Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Cock-fighting

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
was introduced into Britain by the Romans. It was a favourite sport both with the Greeks and with the Romans.   1
   That beats cock-fighting. That is most improbable and extraordinary. The allusion is to the extravagant tales told of fighting-cocks.   2
        “He can only relieve his feelings by the … frequent repetition, ‘Well, that beats cock-fighting!’”—Whyte-Melville.
   To live like fighting-cocks. To live in luxury. Before game-cocks are pitted they are fed plentifully on the very best food.   3



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