coign of vantage


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coign of vantage

 (coin)
n.
An advantageous position.

coign of vantage

n
an advantageous position or stance for observation or action

coign′ of van′tage

(kɔɪn)
n.
a favorable position.
[1595–1605]
References in classic literature ?
If one has a taste for that kind of thing the merest starting-point becomes a coign of vantage, and then by a series of logically deducted verisimilitudes one arrives at truth--or very near the truth--as near as any circumstantial evidence can do.
This coign of vantage is often used to exploit gullible dependents.
Madeleine Brindley picks Coign of Vantage by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Getty Museum, Malibu