n. & v.
1 a long narrow usu. wooden box in which a corpse is buried or cremated.
2 the part of a horse's hoof below the coronet.
— (coffined, coffining) put in a coffin.
Phrases and idioms:
coffin-bone a bone in a horse's hoof. coffin corner US Football the corner between the goal-line and sideline. coffin-joint the joint at the top of a horse's hoof. coffin-nail sl. a cigarette.
Etymology: ME f. OF cof(f)in little basket etc. f. L cophinus: see COFFER

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