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little bo-peep

little bo-peep in Culture

“Little Bo-Peep” definition

A nursery rhyme:

Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep,
And can't tell where to find them;
Leave them alone, and they'll come home,
Wagging their tails behind them.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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  • My dear boy, have you never heard the ballad of little bo-peep?

  • I was thinking of some foolish thing, like little bo-peep, you know.

    Patty's Social Season

    Carolyn Wells
  • And he thought of the gift of little bo-peep, and wondered whether this gift was of the same order.

    Ask Momma R. S. Surtees
  • When little bo-peep awoke she found her sheep gone, and hardly knowing what she did, she walked on and on, far into the wood.

    My First Picture Book Joseph Martin Kronheim
  • But though little bo-peep was as good as she was beautiful, she sometimes met with misfortunes that made her very sad.

    My First Picture Book Joseph Martin Kronheim
  • He looked so wise that little bo-peep asked him whether he had seen a flock of sheep.

    My First Picture Book Joseph Martin Kronheim
  • little bo-peep sat still and watched the old woman toil slowly up the hill-side and disappear over the top.

    Mother Goose in Prose

    L. Frank Baum
  • And every one is acquainted with the nursery rhyme which details the adventures of 'little bo-peep,'

    Popular Rhymes and Nursery Tales David Goodger (
  • little bo-peep will miss you pretty soon and come down here looking for you.

  • They looked simply charming: little bo-peep being dressed in a white frock with short sleeves having any number of flounces.


    Louis Dodge

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