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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sheep-biting robbing those under one's care, like an ill-trained shepherd-dog
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sceáp; Ger. schaf.


In literature:

People could put up with being bitten by a wolf but what properly riled them was a bite from a sheep.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
After that you'll not bite any more sheep.
"Lucky Pehr" by August Strindberg
Soft, sheep milk or sheep and goat; crumbly, sharp and biting, but creamy.
"The Complete Book of Cheese" by Robert Carlton Brown
The infected sheep run, scratch and bite themselves.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek
This sort of person exactly suited Miss Qian, who wanted a sheep-dog who could neither bark nor bite, and who could be silent.
"The Opal Serpent" by Fergus Hume
They were quick in singling out the slow or wayward sheep and would bite their heels to hurry them along.
"The Story of Wool" by Sara Ware Bassett
No doubt remains that they have been subjected to sheep-shock by the savage bites of the Australian animal.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, May 19, 1920" by Various
The two boys had driven their sheep to a great distance, when all at once, towards evening, a sharp and biting wind arose from the north.
"Hungarian Sketches in Peace and War" by Mór Jókai
The same is true with sheep; they also bite off the grass and swallow it quickly.
"With the Children on Sunday" by Sylvanus Stall
Horses, sheep, and pigs, bite the grain off, and leave the cob; but horned cattle eat cob and all.
"Cottage Economy" by William Cobbett
The dog that steals sheep and bites children is capable of loving his master.
"Little Oskaloo" by Thomas Chalmers Harbaugh
Chegwidden would certainly have given him a bite had he been present, or rather his sheep-dog would.
"Furze the Cruel" by John Trevena
The mountain sheep, cropping hungrily with their short, eager bites, soon exhausted their high pasturage.
"Hoof and Claw" by Charles G. D. Roberts
In order to enable the sheep to bite this close, the upper lip is deeply divided, and free from hair about the centre of it.
"Sheep, Swine, and Poultry" by Robert Jennings

In poetry:

To dust the Arab kingdom sweep,
The ravenous beasts who tear and bite,
Who rend our scattered sons as sheep,
Whose motto is to seize by might.
"Establish Peace" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol

In news:

This Week In Biting Sheep Genitals .