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cockshy

[ kok-shahy ]
/ ˈkɒkˌʃaɪ /
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noun, plural cock·shies.British.

the act or sport of throwing missiles at a target.
the target itself.

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Origin of cockshy

First recorded in 1785–95; cock1 + shy2
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British Dictionary definitions for cockshy

cockshy
/ (ˈkɒkˌʃaɪ) /

noun plural -shies British

a target aimed at in throwing games
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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