billycock


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bil·ly·cock

 (bĭl′ē-kŏk′)
n. Chiefly British
A felt hat with a low, rounded crown, similar to a derby.

[Perhaps from earlier bullycocked, cocked in the fashion of a swashbuckler : bully, gallant figure + cock.]

billycock

(ˈbɪlɪkɒk)
n
(Clothing & Fashion) rare chiefly Brit any of several round-crowned brimmed hats of felt, such as the bowler
[C19: named after William Coke, Englishman for whom it was first made]

Der•by

(ˈdɜr bi; Brit. ˈdɑr-)

n., pl. -bies.
1. a race for three-year-old horses held annually at Epsom Downs, near London, England: first run in 1780.
2. any of certain other annual horse races, esp. the Kentucky Derby.
3. (l.c.) a race or contest, usu. one open to all entrants.
4. (l.c.) a man's stiff felt hat with rounded crown and narrow brim; bowler.
[1830–40; after Edward Stanley, 12th Earl of Derby (d. 1834)]

Der•by

(ˈdɜr bi; Brit. ˈdɑr-)

n.
1. a city in Derbyshire, in central England. 230,500.
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I beg that you will look upon it not as a battered billycock but as an intellectual problem.
His first half-hour is occupied in trying to decide whether to wear his light suit with a cane and drab billycock, or his black tails with a chimney-pot hat and his new umbrella.
I look in the glass sometimes at my two long, cylindrical bags (so picturesquely rugged about the knees), my stand-up collar and billycock hat, and wonder what right I have to go about making God's world hideous.
As the two paused on the door-step, before taking a turn in the garden, the front garden gate was thrown open with violence, and a young man with a billycock hat on the back of his head tumbled up the steps in his eagerness.
The young man in the billycock, who did not seem to be gifted with any tact in dealing with people beyond the general idea of clutching hold of their coats, stood outside the door, as dazed as if he had been thrown out bodily, and silently watched the other three walk away together through the garden.
He looked hard at me from under the broken brim of a battered billycock.