Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) boldly or brashly self-confident; conceited
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    • don't be so cocky!
  • Analysis
    'Cocky' is an adjective used to describe someone overly confident or arrogant. This comes from the image of a cockerel (male chicken) strutting confidently around the pen. This adjective has a negative connotation and is often associated particularly with male behaviour. "He acts like he has all the answers and interrupts me all the time, he is so cocky." This adjective might be used more often in social contexts.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The teacher asked the cocky student not to boast about his exam results in front of the class.
    2. The director was furious when the cocky actor didn't bother learning his lines.
    3. Ben: I'm definitely going to win. I'm the best at everything. Jane: Don't be so cocky! You might lose this time.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Don't let your cockyness get the better of you. This client is very difficult to please and you will need to be prepared.
    2. That guy needs to be taken down a peg or two. He's so cocky about his success and mentioned his achievements at every opportunity.
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