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Costermonger   Listen

(Written also costardmonger)
A hawker of fruit and vegetables from a barrow.  Synonyms: barrow-boy, barrow-man.

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"Costermonger" Quotes from Famous Books

... could be conceived, as other than complimentary; for the alternative supposition presumed him that mean and well-known character—the merchant, who basely paid for what he took. It was plainly asking—Are you a knight grand-cross of some martial order, or a sort of costermonger? And we give it as no hasty or fanciful opinion, that the South Sea islands (which Bougainville held to be in a state of considerable civilization) had, in fact, reached the precise stage of Homeric Greece. The power of levying war, as yet not sequestered by the ruling power of each ...
— Theological Essays and Other Papers v2 • Thomas de Quincey

... in a trice, with his box and his dice, Mac-pipin my son, but younger, Brings Mumming in; and the knave will win, For he is a costermonger. ...
— In The Yule-Log Glow, Vol. IV (of IV) • Harrison S. Morris

Words linked to "Costermonger" :   monger, trader, bargainer, dealer

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