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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).

BLACK COCK, n. The male of the Black Grouse or Black Game, Tetrao tetrix. Given by N.E.D., Concise and Un. Eng. Dicts. Note the following Sc. phrase, “to mak a Black Cock of one, to shoot one” (Sc. 1825 Jam.2).Sc. 1753 Arch. Stewart's Trial, App. 21 (N.E.D.):
He would make black cocks of them, before they entered into possession, by which the deponent understood shooting them.
Sc. 1814 Scott Waverley lviii.:
And I hae heard mae than ane say they wadna tak muckle to mak a black-cock o' ye.

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"Black Cock n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 14 Aug 2022 <>



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