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billycock

[bil-ee-kok] /ˈbɪl iˌkɒk/
noun, Chiefly British Informal.
1.
a derby or a hat resembling it.
Also called billycock hat.
Origin of billycock
1715-1725
1715-25; alteration of bullycocked (hat); see bully1, cocked
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  • He rapidly unlocked the door and locked it again behind him, just balking a blundering charge from the young man in the billycock.

  • The Socialist (extending a billycock hat with a passionate gesture).

    Voces Populi F. Anstey
  • She took off the billycock hat and bent her head, just as she had done to Gerald Vincent.

    Margaret Vincent Sophia Lucy Clifford
  • Blobby takes off his billycock, thrusts the remnant of food therein, and puts it on.

  • The blow effectually spoilt the billycock, however, and stretched its owner insensible on the floor.

  • They may hide it away in their billycock or in the collar of their coat; but, depend upon it, the tail is there.

    A Boy's Voyage Round the World The Son of Samuel Smiles
  • I don't know what he looks like now in that greatcoat and billycock hat.

    Condemned as a Nihilist George Alfred Henty
  • She wore a billycock hat and a long cloak; she looked almost rowdy.

    Margaret Vincent Sophia Lucy Clifford
  • He dragged off the billycock hat which he had bought in town and scaled it far out into the turbid flood.

  • Nasty, smooth-lookin' feller, with one o' them billycock hats you can't abide.

British Dictionary definitions for billycock

billycock

/ˈbɪlɪkɒk/
noun
1.
(rare, mainly Brit) any of several round-crowned brimmed hats of felt, such as the bowler
Word Origin
C19: named after William Coke, Englishman for whom it was first made
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