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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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...'

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  • 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..."

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  • 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.

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  • Every Friday night, she feels him watching her, the man sitting under a Remington copy—one cowhand stroking a campfire, the others sleeping.

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  • 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.

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  • It is based on the story of a fairy from heaven who comes to Earth and marries a cowhand on a farm.

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  • 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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