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    Cocking a brow

    What does it mean? Is it American or Br English

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    #2

    Re: Cocking a brow

    Some context might help. I've never heard this phrase (as an idiom) but it sounds like "raising eyebrows" to me.

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    #3

    Re: Cocking a brow

    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    Some context might help. I've never heard this phrase (as an idiom) but it sounds like "raising eyebrows" to me.
    I've never heard it either.

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    #4

    Re: Cocking a brow

    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    Some context might help. I've never heard this phrase (as an idiom) but it sounds like "raising eyebrows" to me.
    It sounds like that. but the raiser of eyebrows is the person who does the shocking. I'd assume, without any context, it means 'raise an eyebrow' - show surprise. But I too hane never met it.

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    PS I've only every met cocking in collocation with hats, and - very rarely now - in the expression 'cocking a snook' (showing disrespect/impudence...)
    Last edited by BobK; 06-Jan-2012 at 14:23. Reason: Added PS

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    #5

    Re: Cocking a brow

    No context. It was used repeatedly in a story. Something like he cocked his brow I cocked my brow he answered cocking a brow I questioned cocking a brow and so on

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    #6

    Re: Cocking a brow

    PPS This sort of 'cock' (meaning something like 'tip' - tip over that is) is enshrined in the adjective 'cock-eyed'.

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    #7

    Re: Cocking a brow

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    But I too hane never met it
    So what does hane mean?
    The author is a teenager from west Virginia if anyone is interested.

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    #8

    Re: Cocking a brow

    It's a typo for have.

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    Re: Cocking a brow

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    It's a typo for have.
    Hahaha I looked hane in three dictionaries what a waste of time

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    #10

    Re: Cocking a brow

    I've cocked an eyebrow or two in my time, but never just a brow.

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