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noun, plural cock·shies. British.
  1. the act or sport of throwing missiles at a target.
  2. the target itself.
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Origin of cockshy

First recorded in 1785–95; cock1 + shy2
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Examples from the Web for cockshy

Historical Examples

  • Russell's Top was another "Apex" and a cockshy for any enemy guns that were within range.

    The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I

    Herbert Brayley Collett

  • On a day (or once) a Gipsy was playing at cockshy, and he threw a stick through the window of a great house and broke the glass.

British Dictionary definitions for cockshy


noun plural -shies British
  1. a target aimed at in throwing games
  2. the throw itself.
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Often shortened to: shy

Word Origin

C18: from shying (throwing objects at) a cock, which was given as a prize to the person who hit it
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