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a crock

An obvious lie. The accusation that Peter stole the money from the register is such a crock! He's the most trustworthy and honest man I've ever met. He never came, so his promise to help us was clearly a crock! Oh, that rumor is a crock—there's no way we're getting a raise like that.
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crock of gold

A particularly large sum of money or valuable resources. Regulators chastised the financial firm for chasing crocks of gold through risky investments of questionable legality rather than protect their clients' funds. You're not going to find a crock of gold going into this business, but it's definitely lucrative enough to make a living.
See also: crock, gold, of

crock up

To damage or hurt someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "crock" and "up." Our fence is crocked up because our neighbor ran into it with his tractor.
See also: crock, up

what a crock (of shit)

An exclamation that something is ridiculous, nonsense, or clearly untrue. Including "of shit" at the end makes the phrase more emphatic but is also much more rude. A: "Going on an all-wheatgrass diet has given me so much more energy and has really improved my mood!" B: "What a crock of shit. You're going to make yourself really sick eating nothing but that junk!" A: "Mom says we need to be home before 8." A: "What a crock! We don't even have school in the morning!"
See also: crock, what
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

crock someone or something up

Sl. to damage or harm someone or something. The accident crocked me up a bit. I really crocked up my car last night.
See also: crock, up
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

a pot of gold


a crock of gold

COMMON If you talk about a pot of gold or a crock of gold, you mean a large amount of money that someone hopes to get in the future, or something that will bring them a large amount of money in the future. The business is now worth at least £100 billion a year — a pot of gold that attracts the most diverse people. The government and employers rejected the notion that there was a crock of gold in unpaid taxes. Note: You can also talk about a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow or a crock of gold at the end of the rainbow, with a similar meaning, though this suggests that you will never get the money. Ethan was sure there was a crock of gold waiting at the end of the rainbow if only he could get himself an agent.
See also: gold, of, pot
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012


1. n. nonsense. (From crock (of shit).) What a crock! You don’t know what you are talking about!
2. n. a drunkard. Give the old crock some money, anything to get him outa here before he barfs or something.



crock someone/something up

tv. to damage or harm someone or something. I really crocked up my car last night.
See also: crock, someone, something, up

What a crock!

and WAC
exclam. & comp. abb. What a crock of shit!; What a lot of nonsense! Y3. WAC!
See also: what
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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