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  • One sheppey is the closest distance at which sheep are still picturesque, and is about seven-eighths of a mile.

    Lots of Black Friday Links « Gerry Canavan

  • Then of the outer sheep (all now snowed and frizzled like a lawyer's wig) I took the two finest and heaviest, and with one beneath my right arm, and the other beneath my left, I went straight home to the upper sheppey, and set them inside and fastened them.

    Lorna Doone; a Romance of Exmoor

  • Then of the outer sheep (all now snowed and frizzled like a lawyer’s wig) I took the two finest and heaviest, and with one beneath my right arm, and the other beneath my left, I went straight home to the upper sheppey, and set them inside and fastened them.

    Lorna Doone

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  • A measure of distance equal to about 7/8 of a mile, defined as the closest distance at which sheep remain picturesque.

    The Sheppey is the creation of Douglas Adams and John Lloyd, included in The Meaning of Liff, their dictionary of objects for which no name exists. It is named after the Isle of Sheppey in the UK.

    July 28, 2008