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Mar 31, 2004
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bushwa
resistentialism
cock-a-hoop
gadzookery
petrichor

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with Anu Garg

cock-a-hoop

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cock-a-hoop (kok-uh-HOOP) adjective

1. Being elated or exulting, especially in a boastful manner.

2. Askew.

[Of uncertain origin. Perhaps from the phrase to set cock on a hoop (to be festive).]

"Randy Atkinson and Shawn Ewing, the Vancouver Pride Society's co-chairs, were all cock-a-hoop when the 25-year-old organization's ninth annual gala dinner sold out at the Coast Plaza hotel Sunday."
Malcolm Parry; Pride Society Dinner Humbles Debt; Vancouver Sun (Canada); Jun 17, 2003.

"The Blues come to Newlands this week cock-a-hoop while the Stormers dressing-room had a funereal look."
Stormers' Monday Blues; Cape Argus (Cape Town, South Africa); Apr 14, 2003.

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