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Ball-cock

Definitions

  • Ball-cock
    Ball-cock
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Ball-cock the stopcock of a cistern, attached to one end of a lever, at the other end of which is a hollow metal ball which rises and falls with the water, thus regulating the supply
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. bal, Scand. böllr; cog. with Old High Ger. ballo, pallo.

Usage

In literature:

Through the afternoon, games of ball and cock-fights furnished amusement.
"In Indian Mexico (1908)" by Frederick Starr
I felt the powder in with my finger, and pushing the ball on top of it, rolled the cylinder to the right notch, and cocked.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
This provoked the habit of cocking the ball up, and as a corrective all the teeing grounds in Florida sloped upwards in front.
"The Complete Golfer [1905]" by Harry Vardon
At Ball's Ford is General Cocke's brigade.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
I know those of the cocked hats will not kill me; they have no balls for me.
"The Blood of the Arena" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
It was fired from a forked rest, and sometimes cocked by a wheel, and carried a ball that weighed nearly 2 ounces.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
She drops in for a cock-tail or a high-ball and looks things over.
"My Actor-Husband" by Anonymous
It should have a large evaporating vessel, with a ball-cock to supply it.
"Lectures on Ventilation" by Lewis W. Leeds
All of us now proceeded out likewise; and the discarded ball, as it were the amputated cock's-comb of the church, was lowered down and untied.
"Translations from the German (Vol 3 of 3)" by Thomas Carlyle
The pair which have possession of the nosegay at the moment when the candle burns the string, and the ball falls into the dish, win the cock.
"Musical Myths and Facts, Volume I (of 2)" by Carl Engel
He could now only play at trap-ball, or battle-dore and shuttle-cock.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, No. VII, December 1850, Vol. II" by Various
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In news:

When a dog goes after a sailing Frisbee -- now racing, now turning, head cocked skyward -- it looks like nothing so much as an outfielder chasing a fly ball.
When a dog goes after a sailing Frisbee -- now racing, now turning, head cocked skyward -- it looks like nothing so much as an outfielder chasing a fly ball .
But last Sunday's cock-and-ball showcase for this annual soiree was still more fun than any stroll I've ever had at Sauvie Island.
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