cock-a-hoop

adjective \ ˌkä-kə-ˈhüp , -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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Origin and Etymology of cock-a-hoop

from the phrase to set cock a hoop to be festive


COCK-A-HOOP Defined for English Language Learners

cock-a-hoop

adjective

Definition of cock-a-hoop for English Language Learners

  • : very excited and happy about something done



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