cattle guard

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noun

a structure consisting typically of parallel bars over a shallow ditch, used to prevent cattle from straying.

Nearby words

  1. cattle car,
  2. cattle class,
  3. cattle dog,
  4. cattle egret,
  5. cattle grub,
  6. cattle market,
  7. cattle plague,
  8. cattle prod,
  9. cattle run,
  10. cattle show

Origin of cattle guard

First recorded in 1835–45

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Examples from the Web for cattle guard

  • They had been taken out of a cattle-guard, to be replaced by new ones.

  • At each road-crossing she had to crawl over a cattle-guard of sharpened timbers.

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