escape cock


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n escape cock a valve in a container in which pressure can build up (as a steam boiler); it opens automatically when the pressure reaches a dangerous level
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In literature:

One of them, Constable Cock, intercepted him as he was trying to escape.
"A Book of Remarkable Criminals" by H. B. Irving
The snub-nosed young person, with his cape and his green hat with its cock-feather, did not let a mouse escape from his German mouse-trap.
"Cæsar or Nothing" by Pío Baroja Baroja
But he was like one infected, and could not escape from his desire to see a cock-fight.
"The Brook Kerith" by George Moore
When the process is completed allow the steam to escape gradually through the pet cock.
"Every Step in Canning" by Grace Viall Gray
Knight wanted to shoot him as he ran; in his eagerness to cock the rifle he broke the lock, and the Indian escaped.
"Stories Of Ohio 1897" by William Dean Howells
It may happen that at feeding or cleaning-out time a cock bullfinch, or some valued bird, will slip out and escape.
"Harper's Young People, May 25, 1880" by Various
Little escapes the large, keen, brown eyes, and the ears are perpetually cocked.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves, North Carolina Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
Gas pipes, and especially gas cocks, should be watched carefully for escaping gas.
"A Civic Biology" by George William Hunter