from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Cock-fighting.
- noun Same as
- noun Fighting; battling; sparring; disputing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Cockfighting.
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- adjective vulgar offensive or worthless
- verb Present participle of
- noun obsolete
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Interestingly the term cocking a gun comes from flintlock muskets of 17th century, the hammer was very ornate and resembled a rooster (a cock).
Cockfighting, also known as "cocking," is a bloodsport that dates to colonial times in the United States and has offered gamblers a venue for betting around the world.
The difficulty you had "cocking" it reminds me of the medieval crossbow.
Cricket had hardly taken practical shape, but representative contests did take place in the favourite pastime of cock-fighting -- or "cocking" as it was always called in the last century -- in which contests the Hertfordshire side of the town brought its birds into the pit against those of the
Windsor Castle, or the New Houses of Parliament, be assured that loyalty and John Bullism reign there; and, although you meet with no servility, you will not be disgusted with vulgar assumption, such as cocking up dirty legs in dirty boots on a dirty stove, wearing the hat, and not deigning to answer a civil question.
I can certainly remember the 'cocking' fad being everywhere in Afghan on my recent forays and I certainly didn't feel smirched by it.
He begged to return his best thanks for himself and brother sods, and only regretted he had not been taught speaking in his youth, or he would certainly have convinced them all, that 'cocking' was the sport. "
This question spilled from the row of twenty EKG machines that now made up the hospital building's larynx, located in the middle of what looked like it was once the lobby, after cocking the beak of its awning toward Carl.
The Reman flinched, cocking his head to one side for a second.
Giles stopped his caresses, cocking his head and setting his gaze once more on the end of the screen.