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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR COCK

He made of himself but a cock, set for a while on the world's heap to scratch and pick.

Methinks that Gascony is too small a cock to crow so lustily.

It cannot keep out the arrow of the cock's cry, and the heart that pierces is no shadow.

But Horatio—why does the ghost not answer him ere the time of the cock is come?

His assistant then turned the cock and shut off the gas from the cylinder.

This she did for some time, until the cock in the village began to crow.

And—but it is no matter now:—I suppose she will tell you a fine story of a cock and a bull.

They'll get up some cock and bull story about the poor woman's dying from starvation.

The cock doth crow, It is time for the fisher to rise and go.

The town was like a cock with his tail down crowing furiously in the wet.

WORD ORIGIN

"male chicken," Old English cocc "male bird," Old French coc (12c., Modern French coq), Old Norse kokkr, all of echoic origin. Old English cocc was a nickname for "one who strutted like a cock," thus a common term in the Middle Ages for a pert boy, used of scullions, apprentices, servants, etc.

A common personal name till c.1500, it was affixed to Christian names as a pet diminutive, e.g. Wilcox, Hitchcock, etc. Slang sense of "penis" is attested since 1610s (but cf. pillicock "penis," from c.1300); cock-teaser is from 1891. A cocker spaniel (1823) was trained to start woodcocks. Cock-and-bull is first recorded 1620s, perhaps an allusion to Aesop's fables, with their incredible talking animals, or to a particular story, now forgotten. French has parallel expression coq-à-l'âne.

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