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cock-a-hoop

[kok-uh-hoop, -hoo p, kok-uh-hoop, -hoo p] /ˌkɒk əˈhup, -ˈhʊp, ˈkɒk əˌhup, -ˌhʊp/
adjective
1.
in a state of unrestrained joy or exultation; boastfully elated:
He was cock-a-hoop over his victory.
2.
askew; out of kilter:
He knocked his hat cock-a-hoop.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for cock a hoop

cock-a-hoop

adjective (usually postpositive)
1.
in very high spirits
2.
boastful
3.
askew; confused
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from the phrase to set the cock a hoop to live prodigally, literally: to put a cock on a hoop, a full measure of grain
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