Archaic Definition of the Week – Cock-Loft

ADOTWCOCK-LOFT, subs. (old). — The head. [A COCK-LOFT is properly a small loft, garret, or apartment at the top of a house …] An old proverb runs, ‘All his gear is in his COCK-LOFT’; i.e., ‘all his wealth, work, or worth is in his head.’

Historical Dictionary of Slang by J. S. Farmer & W. E. Henley

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