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
Not sure if this is at all true, but I sure hope so. Beards, they change the world.
It is! As a skeptic of everything that seems “too cool to be true”, I checked out what went down regarding Lincoln’s beard - according to the Smithsonian museum, he *was* in fact contacted by a young girl via post, and subsequently changed his facial hair!
Who knows if it was the ONLY reason or the primary reason why he changed his facial hair (according to his contemporaries, his wife was a *very* forceful and opinionated lady), but he did indeed change it after that letter.