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cock-fighting

Overview page. Subjects: Regional and National History.

A ferocious blood‐sport, probably introduced by the Romans, in which intensively trained gamecocks with metal or bone spurs were set to fight, usually to the death, on a stage in a circular...

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Crestfallen

Edited by Susie Dent.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable

January 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 23 words.

Dejected or depressed. The allusion is to fighting cocks, whose crests fall in defeat and rise rigid and deep red

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doodle-doo man <i>n.</i>

Jonathon Green.

in Green's Dictionary of Slang

January 2010; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 24 words.

one who breeds or fights cocks.

1823Jon BeeDict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc.

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Lord Beaverbrook (1879–1964)

Edited by Elizabeth Knowles.

in Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations

January 2008; p ublished online January 2008 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 237 words.

Our cock won't fight.

of edward viii, during the abdication crisis of 1936, to Winston churchill, another supporter,

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Lord Beaverbrook (1879–1964)

Edited by Antony Jay.

in Oxford Dictionary of Political Quotations

January 2012; p ublished online November 2012 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 329 words.

Our cock won't fight.

said to Winston churchill, of edward viii, during the abdication crisis of 1936

Frances

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oof <i>noun</i>

Edited by John Ayto and John Simpson.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang

January 2008; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 42 words.

dated Money, cash. 1885–. Rider Haggard Living like a fighting-cock and rolling in ‘oof’ (1888). Hence oofy

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1st Baron Beaverbrook (18791964)

Edited by Nigel Rees.

in Brewer's Famous Quotations

January 2006; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 704 words.

Our cock won't fight.

To Winston Churchill, of Edward VIII during the Abdication Crisis. He meant, of course, that the

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<p>Edward VIII, afterwards Duke of Windsor 1894–1972</p>

Edited by Susan Ratcliffe.

in Oxford Essential Quotations

P ublished online January 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 94 words.

Our cock won't fight.

of Edward VIII, said to Winston Churchill during the abdication crisis of 1936

Lord Beaverbrook 1879

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<p>Strength and Weakness</p>

Edited by Susan Ratcliffe.

in Oxford Essential Quotations

P ublished online January 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 982 words.

Our cock won't fight.

of Edward VIII, said to Winston Churchill during the abdication crisis of 1936

Lord Beaverbrook 1879

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<p>Strength and Weakness</p>

Edited by Susan Ratcliffe.

in Oxford Essential Quotations

P ublished online January 2014 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 918 words.

Our cock won't fight.

of Edward VIII, said to Winston Churchill during the abdication crisis of 1936

Lord Beaverbrook 1879

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<p>Edward VIII, afterwards Duke of Windsor 1894–1972</p>

Edited by Susan Ratcliffe.

in Oxford Essential Quotations

P ublished online January 2014 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 94 words.

Our cock won't fight.

of Edward VIII, said to Winston Churchill during the abdication crisis of 1936

Lord Beaverbrook 1879

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