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jack rabbit

any of various large hares of western North America, having very long hind legs and long ears.
Origin of jack rabbit
1860-65; jack(ass) + rabbit; so named from the size of its ears Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for jack-rabbit
Historical Examples
  • An' all as scared as a jack-rabbit that's heard the howl of a wolf.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
  • Then came the turn of the fifth jack-rabbit, 149 the beautiful one with stripes and spots.

    Rootabaga Stories Carl Sandburg
  • “I think it was only a jack-rabbit; and I can see the shelter now,” he said.

    The Cattle-Baron's Daughter

    Harold Bindloss
  • They had been chasing a jack-rabbit across the mesa for sport.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • While I sit around guessing I'm a man because I know a jack-rabbit from a bull-moose.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • "I don't cotton to playin' jack-rabbit to Plimsoll and Jordan's coyotes," said Sandy.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • Just then a jack-rabbit jumped up in the path in front of him.

    Lincoln's Yarns and Stories Alexander K. McClure
  • He haunted the sunny long grass in the manner of a jack-rabbit.

    Wounds in the rain Stephen Crane
  • It would have been just about as easy to corner a jack-rabbit on the prairie.

    In Pastures Green Peter McArthur
  • He's some jack-rabbit when it comes to jumpin', and he's got as much nerve as one.

    The Long Dim Trail Forrestine C. Hooker
British Dictionary definitions for jack-rabbit

jack rabbit

any of various W North American hares, such as Lepus townsendi (white-tailed jack rabbit), having long hind legs and large ears
Word Origin
C19: shortened from jackass-rabbit, referring to its long ears
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for jack-rabbit



To advance by leaps, like a jack-rabbit: a stock market jack-rabbiting past the Dow Jones 5,000 (1990s+)

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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