Cabbage - [kab-ij] Chiefly British
1. a. cloth scraps that remain after a garment has been cut from a fabric and that by custom the tailor may claim.
2. slang - verb. To steal; pilfer: He cabbaged whole yards of cloth.
Cove - (kəʊv) Brit, Austral 1. old-fashioned , slang - a fellow; chap.
Cabbaging Cove: A scoundrel keen on pilfering [from the annals of not-so-distant history]!
About the Cabbaging Cove
When commoners registered for Cambridge University it was necessary for them to place sine nobilitate, without nobility, after their names. This was shortened to s. nob. and soon became “snob,” a pretender to position.
Complete Speaker’s And Toastmaster’s Library by Jacob M. Braude, 1965.