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#1 2012-05-02 12:06:04

David Bird
From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1552

"Cough" for "cop a plea"

Looks to be “cop a plea” under the influence of “come on, cough it up”. Coughing a plea gives the impression of an unwilling admission.

Philippine boxing Mayweather could have gotten a longer sentence as prescribed by law if he went to trial and proven guilty. But his high-priced lawyer(s) got him to cough a plea and therefore the reduced sentence.

IT Piracy news archive 04/06/2006 08:35:58a Pirate CD ‘kingpins’ cough a plea

Jury duty I was there right up to the end of the night, when we were all dismissed because the perp coughed a plea at the last minute.

Atheist forum And I wanted to ask the otherside, what is the ethical value of their moral teaching’s of justice in the next life, when their Heaven is just as likely to be full of contrite mass murders who have coughed a plea at the pearly gates.

See also flea-bargain, please bargain, copying a plea.



#2 2013-01-01 00:23:27

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2589

Re: "Cough" for "cop a plea"

Did I miss this one when you posted it. Cough a plea. Outstanding.

Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.



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