a cock-and-bull story






a cock-and-bull story

a ridiculous and implausible story

The expression
talk of a cock and a bull is recorded from the early 17th century and apparently refers to an original story or fable which is now lost.


Related Idioms :


at full cock

(of a firearm) with the cock lifted to the position at which the trigger will act

at half cock

when only partly ready – informal

At half cock is used of a firearm with the cock lifted but not moved to the position at which the trigger will act. It is usually found in
go off at half cock or go off half-cocked meaning go ahead without making proper preparation and therefore fail .



cock a snook at

openly show contempt or a lack of respect for someone or something – informal - chiefly British

Literally, if you cock a snook, you place your hand so that your thumb touches your nose and your fingers are spread out in order to express contempt.

Recorded from the late 8th century, the expression's origins are uncertain as are those of the gesture itself which occurs under a variety of names and in many countries, the earliest definite mention of it being by Rabelais in 1532.



cock of the walk

someone who dominates others within a group

The places in which cocks bred for fighting were kept were known as walks….one cock would be kept in each walk and would tolerate no other birds in its space.




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