(N.Z.) a friend, a mate.
|Street Society Christchurch 20 : [At a Christchurch youth club] Oh, a great party. You had somewhere to have it? Yeah, at a cob’s place [DNZE].|
|Gun in My Hand 45: Too proud to drink with ya old cobs? A man oughta dong ya.|
|Word for Word 254: You weren’t actually married, of course. Not me, cob. She was keen enough, though.|
|On the Ball 140: ‘Righto, Spandau, me old cob,’ I say.|
|(con. 1945–6) Devil’s Jump (2008) 121: ‘Thin about it,’ he said. ‘I certainly will, old cob.’.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 49: cobber A mate or friend, or sometimes merely the fellow alongside in manual labour. Cheery diminutives are cob and me old cob.|