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- v. Present participle of cosher.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A feudal prerogative of the lord of the soil entitling him to lodging and food at his tenant's house.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
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Sometimes he contrived, in defiance of the law, to live by coshering, that is to say, by quartering himself on the old tenants 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.
Newmarket, in order that he might find an opportunity in their absence of indulging himself in his own gossiping, coshering habits, which were distasteful to Charles, whose temper inclined to formality, and with which even the favourite, of late, had not thought it worth while to seem to sympathise.
Some are still _coshering_ here and there among their charitable neighbors, while many are bitter hearted exiles across the sea.
Others had been servants to Protestants; and the Protestants added, with bitter scorn, that it was fortunate for the country when this was the case; for that a menial who had cleaned the plate and rubbed down the horse of an English gentleman might pass for a civilised being, when compared with many of the native aristocracy whose lives had been spent in coshering or marauding.
It was considered as an incident annexed to their tenure, that the socage vassals of the crown, and so of all the subordinate barons, should receive their lord and all his followers, and supply them in their progresses and journeys, which custom continued for some ages after in Ireland, under the name of _coshering_.