Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Given to biting, snapping at, or worrying sheep or simple or defenseless persons; hence, given to robbing or backbiting those under one's care.
“And as to this sheep-biting habit of his, why it is the _nature_ of dogs to kill sheep.”
“If this is not sufficient, some of the wool is dipped in train oil, and put into the dog's mouth, which is sewed up for many hours in order to cure him of sheep-biting.”
“V. i.359 (135,8) [show your sheep-biting face, and be hang'd an hour 'Will't not off?]”
“Our phrase on such occasions is simply; _show your sheep-biting face, and be hanged_.”
“I suppose it was written thus, _show your sheep-biting face, and be hanged -- an 'how? wilt not off_?”
“Show your sheep-biting face, and be hanged an hour!”
“Show your knave's visage, with a pox to you! show your sheep-biting face, and be hanged an hour!”
“So, back with that pitiful sheep-biting visage of thine, or I will fling thee from the window of the tower, and try if your juggling skill can save your bones.””
“Show your knave’s visage, with a pox to you! show your sheep-biting face, and be hanged an hour!”
“How like a sheep-biting rogue, _taken i 'the manner_,”
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