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Cock apace

Set off as fast as you can run. A cock is a tap through which liquor runs. “To cock” is to walk lightly or nimbly.

“If storms be nigh then cock apace,” says Tusser (1174).

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