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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 of cock-a-hoop
1520-1530
1520-30; origin uncertain
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  • All cock-a-hoop for it,” struck in Cattledon: “as the housemaids are.

    Johnny Ludlow, Third Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • And all cock-a-hoop, and no waiting for the mistress to come back.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • She said now that she was convinced that her "dear Richard" was perfectly right, and the General was "cock-a-hoop" accordingly.

    A Life Sentence Adeline Sergeant
  • That is all there is of rebellion, treason, and sedition,—all the cock-a-hoop story!

    Lewis Rand Mary Johnston
  • Major and friends were cock-a-hoop; but the Englishman was a bit of a jockey.

  • We were so impressed by his guileless face and cock-a-hoop assurance, that we had not the heart to turn him away.

    Bunch Grass Horace Annesley Vachell
  • John of Skye is cock-a-hoop upon the occasion, and I suppose has made fifty blunders about it by this time.

  • Well, the masters gave us that also, and it put us all cock-a-hoop, and we went on to dictate to 'em more and more.

    A Life's Secret Mrs. Henry Wood
  • And the house was full of women; and they seemed, somehow, all cock-a-hoop, and filled with admiration of him.

  • T is thou that liest, and art a cock-a-hoop braggart into the bargain, Master Edward Lister!

    Standish of Standish Jane G. Austin
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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