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  • adv. In a cocky manner.


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  • Tatiana Gfoeller, Washington's ambassador to Kyrgyzstan, recorded in a secret cable that Andrew spoke "cockily" at the brunch with British and Canadian business people, leading a discussion that "verged on the rude".

    WikiLeaks US embassy cables: as it happened

  • Prince Andrew spoke 'cockily' at a business brunch in Kyrgyzstan, a secret embassy cable claimed Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA

    The Guardian World News

  • His indiscreet comments were detailed in a leaked US embassy cable in which he was accused of acting "cockily" by Tatania Gfoeller, the US ambassador to Kyrgyzstan. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • “I can drive in anything,” he said cockily, as he backed out of my driveway and promptly slid into the big Buick parked across the street.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grandmothers

  • While the suspect had been cockily polite and “helpful” all the way through, they reported back, he had obstinately refused to change his story about leaving Jesica at Stillorgan shopping centre and going straight home.

    The Priest

  • For a working-class intellectual which was how I rather cockily fancied myself as a student to speak and understand French is to short-circuit many of the stupidities of class prejudice in the UK.

    French is too important to be left to middle-class Francophiles | Andrew Hussey

  • Upwards of a thousand of the former are all over the trailer's web page, holding forth in that peculiar combination of arrogant certainty, indignant victimization, and pseudo-wised-up, cockily confident wrongness that marks the true Randroid.

    Ellis Weiner: "I love John Galt!" (Atlas Shrugged: the Movie)

  • We were feeling cockily satisfied when that last waltzing saunter did us in.

    Redux: Things I Should Have Done #4

  • Why don't you ride a real man's bike? he says, cockily, winking back at his blank-brained hopeful trophy for the night.

    The Riddle of Steel

  • But the 20 small painted and plaster-covered abstract wooden sculptures — Constructivist-inspired "toys" evoking figures, animals, trees and crude molecular models one struts cockily like a rooster — steal the show.

    Going From the Abstract to the Sort-Of Concrete


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