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Cock the Ears

(To). To prick up the ears, or turn them as a horse does when he listens to a strange sound. Here “cock” means to turn, and seems to be connected with the Greek a circle, and the verb .

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