One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A farmer whose business is growing potatoes.‘did that spud cocky not even have one cow, or an odd fowl or two?’
- ‘Life was never easy for the pioneering spud cockies.’
- ‘He not only came from a spud cocky family but became a state labor MP.’
- ‘They import tons of potatoes, thereby squeezing the remaining spud cockies out of business while we're left to eat over-priced imported produce.’
- ‘Some of the lucky spud cockies, who had suitable ground and got their seed in early, are now reaping the reward of their energy.’
- ‘"Okay, I'll come and start you off," said the spud cocky. He dug one root, but was then called away to answer his telephone.’
Late 19th century: from spud + cocky (shortening of the Australian sense of cockatoo ‘a small-scale farmer’).
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