cock-a-hoop

[ kok-uh-hoop, -hoop, kok-uh-hoop, -hoop ]

adjective
  1. in a state of unrestrained joy or exultation; boastfully elated: He was cock-a-hoop over his victory.

  2. askew; out of kilter: He knocked his hat cock-a-hoop.

Origin of cock-a-hoop

1
First recorded in 1520–30; origin uncertain

Words Nearby cock-a-hoop

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How to use cock-a-hoop in a sentence

  • And while I speak of this, it is not much amiss to advise thee to correct a little this cock-a-hoop courage of thine.

    Red Gauntlet | Sir Walter Scott
  • She said now that she was convinced that her "dear Richard" was perfectly right, and the General was "cock-a-hoop" accordingly.

    A Life Sentence | Adeline Sergeant
  • All cock-a-hoop for it,” struck in Cattledon: “as the housemaids are.

    Johnny Ludlow, Third Series | Mrs. Henry Wood
  • I said that his excellency should find me more cock-a-hoop with Shakespeare than with myself.

    Romany of the Snows | Gilbert Parker
  • Ever shallow, hasty, and positive, he went home quite cock-a-hoop.

    Shirley | Charlotte Bront

British Dictionary definitions for cock-a-hoop

cock-a-hoop

adjective(usually postpositive)
  1. in very high spirits

  2. boastful

  1. askew; confused

Origin of cock-a-hoop

1
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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