At cock

with the hammer raised and ready to fire; - said of firearms, also, jocularly, of one prepared for instant action.

See also: Cock

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Fiona Wilson, aged 31, and Lorna Budd, aged 29, were officially made partners at Cocks Lloyd solicitors, of Coton Road, Nuneaton, last week.
Mrs Wilson has been qualified as a solicitor for nearly six years and has worked at Cocks Lloyd for three years.
TEAM WORK: Lorna Budd (left) and Fiona Wilson at Cocks Lloyd.