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weathercock

a weather vane in the form of a cock

weathercock

A Weathervane in the shape of a rooster.
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They gravely rearmed themselves fromthe gun-room and trooped along at the tail of their guide, Sir Howard only pausing, in a sort of ecstasy, to point out the celebrated gilt summerhouse on which the gilt weathercock still stood crooked.
He'd shot a cockade off a hat and a weathercock off a building.
The crooked weathercock would always turn it into a joke.
Indeed, if he had been distracted in the first instance by questionings and orders, it would have taken him at the least a fortnight to have noted what is here set down; but it happened that the gentleman, being struck with the old house, or with the plump pigeons which were skimming and curtseying about it, or with the tall maypole, on the top of which a weathercock, which had been out of order for fifteen years, performed a perpetual walk to the music of its own creaking, sat for some little time looking round in silence.
At length all this was devoutly believed; and the new sexton used to exhibit to the curious, for a trifling emolument, a good- sized piece of the church weathercock which had been accidentally kicked off by the aforesaid horse in his aerial flight, and picked up by himself in the churchyard, a year or two afterwards.
The believers in the weathercock tale, having misplaced their confidence once, were not easily prevailed upon to part with it again, so they looked as wise as they could, shrugged their shoulders, touched their foreheads, and murmured something about Gabriel Grub having drunk all the Hollands, and then fallen asleep on the flat tombstone; and they affected to explain what he supposed he had witnessed in the goblin's cavern, by saying that he had seen the world, and grown wiser.
She stressed she came from a socialist Labour family and said: "I feel that it is the Labour Party that left me, not the other way about" - and she quoted the late Tony Benn, who said the only people worth remembering in politics were the signposts, not the weathercocks who spin in whatever direction the wind of public opinion blows.
I personally feel he should be remembered with the eulogy he himself bestowed on the late Lord Tom Soper (a Methodist minister remembered for his 'soap box' oratories in Hyde Park) at his memorial: "In a world of weathercocks whirling in a wind of fashion; he was a signpost.
THERE appears to be a build- up for early Lok Sabha polls, going by the remarks of political weathercocks like Mulayam Singh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party.
Warren Greatrex saddled Oscar Prairie to take the 3m handicap chase in the colours of the eight-strong Weathercocks who include his motherin-law Sue Clarke.