cock of the walk

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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]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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