cock-a-hoop

adjective

chiefly British
: 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

Word History

Etymology

from the phrase to set cock a hoop to be festive

First Known Use

1564, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cock-a-hoop was in 1564

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“Cock-a-hoop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cock-a-hoop. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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