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    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am on the right track by the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    Paul was cocksure that it was not going to snow, but it snowed so much that we had to dig our way out of the house.
    cocksure = very sure
    We steal as in a castle, cocksure: . . . we walk invisible.
    cocksure = perfectly safe
    I thought myself cocksure of the horse which he readily promised me.
    cocksure = quite certain
    I was cocksure about his horse.
    cocksure = assure of
    Soames’ gorge rose. “You seem very cocksure,” he said; “my nephew has by no means made up his mind”.
    cocksure = to be self-confident

    Thank you for your efforts.



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    Re: cocksure

    I wouldn't use it about a temporary state- it's someone's general character to me.


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