1. [mid-19C] a broadsheet or pamphlet, sold in the streets and relating some form of lurid and sensational incident, typically a fire, a murder or an accident.
2. [1930s+] nonsense, rubbish; also in phr. (load of) old cock.
[late 19C–1900s] to obtain money on false pretences.
[1940s+] unsatisfactory, mixed up, useless.
[1950s+] (Aus./US) nonsense, rubbish.
[1930s+] to talk nonsense.