Origin of cockshy

First recorded in 1785–95; cock1 + shy2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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

Word Origin for cockshy

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