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2006-03-18 08:20:27

By Raquel Castillo MADRID (Reuters) - Mass street drinking sessions fueled clashes between Spanish youths and riot police early on Saturday, leaving 80 people injured and 70 arrested in Barcelona and Salamanca, police said. Tens of thousands of young people gathered in cities around Spain on Friday night in an attempt to hold the biggest street drinking session or "botellon" ("big bottle"). In the southern city of Granada, police said 25,000 people joined the botellon. The most...


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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