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2009-02-04 15:12:02

A German man won New York's annual Empire State Building Run-Up for the fourth consecutive year by beating more than 300 competitors to the top of 1,576 stairs. Thomas Dold won his fourth top prize in the men's field during Tuesday's race from the lobby of the Manhattan skyscraper to its 86th floor observation deck by completing the feat in a personal best time of 10 minutes, 7 seconds, WPIX-TV, New York, reported Wednesday. Australian Suzy Walsham overcame an initial stumble on the ground...

Word of the Day
  • 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.'