cock of the walk

Origin of cock of the walk

First recorded in 1850–55
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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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