American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The hide of a cow.
- n. The leather made from this hide.
- n. A strong heavy flexible whip, usually made of braided leather.
- v. To beat with a strong heavy flexible whip.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The skin of a cow prepared for tanning, or the thick coarse leather made from it.
- n. In the United States, a stout flexible whip made of braided leather or of rawhide.
- Made of the leather called cowhide: as, heavy cowhide boots.
- To beat or whip with a cowhide.
- n. countable A hide of a cow.
- n. uncountable Any quantity of hides of cows.
- n. uncountable Leather made from the hide of cows.
- v. transitive To flog with a cowhide.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The hide of a cow.
- n. Leather made of the hide of a cow.
- n. A coarse whip made of untanned leather.
- v. To flog with a cowhide.
- n. leather made from the hide of a cow
- n. a heavy flexible whip braided from leather made from the hide of a cow
- n. the hide of a cow
- v. flog with a cowhide
- cow + hide (Wiktionary)
“All are made from luxurious top grain cowhide leather.”
“This was invariably his custom, when the subject was recalled to his mind -- 'Yes!' he exclaimed, 'the cowhide was my breakfast, and dinner, and supper,' meaning that he had been exposed to the lash”
“His appearance would indicate the sailor and the horse-jockey; he wore a tarpauling and blue jacket, high-top boots with spurs, and leather trousers; he flourished a riding stick, commonly known as a cowhide, and had large gold rings dangling in his ears.”
“The cowhide is the best specific for keeping the black rascals in order," exclaimed Mr Tony Grubbins, an attorney from a neighbouring estate, who looked as if he not unfrequently used that same weapon of offence.”
“Even then, there were different grades of leather such as cowhide versus horsehide.”
“The furnishings and style is unashamedly 70's-man black, chrome and mirrors, and the 'cowhide' seats are an interesting touch ...”
“The overseer always went around with a whip, about nine feet long, made of the toughest kind of cowhide, the but-end of which was loaded with lead, and was about four or five inches in circumference, running to a point at the opposite extremity.”
“Once in that position his clothing was torn from his body, his arms and legs pinioned, and his bare back flogged with a "cowhide" until the blood ran from it, and the gashes made in his flesh by the cruel strokes presented a ghastly spectacle as they gaped open.”
“He goes so far as to threaten to come to Staunton and "cowhide" David in the middle of Main Street.”
“The overseer always went around with a whip, about nine feet long, made of the toughest kind of cowhide, the but-end of which was loaded with lead, and was about four or five inches in circumference, running to a point at the opposite”
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