cock–a–hoop

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adjective \ˌkä-kə-ˈhüp, -ˈhu̇p\

Definition of cock–a–hoop

chiefly British

  1. :  triumphantly pleased or boastful :  happily exulting Are agents and builders cock-a-hoop that more money is coming into the housing market through building societies and local authorities? — Audrey Powell

Origin and Etymology of cock–a–hoop

from the phrase to set cock a hoop to be festive


First Known Use: 1663


COCK–A–HOOP Defined for English Language Learners

cock-a-hoop

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adjective

Definition of cock–a–hoop for English Language Learners

  • : very excited and happy about something done

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