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n. pl. cock·shies Chiefly British
1. A mark aimed at in throwing contests.
2. The throw in a throwing contest.

[From an old game in which sticks were shied at a cock.]
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n, pl -shies
1. (Games, other than specified) a target aimed at in throwing games
2. (Games, other than specified) the throw itself.
Often shortened to: shy
[C18: from shying (throwing objects at) a cock, which was given as a prize to the person who hit it]
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n., pl. -shies. Brit.
1. the sport of throwing missiles at a target.
2. the target itself.
3. an object of criticism or ridicule.
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