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Chiefly British.

cloth scraps that remain after a garment has been cut from a fabric and that by custom the tailor may claim.
Also called cab. such scraps used for reprocessing.

to steal; pilfer:
He cabbaged whole yards of cloth.
Historical Examples

In the Van; or, The Builders John Price-Brown
What Is Man? And Other Stories Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The Camp Fire Girls Do Their Bit Hildegard G. Frey

Also called cole. any of various cultivated varieties of the plant Brassica oleracea capitata, typically having a short thick stalk and a large head of green or reddish edible leaves: family Brassicaceae (crucifers) See also brassica, savoy Compare skunk cabbage, Chinese cabbage
wild cabbage, a European plant, Brassica oleracea, with broad leaves and a long spike of yellow flowers: the plant from which the cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprout have been bred

the head of a cabbage
the edible leaf bud of the cabbage palm

(informal) a dull or unimaginative person
(informal, offensive) a person who has no mental faculties and is dependent on others for his or her subsistence
snippets of cloth appropriated by a tailor from a customer’s material
to steal; pilfer


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