cockshy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

cock +‎ shy

Noun[edit]

cockshy (plural cockshies)

  1. A game in which trinkets are set upon sticks, to be thrown at by the players; -- so called from an ancient popular sport which consisted in shying or throwing cudgels at live cocks.
  2. An object at which stones are flung.
    • 1870, Charles Dickens, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
      'What are you doing to the man?' demands Jasper, stepping out into the moonlight from the shade.
      'Making a cock-shy of him,' replies the hideous small boy.