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Cock (verb neuter)

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Cock. v.n.

  1. To strut; to hold up the head, and look big, or menacing, or pert.

    Sir Fopling is a fool so nicely writ,
    The ladies would mistake him for a wit;
    And when he sings, talks loud, and cocks, would cry,
    I vow, methinks, he's pretty company.

    Every one cocks and struts upon it, and pretends to overlook us. Addison's Guardian, №. 108.

  2. To train or use fighting cocks.

    Cries out 'gainst cocking, since he cannot bet. B. Johnson.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Dryden, John (788) · Jonson, Ben (70)

Attributes: Verb Neuter (131)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Cock (verb neuter)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: April 19, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=19948.

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