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Cock (verb active)

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To Cock. v.a. [from the noun.]

  1. To set erect; to hold bolt upright, as a cock holds his head.

    This is that muscle which performs the motion so often mentioned by the Latin poets, when they talk of a man's cocking his nose, or playing the rhinoceros. Addison's Spect.

    Our Lightfoot barks, and cocks his ears;
    O'er yonder stile see Lubberkin appears.
    Gay's Pastorals.

    Dick would cock his nose in scorn,
    But Tom was kind and loving.

  2. To set up the hat with an air of petulance and pertness.

    Dick, who thus long had passive sat,
    Here strok'd his chin and cock'd his hat.

    An alert young fellow cock'd his hat upon a friend of his who entered. Addison's Spectator, №. 403.

  3. To mould the form of the hat.

  4. To fix the cock of a gun ready for a discharge.

    Some of them holding up their pistols cocked, near the door of the house, which they kept open. Dryd. Dedicat. Æn.

  5. To raise hay in small heaps.

    Sike mirth in May is meetest for to make,
    Or summer shade, under the cocked hay.
    Spenser's Pastorals.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Dryden, John (788) · Gay, John (51) · Prior, Matthew (162) · Spectator (140) · Spenser, Edmund (254) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: Verb Active (289)

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