cow

[[t]ka͟ʊ[/t]]
♦♦♦
cows, cowing, cowed
1) N-COUNT A cow is a large female animal that is kept on farms for its milk. People sometimes refer to male and female animals of this species as cows.
See also cattle

He kept a few dairy cows...

Dad went out to milk the cows.

...a herd of cows.

2) N-COUNT: oft N n Some female animals, including elephants and whales, are called cows.

...a cow elephant.

3) N-COUNT (disapproval) If someone describes a woman as a cow, they dislike her and think that she is unpleasant or stupid. [INFORMAL, OFFENSIVE]
4) VERB If someone is cowed, they are made afraid, or made to behave in a particular way because they have been frightened or badly treated. [FORMAL]

[be V-ed] The government, far from being cowed by these threats, has vowed to continue its policy.

[V n into n/-ing] ...cowing them into submission.

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cowed ADJ-GRADED oft ADJ by n

By this time she was so cowed by the beatings that she meekly obeyed.

5) PHRASE: PHR after v (emphasis) If you say that someone can do something until the cows come home, but it will have no effect, you are emphasizing that it will have no effect even if they do it for a very long time. [INFORMAL]

You can initiate policies until the cows come home, but unless they're monitored at a senior level, you won't get results.

6) See also , sacred cow

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • COW — COW, sigle composé des trois lettres C, O et W, peut faire référence à : Coquimbo au Chili, selon la liste des codes AITA des aéroports, Copy On Write, une stratégie d optimisation utilisée en programmation informatique. Chat Over the World …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Cow — Cow, n. [Prob. from same root as cow, v. t.] (Mining) A wedge, or brake, to check the motion of a machine or car; a chock. Knight. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Cow — Cow, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cowed} (koud); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cowing}.] [Cf. Icel. kuga, Sw. kufva to check, subdue, Dan. kue. Cf. {Cuff}, v. t.] To depress with fear; to daunt the spirits or courage of; to overawe. [1913 Webster] To vanquish a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • cow|er — «KOW uhr», intransitive verb. 1. to crouch or draw back in fear or shame: »The dog cowered under the table after being whipped by its master. SYNONYM(S): cringe, quail. 2. to draw back tremblingly from another s threats or blows. SYNONYM(S):… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cow|ry — cow|rie or cow|ry «KOW ree», noun, plural ries. 1. the brightly colored, smooth shell of a tropical mollusk, used as money in some parts of Africa and Asia: »The cowry, aristocrat among shells, is noted for its high natural polish (Science News… …   Useful english dictionary

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