke's daughter, that was a full fair woman, then by their false covin they made debate betwixt themself, and the duke of his goodness would have departed them, and there they slew him and his eldest son.”
“And when they espied the dukes daughter, that was a full fair woman, then by their false covin they made debate betwixt themself, and the duke of his goodness would have departed them, and there they slew him and his eldest son.”
“And Agesilaus took a counter oath: without fraud or covin to observe the armistice during the three months (7) necessary to that transaction.”
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