codswallop


codswallop
codswallop said to be from 19c. (but first attested 1963), perhaps from wallop, British slang for "beer," and cod in one of its various senses, perhaps "testicles."

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  • codswallop — ► NOUN Brit. informal ▪ nonsense. ORIGIN origin uncertain, but perhaps named after Hiram Codd, who invented a bottle for fizzy drinks (1875) …   English terms dictionary

  • codswallop — [kädz′wäl΄əp] n. [< ?] [Brit. Slang] nonsense; specif., talk or writing that is foolish and insincere …   English World dictionary

  • Codswallop — Wikipedia does not have an encyclopedia article for Codswallop (search results). You may want to read Wiktionary s entry on codswallop instead.wiktionary:Special:Search/codswallop …   Wikipedia

  • codswallop — [[t]kɒ̱dzwɒləp[/t]] N UNCOUNT (disapproval) If you describe something that someone has just said as codswallop, you mean that you think it is nonsense. [BRIT, INFORMAL] It s a load of old codswallop. I never did anything. Syn: cobblers …   English dictionary

  • codswallop — nonsense, rubbish. Origin obscure and probably not connected to the cod (Gadus morhua). May be derived from a bottle with a glass marble in the neck invented by Hiram Codd and sold with mineral water the slang for fizzy ale was wallop, hence… …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • codswallop — cods|wal|lop [ˈkɔdzˌwɔləp US ˈka:dzˌwa: ] n [U] BrE informal [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: Perhaps from cods testicles (from Old English codd bag ) + WALLOP] nonsense ▪ What a load of codswallop! …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Codswallop — Another one I heard a lot as a kid usually when I was making up excuses for how the window got broken or why my dinner was found behind the sofa. My Dad would tell me I was talking a load of codswallop. American kids might be talking baloney… …   The American's guide to speaking British

  • codswallop — cods n British nonsense, worthless rubbish. A dismiss ive term, typically applied to something purporting to be true. There is more than one theory as to the origin of the word; the most fanciful is that it referred to the wallop (gassy drink)… …   Contemporary slang

  • codswallop — noun (U) BrE spoken a load of codswallop something that someone says which you think is stupid or untrue …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • codswallop — noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1963 British nonsense …   New Collegiate Dictionary