cockshy

noun
cock·​shy | \ ˈkäk-ˌshī How to pronounce cockshy (audio) \
plural cockshies

Definition of cockshy

1a : a throw at an object set up as a mark
b : a mark or target so set up
2 : an object or person taken as a butt (as of criticism)

First Known Use of cockshy

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for cockshy

cock entry 1 + shy, noun

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