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old river

a river bed left dry because the river has changed its course.
Origin of old river
An Americanism dating back to 1685-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This pike was caught in the old river at Utley by Sam Friar.

    Adventures and Recollections Bill o'th' Hoylus End
  • There were choruses of old river chanteys while the men waited for the sleds.

  • “I was right in my theory about the old river bed,” he said to her, as she poured his coffee.

    That Girl Montana Marah Ellis Ryan
  • On the shores of the island we find the opposite bank of the old river.

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
  • “There is the old river,” Barry said, as they came in sight of the Buffalo.

  • These terraces or benches are the remains of old river beds.

    The A B C of Mining Charles A. Bramble
  • The old river has made itself a bed where it can overlook the valley.

    Strange Stories of the Great River Abbie Johnston Grosvenor
  • They were beautiful dreams down there on that gray, old river.

    The Beauty Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
  • Which set me thinking of my feather-flies; and then the dear old river flashed in sight.

    Cardigan Robert W. Chambers
  • Under the bridge The old river flows Low and monotonous Day after day.

    Goblins and Pagodas John Gould Fletcher

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