Dispirited. The allusion is to fighting cocks, whose crest falls in
defeat and rises rigid and of a deep red colour in victory.
“Shall I seem crest-fallen in my father's sight?” Shakespeare:
Richard II., i.1.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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