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Definition of cock verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    cock

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kɒk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɑːk//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cock
    BrE BrE//kɒk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɑːk//
     
    he / she / it cocks
    BrE BrE//kɒks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɑːks//
     
    past simple cocked
    BrE BrE//kɒkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɑːkt//
     
    past participle cocked
    BrE BrE//kɒkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɑːkt//
     
    -ing form cocking
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒkɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːkɪŋ//
     
     
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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
  3. Word Origin Old English cocc, from medieval Latin coccus; reinforced in Middle English by Old French coq.Idioms
    cock an ear/eye at something/somebody
     
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    to look at or listen to somebody/something carefully and with a lot of attention
    cock a snook at somebody/something
     
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    (British English) to say or do something that clearly shows you do not respect somebody/something to cock a snook at authority The firm cocked a snook at the recession by doubling its workforce.
    Phrasal Verbscock somethingup
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