- verb to scrounge. An arcane piece of London rhyming slang. Thomas Doggett, an actor, on the occasion of george I’s accession in 1715, endowed a prize for an annual race for Thames watermen between London Bridge and Chelsea. The prize for the race, which is still rowed, is a coat and badge, hence ‘Doggett’s Coat and Badge’: cadge. The word is also used as a noun to mean a scrounger.