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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Cock apace.
 
Set off as fast as you can run. A cock is a tap through which liquor runs. “To cock” is to walk lightly or nimbly.   1
        “If storms be nigh then cock apace,” says Tusser (1174).
 


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