Definitions

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  • n. A young, small, or immature cock.
  • v. Present participle of cockle.

Etymologies

From cockle +‎ -ing. (Wiktionary)
From cock +‎ -ling. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We'd go cockling, too, and pick up samphire when it was in season.

    Seaside recipes: crab tart, sea bass with pea and mint soup

  • I know most folk who ride a 'bent don't use chammy butter, but I suffer from excessive cockling.

    Warming the Cockles: Living, Breathing, Shopping

  • He hardly ever leaves the island all summer, depending on John to bring over supplies from the mainland when he brings over the boat to go cockling at low tide.

    Wildwood

  • Engravings on paper that were to be embellished with water-based colors might be affixed to a firm if temporary support to prevent cockling and a light wash of gum or other sizing applied to aid color adhesion and control capillary action. reference

    The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe

  • “By the time we got here,” Vyrostek says, “the doors and other things were starting to expand, there was light evidence of microbial growth — mold — and there was evidence of cockling — rippling — of paper and the upholstery was puckering.”

    The New Orleans Mold Battle | Impact Lab

  • A line of four brown-speckled ducks led by a brown-and-green drake were stemming away downhill from the upper meadow, coming like boats running on a ruffled sea, cockling their way top speed downwards towards the fence and towards the little group of people, and cackling as excitedly as if they brought news of the Spanish

    The Fox

  • This makes a joint free of cockling, and when dry the inking can be completed across the joint.

    How to Observe in Archaeology

  • This will take out all cockling and make it lie flat for photographing.

    How to Observe in Archaeology

  • No such prospect awaited him; he had one of the premonitions that were more certain than the most solid realities -- as long as he lived he must sail in ships, struggling with winds and calms, with currents and cockling and placid seas.

    Java Head

  • The town called them Sally Hancock's Gang, she being their leader, though they worked separate, shrimping, cockling, digging for lug and long-lining, bawling fish through Plymouth streets, even a hovelling job at times -- nothing came amiss to them, and no weather.

    News from the Duchy

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