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2008-08-07 18:01:52

A YOUNG boy was recovering in hospital today after being attacked by a Staffordshire bull terrier. The seven-year-old received bites to his legs and buttocks during the incident in Killingworth, North Tyneside, police said. (c) 2008 Liverpool Echo. Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.


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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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