cock-a-hoop

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

Nearby words

  1. cock of the walk,
  2. cock of the woods,
  3. cock rock,
  4. cock's-foot,
  5. cock-a-doodle-doo,
  6. cock-a-leekie,
  7. cock-and-bull story,
  8. cock-of-the-rock,
  9. cockabully,
  10. cockade

Origin of cock-a-hoop

First recorded in 1520–30; origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for cock-a-hoop

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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