n.— «Almost as if it were written in a script, Woods responded with a birdie, then another, then another and by the time he got to the 18th hole, it was, as he called it, “a cush,” as in cushion.» —“There’s Tiger, then everyone else” by Dave Perkins in Hoylake, England Toronto Star (Canada) July 24, 2006. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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  1. Robin Stott says:

    UK English has a phrase ‘cushy number’, referring to an easy, perhaps well-paid job, or any fortunate circumstance.

    Chambers Dic 1977 gives cushy, adj, = easy and comfortable: not dangerous. [perh. Hind. khush = pleasant; khushi = happiness]

  2. Right, but it’s not “cushy” we’re interested in, it’s “cush.” The abbreviated form has a life of its own, both as a noun and as an adjective, that does not seem to be accounted for in the dictionaries I checked.

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