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cock of the walk

PRONUNCIATION:

(KOK ov thuh wahk)

MEANING:

noun: A person who behaves in an arrogant and domineering manner in a group.

ETYMOLOGY:

In animal husbandry, an enclosed yard or a pen is known as a walk. A
rooster who rules a roost is, literally, a cock of the walk. Earliest
documented use: 1781.

USAGE:

“The great Vic Donovan? Cock of the walk, captain of the guard, and
all that rot.”
Ellen Byerrum; Raiders of the Lost Corset; Signet; 2006.

“Father, that woman is so bossy. She thinks she’s the cock of the walk.”
Shirley J. Mize; Hell at Tannehill; Infinity; 2006.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

A man that is ashamed of passions that are natural and reasonable is
generally proud of those that are shameful and silly. -Lady Mary Wortley
Montagu, author (26 May 1689-1762)

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