Definition of Cock-a-hoop

1. Adjective. Exhibiting self-importance. "Big talk"


Definition of Cock-a-hoop

1. Adjective. Exultant, very happy, triumphant. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cock-a-hoop

cochleostapedial reflex
cochleovestibular
cochon de lait
cochromite
cocillana
cocinera
cocineras
cocirculating
cocitation
cocitations
cock's comb test
cock's eggs
cock-a-doodle-doo
cock-a-doodle-doos
cock-a-hoop (current term)
cock-a-leekie
cock-and-bull stories
cock-and-bull story
cock-cheese
cock-eyed
cock-fighting
cock-horse
cock-horses
cock-of-the-rock
cock-padle
cock-padles
cock-robin
cock-robins
cock-sparrow

Literary usage of Cock-a-hoop

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1. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1873)
"cock-a-hoop would thus be the original expression, and cock-on-the-hoop a ... The only questions are, when did cock-a-hoop first come into use,* and were ..."

2. Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present: A Dictionary, Historical and by John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley (1891)
"John Clay agen ! nay then—set COCK-A- HOOP : I have lost no daughter, ... 'Our Foreign News Summary.1 All tne cock-a-hoop BEYS in the Sultan's dominions ..."

3. An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language: To which is Prefixed, a by John Jamieson (1879)
"cock-a-hoop. The E. phrase is used to denote a bumper, Fife. One, who is half seas over, is also said to be cock-a-hoop, ibid. ; which is nearly akin to the ..."

4. Folk-lore of Shakespeare by Thomas Firminger Thiselton Dyer (1884)
"The phrase, " cock-a-hoop "'—which occurs in " Romeo and Juliet " (i. ... Some, however, consider the term cock-a-hoop' refers to the boastful crowing of ..."

5. The Birds of Shakespeare by James Edmund Harting (1871)
"The origin of the phrase " cock-a-hoop," which occurs in Romeo and Juliet, Act i. Se. 5, is very doubtful : the passage is— " You'll make a mutiny among my ..."

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