In Reply to: Sweating cobs and neatas posted by Lynne French on February 05, 2009 at 08:10:
: 'Sweating cobs and neatas'. What is the origin of this phrase? I believe it is something to do with the Navy and rum?
Is it a "phrase" at all? Google finds no hits for it, although just "sweating cobs" gives about 200. Where did you hear/read it? I've never heard "sweating cobs" in the UK - is it a US phrase? (Just guessing, but among the meanings of "cob" are "an Irish name for the Spanish silver dollar" or "cobblestone"; either of which could be a metaphor for really big drops of sweat.) (VSD)