cock of the walk

cock of the walk

noun
the leader in a group, especially one with a conceited, domineering manner.

Origin:
1850–55

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cock of the walk
 
n
informal a person who asserts himself in a strutting pompous way

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cock of the walk

A conceited, bossy person, as in Since his last promotion he's been acting like the cock of the walkhe's unbearable. This expression alludes to the rooster's proud strut about the barnyard, asserting his rule over hens and chicks. [Mid-1800s]

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