sheep-stealing love


from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The stealing of sheep: formerly a capital offense in Great Britain.


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  • They want to protect the flock from any Mormon 'sheep-stealing' missionaries.

    'Our Dreams Are Centered

  • However, the Shun stories exhibit a complexity that differentiates them from the story of the sheep-stealing coverup in the

    Chinese Ethics

  • Dr. Upandown, or at the least a high constable concerned with some great sheep-stealing.

    Mary Anerley

  • “The Brownbies live by sheep-stealing and horse-stealing.”

    Harry Heathcote of Gangoil

  • However, we've been instructed to give more priority to the sheep-stealing.

    Some by Fire

  • For a moment the thought entered my mind that I had, in selling my own pears and peaches, been guilty of some really criminal action, such as sheep-stealing, lying, or slandering, and it was not pleasant to be caught in the act.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866

  • Collins terrorised the country-side for some years (except upon the score of personal bravery and humorous audacity, I doubt if his place is quite on the golden roll of smugglers) and was at length brought within the power of the law for sheep-stealing, and sentenced to seven years.

    Highways & Byways in Sussex

  • The other afternoon a French-protected subject was charged with sheep-stealing, and I went to the trial.


  • A shepherd, who was hung for sheep-stealing, used to commit the robberies by means of his dog.

    Anecdotes of Animals

  • George Parry was indicted for sheep-stealing at Hauxton, and the judge

    Fragments of Two Centuries Glimpses of Country Life when George III. was King

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