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Definition of cock verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cock
    he / she / it cocks
    past simple cocked
    -ing form cocking
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  1. 1cock something to raise a part of your body so that it is vertical or at an angle The dog cocked its leg by every tree on our route (= in order to urinate ). He cocked an inquisitive eyebrow at her. She cocked her head to one side and looked at me. The dog stood listening, its ears cocked.
  2. 2cock a gun/pistol/rifle to raise the hammer on a gun so that it is ready to fire see also half-cocked
  3. Idioms
    cock an ear/eye at something/somebody
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    to look at or listen to someone or something carefully and with a lot of attention
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: cock