Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A coarse woollen fabric, used for floor cloths, to cover carpets, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A coarse woolen fabric, used for floor cloths, to cover carpets, etc.; -- so called from the town of Bocking, in England, where it was first made.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A coarse woolen drugget or baize, named from Bocking, in Essex, England, where it was first made.
  • n. A red herring.

Etymologies

Named after the town of Bocking, England, where it was first made. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • My feelings were hurt, not the less so that I knew that the large cloth which covered the middle of the floor, and which the women call a bocking, had been bought and nailed down there, after a solemn family-counsel, as the best means of concealing the too evident darns which years of good cheer had made needful in our stanch old household friend, the three-ply carpet, made in those days when to be a three-ply was a pledge of continuance and service.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 75, January, 1864

  • Other cars did what they usually do, and got into the intersection out of some thought of needed to be somewhere, bocking traffic One small vehicle started out looking like a coffin on wheels, but turned out to be a small shack on wheels with bunny ears (don't ask, man, I don't know).

    Dreaming

  • Not much I can do for that, but I do have an infusion that will help you sleep and keep ye from bocking.

    My Devilish Scotsman

  • The stage should be formed so as to rise gradually from the footlights to the background, which can be done by using boxes of various sizes, and covering them with green bocking.

    Home Pastimes; or Tableaux Vivants

  • The mound on which the tableau is formed can be constructed of boxes, and covered with green bocking.

    Home Pastimes; or Tableaux Vivants

  • The four vintagers stand in a circle, on a round or square pedestal four feet in diameter, covered with green bocking; they face outward, and support the tub on their shoulders; one hand is raised, and grasps the top of the tub, while the other hangs carelessly at the side.

    Home Pastimes; or Tableaux Vivants

  • This can be accomplished with boxes and boards covered with green bocking.

    Home Pastimes; or Tableaux Vivants

  • These must be covered with green bocking, to represent turf.

    Home Pastimes; or Tableaux Vivants

  • The stage must be formed like an inclined plane, beginning at the footlights, and rising towards the background, and covered with green bocking.

    Home Pastimes; or Tableaux Vivants

  • The stage and the back scene should be hung with green bocking, and care must be exercised in the forming of the circle, so that it shall appear perfectly round.

    Home Pastimes; or Tableaux Vivants

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