Couvade to Crack
Couvade (2 syl.). A man who takes the place of his wife when she is in child-bed. (See Reader's Handbook, p. 217, col. 2.)
Cove (1 syl.). An individual, as a flash cove (a swell), a rum cove (a man whose position and character is not quite palpable), a gentry cove (a gentleman), a downy cove (a very knowing individual), etc. (Gipsy, cova, a thing; cova, that man; covi, that woman.)
Covenanters A term applied, during the civil wars, to the Scotch Presbyterians, who united by "solemn league and covenant" to resist the encroachments of Charles I. on religious liberty.
Covent Garden A corruption of Convent Garden; the garden and burial ground attached to the convent of Westminster, and turned into a fruit and flower market in the reign of Charles II. It now belongs to the Duke of Bedford.
Coventry To send one to Coventry. To take no notice of him; to let him live and move and have his
being with you, but pay no more heed to him than to the idle winds which you regard not. According
to Messrs. Chambers (Cyclopædia), the citizens of Coventry had at one time so great a dislike to soldiers
that a woman seen speaking to one was instantly tabooed. No intercourse was ever allowed between
the garrison and the town; hence, when a soldier was sent to Coventry, he was cut off from all social
Coventry Mysteries Miracle plays acted at Coventry till 1591. They were published in 1841 for the
Cover To break cover. To start from the covert or temporary lair. The usual earth-holes of a fox being covered up the night before a hunt, the creature makes some gorse-bush or other cover its temporary resting-place, and as soon as it quits it the hunt begins.
Covers were laid for ... Dinner was provided for. ... A cover (couvert) in French means knife, fork, spoon, and napkin. Hence, mettre le couvert, to lay the cloth; and lever (or ôter) le couvert, to clear it away.
Covering the Face No malefactor was allowed, in ancient Persia, to look upon a king. So, in Esther
vii. 5, when Haman fell into disgrace, being seen on the queen's divan, "they instantly cover Haman's
face," that he might not look on the face of Ahasuerus.
Coverley Sir Roger de Coverley. A member of an hypothetical club in the Spectator, "who lived in
Soho Square when he was in town." Sir Roger is the type of an English squire in the reign of Queen
Anne. He figures in thirty papers of the Spectator.
"Who can be insensible to his unpretending virtues and amiable weaknesses; his modesty, generosity, hospitality, and eccentric whims; the respect for his neighbours, and the affection of his domestics?" - Hazlitt.Covetous Man A Tantalus (q.v.).
"In the full flood stands Tantalus, his skin
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