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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

The operation of filling the seams of vessels with oakum, to prevent penetration of water; Also: Rooster-fighting; Also: Fighting, battling, sparring, disputing

Usage examples (32)
  • The difficulty you had "cocking" it reminds me of the medieval crossbow.
  • I can certainly remember the 'cocking' fad being everywhere in Afghan on my recent forays and I certainly didn't feel smirched by it.
  •      “Every day,” she says, cocking her head at me, puzzled.
  • "I wish to the Lord you had prudence; old Vellum's cocking his lugs." for more
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