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  • noun The quality of being cocky

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  • noun offensive boldness and assertiveness


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  • That little cockiness is important to have on a winning club. ''

  • And not only that, but one paper this week quoted here in Washington that he said: "Ah, this is going to blow over and everybody is going to forgot about it," The cockiness is a little bit suspect.

    CNN Transcript Jul 20, 2001

  • He's witty and very cocky, but the cockiness is the unannoying kind you might admire. Article Feed

  • Richard Agar, Hull's coach, claimed that Rovers '"cockiness" had helped to motivate his players – specifically the blond rinses sported by Clint Newton and Fox.

    Tom Briscoe's memorable tackle steers Hull to double over Rovers

  • In addition, I don't think that analyzing the polls and getting a good feel for the reality on the ground is necessarily "cockiness".

    MSNBC: Electoral Map Shifts Toward Obama

  • I think if they were casting an actor as this version of Aquaman no one could convey that kind of cockiness and bluster better than Bruce Campbell based on watching the last two seasons of Burn Notice.

    Aquaman on TV!

  • There is a fine line between the kind of cockiness an athlete needs to be successful and the kind that grates on people.

    Regionals in Albany, N.Y., in this March 26, 2000 photo. (Toby Talbot, AP)American goalie may be top NHL pick

  • As for myself, my uncle (as arrogant as they came) had insisted that I learn humility first, second and third, and had refused to let me near his furnace until I'd shed every sign of what he called 'cockiness'.


  • Half the battle in all I did, as I tried to explain to him without any 'cockiness' creeping in, was the draughtsman's inner eye that saw an object in three-dimensional terms.


  • Along with the yearning that came from some deep part of her, that was selfless and exalted, Thea had a hard kind of cockiness, a determination to get ahead.

    The song of the lark


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