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cattle show

an exhibition of prize cattle by cattle breeders, as at a livestock exposition.
Informal. a public appearance by the contenders for a political office, a job, or the like, at which they may be judged by voters, prospective employers, etc.
Origin of cattle show
First recorded in 1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • If a deaf man suddenly recovered his hearing at a cattle show, I am sure he would wish himself deaf again.

    Lippa Beatrice Egerton
  • When we went to the cattle show we went up through the Centre.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I was only just sayin' I never see so many folks all at once since that time I was at the Brockton cattle show.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • But no; Billy just looked at them as he would at a pen full of stock at a cattle show.

    Ask Momma R. S. Surtees
  • One might imagine that he was in an old-fashioned "cattle show" at home.

  • Well, Sam, your master and I are going up to London for the cattle show.

  • English commissioners came over and inspected the captive men as though picking out stock at a cattle show.

    Blood and Iron John Hubert Greusel
  • It was a pie she made with her own hands, and would have taken a prize for size at any cattle show.

  • These immense herds of cattle show to some extent the means of subsistence which the allies possessed.

    The Exiles of Florida Joshua R. Giddings
  • The medal which the Agricultural Society bestows at the annual cattle show, is also handsome.

    Travels Through North America, v. 1-2 Berhard Saxe-Weimar Eisenach
Slang definitions & phrases for cattle show

cattle show

noun phrase

A convention or other occasion where political candidates display their notions, charisma, etc: raise money for themselves by holding ''cattle shows'' (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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