E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A petty theft; a literal translation of some foreign work, stealthily employed to save trouble.
We are glad to turn from the choruses of Æschylus, or the odes of Horace, confected in English verse by some petty scholar, to the original text, and the homely help of a school-boys crib.Balzacs Shorter Stories: Prefatory Notice, p. 16.