Meaning of cuckooing in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkʊkuːɪŋ/


mass nounBritish
  • The practice of taking over the home of a vulnerable person in order to establish a base for illegal drug dealing, typically as part of a county lines operation.

    ‘the operation is aimed at disrupting the gangs and providing support to victims of cuckooing’
    • ‘anyone with any information about county lines drug dealing or cuckooing can report it to Bedfordshire Police on 101’


Early 21st century from cuckoo, alluding to the bird's habit of occupying the nests of other birds.