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- n. One who rustles; a cattle thief.
- n. A bovine animal that can care for itself in any circumstances.
- n. An alert, energetic, driving person.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who, or that which, rustles.
- n. A bovine animal that can care for itself in any circumstances; also, an alert, energetic, driving person.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which rustles.
- n. One who works or acts with energy and promptness; an active, efficient person; a “hustler”; originally, a cowboy.
- n. A cowman who procures his stock by capturing the cattle of other owners and branding them as his own; a cattle-thief.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who steals livestock (especially cattle)
What he was thinking was that the moon was in the quarter -- what they called the rustler's moon.
What he was thinking was that the moon was in the quarter — what they called the rustler's moon.
It used to be a standard ploy — not just “liberal,” but “Whig” (originally “cut-throat cattle rustler from the wild Scottish borders”) and “Tory” (orig. “illiterate Papist peasant from the remotest bogs of Ireland”).
“Ain’t Jack Slade an’ his bunch,” he mumbled as he mounted, “but by God a rustler is a rustler.”
What he was thinking was that the moon was in the quarter—what they called the rustler’s moon.
The prosecution of these men was undertaken with something of the old vigor that characterized the pursuit of horse thieves, with this difference, that, whereas all the world had hated a horse thief as a common enemy, very much of the world found excuse for the so-called rustler, who was known to be doing only what his accusers had done before him.
Budd Hankinson and Grizzly Weber, the two hired men, were absent, looking after the cattle, for the rustler is a night hawk who often gets in the best part of his work between the set and rise of sun.
"But let the Indians have a steer or two for food, if they need it," begged Mrs. Bobbsey, who had a kind heart even toward an Indian cattle thief, or "rustler", as they are called.
A tale of the western frontier, where the "rustler" abounds.
If those four calves were stolen, then there was a "rustler" in the country.