cock of the walk


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cock 1

 (kŏk)
n.
1.
a. An adult male chicken; a rooster.
b. An adult male of various other birds.
2. A weathervane shaped like a rooster; a weathercock.
3. A faucet or valve by which the flow of a liquid or gas can be regulated.
4.
a. The hammer of a firearm.
b. The position of the hammer of a firearm when ready for firing.
5. A tilting or jaunty turn upward: the cock of a hat.
6. Vulgar Slang
a. The penis.
b. A man or boy regarded as mean or contemptible.
7. Archaic The characteristic cry of a rooster early in the morning.
tr.v. cocked, cock·ing, cocks
1. To set the hammer of (a firearm) in a position ready for firing.
2. To set (a device, such as a camera shutter) in a position ready for use.
3. To tilt or turn up or to one side, usually in a jaunty or alert manner: cocked an eyebrow in response to a silly question.
4. To raise in preparation to throw or hit: cocked the bat before swinging at the pitch.
Idiom:
cock of the walk
An overbearing or domineering person.

[Middle English cok, from Old English cocc, probably from Late Latin coccus, from coco, a cackling, of imitative origin.]

cock 2

 (kŏk)
n.
A cone-shaped pile of straw or hay.
tr.v. cocked, cock·ing, cocks
To arrange (straw or hay) into piles shaped like cones.

[Middle English cok.]

cock of the walk

n
informal a person who asserts himself or herself in a strutting pompous way

cock′ of the walk′


n.
a domineering and overbearing person.
References in classic literature ?
As Mr Podsnap stood with his back to the drawing-room fire, pulling up his shirtcollar, like a veritable cock of the walk literally pluming himself in the midst of his possessions, nothing would have astonished him more than an intimation that Miss Podsnap, or any other young person properly born and bred, could not be exactly put away like the plate, brought out like the plate, polished like the plate, counted, weighed, and valued like the plate.
A source said: "He's been cock of the walk going around thinking he is bulletproof with his involvement with the Kinahans but now he realises the danger he is in.
As he says on Twitter: "One day you're cock of the walk, the next a feather duster.
Cock of the Walk is a catfish house providing fresh catfish in a casual and rustic setting.
lying around quaffing the grape, acting like cock of the walk,
He said: "It was important for the writer, Steve Knight, to show that it was great to be the cock of the walk in Birmingham but going to London takes things to a whole other level.
The play's two pivotal characters are Shelly Levene (Pacino), the washed-up and desperate agent who was at one time the sparkplug in his Chicago real-estate firm, and Richard Roma (Cannavale), the current cock of the walk, trained by Shelly and still loyal to his old mentor.
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His energy for the task ahead is infectious and it's nice to see him looking vulnerable rather than the cock of the walk.