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cock of the walk

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noun
  1. the leader in a group, especially one with a conceited, domineering manner.
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Origin of cock of the walk

First recorded in 1850–55
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Historical Examples

  • Blome, you're one of these dandy, cock-of-the-walk four-flushers.

    The Rustlers of Pecos County

    Zane Grey

  • But in the window there was a peerless baseball with a rubber core, known as a cock-of-the-walk.

    Hints to Pilgrims

    Charles Stephen Brooks

  • You neednt think that youre the cock-of-the-walk because you took the barkers away from him.

    Within the Capes

    Howard Pyle

  • But the big miner only looked him over like a cock-of-the-walk regarding a game bantam.

  • The cock-of-the-walk led the band and he played on his own bill, which had holes in it, like a flute.


British Dictionary definitions for cock of the walk

cock of the walk

noun
  1. informal a person who asserts himself in a strutting pompous way
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Idioms and Phrases with cock of the walk

cock of the walk

A conceited, bossy person, as in Since his last promotion he's been acting like the cock of the walk—he's unbearable. This expression alludes to the rooster's proud strut about the barnyard, asserting his rule over hens and chicks. [Mid-1800s]

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