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2005-07-05 12:35:45

AUGSBURG, Germany (Reuters) - A court on Tuesday summonedformer Chancellor Helmut Kohl and several ex-ministers totestify in a corruption trial that could embarrass Germany'sopposition before a planned election. Holger Pfahls, a junior defense minister in Kohl'sgovernments, has admitted accepting millions of deutschemarksin kickbacks from an arms dealer to help smooth the delivery ofarmored personnel carriers to Saudi Arabia in the early 1990s. The court's decision, on a request from...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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