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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Scottish English
Origin: cadger 'carrier, trader' (15-19 centuries), from cadge 'to tie' (14-19 centuries)

cadge

verb
     
cadge [intransitive and transitive]
British English informal to ask someone you know for something such as food, money, or cigarettes, because you do not have any or do not want to pay
cadge something from/off somebody
I cadged a lift from Joanna.

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