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2005-07-24 23:33:35

PORT BLAIR, India (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake that hit India's Andaman and Nicobar islands at the weekend has shaken the confidence of people in the remote chain, although it caused no damage or casualties, residents said on Monday. Sunday's 7.0 earthquake in the Andamans, which came seven months after the 9.15 earthquake that caused the killer tsunami, led to a tsunami warning in Thailand, but that was soon withdrawn. There have been 345 aftershocks of the Dec. 26 tremor which have...


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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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