- a lotion or wash applied to the fleece or skin of sheep to kill vermin, usually applied by immersing the animals in vats.
Origin of sheep-dip
First recorded in 1860–65
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They dab a splotch of sheep-dip on the place and go right ahead.
A large tub was filled with hot water, and a bottle of sheep-dip was emptied into it.The African Colony
Say, Glenn, do you reckon Miss Carley could stand a sheep-dip?
Not improbably this sheep-dip was what Flo meant as the worst to come.
By itself, railroad coffee is too passive; but sheep-dip makes it wake up and get down to business.
- any of several liquid disinfectants and insecticides in which sheep are immersed to kill vermin and germs in their fleece
- a deep trough containing such a liquid
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