cock-a-hoop

adjective
\ ˌkä-kə-ˈhüp How to pronounce cock-a-hoop (audio) , -ˈhu̇p \

Definition of cock-a-hoop

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

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First Known Use of cock-a-hoop

1663, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cock-a-hoop

from the phrase to set cock a hoop to be festive

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“Cock-a-hoop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cock-a-hoop. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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cock-a-hoop

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English Language Learners Definition of cock-a-hoop

chiefly British, informal : very excited and happy about something done

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