There are 2 definitions of cock in English:

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Pronunciation: /kɒk
 
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noun

  • 1British A male bird, especially of a domestic fowl.
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    • Pheasants are handsome birds, especially the cocks, which are larger than the hens.
    • The cock was always conspicuous on any walk one took into the fens, with black cap and bib and white collar, flying up on to a sallow bush, uttering a wheezy jingle of alarm notes.
    • Every little lane among which I live had its hedgerow yellowhammers, the cocks perched on high on their songposts, on bushes or the telegraph wires.
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  • 1.1 [in combination] Used in names of birds, especially game birds, e.g. watercock.
  • 1.2British A male lobster, crab, or salmon: the biggest salmon I ever had was a 45 lb cock
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    • And a gigantic cock salmon of around 44 lb was also landed in November during hatchery broodstock collection.
  • 1.3British informal A friendly form of address among men: please yourself, cock
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    • Don't give her that ring, young cock!
    • Don't go round that corner on your special pedalcar, young cock!
  • 2 vulgar slang A man’s penis.
  • 3 [mass noun] British informal Nonsense: that’s all a lot of cock
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    • That's the way to make your staff feel valued - take away the tiniest benefit and justify it with what is obviously a load of cock and bull.
    • I've probably been biased by the show's being such absolute cock.
    • It should surprise you not at all that this is cock.
  • 4A firing lever in a gun which can be raised to be released by the trigger.
  • 5A stopcock.

verb

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  • 1Tilt (something) in a particular direction: she cocked her head slightly to one side
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    • She cocks her jaw, tilts her head, and taps a fisted hand on the chair's arm.
    • She jolted slightly in alarm, before leaning back and, cocking her chin to the side, surveyed him in perplexity.
    • Andrew's brow furrows, and he cocks his head slightly.
    Synonyms
    tilt, tip, angle, lean, slope, bank, slant, incline, pitch, dip, cant, bevel, camber, heel, careen, put at an angle
  • 1.1Bend a (limb or joint) at an angle: Madge threw herself into the armchair and cocked her legs over the side
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    • Her wings are cocked in a funny angle as if they were broken recently.
    • A straight extension of your arms, not cocked up or angled down, can cause strain and pain.
    • A sea of hands goes up: the men point their index fingers and cock their thumbs, waving imaginary guns over their heads.
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  • 1.2(Of a male dog) lift (a back leg) in order to urinate: a greyhound cocked its leg against the tree
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    • Postal workers are so fed up with dogs cocking their legs on the town's main postbox that the Royal Mail is threatening to remove it.
    • His unluckiest dog cocked his leg at a lamp post - and was electrocuted.
    • Junior turned around as the dog was cocking his leg.
    Synonyms
    lift, raise, lift up, hold up
  • 2Raise the cock of (a gun) in order to make it ready for firing: he took the loaded pistol from his belt and cocked it
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    • The sound of fifty plus guns being cocked ready to fire echoed throughout the enclosed hangar.
    • Two goons cocked their guns ready to fire at me, still kneeling on the ground, when he lifted a finger.
    • When you're loading to shoot immediately you can simply position the empty chamber under the firing pin and cock the gun in a normal manner.
  • 3 (cock something up) British informal Ruin something as a result of incompetence or inefficiency: the party cocked up the Euro-elections
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    • If he cocks it up, he should have the grace to accept responsibility.
    • The last thing a private detective wants to be doing is trampling all over the evidence and cocking it up.
    • Each time I checked only to find I'd cocked it up.

Phrases

at full cock

(Of a gun) with the cock lifted to the position at which the trigger will act: he wore a leather holster, the automatic slung at full cock butt-forward
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  • In most of its usage, that term denotes a part that holds the hammer at full cock until the trigger moves it to the release point.
  • The hammer should be returned to the half-cock safety position when the action is closed rather than leaving it at full cock.
  • He was making a vigilant circumspection of the forest, his shotgun held in both hands and at full cock, his finger upon the trigger.

cock one's ear

(Of a dog) raise its ears to an erect position: the animal responded to the noise by cocking its ears
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  • He tilted his head and cocked his foxlike ears at an angle that mirrored the devilish sparkle in his brown eyes.
  • He cocked his ears and tilted his head to study the other with cold eyes.
(Of a person) listen attentively to or for something: she held up a finger for silence, cocking an ear to the background music
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  • She suddenly stopped speaking, and cocked her ear to listen to something.
  • Every so often, if you tilt your head, cock your ear, and concentrate, you'll be able to hear the low rumble of political organisation coming out of the otherwise-ordinary environment that surrounds you.
  • There, he said, cocking his ear, don't you hear someone calling you?

cock one's eye

Glance in a quizzical or knowing manner with a raised eyebrow: he cocked an eye speculatively over the rim of his glass
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  • He looks straight into the camera, cocks his eye and speaks.
  • Brian cocked his eye, a puzzled look crossing his face.
  • He wasn't going to wear three-piece suits, and stay absolutely sober 24 hours a day, and never cock his eye when a good-looking woman went past.

cock of the walk

Someone who dominates others within a group: don’t ever forget he’s cock of the walk here
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  • He went on, ‘and at the center of that you have a charismatic cock of the walk.’
  • It won't necessarily make him cock of the walk, however.
  • Once you were the office favorite, the cock of the walk, but jealousy and backstabbing rivalries conspired to drag you down.

cock a snook

see snook2.

Origin

Old English cocc, from medieval Latin coccus; reinforced in Middle English by Old French coq.

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There are 2 definitions of cock in English:

cock2

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Pronunciation: /kɒk
 
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noun

dated
  • A small pile of hay, straw, or other material, with vertical sides and a rounded top: we perched on a half-built cock of hay
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    • Country people will recall the mini-cyclones lifting cocks of hay into the air and carrying them for a distance before dropping them back to ground again.
    • He took a great pride in those cocks of hay, especially during wet summers when they were the only ones to be seen for miles around.
    • The cocks of hay that had stood in the fields for some weeks were checked regularly by dad to make sure that they did not ‘heat’.

verb

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  • Pile (hay or other material) into cocks: it does not rake the grass into rows, nor cock it

Origin

late Middle English: perhaps of Scandinavian origin and related to Norwegian kok 'heap, lump', Danish kok 'haycock', and Swedish koka 'clod'.

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