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.
Synonyms
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.
Synonyms
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.

Origin

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

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.

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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

[with object] archaic Back to top  
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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