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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. 2017.
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  • Diggers has staked claims whar thar's been some old river bed, and have dug the gold from the gravel.

    Indian and Scout F. S. Brereton
  • “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
  • This pike was caught in the old river at Utley by Sam Friar.

    Adventures and Recollections Bill o'th' Hoylus End
  • On the shores of the island we find the opposite bank of the old river.

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
  • We passed the Kaskaskia chute, through which the whole river now passes, since the Government has blocked up the old river bed.

    The houseboat book William F. Waugh
  • These terraces or benches are the remains of old river beds.

    The A B C of Mining Charles A. Bramble
  • The lands reclaimed by the Norfolk Estuary Company from the bed of the old river were flooded to the extent of 400 acres.

    Norfolk Annals Charles Mackie
  • They were beautiful dreams down there on that gray, old river.

    The Beauty Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
  • This is evidenced in very many ways by sounding the depths of old river beds now filled with glacial débris.

  • And the next day too I want to show you something of our old river Severn.

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