coign of vantage






coign of vantage

a favourable position for observation or action - literary

The literal sense of a coign of vantage is a projecting corner of a wall or building…the phrase appears in Shakespeare's Macbeth in Duncan's description of the nesting places of the swifts at Macbeth's castle. The word quoin meaning an external angle of a building still exists in English, but the archaic spelling coign survives mainly in this phrase.


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I should cocoa = I should coco

I should say so – British rhyming slang

1996 - Melvin Burgess - Junk He said, 'Someone'll really buy it and it'll be theirs then.' 'I should coco,' I said.



bring something up to code

renovate an old building or update its features in line with the latest building regulations - North American




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