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    A cock is bold on his own dunghill

    A cock is bold on his own dunghill
    I learned this saying from my English-Chinese dictionary. But I don't fish out any info about it from the English webpages via Google search. Is it an English saying? I hope someone can confirm this for me. Thanks!

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    Re: A cock is bold on his own dunghill

    It is not at all a typical English saying, and I'm only familiar with it because I've seen the phrase "every cock will crow upon his own dunghill" in a few historic romance novels.

    The meaning of the phrase is that everyone feels comfortable on his own "home turf," or in a location with which he is very familiar. But be aware that even though everyone knows "cock" means rooster, they also know that it is a vulgar slang term for male genetalia and will giggle or give you a look if you use it in general conversation. (The word "rooster" is preferred when referring to a male chicken.)


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    Re: A cock is bold on his own dunghill

    Here it would be either cockerel or cock - despite the double entendres. We do not have roosters, except those birds that choose to roost above ground overnight.

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    Re: A cock is bold on his own dunghill

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    We do not have roosters, except those birds that choose to roost above ground overnight.

    But don't all cocks/cockerels technically roost above ground overnight?


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    Re: A cock is bold on his own dunghill

    It is still not the term used here. A roosting bird is a pheasant or a pigeon, or even possibly a guineahen.

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    Re: A cock is bold on his own dunghill

    Ouisch and Anglika,

    Thank you very much for your answers.

    It is a good reminder about 'cock' in American slang.

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