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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Cock the Ears (To).
 
To prick up the ears, or turn them as a horse does when he listens to a strange sound. Here “cock” means to turn, and seems to be connected with the Greek kappanukappalambdaozeta, a circle, and the verb kappanukappalambdaóomega.   1
 


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