[Vocabulary] TO COG

jctgf

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Hi,

Could someone explain the meaning of COG in the following sentence, please?

... the remote controlled helicopter wouldn't spool up. It cogged really badly for a bunch of tries and finally started up.

The dictionary says it is "a small gearwheel", but it seems it's been used as "got stuck" or "sputtered" in this sentence.

Which other verb a good English speaker would use, please?

Thanks a lot.
 

emsr2d2

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That sounds very unnatural to me. I thought initially that perhaps it meant "clogged" but that doesn't make sense either. I think you might have to be in the circle of people who fly remote-controlled helicopters in order to get an answer.
 

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It sounds to me like the engine was turning but not firing up.
 
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