from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A cowboy or cowgirl.
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- n. One who tends free-range cattle, especially in the American West.
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- n. a hired hand who tends cattle and performs other duties on horseback
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A cowhand is the most overworked and underpaid saphead that ever lost three nights 'sleep hand running and worked seventy-two hours on end; sleep in the rain or not at all -- to hold a job at forty per for six months in the year.
Sewall proved unadaptable, for he was rather old to learn new tricks so far removed from the activities that were familiar to him; but Dow became a "cowhand" overnight.
The Metropolitan Police are investigating the attack, and have linked it to a recent incident at a dairy farm near Swindon when a cowhand was found attached to his own milking machine.
Jerry, my friend the Sensei's response was: Why don't you just stand up and sing, 'I'm an old cowhand, from the Rio Grande...'
And I can't sing, "I'm an old cowhand," either, as I'd have the same problem with that, or "The Twelve Days of Christmas": I'd freeze, just as surely, singing an old standard in front of my class as chanting the "Yogena..."
Her mother was widely respected and sought after as both a cook and a cowhand, although the approval of her skill on horseback was usually grudgingly given.
Every Friday night, she feels him watching her, the man sitting under a Remington copy—one cowhand stroking a campfire, the others sleeping.
He worked as a cowhand and a deputy sheriff and served in the army and in the Texas Rangers before joining a Wild West show in 1906.
It is based on the story of a fairy from heaven who comes to Earth and marries a cowhand on a farm.
As a young cowhand, he had camped out on nights so cold he could hear porcupines whimpering off in the woods.
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