Bribe vs Cog - What's the difference?

bribe | cog |

As a noun bribe

is something (usually money) given in exchange for influence or as an inducement to dishonesty.

As a verb bribe

is to give a to.

As a symbol cog is

the iso 3166-1 three-letter (alpha-3) code for the republic of the congo.




(en noun)
  • Something (usually money) given in exchange for influence or as an inducement to dishonesty.
  • * Hobart
  • Undue reward for anything against justice is a bribe .
  • That which seduces; seduction; allurement.
  • * Akenside
  • Not the bribes of sordid wealth can seduce to leave these everblooming sweets.


    * See also


  • To give a to.
  • * F. W. Robertson
  • Neither is he worthy who bribes a man to vote against his conscience.
  • To gain by a bribe; to induce as by a bribe.
  • to bribe somebody's compliance



    (wikipedia cog)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) cogge, from (etyl) kogge, cogghe (modern kogge), from (etyl) . See below.


    (en noun)
  • (label) A ship of burden, or war with a round, bulky hull.
  • *, Bk.V, Ch.iv:
  • *:As the Kynge was in his cog and lay in his caban, he felle in a slumberyng.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) cogge, from (etyl) (compare (etyl) . The meaning of “cog” in carpentry derives from association with a tooth on a cogwheel.


    (en noun)
  • A tooth on a gear
  • A gear; a cogwheel
  • An unimportant individual in a greater system.
  • * 1976, Norman Denny (English translation),
  • ‘There are twenty-five of us, but they don’t reckon I’m worth anything. I’m just a cog in the machine.’
  • * 1988,
  • Your boss tells you “take initiative,” you best guess right—and you do , then you get no credit. Day-in, … smiling, smiling, just a cog .
  • (carpentry) A projection or tenon at the end of a beam designed to fit into a matching opening of another piece of wood to form a joint.
  • (mining) One of the rough pillars of stone or coal left to support the roof of a mine.
  • Derived terms
    * cog joint


  • To furnish with a cog or cogs.
  • Etymology 3

    Uncertain origin. Both verb and noun appear first in 1532.


    (en noun)
  • A trick or deception; a falsehood.
  • (William Watson)


  • to load (a die) so that it can be used to cheat
  • to cheat; to play or gamble fraudulently
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • For guineas in other men's breeches, / Your gamesters will palm and will cog .
  • To seduce, or draw away, by adulation, artifice, or falsehood; to wheedle; to cozen; to cheat.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I'll cog their hearts from them.
  • To obtrude or thrust in, by falsehood or deception; to palm off.
  • to cog in a word
  • * J. Dennis
  • Fustian tragedies have, by concerted applauses, been cogged upon the town for masterpieces.

    Etymology 4

    From (etyl) cogge

    Alternative forms

    * cogue


    (en noun)
  • A small fishing boat
  • English terms with multiple etymologies ----