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Cabbage (To)

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To filch. Sometimes a tailor is calledcabbage,” from his pilfering cloth given him to make up. Thus in Motteux’s Rabelais, iv. 52, we read of “Poor Cabbage’s hair.” (Old French, cabas, theft, verb cabasser; Dutch, kabassen; Swedish, grabba; Danish, griber, our grab.)

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“Your tailor, instead of shreds, cabbages whole yards of cloth.”—Arbuthnot’s John Bull.

Cabbage is also a common schoolboy term for a literary crib, or other petty theft.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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