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 Costard.Cote-hardi. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Cos’termonger.
 
A seller of eatables about the streets, properly an appleseller (from costard, a sort of apple, and monger, “a trader;” Saxon, mangian, “to trade”), a word still retained in ironmonger, cheese-monger, fish-monger, news-monger, fell-monger, etc.   1
       
“Her father was an Irish costarmonger.”
       
B. Jonson: The Alchemist, iv. 1.
 


 Costard.Cote-hardi. 

 
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