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adj. cock·i·er, cock·i·est
Overly self-assertive or self-confident.

cock′i·ly adv.
cock′i·ness n.
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adv (inf)großspurig
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With hearty boos from the off, Pickford seemed happy to oblige in his role as pantomime villain, but while he looked determined to put on a show, cockily showing off his fancy footwork, the mask had already slipped somewhat when he kicked one punt into touch much to the home fans' delight.
This process of agreeing on what key words mean in a particular discussion very often gets skipped ndash whether by negligence or by design.Perhaps the best example of this sort of thing is the ultimate debating equivalent of George Bush's Mission Accomplished' on board USS Abraham Lincoln, when one of the debaters will cockily ask: So who created God?' This is a challenge even the great Bertrand Russell thought was an unanswerable one.
Miller, of Viewfield Road, Coatbridge, cockily winked at the gallery as the procurator fiscal outlined his crimes.
On another trip, Jake was asked by Immigration if he was in Guam for work or pleasure and he replied cockily, "If by work you mean am I here to cover Lucio Tan Day today, yes, I'm here to work." He was detained for two hours until Mr.
I hit training hard thereafter smoothening my rough edges and was sure of winning here,' cockily said the 2015 Asian champion.
"If I beat Borg in the final, it's very hard to boo me if I'm number one," cockily asserts the American.
He didn't move around much, except to rattle a pair of maracas in one hand; slap his tambourine against his chest; and cockily strut while staring down the crowd chanting his name.
When the Record confronted him, he cockily suggested he may somehow cling on to his job with the NHS - if we went easy on him when we printed the story.
MOOD SWINGS He's either cockily mocking other prisoners or moaning to guards that he's feeling suicidal
BBC Radio One's Nick Grimshaw, who is mentoring the Boys category, asked: "How have you come prepared for this?" Noise cockily responded: "You'll see." The waiter proceeded to belt out a mash-up of tunes from The Weeknd, Blackstreet and Justin Timberlake, with a little help from a singing partner who also danced with him on the stage.
Asked by the reporter why they are being taken away, the policeman replies very cockily that the cards could be forged, and have to be verified.