Cocker

According to Cocker. All right, according to Cocker. According to established rules, according to what is correct. Edward Cocker (1631-1677) published an arithmetic which ran through sixty editions. The phrase, “According to Cocker,” was popularised by Murphy in his farce called The Apprentice.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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