cockshy
noun (plural cockshies) Etymology: 1cock + shy, noun Date: 1836 1. a. a throw at an object set up as a mark b. a mark or target so set up 2. an object or person taken as a butt (as of criticism)

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Cockshy — Cock shy , n. 1. A game in which trinkets are set upon sticks, to be thrown at by the players; so called from an ancient popular sport which consisted in shying or throwing cudgels at live cocks. [1913 Webster] 2. An object at which stones are… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cockshy — [käk′shī΄] n. pl. cockshies [ COCK1 + SHY2] 1. a throw at a mark 2. the mark aimed at …   English World dictionary

  • cockshy — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun ( es) Etymology: cock (I) + shy (throw) 1. a. : a throw at an object set up or taken as a mark b. : a mark or target so set up or taken …   Useful english dictionary

  • cockshy — /kok shuy /, n., pl. cockshies. Brit. 1. the act or sport of throwing missiles at a target. 2. the target itself. [1785 95; COCK1 + SHY2] * * * …   Universalium

  • cockshy — n. the target in a throwing contest; the throw itself in a throwing contest …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cockshy — [ kɒkʃʌɪ] noun (plural cockshies) Brit. dated a target for throwing sticks or stones at as a game. Origin from the original use of a replica of a cockerel as a target …   English new terms dictionary

  • cockshy — cock•shy [[t]ˈkɒkˌʃaɪ[/t]] n. pl. shies 1) brit. the sport of throwing missiles at a target 2) brit. the target itself 3) an object of criticism or ridicule • Etymology: 1785–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • cockshy — /ˈkɒkʃaɪ/ (say kokshuy) noun (plural cockshies) Chiefly British 1. a mark aimed at in throwing contests. 2. the throw in such a contest. 3. the sport of throwing missiles at targets. {cock1 + shy2; originally referring to the sport of throwing… …   Australian English dictionary

  • coconut shy — noun chiefly Britain : a cockshy with coconuts as the targets * * * coconut shy noun A fairground throwing game with coconuts as targets or as prizes • • • Main Entry: ↑coco * * * coconut shy UK US noun [countable] [ …   Useful english dictionary

  • shy — I. adjective (shier or shyer; shiest or shyest) Etymology: Middle English schey, from Old English scēoh; akin to Old High German sciuhen to frighten off Date: before 12th century 1. easily frightened ; timid 2. disposed to avoid a person or thi …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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