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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Cock Sure
 
is cocky sure—pertly confident. We call a self-confident, overbearing prig a cocky fellow, from the barnyard despot; but Shakespeare employs the phrase in the sense of “sure as the cock of a firelock.”   1
        “We steal as in a castle, cock-sure.”—Shakespeare: 1 Henry IV., ii. 1.
   The French phrase is à coup sûr, as “Nous réussirons à coup sûr,” we are certain of success, “Cela est ainsi à coup sûr,” etc., and the phrase “Sure as a gun,” seem to favour the latter derivation.   2
 


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