Cock-a-Hoop


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Cock-a-Hoop : Phrases



Meaning:

To be full of jubilation and delight.


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Origin:

One could imagine a cock crowing proudly and the analogy with a crowing cock.


Alternative: During medieval drinking bouts the spigot or cock was often removed from the barrel and placed on the hoop at the top. The beer flowed freely and the drinkers were full of merriment and delight. The 1811 dictionary, however, spells it Cock-a-whoop, thereby raising an altogether different possibility.

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