a-cock-horse

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a-cock-horse

  1. (archaic) Astride; mounted on something as though on horseback.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.12:
      We have yet a thousand medailes and monuments, namely, of that honest woman Faustina, wherein that Eagle is represented, carrying a cocke-horse [transl. à la chevremorte] up towards heaven those Deified soules.
    • 1847, E Howard, The Old Commodore, Ch.XX:
      Then placing the stretcher between his legs in the manner that little boys ride a-cock-horse upon their grand-papa's canes, he began most dolefully to dole out the following ditty.