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cattle guard

a structure consisting typically of parallel bars over a shallow ditch, used to prevent cattle from straying.
Origin of cattle guard
First recorded in 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I was now enabled to reduce the cattle guard from four to two men, which was a great relief to them.

  • There was a cattle guard ahead to afford some protection from the storm churning along the river.

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
  • It rattled across the cattle guard and through the new-unprotected and open gate in the barbed wire fence.

    Make Mine Homogenized Rick Raphael
  • In the cattle guard was the sole of a shoe, evidently torn off as one of the fleeing men escaped his assailants.

    The Everett massacre Walker C. Smith
  • In the vicinity of the cattle guard the soil was disarranged and there were shoe marks near the cattle guard.

    The Everett massacre Walker C. Smith
  • Midway between the platform and the cattle guard they saw the Duke lean in his saddle and snatch the white favor from her hand.

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