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cockshy

[kok-shahy] /ˈkɒkˌʃaɪ/
noun, plural cockshies. British
1.
the act or sport of throwing missiles at a target.
2.
the target itself.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; cock1 + shy2
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British Dictionary definitions for cockshy

cockshy

/ˈkɒkˌʃaɪ/
noun (Brit) (pl) -shies
1.
a target aimed at in throwing games
2.
the throw itself.
Often shortened to shy
Word Origin
C18: from shying (throwing objects at) a cock, which was given as a prize to the person who hit it
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