Green’s Dictionary of Slang

cock v.4

SE in slang uses

In compounds

cock-my-cap (n.)


[UK]T. Walker The Quaker’s Opera I i: qu.: What hast thou got? poor.: Sir, you may have what you please, Wind or right Nantz or South-Sea, or Cock-my-Cap, or Kill-Grief, or Comfort, or White-Tape.
[UK](con. 1600s) M. Lemon Leyton Hall I 241: Magnus was seated [...] at the back of the tavern, compounding his morning draught of cock-my-cap.

In phrases

cock a deaf ’un (v.) (also sling a deaf ’un)

to pretend to be deaf, or at least to ignore by ‘not hearing’ the speaker.

[UK]T. Haydon Sporting Reminiscences 112: [...] to face the music and ‘cock a deaf ’un’ to the running fire of critics, whose remarks were not of too choice or flattering a character.
[Aus]Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 24 Oct. 1/2: Mick Dawson cocked a deaf ’un to all requests for the office.
[NZ]N.Z. Truth 16 Mar. 7/5: He Cocked a Deaf ’Un [...] the poor policeman murmered that he did not take much notice of what they said.
[UK]Thieves Slang ms list from District Police Training Centre, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Warwicks n.p.: Cock (or sling) a deaf ’un: To take no notice.
[NZ]G. Meek ‘The Ringer’ Station Days in Maoriland 104: We tried to cock a deaf ’un when the pens were counted out.
[UK]F. Norman Fings I Prologue: He cocks a deaf ’un to her and walks in the direction of the street door.
[SA]L.F. Freed Crime in S. Afr. 75: ‘You’re cocking me a deafie’ meant you’re trying to bluff me.
[UK]F. Norman Norman’s London 22: To begin with he cocked a deaf ’un to me.
[UK]T. Lewis Plender [ebook] ‘You couldn’t really expect the boys in blue to cock a deaf ’un, could you?’.
[UK]J. Sullivan ‘As One Door Closes’ Only Fools and Horses [TV script] Even the listening bank cocked a deaf ’un!
[UK]N. ‘Razor’ Smith Raiders 50: The screws decided to cock a deaf ’un and pretend they could see or hear nothing untoward.
cock and pinch (n.) [the hat was cocked back and front and pinched at the sides, it was made of beaver fur]

an old-fashioned hat, favoured by early 19C dandies.

[Ire]Northern Standard 11 Dec. 4/1: An old gentleman in black, with a little white wig and a cock and pinch hat upon his head.
[UK]Carlisle Jrnl 4 July 6/1: Enacting the captain in a red coat, spy-glass, and a beaver cock and pinch.
[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict. 104: cock-and-pinch the old-fashioned beaver hat, affected by ‘swells’ and ‘sporting gents’ forty years ago ? cocked back and front, and pinched up at the sides.
[Scot]Dundee Courier 3 Mar. 8/1: The Hat in Slang [...] A by no means exhaustive list would include ‘tile,’ ‘golgotha,’ ‘canister,’ ‘castor,’ ‘chimney,’ ‘colleger,’ ‘cock and pinch,’ ‘cowshooters,’ ‘david,’ ‘digger’s delight,’ ‘fantail,’ ‘gomer,’ ‘goss,’ ‘moab,’ ‘molocher,’ ‘muffin cap,’ ‘mushroom,’ ‘pill box,’ ‘stove pipe,’ ‘thatch,’ ‘truck,’ and ‘wee jee’.
[US]A.J. Pollock Und. Speaks 23/1: Cock and pincher, a justice of the peace (cocked and pinched hat).
cock a snook/snoot (at) (v.)

see under snoot n.

cock it over (v.) [SE cock, to behave boastfully or defiantly, to swagger]

to dominate, to lord it over.

[UK]New Monthly Mag. 105 287: We have had a try at ousting them, and can't, and the French will cock it over us for the future.
[UK]J. Greenwood Little Ragamuffin 114: Get out with you! comin’ and cockin’ over us with your talk about beds.
[UK]J. Manchon Le Slang.
cock off (v.)

(US) to blunder, esp. through a display of emotion.

[US]G.V. Higgins Cogan’s Trade (1975) 12: A couple guys that I was afraid’d maybe cock off and wreck it.
cock one’s eye (v.) [thereafter SE, but cf. have a cocky eye, to glance sideways]

1. to wink.

[UK]Smollett Peregrine Pickle (1964) 8: Being without the sphere of his vision, he securely pilfered his tobacco, drank his rumbo, made wry faces, and, to use the vulgar phrase, cocked his eye at him, to the no small entertainment of the spectators.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Cock your eye, shut one eye, thus translated into apothecaries latin, gallus tuus ego.
[WI]J.B. Moreton West India Customs and Manners 109: Creole misses, when scarcely ten, / Cock their eyes and long for men.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]‘Peter Corcoran’ ‘King Tims the First’ in Fancy 17: I, to win a shady man, / Must do as I did do; / Cock my eyes, and so trepan—.
[UK]Marryat Japhet 17: Timothy put on his hat, cocked his eye at me, and left us alone.
[US]C. Mathews Career of Puffer Hopkins 10: [He] engages in a whispered conversation [...] (enforced by the thrusting of a roll at the same time into the open hand of the scraggy gentleman) ‘There’s a current ten—make me a vice, will ye?’ The scraggy man thereupon cocks his eye significantly.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.
[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict.
[UK]Sl. Dict.

2. to take a look at.

J. Eastwood in N&Q Ser. 2 VIII 461: The phrase cock your eye is not at all an uncommon one in Yorkshire – meaning direct your eye, give a glance [F&H].
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 12 Dec. 27/3: Now, just cock your eye over Schedule X.
cock ten (v.) (also chop ten, cut ten) [SE cock/cut + ten (minutes); i.e. to take ten minutes off the working day]

(W.I.) to sit around while others are working.

[WI]Allsopp Dict. Carib. Eng. Usage.
cock up (one’s foot) (v.) (also cock up (one’s feet)) [ext. of SE use; synon. with SE put up one’s feet] (W.I.)

1. to sit around looking important while others work.

[WI]Allsopp Dict. Carib. Eng. Usage 159/1: cock up your foot/feet To sit with an air of importance, to recline, esp. with the feet up, in a lordly manner.

2. of a woman, to sit with one’s legs sprawled in what is considered an indecent manner.

[WI]Francis-Jackson Official Dancehall Dict. 10: Cock-up 1. of or relating to a sexual position 2. to sit in a vulgar manner.
cock up one’s toes (v.)

see under toe n.