cock-a-hoop

[ kok-uh-hoop, -hoo p, kok-uh-hoop, -hoo p ]
/ ˌkɒk əˈhup, -ˈhʊp, ˈkɒk əˌhup, -ˌhʊp /

adjective

in a state of unrestrained joy or exultation; boastfully elated: He was cock-a-hoop over his victory.
askew; out of kilter: He knocked his hat cock-a-hoop.

Origin of cock-a-hoop

First recorded in 1520–30; origin uncertain
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cock-a-hoop


adjective (usually postpositive)

in very high spirits
boastful
askew; confused

Word Origin for cock-a-hoop

C16: perhaps from the phrase to set the cock a hoop to live prodigally, literally: to put a cock on a hoop, a full measure of grain
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