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weathercock

a weather vane in the form of a cock
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weathercock

A Weathervane in the shape of a rooster.
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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.
Tony Benn is quoted as saying, "In politics there are weathercocks and signposts - weathercocks will spin in whatever direction the wind of public opinion may blow them, no matter what principle they may have to compromise.
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.