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Posted by Woodchuck on October 16, 2002

In Reply to: "Cold Cocked" posted by Julia Denholm on October 16, 2002

: Anyone know the origin of "cold cocked"?

From the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Edition:

Main Entry: cold·cock
Function: transitive verb
Etymology: perhaps cock
Date: circa 1927

Main Entry: cock
Date: 1575
intransitive senses
2 : to turn, tip, or stick up
3 : to position the hammer of a firearm for firing
transitive senses
1 a : to draw the hammer of (a firearm) back and set for firing; also : to set (the trigger) for firing b : to draw or bend back in preparation for throwing or hitting c : to set a mechanism (as a camera shutter) for tripping
2 a : to set erect b : to turn, tip, or tilt usually to one side
3 : to turn up (as a hat brim)
- cock a snook also cock snooks : to thumb the nose

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