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[kou-hahyd] /ˈkaʊˌhaɪd/
the hide of a cow.
the leather made from it.
a strong, flexible whip made of rawhide or of braided leather.
cowhides, Informal. a pair of boots or shoes, especially those made of cowhide.
verb (used with object), cowhided, cowhiding.
to whip with a cowhide.
Origin of cowhide
First recorded in 1630-40; cow1 + hide2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Adams armed himself with a cowhide, and watched for his victim.

  • Ye can cowhide me if ye wants to, but don't say nothin' against my Daddy!

    Tess of the Storm Country

    Grace Miller White
  • "I am in no humor to trifle with you," said he, opening a desk, and taking out a cowhide.

    Breaking Away Oliver Optic
  • The principal rolled up his sleeves, and took the cowhide in his hand.

    Breaking Away Oliver Optic
  • Then take this cowhide and give your companion a taste of its quality.

  • They were cowhide and how they did hurt, but I was proud of them.

  • I keep my cowhide about, and sometimes I do lay it on; but the exertion is always too much for me.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • He don't care for the cowhide; the more I get him flogged the worse he gets.

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
  • "No, we are not," I replied, taking a cowhide from a bundle of them on a barrel.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • Sad and strange to say, it is also associated with the whip, the shackle, and the cowhide.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for cowhide


the hide of a cow
the leather made from such a hide
Also called cowskin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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