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verb     cosy pronunciation in British English

phrasal verbs

cosy up to

Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theycosy up to
he/she/itcosies up to
present participlecosying up to
past tensecosied up to
past participlecosied up to
cosy up to someone to try to become friendly with someone in order to get some benefit for yourself

He has been accused of cosying up to the new US president.

cosy up

Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theycosy up
he/she/itcosies up
present participlecosying up
past tensecosied up
past participlecosied up
to move close to someone for warmth or love

It was a cold night outside, so we cosied up under the blankets.



a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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