cock of the roost

cock of the roost

An arrogant, conceited, or overly proud person, typically a man. He struts around campus like he's the cock of the roost, all because his dad is some politician.
See also: cock, of, roost
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"Quite a few male head teachers at primary schools like being cock of the roost and don't like the thought that their hens can go out to get professional development in their own time," she said.
Best described as 'preening' the whole persona was one of 'look at me, I'm the cock of the roost, the head stag in a herd of beautiful antelope.' Such dress and behavior were mandatory within the confines of the 'village', those unable to raise the financial wherewithal to purchase the Wemba designed clothes soon feeling totally out of place.