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Cock-a-hoop

or Cock-a-houp. To sit cock-a-houp. Boastful, defiant, like a game cock with his houpe or crest erect; eagerly expectant. (French, coq à huppe.)

And having routed a whole troop,
With victory was cock-a-hoop.

Butler: Hudibras, i. 3.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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