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[round-uhp] /ˈraʊndˌʌp/
the driving together of cattle, horses, etc., for inspection, branding, shipping to market, or the like, as in the western U.S.
the people and horses who do this.
the herd so collected.
the gathering together of scattered items or groups of people:
a police roundup of suspects.
a summary, brief listing, or résumé of related facts, figures, or information:
Sunday's newspaper has a sports roundup giving the final score of every baseball game of the past week.
Origin of roundup
First recorded in 1760-70; noun use of verb phrase round up Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Only for this harassment of the Dot sheep, the roundup wagons would be loaded and ready to rattle abroad over the land.

    Flying U Ranch B. M. Bower
  • Next day the scene of the roundup was changed, and the mustangs were forgotten.

    Wild Animals I Have Known Ernest Thompson Seton
  • Next day all the men left for the roundup, to be gone a week.

    Letters of a Woman Homesteader Elinore Pruitt Stewart
  • Yoh tell me, sweetheart; what's he gone do when roundup's all finish?

  • To be sure I've added to137 the collection here and there, but I never was pretty after that roundup.

    Danger Signals John A. Hill and Jasper Ewing Brady
Word Origin and History for roundup

also round-up, by 1869 in the cattle drive sense; from verbal phrase round up "to collect in a mass" (1610s; specifically of livestock from 1847); see round (v.) + up (adv.). Meaning "summary of news items" is recorded from 1886.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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