Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Cockshy (A).

 Cockpit of Europe.Cockswain, or COXSWAIN [cox’n]. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Cockshy (A).
A free fling or “shy” at something. The allusion is to the once popular Shrove-Tuesday sport of shying or casting stones or sticks at cocks. This sport is now superseded by pigeon-shooting, which is thought to be more aristocratic! but can hardly be deemed more humane.   1

 Cockpit of Europe.Cockswain, or COXSWAIN [cox’n]. 


Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2015 · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors · World Lit.