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cow college

noun, Informal.
an agricultural college.
a small, relatively unknown rural college.
Origin of cow college
First recorded in 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Don't forget, my daughter, that your father knows the books as well as any cow college graduate from Oregon.

    Theft Jack London
  • In his post-graduate year in cow college, Dick devoted himself to laboratory work and cut all lectures.

Slang definitions & phrases for cow college

cow college

noun phrase

A college rurally located and of humble distinction, esp an agricultural college: Every instructor in every cow college is trying to get to be an assistant professor (1900+ College students)

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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Idioms and Phrases with cow college

cow college

An agricultural college; any small, relatively unknown rural college. For example, He's never published a paper, but he might do all right in some cow college. This term uses cow in the somewhat pejorative sense of “provincial.” [ c. 1910 ]
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