Definition of cockshy in English:

cockshy

Syllabification: cock·shy
Pronunciation: /ˈkäkˌSHī
 
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noun (plural cockshies)

British dated
  • 1A target for throwing sticks or stones at as a game.
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    • The senator set up a number of cockshies and knocked them down again.
    • ‘We will make a cockshy of you if you don't look out,’ said one; and another actually threw a stone at him.
    • The gypsies hold a kind of informal fair on the village green with cockshies, swings, and all the clumsy games that extract money from clumsy hands.
  • 1.1An act of throwing something at a cockshy.
  • 1.2An object of ridicule or criticism.
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    • By way of providing a cockshy for the first meeting of the strategic planning group, the vision sketched out below has been prepared.
    • He has written, in his own words, a ‘cockshy’ of a book, cockshy being an old British word with the meaning here of writing ‘something to shoot at.’

Origin

from the original use of a cockerel, or a replica of a cockerel, as a target.

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