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Cock-a-hoop: “you will set c.! you'll be the man!” Rom. I, 5, 83; evidently == you will pick a quarrel, you will play the bully; perhaps with allusion to the custom of making cocks fight within a broad hoop, to prevent their quitting each other; cf. Inhooped. (Coles: To be cock-a-hoop, Ampullari, insolesco, cristas erigere). Not hyphened in O. Edd., at least not in F1.*
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