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cock of the walk

noun
1.
the leader in a group, especially one with a conceited, domineering manner.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55
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British Dictionary definitions for cock walk

cock of the walk

noun
1.
(informal) a person who asserts himself in a strutting pompous way
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Idioms and Phrases with cock walk

cock of the walk

A conceited, bossy person, as in Since his last promotion he's been acting like the cock of the walk—he'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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